Urban Collaborative for Educational Leadership (UCEL)
The Urban Collaborative for Educational Leadership (UCEL) is a one year field-based administrator preparation program developed by The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD), The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), and the Dallas Independent School District (DISD). This is a program uniquely designed for graduate students seeking a master’s degree with Texas principal certification. Participants must be nominated for the cohort by their school district. The program is open to any school district which wishes to support one or more candidates.
Participants are identified by the school district and serve as campus or district administrative interns throughout the year-long program for a minimum of 1000 clock hours. This intensive field-based administrator preparation experience over the course of the year gives interns extensive opportunities to become highly qualified beginning administrators. Interns progress through the program together, taking 3-5 courses each semester as a cohort. Program participants spend one week-day away from their school campus at the University Center of Dallas where they attend classes and seminars in state-of-the art classrooms designed to meet the unique requirements of the program. Coursework requirements are tailored to the campus and district where the intern is employed. Faculty and experienced school administrators teach the classes and supervise the practicum with the support of special lecturers and programs by experts from business, academia, and government.
UCEL graduate students will take a total of 13 courses or 39 Semester Credit Hours (SCH) together as a cohort. Upon successful completion of the entire program, including passing the state certification exam, students will be awarded a master’s degree and be recommended for principal certification.
Because the program is designed for a maximum cohort of 25 participants, candidates must meet the most rigorous standards for potential placement as a public school administrator by the nominating district (which can nominate multiple candidates) as well as the admission requirements for the program.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF UTA, UTD, DISD (or other Participating ISD’s), AND UCEL PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS
I. Financial Responsibilities
A. DISD (Or Other Participating ISD’s)
B. UT Dallas and UT Arlington faculty will be assigned as instructors of record.
C. PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS
II. Program Matriculation Procedures
A. Program Admission - Participants must meet both the district and the university-record admission requirements as follows:
a. Grade Point Average (GPA) minimum of 3.0 on last 60 undergraduate hours.
b. Graduate Record Exam (GRE) acceptable score
3. Upon acceptance into the program by the district, apply to the appropriate university of record as determined by the nominating district:
4. All UCEL students must be admitted to the UTA Graduate School or the UTD School of Interdisciplinary Studies graduate program before starting classes in the program in July.
B. Program Withdrawal
1. If a student wishes to withdraw from the program, it is the student’s responsibility
to officially withdraw from the university-of-record by the appropriate deadlines in
order to receive a complete or partial refund.
2. No refunds are given for courses dropped after the census date each semester.
C. Program Continuation
1. Each semester the university-of-record will clear students to register for courses the
2. I t is the individual student’s responsibility to register and pay for the required
courses each semester or to make arrangements with their district to pay the fees
at the time of registration.
D. Program Completion - In order to complete the program, students will be required to
pass the state principal certification exam.
1. Students enrolled at UTD who successfully complete the program requirements
will receive the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies degree from UTD.
2. Students enrolled at UTA who successfully complete the program requirements
will receive the Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership and Policy
Studies from UTA.