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Stephen McClain, EdD

Leadership Coach, EdD Program

Educational Policy Studies


Building & Room:

3027 ETMSW


Dr. Stephen McClain has devoted his entire career to improving educational outcomes for students and families in underserved communities. Most recently, Stephen served as Chief of Schools at a Chicago charter school network, supporting fourteen campuses and leading innovation, community engagement, and policy teams. Previously, Stephen was a Principal and Assistant Principal in Chicago Public Schools, elevating each school to Level 1 or Level 1+ with impressive student academic growth and substantial improvement in attainment. Dr. McClain started his career teaching middle grades reading in the KIPP Chicago network. Stephen earned a B.A in Elementary Education from Michigan State University, EdM in Teaching and Curriculum from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and an EdD in Urban School Leadership from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. McClain embraces this full circle moment and is deeply committed to supporting leaders in the Urban Education Leadership program from pre-residency to graduation.


2017 - EdD, Urban Education Leadership, University of Illinois at Chicago (Chicago, IL)
2010 - EdM, Administration and Supervision, National Louis University (Chicago, IL)
2007 - EdM, Teaching and Curriculum, Harvard Graduate School of Education (Cambridge, MA)
2006 - BA, Elementary Education, Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI)