Additional advanced courses and seminars from other Schools at the University of Pittsburgh or
Carnegie Mellon University could also count for this methods requirement.
UED Contemporary Issues in Education (Year 1, fall and spring semester; one-credit per semester) This first seminar series introduces students to SOE faculty who will lead discussions on contemporary topics in education. In addition, it will include professional issues germane to doctoral skills and competencies (e.g., guidelines for conducting literatures searches, constructing a literature review, IRB requirements, preparing professional presentations, etc.).
Writing Workshops (EDUC 3087) (Year 2 through completion; 1 credit semester for 6-8 credits) The Writing Workshops provide students with an opportunity to get feedback on manuscripts and milestone documents. The group commits to reading drafts in advance of bi-weekly meetings and provides constructive feedback.
Field Placement/Teaching Practicum (course number unavailable) (2 courses, 6 credits)
Two semesters spent in supervised field placement in areas relevant to the Urban Education PhD Program. Potential sites for field placement include local non-profit institutions, RAND Corporation, (through application through their summer internship program), and the Center for Urban Education. Students may also fulfill one semester in a field placement and one spent developing instructional skills for teaching at the university level (as an instructor or co-instructor with a faculty member) or developing a course under the supervision of a faculty member (e.g., an on-line course in an area relevant to Urban Education.
Cognate Courses (up to 18 credits)
For students who do not have bachelor degrees in appropriate academic disciplines, 18 credits must be taken outside of the SOE in the appropriate academic disciplines. Students with a masters degree in an appropriate academic discipline do not have to take any courses outside of the SOE and 18 credits from their masters will count here for cognate courses. Students with a bachelors degree in an appropriate academic discipline are only required to take 9 credits outside of the SOE in appropriate academic disciplines.