Our Education Partner

American University

The American University School of Education is a vibrant learning environment committed to developing an equity-driven community where all students are given the support to realize their potential and cultivate successful careers in education. 

American University has a proven commitment to serving children in urban public schools and is institutionally aligned with the Urban Teachers teaching methods. Founded in 2019, the new American University School of Education is on the leading edge of teacher preparation with a unique approach emphasizing action, partnership, and local impact. Under the leadership of Dean Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy, a lifelong educator, the school is committed to developing innovative programing and amplifying the impact of the Urban Teachers program. 

Dean Holcomb-McCoy

 “Children come to school with a variety of lived experiences. Nevertheless, every student, regardless of cultural, racial, economic, and linguistic background, deserves access to qualified, well-prepared teachers,” said Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy, Dean of American University’s School of Education. “We are excited to partner with Urban Teachers to further meet our vision of preparing a new generation of diverse teachers and improving the academic and life outcomes of all students.” 

Urban Teachers and American University have partnered to deliver a curriculum that not only provides a grounding in high-quality K-12 instruction, but also teaches the importance of understanding and appreciating a child’s community and culture. American’s professors, selected for their student-centered approach to learning and experience in urban public education, deliver courses including “Race, Culture, and Equity in Urban Education” and “Trauma Informed Teaching Practices.”  

Future teachers will receive a best-in-class preparation, earning a Master of Arts in Teaching degree, with dual-certifications in a content area (elementary education, secondary mathematics, or secondary English language arts) and special education, as well as placement in a full-time teaching position in one of our four partner cities. 

Urban Teachers is accepting applicants to join our next cohort of aspiring educators.

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