Urban Education Leadership & Policy Program

About this program

The Urban Education Leadership & Policy program serves those interested in transforming education systems towards more effective and equitable organizations. We offer nationally recognized and accredited programs at the certificate, license, Masters, and Specialist levels.

Our students and alumni serve in leadership roles in local, state and national organizations. We prepare leaders with knowledge and commitment to serve urban communities and to advance justice.

 

UELP Program offerings

The IU School of Education at IUPUI has a number of offerings for students interested in advanced study and leadership roles. These include dual degree, licensure*, and minor options that complement our 90-credit hour PhD in Urban Education Studies.

  • PhD in Urban Education Studies with District Level Administrators License: Students interested in district-level leadership positions may earn an Indiana District-level Administrators (DLA) license en route to completing the PhD program.
  • PhD in Urban Education Studies with Building Level Administrators License: Students interested in district-level leadership positions may earn an Indiana Building-level Administrators (BLA) license en route to completing the Ph.D. program.
  • PhD in Urban Education Studies with Minor in Educational Leadership: Students interested in concentrated study of educational leadership in and for urban communities may incorporate a 12-credit hour Doctoral Minor in Education Leadership in their PhD program of study.
    • PhD Minor Educational Leadership: This 12 credit-hour minor provides a grounding in educational leadership allowing students to select four courses in consultation with a faculty advisor.
  • PhD in Urban Education Studies with Minor in Education Law, Policy & Advocacy: Students interested in concentrated study of educational law, policy, and advocacy in and for urban communities may incorporate a 12-credit hour DoctoralMinor inEducation Law, Policy & Advocacy in their PhD program of study.
    • PhD Minor Education Law, Policy, and Advocacy: This 12 credit-hour minor provides a grounding in Education Law, Policy, and Advocacy allowing students to select four courses in consultation with a faculty advisor.
  • Dual MJ/PhD (Masters of Jurisprudence through McKinney School of Law and PhD in Urban Education Studies): Students with an interest in legal analysis may enroll in our new 90-credit hour MJ/PHD dual degree program delivered in partnership with IUPUI’s McKinney School of Law.
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Another option for students with interest in educational leadership is the 60-credit hour IU Collaborative On-line EdS in Educational Leadership. This a fully on-line degree delivered through a collaboration of IUPUI and IU’s regional campuses of IU East, IU Northwest, IU South Bend, and IU Southeast. As noted below, the degree may be combined with licensure* options. (Students may transfer up to 36 credit hours into the degree program).

  • EdS in Educational Leadership with Building Level OR District Level licensure: Students interested in post-Masters study and positions as building or district leaders may earn an Indiana District-level Administrators (DLA) license or an Indiana Building-level Administrators (DLA) license en route to completing the EdS program.
  • EdS in Educational Leadership with Building Level AND District Level licensure: Students interested in post-Masters study and positions as building or district leaders may earn an may earn both the Indiana District-level Administrators (DLA) and Building-level Administrators (DLA) licenses en route to completing the EdS degree program.
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The IU School of Education at IUPUI also has a number of degree and licensure* offerings for students holding bachelor’s or Masters degrees and interested in educational leadership in and for urban communities.

  • MSED in Urban Education Leadership: This nationally-accredited 36-credit hour program leads to a Masters degree and an Indiana Building-level Administrators license. The program may be completed in as little 14 months, which includes a year-long practicum bookended by two intensive summers.
  • MSED in Urban Education Leadership with an Urban Principal Program Specialization: This specialization brings focus to the politics, policies, and organizational dynamics needed for advocacy-oriented leadership in urban schools and urban communities.
  • MSED in Urban Education Leadership and Director of Exceptional Needs Licensure: Students interested in leadership positions in Special Education may reduce the time to earn the degree and license through this streamlined 36-credit hour program.

The IU School of Education at IUPUI offers two 24-credit hour state-approved and nationally-accredited licenses for students interested school and district leadership positions.

  • Building Level Administrators License: Students with a Masters degree from an accredited institution may earn an Indiana Building-level Administrators (BLA) license. This nationally-accredited program may be completed in as little 14 months, which includes a year-long practicum bookended by two intensive summers.
  • District Level Administrators License: Students with a post-Masters degree from an accredited institution may earn an Indiana District-level Administrators (DLA) license. This nationally-accredited program may be completed in as little 24 months, which includes a year-long practicum.

*Note: Students seeking licensure must complete the state approved programs and all other state requirements.

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