The Urban Principal Leadership Academy (UPLA) is a 15-month master’s program designed to prepare graduates to be leaders of socially just, equitable, and high-achieving public schools.
UPLA is built on the strengths and historic legacy of preparing public school leaders within our top-ranked Department of Educational Leadership and Policy. The Academy represents the next iteration of our Principalship Program, which has been re-designed and streamlined to meet the needs of urban school districts across Texas.
UPLA’s purpose is to develop 1,000 new reform-minded, culturally responsive, data-savvy, and instructional school leaders for urban public schools in Texas by 2040. These new leaders will relentlessly pursue equity and excellence for all children, an especially urgent priority in light of Texas’s changing demographic landscape.