Prepare to effectively lead in urban schooling

Master of Education - Urban Educational Leadership (36 credits)

Gain the skills and strategies critical to leading schools and districts in our cities through the master of education in urban educational leadership at Davenport University. Our leading-edge urban education leadership program supports and empowers current and aspiring school administrators to succeed in urban schooling. 

This master’s of education, the only program of its kind in Michigan, is delivered 100% online through Davenport’s innovative Global Campus. You’ll benefit from culturally competent urban education courses and a master’s of education that immerses you in actual clinical settings through internships and more. 

Receive exceptional preparation for leadership roles in urban education, including principal, vice principal, dean of students and other urban educational leadership positions. Graduates of the master’s of education are often promoted to leadership positions and many serve as administrators in K-12 settings. 

Train to be a change agent in urban education

Through Davenport’s master of educational leadership, you’ll focus on urban studies, including the impact of race, culture and equity, and learn to navigate these and other urban education issues. This master’s of education is for you if you are an educator or administrator who is a transformative thinker with a strong desire to make an impact in urban schooling. 

Explore classes for Davenport’s master of educational leadership

You’ll take rigorous, relevant and culturally competent courses that teach you best practices in urban educational leadership. Your urban studies include foundations of urban education leadership as well as business essentials you’ll need in leadership roles in urban schooling. The master of educational leadership is aligned with national standards for educational leaders and meets Michigan Standards for Preparation of School Administrators. 

Which class should I take? When should I take it?

See our Recommended Program Sequences:

Earn your M Ed from Michigan’s first College of Urban Education
Take urban education courses 100% online through Global Campus
Qualify for up to $2,000 annually in graduate student scholarships
Finish your master of educational leadership in just two years

Why pursue a master of educational leadership at Davenport?

By pursuing your masters of education at the first and only College of Urban Education in Michigan, you’ll benefit from our relationships with educational leaders across the region and beyond. Selected through a rigorous process, these key educator partners represent both the K-12 and higher education sectors. Along with Davenport, they’re dedicated to preparing you to become a highly effective leader in urban schooling.

You’ll learn from certified teaching professionals each possessing more than 10 years of experience in urban schooling. You’ll also receive weekly coaching and gain insight into internal bias and systematic inequity through cultural intelligence assessments. 

Experience the Davenport difference:

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Convenient online master’s of education

Enjoy the convenience and quality of a master of educational leadership that’s delivered 100% online through Davenport’s Global Campus, Michigan’s first online learning community. 


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Educational partners in urban schooling

Take advantage of Davenport’s relationships with partner districts, some of which often offer increased pay and/or tuition benefits to candidates enrolled in the master of educational leadership. 


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Hands-on experience in urban schooling 

Put your new skills into practice in real time through a master of educational leadership that offers hands-on learning opportunities, such as internships, research, projects, service learning and more. 


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Faculty who are urban schooling experts

Benefit from a 15:1 student-faculty ratio. Learn from exemplary urban education leaders with expertise in areas like curriculum design, district leadership, online learning and educational policy. 


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Urban education leadership certificate

Not ready for a full master’s? Start on your path to becoming a high-performing transformative leader within urban schooling with Davenport’s urban education leadership graduate certification.


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Dedicated financial aid counselor

Find the maximum financial aid to offset the cost of your urban studies with the help of your own dedicated financial aid counselor. You may qualify for up to 39% in tuition discounts and $2,000 annually in graduate scholarships. 


“The program helped prepare me for success in a doctoral program.”

--Meaghan Polega, M Ed ’16

Teaching and Learning Coordinator, Davenport University

Get started on pursuing urban education at Davenport

Explore the admissions requirements and then take the next step toward earning the Davenport master of educational leadership.

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Get started launching or advancing your career in urban schooling. Request more information or begin your application now.

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About Davenport University 

Davenport Campus

Davenport is a private, not-for-profit university with more than 150 years of experience preparing students for successful careers.

Offering over 60 bachelor’s and master’s degree programs, we align with top employers to design degree programs that help you gain the skills and real-world experience you need to rise above the rest. With small class sizes and campuses across Michigan or online, you’ll earn a quality education on your schedule at Davenport University. 

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