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Education Policy Drives Social Change

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Our MEd in Education Policy and Leadership is built on the foundations in the fields of policy, leadership, law, economics, and research so that the students who enter the program with a passionate desire to shape the future of education have the tools to do so.

  • Policy Studies track prepares educators and other professionals to serve as leaders in education organizations. Students gain the knowledge and skills in leadership, policy, law, economics, and research to effectively administer education programs and policies at all levels.
  • Teacher Leadership track prepares current educators to provide support and shape school-improvement efforts in areas of literacy, dyslexia, or STEM. Students develop deeper knowledge about how to support teachers and school-wide change, including learning about coaching, data use, curriculum design, and research methodology.

Program Highlights

  • 30-unit master's degree that can be completed in four or five semesters of evening courses
  • Cohort model for full-time teachers and other education professionals
  • Full-time faculty and expert practitioners who bring policy, research, and school experience
  • Practical consultancy projects with schools and DC education and policy organizations
  • Special emphasis on implementation and on connecting policy to education practice
  • Support for identifying career pathways

Partnerships

Partnership programs are available for corps members, alumni, and staff of the following organizations. Check out the benefits by clicking the links below:

Frequently Asked Questions

Students who complete the Policy Studies track are prepared to join a wide array of education organizations, like school district central offices, state educational organizations, education nonprofits, and the US Department of Education. Graduates of the Teacher Leadership track are prepared to become coaches, department chairs, team leaders, and reading specialists, and to fill other teacher-leader positions within schools. Program alumni have worked at DC Public Schools central office, New America, KIPP, The New Teacher Project, DC Board of Education, EL Haynes Public Charter Schools, RAND, the US Department of Education, and many other organizations both locally and around the country.

Cohorts generally range from 20-25 students.

Successful completion of the Education Policy and Leadership program provides students with a Master of Education (MEd) degree. It does not provide a teaching certificate.

The program is 30 credit hours. 

 No. We require a statement of purpose, resume, transcript(s), and two letters of recommendation. 
*For students with one of our partnership programs, one or more letters may be waived, as well as the application fee.

 The proseminar course is designed specifically to give students hands-on practical experience. The course is structured so that small groups of students work as consultants with education-focused organizations in the DC area. Each group works directly with their organization to conduct research and create products which meet the specified needs of the organization.

Yes, the program was designed to accommodate students who work full-time. Classes are held in the evening from 5:30-8:00 pm.

 Typically, graduate students are are eligible for financial aid if enrolled at least part-time. Part-time status is defined as 5 credits for Fall, 5 credits for Spring, and 2 credits in the Summer semester.

Still have questions? Send us an email: edpolicy@american.edu