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Urban Education Leaders Program

Department of Organization and Leadership


The deadline for the 2017 admission cycle has passed. The deadline for the 2019 admission cycle will be announced in early 2018.

No. This cohort program is part-time with courses taking place Monday through Friday during the month of July. Additionally, students meet once per month on Friday and Saturday during the Fall and Spring semesters.

No. However, there is a large distance and technology component to the program, mixed with the requirements of conducting online research and using online platforms to download readings and submit assignments. 

The UELP Program is a 90-credit program (with up to 30 transferable credits).

The cost of the UELP Program varies depending on the cost of tuition. As of Fall 2017, the cost of tuition is $1,572 per credit hour (point).

We believe the UELP Program is cost-effective because it does not require individuals to leave their jobs and, therefore, students can maintain their source of income. We also have very high placement rates into full-time administrative positions. The Program has limited funds available to award to new and continuing students. For more information on financial aid, please click here.

Though we do not publish our acceptance rate, our Program is competitive and accepts approximately 12 students every other year.

With steady progress, the UELP Program will take approximately five (5) years or less to complete. Students attend classes for three consecutive years and conclude with their written dissertation and dissertation defense.

Applicants must have eight to ten years of teaching/leadership experience or equivalent work experience in order to apply.

Yes, you may apply, but please address in your personal statement why you feel you are qualified with fewer than the requisite years of experience.

The UELP Program's focus is on urban education. Therefore, we do not recommend the Program to those interested in suburban education. You may not gain the suburban education subject knowledge you seek by attending classes focusing on urban education, thus, shortchanging your doctoral experience.

No. The UELP Program is proud to have a diverse student pool from coast to coast, including the San Francisco Bay area, Milwaukee, New Orleans, Washington, D.C., amongst other locations. The convenient schedule makes it easy for our students to commute to classes in the summertime as well as the weekends and limits days away from their careers. To view current student profiles, click here.

Cohort programs offer a group of colleagues to enter and exit the program at the same time, thus allowing a constant group of peers to give support not only regarding curriculum, but also emotionally. Students have similar goals and often share professional networks. Most courses in the UELP Program are offered for cohort members only, thus granting smaller class sizes and extra one-on-one attention from faculty members.

Upon completion of the Program, students are eligible to take the New York State School District Leader Licensure Examination. For more information regarding licensure, please refer to the New York State Education Department website here

It is not possible to obtain your School Building Level (SBL) certificate while enrolled in the UELP Ed.D. Program. Students completing the UELP Ed.D. approved teacher preparation program would be en route to a School District Leader (SDL)-PROFESSIONAL certificate type. Students completing the M.A. or Ed.M. with a major in the Summer Principals Academy (code ELBL) are the only individuals with a program code to match the SBL certificate, thus the only ones who could be recommended for an SBL-INITIAL certificate type. TC is only able/authorized to recommend these candidates upon the combined completion of the approved teacher preparation program and after degree has been cleared/conferred by the Registrar's Office.

Yes. Though viewed as a piece of the overall application, GRE’s are required without exception. Writing scores of 4.0 and above are recommended. Please note that ETS will not release scores older than 5 years. For more information on the GRE’s and how to study, please visit the ETS GRE website.

Please visit our Application Requirements and Procedures page for application requirements and visit the Office of Admission online application system to apply.  

Please contact Ms. Lubna Kayyali, Assistant Director of Urban Education Leaders Program, at lk2653@tc.columbia.edu.

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