The mission of our education program is to prepare students to effect positive change in urban schools. Our faculty has extensive experience working in urban environments, and the curriculum highlights subjects such as social foundations, systemic inequities, and racial bias. Whether you pursue a master’s degree or a credential, you’ll find that the program’s emphasis on diversity enriches your education.
- Our students reflect a rich diversity of culture, race, age, and experience. Classes encourage interaction and collaboration among students, providing opportunities to learn from the insights and perspectives of others.
- Faculty represent the diversity of the San Francisco Bay Area, and their expertise in navigating many aspects of school systems is key to student success in the programs.
- Students enjoy supportive and nurturing relationships with faculty. Because they also teach courses, credential advisors are able to make an even deeper connection with their students.
- All classes meet in the late afternoon or early evening to accommodate students who balance work or family commitments with school.
- Graduates of the program make a long-term commitment to urban education. More than 50 percent of HNU graduates teach in the Oakland Unified School District for more than five years.
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Master’s candidates who select this concentration have chosen to focus in Special Education. For this concentration, students complete a California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) Teaching Credential in Special Education (e.g., Mild/Moderate), an additional 15 units, in an advanced area of study, including 6 units in a research strand, which includes the completion of a Thesis, also known as “Culminating Activity.”