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Department of Urban Education
1002 Commerce St.
Commerce Building Suite 440
Houston, TX 77002-1014

Phone: (713) 222-5349
Fax: (713) 223-7446

UE Faculty & Staff Directory

Department Chair

Viola M. Garcia, Ed.D.
Chair & Professor
Office: C-440J
Phone: (713) 221-8165

Sue Mahoney, Ph.D.
Associate Professor & Assistant Chair
Office: C-440K
Phone: (713) 221-2719

About The Department of Urban Education

Welcome to The University of Houston-Downtown’s Department of Urban Education. UHD’s teacher education program is a state approved Center for Professional Development and Technology (UHD-CPDT). The center trains new elementary, secondary and bilingual teachers, and also provides staff development and technology support for public schools. The mission of the UHD-CPDT is to prepare future teachers for the urban classroom who will enhance the chances of academic success for at-risk children and adolescents in inner-city schools.

The goals of the UHD-CPDT are to prepare urban teachers who will:

  • Possess strong working knowledge of general and teaching field content and pedagogy
  • Demonstrate understanding of appropriate instructional strategies to ensure that each child achieves academic success
  • Use technology efficiently and productively for instructive and administrative purposes;
  • Work collaboratively with others
  • Demonstrate appreciation of diversity by structuring the environment so that each child can learn
  • Use effective communication skills and encourage effective communication from others
  • Demonstrate reflective practices which lead to an ever increasing level of professionalism.

For issues or complaints about this educator preparation program, email, or mail to Correspondence Management, Texas Education Agency, 1701 N. Congress, Austin, TX 78701.

Last updated or reviewed on 6/4/14

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