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Urban Education Leaders Program

Department of Organization and Leadership



Welcome to Urban Education Leaders Program (UELP) at Teachers College, Columbia University.  We appreciate your interest in our program and the study and practice of education leadership.  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. 


UELP is an Ed.D. program that integrates theory and research with practice-based experience to afford aspiring and current school district leaders the knowledge, skills and habits of mind that school superintendents and other district-level leaders need in order to excel.  Under the guidance of dedicated Teachers College faculty, our students conduct deep and meaningful research that contributes to the knowledge base on urban education.  Continuing TC’s longstanding commitment to social justice, UELP students engage actively with the most persistent and pressing problems of practice in our profession and prepare to make a real difference in the lives of children and families. 


Designed as a cohort model with a small group of peers from around the country, and built as an executive education-style experience, the three-year academic program convenes for several weeks in the summer and then one weekend per month during the regular academic year (fall and spring semesters).  In addition to coursework, case studies and field-based experiences that push students’ thinking, our structured approach to scaffolding the dissertation process provides the support and advisement people working in the field will need in order to complete their doctoral studies in a timely manner.  The opportunities to develop lasting professional relationships with classmates and faculty members are limitless.


Leadership matters.  UELP delivers a program that challenges and supports students as a learners and leaders, and in turn, the students whose lives they will impact as urban school district leaders.  For more information, please explore our website and feel free to contact us with any questions.  We look forward to hearing from you.


Jeffrey M. Young, Ed.D.                                                      Sonya Douglass Horsford, Ed.D.

Professor of Practice in Education Leadership                   Associate Professor of Education Leadership

Co-Director, Urban Education Leaders Program                Co-Director, Urban Education Leaders Program

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