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Urban Education Leaders Program

Department of Organization and Leadership

The Urban Education Leaders Program (Ed.D.)

Co-Directors:  Dr. Jeffrey M. Young and Dr. Sonya Douglass Horsford
Program Contact: Ms. Lubna Kayyali
Program Office:  (212) 678-3588

(Application code: ELUE) Ed.D. – Summer and school-year cohort program

Urban Education Leaders Program offers school administrators and other education professionals an opportunity to complete a rigorous doctoral program while continuing to serve in schools, school systems, and other educational contexts. The program is dedicated to preparing students for high-profile, high-need positions as leaders in education, especially in urban settings. The Teachers College faculty help to develop students’ knowledge and analytical skills. Through unique district-based internship programs, students have the opportunity to learn with and from the nation’s top education leaders. Academic study and hands-on leadership development inform each other as students examine the most urgent and significant challenges facing education leaders today. 

The objectives of the Urban Education Leaders Program are to:

  • Strengthen our students’ ability to lead educational organizations and systems that are purposeful, successful, and humane contexts for learning;
  • Help students develop skills and knowledge needed for the effective leadership and management of complex organizations in a global, technological, and culturally diverse society;
  • Stimulate inquiry and innovation around challenges in professional practice;
  • Broaden and deepen reflection about values, trends, and issues that affect the education enterprise;
  • Create and sustain a community of leaders committed to continuous learning and mutual support. 

Students pursue a coherent curriculum grounded in practice and combining the best of theoretical and professional studies.

Degree Requirements:

Students must earn 90 points of academic credit, complete a field experience requirement, pass a doctoral candidacy certification examination, successfully pass the New York State licensure examination, and defend a doctoral dissertation.

New York State Education Department has certification requirements that are needed for program completion and graduation which are listed under the Office of Teacher Education section of the catalog.

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