Preparing High-Quality Graduates for Major Leadership Positions
The University of Connecticut Administrator Preparation Program (UCAPP) is designed for Connecticut-certified educators with at least three years of teaching experience and an interest in school-level leadership. It offers aspiring school administrators an opportunity to earn a sixth-year diploma in educational administration through UConn’s Neag School of Education. Graduates also may be eligible for the 092 certification endorsement as an intermediate administrator in the state of Connecticut.
The UCAPP program offers hybrid instructional delivery. Summer courses are predominantly online, while 50% of all class sessions in the fall and spring semesters are in-person and 50% are online.
UCAPP is based on a cohort model, bringing together a group of students for all courses and assignments for the duration of the program. There are six cohort locations:
- Glastonbury (East)
- New Haven
- West Hartford (West)
Only three cohort locations accept applications each year. Students can enroll in the Guilford, Hartford, and West Hartford (West) cohorts in odd years (2023, 2025, 2027, etc.) and the Glastonbury (East), New Haven, and Stamford cohorts in even years (2024, 2026, 2028, etc.).
Core Program Elements
School districts statewide are seeking to develop a pipeline of well-qualified and capable leaders who can lead highly effective schools, including those with diverse needs. In response to the ongoing demand for competent school leaders, the Neag School has designed a program focused on preparing highly qualified school leaders to promote equity and excellence in schools for all students. Core elements of UCAPP include:
- A hands-on, customized internship in a district or school outside of your current place of employment. Every effort is made to secure placements based on your preferences for geographic location, school level, and type of community. The internship is supported by leadership coaching that aligns practicum experience with coursework content.
- Mentors and leadership coaches with successful track records in leading schools for equity and excellence who guide you during your internship.
- Highly qualified instructors, including UConn faculty and local educators, with a wealth of academic and practical experience.
- Spiraling curriculum aligned to the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL) and Connecticut School Leadership Standards.
- Selective admission through a performance-based screening process.
- A standards-based program of study that aims to develop the knowledge and skill set essential for effective school leadership, exceeding minimum certification requirements.
Unique to UCAPP
In addition to the above, every UCAPP student has the opportunity to take advantage of a unique set of program experiences:
- Engagement and completion of four Core Assessment tasks that allow you to practice authentic principalship work in schools within your clinical experience.
- The UCAPP change project, the capstone core assessment task, in which you will identify a specific issue facing your internship school or the school where you work to lead a school improvement initiative.
- Site visits to schools of excellence to learn from highly effective leaders.
- Participation in a variety of SchoolSims simulations that emulate real-world leadership scenarios, allowing you to decide on a course of action, implement it, and experience its consequences.
- Optional hands-on supplemental learning experiences on topics such as budgeting, SRBI/RTI case management, and PPT facilitation.