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Graduate Certificate in Urban Education Leadership, GRC
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Full Curriculum

The Certificate in Urban Educational Leadership (CUEL) is designed to prepare candidates to serve as high-performing trans-formative leaders within urban schools and districts. Created for candidates pursuing the principalship and supervisory posi-tions, this certification is based on best practices, aligned to the national Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL) as well as the Michigan Standards for the Preparation of Central Office and Building Administrators. The CUEL program will pro-vide an invigorating learning experience that synergistically combines rigorous academic work with on-going practiced-based learning experiences. A significant emphasis is placed on real-world case studies and simulations that help candidates develop the skills, competencies, and mindsets necessary for successful educational leadership in an urban environment. Candidates will leverage their lived experience while exploring current research and best practices in the areas of leadership, curriculum, instruc-tion and assessment, entrepreneurship, school law, human capital management, educational policy and related areas of study.
Principal Certification is available through the Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals Association (MEMSPA).

Admission Checklist:
   In order to qualify:
        • Possess a Bachelor’s Degree
        • Show evidence of achievement (required 3.0 or higher undergraduate GPA)

   Current teachers seeking new endorsements
        • Possess a current teaching certificate under the State of Michigan
        • Show evidence of achievement (required 3.0 or higher undergraduate GPA)

Note: Admittance is contingent upon passage of criminal history check and FBI fingerprinting.


The Department of Education requires Davenport University to provide certain information (Gainful Employment Disclosure) regarding this certificate program to aid students in making a decision to enroll. The Gainful Employment Disclosure information for this Graduate Certificate can be found at


Which class should I take? When should I take it? 
2018-2019 Recommended Program Sequence for Urban Education Leadership, GRC and printable pdf download

Foundations of Urban Educational Leadership9 cr.
UEDU622Educational Leadership3 cr.
UEDU710Race, Culture, and Equity3 cr.
UEDU735Leading and Managing3 cr.
Business Essentials for Urban Schools and District Administrators6 cr.
UEDU744Human Capital3 cr.
UEDU753Strategic Improvement of Urban Schools/Districts 3 cr.
Instructional Core Transformation Strategies3 cr.
UEDU796Transformation/Management: Instructional Core3 cr.