Urban Education Leadership
College of Education (MC 147)
1040 West Harrison Street
Chicago, IL 60607-7133
Campus Location: 3145 EPASW
Telephone: (312) 996-4532
Program Code: 20FS4015EDD
Web Site: http://education.uic.edu/
Dean of the College of Education: Victoria Chou
Director of Graduate Studies: Mark Smylie
The College of Education offers a program of academic work leading to the Doctor of Education in Urban Education Leadership, with options leading to the Illinois P‐12 Principal Endorsement and/or the Illinois Superintendent Endorsement. Students may elect the Certificate of Advanced Study in Urban Education Leadership as an alternative to the Doctor of Education in Urban Education Leadership.
Applicants are considered on an individual basis. Applicants must submit transcripts from the last 60 hours of undergraduate work and from all postbaccalaureate work. In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, applicants must meet the following program requirements:
- Baccalaureate Field No restrictions.
- Master’s Degree Required.
- Grade Point Average At least 3.00/4.00 for the final 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) of undergraduate study and for all postbaccalaureate course work.
- Tests Required GRE or GMAT.
- Minimum English Competency Test Score
- TOEFL 550 (paper-based); 80, with subscores of Reading 19, Listening 17, Speaking 20, and Writing 21 (iBT Internet-based). Note: Total score is higher than the sum of the subscores. OR
- IELTS 6.5, with subscores of 6.0 for all four subscores.
- Letters of Recommendation Three required attesting to potential for excellence in urban education leadership.
- Personal Statement Required. Statement must identify and explain applicant’s career objectives.
- Other Requirements Evidence of successful classroom teaching experience and leadership experience in educational settings and interview with admissions panel. The College of Education Application form must also be submitted. This program requires two packets of admissions materials. One set of transcripts and the official University application should be sent to the Admissions Office. Applicants should submit the following materials in one package to the College of Education: a copy of the official UIC application, the College of Education application, a second set of transcripts, GRE or GMAT scores, 3 letters of recommendation, and a personal statement as specified for this program on the College of Education Web site.
- Deadlines The application deadline for this program is earlier than the Graduate College deadline. Contact the College of Education for information on current deadlines. Admission is restricted to the spring term, beginning in January.
In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, students must meet the following program requirements:
- Minimum Semester Hours Required
- 64 from the master’s degree for a Certificate of Advanced Study
- 80 from the master’s degree for the EdD
- 96 from the master’s degree for the EdD plus Superintendent’s Endorsement, for which EdD is the required degree
- Course Work Required for all options: CI/EDPS 548, EDPS 550, EDPS 551, EDPS 552, EDPS 556, EDPS 557, EDPS 558, EDPS 559 (8 hours), EDPS 568, EDPS 571, EDPS 579, EDPS 586 (8 hours), EDPS 592 (4 hours), EPSY 535.
- Additional required courses for EdD degree: EDPS 544 and 12 hours of EDPS 591.
- Additional courses required for Illinois Superintendent Endorsement: EDPS 592 (4 hours), EDPS 553, EDPS 589, and one course selected in consultation with advisor from the following: EDPS 412, EDPS 567, EDPS 581.
- Successful completion of all course work and the comprehensive exam below qualifies students for the Certificate of Advanced Study.
- Examinations Comprehensive Written Examination: Required for EdD and CAS. Successful completion of the comprehensive exam is required for completion of the CAS and entry into the Research Project stage of the EdD program. No student with a cumulative
GPA below 3.00 or with more than two courses remaining to complete will be permitted to take the comprehensive examination. The exam will include a review of a portfolio of annual
performance assessments designated by program faculty. Students who fail to pass all components after the second attempt are likely to be recommended by the program faculty to the Graduate College for dismissal from the program.
- Annual Review: Required. Students will be required to submit an Annual Review, in compliance with college policy on doctoral programs, to show evidence of academic and professional progress. The annual review will include specific work products completed as part of course work and fieldwork, and revisions may be required in these products as
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- Preliminary Examination: Required for EdD. The preliminary examination is taken at the completion of all course work. The exam is an oral defense of a written Doctoral Research Project proposal. The primary purpose of the preliminary examination is review and approval of the
Doctoral Research Project proposal for admission of the student to EdD
- Doctoral Research Project Required for EdD. Students must earn at least 12 semester hours in EDPS 593. The completed Doctoral Research Project must be defended orally and publicly before a committee of faculty constituted for this purpose.
- Other Requirements All students must complete a training course sponsored by the Office for the Vice Chancellor for Research on the ethics of conducting research with human subjects. Students are required to submit an annual report of their academic and professional progress.
a Annual Review: Required. While it is not strictly considered an examination, an annual student assessment will constitute the first step in a two‐step student assessment process, of which the comprehensive written exam is the second part. In the first part, each student will submit specified work products completed as part of course work and fieldwork, and revisions may be required in these products as part of cumulative portfolio reviewed for Part 2, the Comprehensive Examination. Failure to submit annual work products at a satisfactory performance level, as determined by Program Coordinator in consultation with program faculty, will constitute evidence of insufficient progress through program, leading to possible dismissal from program. Due process will be observed to protect student rights and program integrity.
Interdepartmental Concentration in Gender and Women’s Studies
Students earning a graduate degree in this department may complement their courses by enrolling in a concentration in Gender and Women’s Studies after consulting with their graduate advisor. See Gender and Women’s Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section of the catalog for more information.