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What career paths can a Master's in Education Policy and Leadership lead to?
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.

What are the program admission requirements?
To apply to the program you must submit the following along with an online application: Statement of Purpose; Unofficial Transcripts; 2 Letters of Recommendation; and Resume. GRE scores are optional. Prior teaching experience is not required, but is strongly recommended. The admissions committee carefully reviews each applicant's personal and professional experience to assess readiness for graduate study at American University. More information on applying can be found on the graduate admissions webpage: http://www.american.edu/cas/admissions/apply.cfm

What is the average size of each cohort?
Cohorts generally range from 20-25 students.

I am currently a full-time teacher — how does the program work with my schedule?
Classes are held in the evenings twice a week from 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and during the summer (June and July). Students can complete the required 30 credit hours over four semesters.

EPL students in class

What are my financial aid options?
Priority application deadline to be considered for a merit award is February 1. Merit awards are granted only to full-time students who demonstrate outstanding academic merit. Need-based awards are loans from the US federal government, which are administered by the American University Financial Aid Office. Students who wish to apply for need-based assistance must submit the FAFSA (Financial Application for Federal Student Aid) by March 1. For a breakdown of program costs and more information on scholarships and financial aid, please see the graduate admissions tuition and financing webpage: http://www.american.edu/cas/admissions/finance.cfm

Do I receive any teaching certificates through this program?
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.

When can I start?
The next cohort will start in fall 2017. To be considered for a merit award for fall, you must submit your application by February 1. The second priority deadline is March 1. Applications submitted after March 1 are reviewed on a rolling basis until cohorts are filled.


Fall 2017 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