UCLA’s Educational Leadership Program (ELP) was structured in 1993 to enhance the ability of Pre-K – 16 educators to lead and improve the outcomes in their own organizations. ELP offers a program to cohorts of approximately 25-27 students that meets the needs of educators in Southern California.  Classes are held one evening a week and Saturdays. Many of the 500+ graduates have gone on to lead independent schools, charter schools and public schools and school districts.  They have founded schools and led charter school organizations.  Some are presidents and vice presidents of community colleges.  They teach in teacher preparation programs, in schools, in colleges and universities.  They lead academic and student affairs efforts in colleges and universities.  Many have used their ELP dissertations to improve student outcomes. ELP’s students benefit from being a student in one of the top public Schools of Education in the nation and from the wealth of resources available to UCLA students. All admitted students have the opportunity to apply for scholarships. First Year students have the largest number of scholarships ranging from $2,500 – $8,000: Smith Scholarship and ELP Alumni Scholarships. The ELP Scholarships have two rounds each year in fall (for winter term) and in winter (for spring term).

The Educational Leadership Program at UCLA acknowledges our presence on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Gabrielino/Tongva peoples.

Faculty Co-Directors:
Lynn Kim-John & William Sandoval
Administrative Coordinator:
For more information about the program: eddinfo@gseis.ucla.edu
To apply for Fall 2022 after Labor Day (in Sept) visit: grad.ucla.edu

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Thank you to the sponsor of our 25th Anniversary Gala:

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