Urban Education Network (UEN) Program

The Urban Education Network (UEN) program serves aspiring school leaders primarily in Iowa's urban school districts and includes the following features:

  • An engaging, real-world curriculum aligned with  the Iowa Standards for School Leaders (ISSL) with a special focus on the unique needs and opportunities found in Iowa's urban schools
  • Authentic course-embedded learning opportunities that connect theory with actual practice facilitated by a dynamic, and award-winning faculty with decades of combined school leadership experience
  • Courses in our programs are offered via interactive video conferencing methods (including the Iowa Communications Network [ICN]) and online using eLearning, a Blackboard learning management system requiring Internet access and a web browser, as well as face-to-face interaction during a two year course of study, including two summers.  Access to a high-speed Internet connection and a webcam/microphone (common in newer computers) may also be required.  While most students encounter very few technical difficulties, our team of support specialists is available to assist you as needed.  For your convenience, you will have electronic access to the UNI Rod Library. 
  • Formation of a dynamic and collegial learning cohort made up of professional educators from across the state, with new groups beginning each fall semester
  • Team and leadership building experiences during a part-time three week session on-campus during the first summer of study
  • Authentic learning and leadership experiences that address current educational challenges and opportunities related to legislation, increasing diversity and technology, financial pressures, and societal changes
  • A personalized field-based internship experience that allows students to experience school leadership in their schools and communities, with extensive support from campus-based professors, experienced field supervisors, and local mentors
  • The opportunity to choose between two areas of emphasis: Activities Administration or Community Connections
  • Development and presentation of a personalized school leadership portfolio that highlights student's experiences as an aspiring school leader
  • Students pursuing a master's degree complete a 37 unit program, while those already possessing a master's have the option of earning a second master's or an Advanced Studies Certificate (ASC), which addresses Iowa licensure requirements.