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Levin College of Public Affairs and Education Celebrates 25th Anniversary of MUST Program

The Levin College of Public Affairs and Education Celebrates 25 Years of Excellence with the Master in Urban Secondary Teaching (MUST) Program Anniversary

The Levin College of Public Affairs and Education proudly announces the celebration of the 25th anniversary of its Master in Urban Secondary Teaching (MUST) Program on April 25th, 2024 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. This milestone event, set to take place on the first floor of CSU’s Julka Hall (2485 Euclid Avenue), will unite alumni, faculty, staff, and educational partners in commemorating the program's founding, recognizing pivotal contributions, and reconnecting with alumni who continue to shape the educational landscape in Northeast Ohio.

Established twenty-five years ago to address the critical need for secondary educators, the MUST program seamlessly integrates graduate coursework with immersive, hands-on training within authentic school settings. Over a span of 14 months, participants engage in a rigorous nine-month residency alongside mentor teachers in urban high schools. Graduates emerge from the program equipped with comprehensive expertise in their respective fields.

"We are thrilled to mark this significant milestone alongside our dedicated community of alumni, faculty, and partners," said Jill Gordon, Dean and Professor for the Levin College of Public Affairs and Education. "The MUST program has consistently demonstrated its commitment to excellence, as evidenced by our remarkable 94% job placement rate and unmatched affordability."

A highlight of the celebration will be the keynote address delivered by Andratesha Fritzgerald, a distinguished MUST alumna from the early days of the program. Fritzgerald, the founder of Building Blocks of Brilliance, LLC, and author of "Antiracism and Universal Design for Learning: Building Expressways to Success," brings over 30 years of experience as an international speaker, educator, administrator, and advocate. Her keynote will underscore the transformative impact of the MUST program on her pedagogical approach.

The "MUST Family Gathering" provides the opportunity to  celebrate a legacy of educational innovation, collaboration, and empowerment. Alumni, faculty, staff, and partners are encouraged to join in commemorating 25 years of excellence in urban secondary teaching.

To register or learn more about the MUST program and the anniversary celebration, please visit or contact Marketa Fuller-President, MUST Program Coordinator, at