Historical Perspectives in Urban Education – EDUC 540

CG • Section 8WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 12/12/2022

Course Description

An introduction to urban education and contemporary urban life in the United States of America. Candidates will examine educational issues in urban communities and learn strategies for developing partnerships between home, school, and community.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


This foundational course provides the candidate with an introduction to urban education. Historical and contemporary issues in urban education will be examined and implications of these issues discussed as they influence education.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the candidate will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (4)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the candidate will participate in 4 Discussions throughout this course. In each discussion, the candidate will submit a thread of at least 300 words and at least 2 replies of at least 150 words each. (CLO: A, C, D)

Topic Analysis Paper

The candidate will write an essay of at least 500 words in which he/she will select 1 urban education topic which he/she will use as the focus for the Course Project. This assignment requires citations from 5 sources in current APA formatting. (CLO: A, B, D)

Course Project

The course project consists of 3 parts which build upon each other. (CLO: A, B, C, D, E)

Journal Analysis

The candidate will write an 800–1,000-word essay in which he/she will compare 3 scholarly journal articles with different points of view on the same topic/issue he/she selected for the Topic Analysis Paper. The analysis must thoroughly interpret and examine the articles for perspective, validity, and significance of the findings. The candidate must support his/her discussion with relevant facts, arguments, examples, and details from his/her review of article. The analysis must be well-reasoned, indicating substantial breadth and depth of thinking, include at least 1 relevant Bible verse, and use current APA formatting.

Media Analysis

The candidate will compare coverage of his/her selected urban education topic in 3–4 different types of sources (newspapers, magazines, academic journals, books, professional association website). The candidate will determine what perspectives are present or absent and assess sources for bias. The candidate must identify relevant scriptural principles and perspectives from a biblical worldview, including at least 1 relevant Bible verse. This assignment must be 800–1,000 words and requires citations from 3-4 sources in current APA formatting.

PowerPoint Presentation

The candidate will create a PowerPoint Presentation that must include: (1) a brief outline of the topic and why it is relevant, (2) a description of the opportunities and challenges, (3) examples of where it is in use and experiences with it and/or possible applications for it, and (4) a conclusion highlighting the impact (positive and/or negative) this may have on urban education. Additionally, the candidate must type a script in the notes section to align with the PowerPoint for a 15-minute presentation. The sources previously used in Parts 1–2 must be incorporated at least 2 additional sources must be added.

Journal Critiques (2)

The candidate will evaluate and critique 1 research article from a professional journal. The journal can be from any discipline that addresses a topic in urban education specific to the module/week assigned. All articles must be current (5 years or less). Each critique must be 225–250 words and consist of three 1-paragraph parts: Summary Paragraph, Analysis of Author’s Key Points, and Personal Response. (CLO: A, B, C)