Urban School Leadership MEd Executive Program

The executive Master of Education in Urban School Leadership program is prepares students for the unique challenges of leadership in urban schools. Learn to reframe the conversation surrounding urban education while increasing your understanding of the social, cultural, economic and political contexts that shape the debate about urban school reform.

The Urban School Leadership MEd program’s strategic focus helps to address the specific leadership needs of urban public schools in order to create a coherent vision of school success.  Students will come to understand how effective leaders foster professional growth and organizational change as the foundations of standards-based school reform. You’ll learn to design and use multiple measures of school success including responsiveness to student needs and also develop advocacy skills to to advance social justice and educational equity. Graduates of the master’s program are equipped to provide strong, ethical, democratic leadership for urban schools and communities in Philadelphia and across the region.

This cohort-based executive graduate program consists of a fixed set of courses offered in a specific sequence, and all students in each cohort take the same courses in the same sequence. Courses are offered on weekends and during the summer, accommodating the schedules of working professionals. The program features hybrid courses that include both face-to-face instruction and online modules, projects and group work.

Because it’s aimed at working professionals, it is designed to be completed on a part-time basis; students may complete the program in less than  two years.


Students in the Urban School Leadership MEd program will learn to

  • Use strategic thinking to create a coherent organizational vision focused on student success.
  • Understand systems theory and how effective leaders foster professional growth and organizational change as the primary architect of standards-based reform in schools.
  • Design and use multiple measures of student success to assess school functioning and responsiveness to student needs.
  • Develop advocacy skills to advance the needs of children and public education in the larger political, legal, social, cultural and economic context.
  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills needed to be able to lead in a fair and equitable manner while acting with professional integrity.

Culminating Work

The culminating event for this degree is a two-part clinical internship under the guidance of an on-site mentor.

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Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, the Master of Education program offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency and more. Learn more about our tuition and fees.

These tuition costs apply to the 2017–2018 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident: $1,128 per credit
Out-of-state: $1,435 per credit


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