The program is built on the premise that the sustainability of urban communities will serve as a key indicator of the vitality of the larger society, and it regards the development of successful urban inner-city schools as the major educational challenge of the twenty-first century. The Urban Leadership PhD program is based upon four guiding principles:
Scope and Sequence of Doctoral Studies:
The PhD in Education with an emphasis in Urban Leadership requires completion of all course work after a master's degree, as well as oral and written qualifying examinations, proficiency in at least two research tools, and a dissertation. Students may transfer up to 24 approved units of course work from their master's degree to count toward the 72-unit PhD degree requirement. During the first year, students will enroll in required classes in urban leadership and communities.
The course offerings of the program are designed around three distinct competencies: the development of knowledge, skills, and strategies for leaders in urban settings; Socratic seminars that introduce students to the literature related to urban education; and research projects based on the candidate's workplace realities. The program places a great deal of emphasis on the importance of the high quality leadership in public education.
Areas of Study:
In addition to completion of the core course of study, PhD students in the Urban Educational Leadership Program must complete the following requirements:
Doctoral Dissertation Completion
Completion of an approved written dissertation and the dissertation defense are required.
Urban Leadership Student & Alumni Testimonials:
"Claremont's Urban Leadership Program is distinctive in that it affords a small group of students and professors an opportunity to work together on very compelling educational problems facing administrators in urban settings. The seminars and materials have been useful for work in my own district. I have been able to share them with fellow administrators to use in our efforts to ensure success for all of our students." Ralph Baker, Executive Director, Excelsior Education Center, Victorville
"The Urban Leadership Program Provides a framework for leadership that emphasizes becoming a thoughtful risk-taker that will enact fundamental change in education. Claudia Bermudez, Instructional Coach, Independence Elementary/Magnet School, LAUSD
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Resources for School Leaders:
Dr. Ken Oduro (UL Program Alumnus):
Access to Empowerment - Ghana