Urban Education Development Initiative

College of St. Joseph has launched a unique professional development program to enhance your value to your employer, while providing you with new tools to advance your effectiveness with your students.

Learn how to help break the school to prison pipeline that has become a growing concern with urban student populations across the country.

College of St. Joseph’s Urban Education Development Initiative is a series of non-credit bearing courses that offers you the following benefits:

The cost of each course is just $200. Complete four classes and receive the last one free! Courses do not need to be taken in sequence. You can take any course(s) being offered.

Teachers and Counselors are automatically accepted. Just complete your free application to make it official.

It’s Online!
Learn from the convenience of home. We’ll take the classroom to you via our online learning platform.

Asynchronous Classes
While each course has a start and end date, there is not a set class time. Log into class at your leisure and work at your own pace.

Professional Development
These courses are an impactful alternative to conferences, with great utility to your career. Successfully complete a course and you will receive confirmation of professional development hours that could help satisfy licensure requirements.


Urban Education Development Initiative Courses

Interrupting the School to Prison Pipeline: A Multicultural & Social Justice Perspective

It has been argued that increasingly our schools are a gateway to the justice system. The school-to-prison pipeline (STPP) is a growing epidemic in our nation’s schools as an alarming number of students are being suspended, expelled or even arrested for minor offices – thus making the trip to the principal’s office a thing of the past. However when STPP is studied through a social justice lens, it becomes apparent that the pipeline is disproportionately filled by students of color, poor students and students with disabilities. Students in this course will review the multiple facets of the school-to-prison pipeline (STPP), examine the connection between implicit racial bias and school discipline disparities, discuss the role of educators in interrupting the pipeline and identify best practices for dismantling the pipeline.

Professor: C. Taylor

Freedom Zones: Creating Inclusive Classrooms & School Structures

This course will explore the different types of diversity that commonly exist in schools and classrooms, including but not limited to differences in learning abilities and styles, race and ethnicity, and gender. After establishing a foundation of diversity within schools and classrooms, this course will explore strategies and supports that create inclusive schools and classrooms that enable students of all backgrounds to succeed.

Professor: P. McGee

The Emphatic Teacher and Counselor: Strategies for Diversity and Inclusion

The class will provide information to assist teachers and counselors with how to improve their own understanding and cultural competencies around issues of sexual orientation, race, gender, religion, and class.  The goal is for school teachers and counselors to be better equipped, and empower themselves with information and communication skills for diversity and inclusion education in the global economy.

Professor: C. Prosper

Critical Pedagogy: Teachers as Political Actors

Critical Pedagogy: Teachers as Political Actors is an Interdisciplinary Educational Course that gives students the opportunity to explore their ideas on identity, teaching, education, pedagogy, democracy, power, diversity, and complex issues. The goal of this course is to teach students the importance of democracy and to demonstrate the ability to engage and teach civic responsibility. Students will study the role and impact of institutional structures, power, and practice of government. They will learn about social issues, social justice, practice, rights, and the intrinsic values of people living in a free society.

Professor: L. Cherry

Teaching Immigrant Students

Teaching Immigrant Students is an Interdisciplinary Educational Course that gives students the opportunity to explore their ideas about identity, teaching, education, pedagogy, language, globalism, power, diversity, and cultural competence. The goal of this course is to teach students the importance of inclusive educational environments and to demonstrate the ability to engage in culturally responsive teaching and teamwork. Students will study the role and impact of American education, institutional structures, power and globalism. They will learn about underrepresented students, culture, communication, and practice.

Professor: C. Prosper

Register Today

You can register for the Urban Education Development Initiative here.