University of Pittsburgh School of Education

Center for Urban Education

Center for Urban Education

The Center for Urban Education’s vision is to be a space of learning and sharing with communities to positively transform educational opportunities and experiences. CUE structures its research, service, and knowledge dissemination into three areas:

  • Community Partnership & Engagement
  • Educator Development & Practice
  • Student Academic & Social Development
The School of Education is admitting students into urban education programs for the first time in fall 2019, as both research and the current social climate point to a need for racially conscious, highly effective scholars and educators trained with a focus in urban education. The Urban Education EdD and PhD programs are built around an innovative and experiential curriculum that will prepare both scholars and practitioners to address the multifaceted issues facing urban education.


Doctor of Education (EdD): Currently housed in the Administrative and Policy Studies department, the Urban Education EdD is intended for experienced education professionals who seek advanced training for leadership positions, which might include curricular leadership roles, school district leadership, out-of-school learning organizations, university outreach/extension, and other areas where learning occurs within or strongly connected to the urban context.
  • Deadline: February 1
  • Application fee waived until Jan. 18 using code "CUE2019"
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD): The Urban Education PhD program is geared toward training highly qualified scholars in K-16 urban education with emphasis in supporting students’ deeper understanding and application of law, policy, the social and cultural contexts of education, and evaluation and research methods within the urban context. 
  • Deadline: January 18
  • Application fee waived until Jan. 18 using code "CUE2019"