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Urban Education Concentration

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Providing education that is both high in quality and fair to all is one of the greatest challenges facing cities today. 

This concentration prepares students for careers in educational policy and practice.  It is a popular choice for students who have been admitted by the Stanford School of Education to pursue a coterminal master’s degree in the Stanford Teacher Education Program (STEP) or the Policy, Organization, and Leadership Studies Program (POLS).


The advisor for this concentration is Eric Bettinger.

Special Programs and Opportunities

Stanford undergraduates can apply to the Stanford Teacher Education Program (STEP) in their Junior or Senior year. Coterminal students applying to STEP are encouraged to take EDUC 101, Introduction to Teaching and Learning, before applying to the program. Additionally, students interested in STEP Secondary (Single Subject) must demonstrate subject matter competency in their intended teaching area. Transcripts should reflect coursework in the intended teaching subject even if it was not a student's undergraduate major. For additional information, please contact the STEP Admissions Officer at or 723-2110, or consult the STEP website.

Opportunities to obtain teaching and advising experience are available in nearby schools through programs administered by the Haas Center for Public Service and through courses offered by the School of Education.

Students who choose this concentration may be eligible for the undergraduate honors program of the School of Education , in which case they should enroll in EDUC 199A,B, or C during their senior year.

Required Course

EDUC 112 Urban Education (3-4 units)                                                                                                                

Additional Courses

Courses in the concentration (including the required course and additional courses) must total at least 20 units. Please consult with your advisor to select a program of courses that suits your intellectual and personal goals.

For additional courses that count toward this concentration, search here.

If a course has not already been approved for a concentration, you may petition to count it by submitting this form to your advisor.