Cultivate leadership qualities essential for urban education environments

Graduate Certificate (12 credits)

This urban education leadership principles graduate certificate program cultivates critically conscious practitioners and explores the challenges faced by urban students, educators, community members and policymakers. Faculty and students work together to analyze the beliefs, values and philosophies underlying urban educational leadership grounded in research-based best practices. We help you balance your educational and personal goals with a 100% Online+ experience through our Global Campus. While this program focuses heavily on leading diverse populations, the knowledge and skills you acquire through this program can be applied to any primary and secondary educational setting.

Stackable certificates to a master’s in urban educational leadership degree

Take the leadership principles certificate as a stand-alone certificate or stack it with the business essentials for urban school administrators graduate certificate and instructional core transformation for school administrators graduate certificate and earn your master’s degree in urban educational leadership in less than two years.

Explore classes for Davenport’s educational leadership principles certificate

Become a culturally competent urban educator through urban education leadership principles certificate courses that include education and the law; race, culture and equity; and leading/managing urban schools.

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

See our Recommended Program Sequences:

Finish this graduate certificate program in just one semester
Benefit from a 13:1 student-to-faculty ratio at Davenport University
Enjoy convenient, 100% online urban education degree classes
Finish your Master of Education in urban educational leadership in just two years

Why pursue an educational leadership principles certificate at Davenport?

In as little as one semester, you’ll develop a foundational understanding of urban school leadership by examining leadership qualities, decision making, change and values essential for high-performing urban schools. You’ll be well-positioned for new job opportunities. By earning the urban education leadership principles certificate, you’ll be poised to advance within your school district.

This certificate curriculum is part of Davenport's Master of Education in urban educational leadership program, so once you’ve earned your certificate, you can seamlessly continue with the full master’s program. Or, you can get straight to work as an urban educator, leading the way toward increased educational equity.

Experience the Davenport difference:

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Benefit from our educational partnerships

Take advantage of Davenport’s relationships with partner districts, some of which often offer tuition benefits to candidates enrolled in our urban education programs. 

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Hands-on experience in urban settings

Gain hands-on experience through projects, service learning, research, fieldwork and internships in urban education settings with a focus on leadership for educational equity and inclusion. 


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Faculty who are educational leaders

Experience a 13:1 student-faculty ratio and learn from educators who have nearly 30+ years of experience collectively, with expertise in areas like elementary and secondary teaching and educational leadership as well as certification in Online+ learning instruction.


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Financial aid and discounts available

Benefit from Davenport’s expansive partnerships with local schools and districts. If you work for one of our educational partners, you may be eligible for tuition discounts of up to 39%.  


Get started on your online education leadership principles certificate

Explore the admissions requirements and then take the next step toward earning your education leadership principles certificate at Davenport.

Talk to a graduate admissions advisor

Davenport’s admissions team is here to answer your questions. Please call us at 800.686.1600 or email us at

Apply now or request more information

Start or advance your career as an educational leader in our cities. Request more information or begin your application now.

Some programs require a student to complete a portion of their degree plan off-campus. 
View a full list of those programs and courses