Urban Education Leaders Program

Welcome to the Urban Education Leaders Program


The Urban Education Leaders Program (UELP) at Teachers College, Columbia University is a three-year, executive education-style Ed.D. program that convenes for two weeks in the summer and one weekend per month during the regular academic year. In addition to coursework, case studies and field-based experiences, our structured approach to scaffolding the dissertation process provides the support and advisement working professionals need in order to complete their doctoral studies in a timely manner.

In UELP, the opportunities to develop lasting professional relationships with classmates and faculty members are limitless. No work is more enduring than providing young people with high quality education, and never has the need for excellence in education leadership been more urgent.

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Bridging the Divide Between Research, Theory, and Practice

Empowering Lifelong Urban Education Leaders

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Analyzing Institutional Effects on Academia

Read the UELP Graduation Map to gain a better understanding and track your progression through the program on the way to obtaining an Ed.D.

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