About UCEA


Improving Leadership and Policy

The University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) is a consortium of higher education institutions committed to advancing the preparation and practice of educational leaders for the benefit of schools and children. 

UCEA fulfills its mission by:

  • Promoting, sponsoring, and disseminating research on the essential problems of schooling and leadership practice;
  • Improving the preparation and professional development of educational leaders and professors; and,
  • Positively influencing local, state, and national educational policy.

Although our member faculty and deans come from different states and regions, we all share the same goals of building knowledge for the field and providing quality preparation and lifelong learning experiences for school and school system leaders. Our collective wisdom, expertise, and research create the body of knowledge for our profession. In UCEA you will always find resources and colleagues who are committed to providing the learning experiences, professional knowledge and research that leaders need. Together, UCEA members shape the future of our profession.

More than 60 years ago, the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) was founded by 15 universities, the Kellogg Foundation, and the regional Centers for Educational Administration, all of whom recognized the need for inter-university collaboration to build a knowledge base of research and effective practice for the field of educational administration. The organization has a rich history. As the years passed, the organization grew. Today, UCEA has become a collective of top research institutions with programs in educational leadership and policy and the leading professional organization for professors of educational leadership and policy.

Importantly, the UCEA community and influence expands far beyond our member universities. Because our members prepare future leaders for schools and school systems, our community extends into districts, schools, and classrooms — the very spaces where children learn and grow. UCEA is also a part of several national networks of educational administration organiziations focused on improving the field, including the National Policy Board for Educational Administration.

For information on UCEA, UCEA membership, or UCEA initiatives contact:

Michigan State University
College of Education
620 Farm Lane
431 Erickson Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824