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Urban Teaching & Leadership

We welcome applications on a rolling basis. The next priority application deadline is November 1, 2024.

Take Alone or Build into Your Degree

Hybrid-Online Courses

Work with Experienced Leaders in Counseling, Teaching, and Administration

Program Overview

The Warner School’s Urban Teaching and Leadership (UTL) Program is an urban education program where leaders learn to innovate and collaborate to better their careers, communities, and the fields of teaching, counseling and educational administration. You will become an innovative urban educator, committed to helping all students succeed in urban schools and addressing the inequalities confronting public education in America’s cities. 

At the Warner School, you will learn to lead change in your classroom. You’ll be part of a learning community committed to addressing society’s pressing challenges and leading the future of K-12 urban education. Through field placements and other learning experiences in Rochester schools and communities, the UTL program equips urban educators to combine a passion for social justice with innovative teaching practices to improve the quality of education for all youth while embracing diversity in the classroom. This credential will enable you to better serve your diverse students today, make you stand out as a K-12 urban educator, and position you to open pathways to opportunity for all. 

This program includes a total of 9 credits. When you meet with our advisor, you will complete a detailed program plan for the Advanced Certificate in Urban Teaching & Leadership.

Key Program Features

  • Focus on teaching all students: Includes courses on diversity, leadership and working with students of all backgrounds and abilities in urban schools.
  • Flexible: This may be taken as a stand-alone program or be built into a degree program with minimal extra credits, expanding your area of expertise. Start the program any semester and go at your own pace.
  • Supportive: Through working with experienced teachers, counselors and educational leaders, students will develop a network of support for their ongoing work.
  • Hybrid-Online Courses: Enjoy the convenience of taking some courses online.
  • Supportive Environment: Engage with faculty and peers at the master’s and doctoral levels inside and outside the classroom.
  • Combining Theory and Practice: Includes both courses and practicum experiences focusing on urban education and leadership. 


  • For current K-12 educators or students concurrently enrolled in a teacher education, school counseling or educational leadership program.

Scholarships, Tuition, & Financial Aid


Program Options

These programs in urban teaching & leadership focus on preparing students to become effective teachers, school counselors and educational leaders in K-12 urban school settings.

Advanced Certificate in Urban Teaching & Leadership

Nine credits or less, including a practicum experience; for current and prospective K-12 teachers who want to learn how to gain the knowledge and leverage the resources to better all students in urban schools; can be pursued as a stand-alone program OR concurrently with another Warner program.

This advanced certificate program does not lead to licensure or prepare students for the practice of any profession in NYS. It is designed to give professionals additional insight and tools to have a profound impact on the future of urban education. Coursework for the advanced certificate in urban teaching and leadership.

Combined Master's Program

If you are interested in a master's-level credential, you can pursue our customizable MS in Teaching and Curriculum, School Counseling or Educational Leadership concurrently with the Advanced Certificate in Urban Teaching & Leadership. This combined program includes multiple electives that will allow you to specialize further in your areas of interest.

We welcome applications on a rolling basis. The next priority application deadline is November 1, 2024.

Program Director

Bonnie Rubenstein

Professor (Clinical), Chair of Counseling & Human Development & Director of Urban Teaching & Leadership Program

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