The UEP program is an intensive cohort program, running from June to May. Full-time students complete the program in one year, and part-time students complete the program in two years. Students take most classes together, building a strong and supportive community.
Students take nine courses, including 8 required core courses, 1 elective course, and a 9-month internship experience. The required core classes include:
- EDUC 2320 — Quantitative Research Methods and Data Analysis
- EDUC 2330 — Urban Education Policy: System and Governance
- EDUC 2385 — Education Inequality and Community Assets
- EDUC 2360 — Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation for Education
- EDUC 2367 — Strategic Management of School Organizations
- EDUC 2350 — Economic Analysis in Urban Education Policy
- EDUC 2390 — Race and Democracy in Urban Education Policy
- EDUC 2380 — Internship (course component to the 9-month UEP internship)
In addition to the eight required courses, students can select one approved elective in order to gain greater depth in a core area (e.g., research methods, urban politics) or to broaden their experience in areas that are related to, but not directly covered by, core courses (e.g., organizational theory, public finance). Students can take an elective course in Education, Public Policy, Economics, Sociology, Political Science, Urban Studies, Ethnic Studies, or any number of other departments and programs on campus.