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Education Policy and Leadership (MEd)

Offered by the School of Education, College of Arts and Sciences, the Master of Education (MEd) in Education Policy and Leadership provides teachers and other professionals with the knowledge and skills to transform schools and school systems. The program offers two tracks. The Policy Studies track prepares teachers and other professional to serve as leaders in organizations - including federal and state education agencies, school districts, and nonprofits - that implement education policies and programs. In addition to leadership, policy, legal, economic, and research skills, the track emphasizes the data analysis and performance management skills needed to administer education programs and policies. The Teacher Leadership track prepares teachers to serve within schools as teacher leaders who use evidence and collaboration to provide instructional support and shape school-improvement efforts. Students in this track have the opportunity to select an area of concentration - literacy, dyslexia/reading specialist, and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) - to develop deeper knowledge about how to support teachers and school-wide change in a specific content area. Students in both tracks also participate in a consultancy project with an educational organization through which they can apply the knowledge and skills learned through their coursework.

Admission to the Program

In addition to meeting the minimum university requirements for graduate study, applicants must earn a satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The GRE is required for applicants whose highest earned degree is a baccalaureate and may be required for students who have completed a master's degree.

Degree Requirements

  • 30 credit hours of approved graduate work, including 12 credit hours of core courses and 18 credit hours in selected track
    • Up to 6 credit hours may be transferred from work completed at other institutions and approved by the program director at time of admission
  • Capstone experience: EDU-686 Proseminar in Education Policy and Leadership (3) 

Course Requirements

Core (12 credit hours)

Tracks (18 credit hours)

Complete one of the following tracks:

Policy Studies

  • 9 credit hours of approved graduate coursework

Teacher Leadership

Areas of Focus

Complete 15 credit hours in one of the following areas of focus, or in an individually designed program in consultation with an advisor:

Note: No new students will be admitted to this program for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Education Policy and Leadership (MEd) and Public Policy (MPP)

Note: No new students will be admitted to this program for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Note: No new students will be admitted to this program for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Education Policy and Leadership (MEd) and Public Administration (MPA)

Note: No new students will be admitted to this program for the 2015-2016 academic year.

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Fall 2016 Program Deadline

Priority application deadline to be considered for a merit award is February 1. The second priority deadline is March 1. Applications submitted after March 1 are reviewed on a rolling basis until cohorts are filled.


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Program Highlights

  • 30-unit master's degree that can be completed in four 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 D.C. education and policy organizations

  • Special emphasis on implementation and on connecting policy to education practice

  • Support for identifying career pathways and opportunities