Urban Leadership Development Academy
The Urban Education Network
Leadership Development Academy is a leadership preparation program
offered by the University of Northern Iowa and Iowa's largest
public school districts, the Urban Education Network of Iowa
Those successfully completing the program meet the Iowa State Board of
Education Examiners standards for licensure as a Pre-12 principal
and PK-12 special education supervisor. The Academy is
challenging, fast-paced and a non-traditional performance-based program.
Participants can earn credit by a demonstration of knowledge and
performances associated with the Iowa Standards for School
Leaders (ISSL). Participants will undertake problem-based
learning, action research and an extensive practicum related to the
context of a multi-cultural educational environment with student
populations that reflect today's diverse communities.
completing the program qualify for licensure as administrators, the
residual value of the program for districts is the enhancement of
leadership capacity among teachers in a school and district. The need
for distributed leadership is very evident as districts strive to meet
the evolving educational needs of a diverse student population. Building leadership teams, research action teams and various other
cooperative initiatives benefit from teachers who possess leadership
skills and knowledge. The Academy, though specifically intended to
meet the needs of Iowa's largest and urban school districts, can
be customized and/or replicated to meet the specific needs of any school
In addition to 37 credit hours of
coursework, the two hour program places emphasis
on practical internship experiences that are aligned with the ISSL
standards and supervised by a mentor/coach, a university advisor and a
faculty field supervisor. Internship experiences include
course-assigned and site-determined experiences
that are documented.
Courses are generally taught via
the ICN in evening session and WebCT
so participants may stay in their home district for these courses. However, participants are required to enroll in on-campus courses for
three weeks (Tues., Wed., and Thurs.) in the summer between the
first and second years of the program.
interested in this unique leadership development program, complete
information is available in the office of Human Resources in each UEN
district, on the website
http://www.bcs.uni.edu/execdev/ContentPage.aspx?id=9#LeadershipCert or contact Betty
Hogan at the University of Northern Iowa.