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Education Policy and Leadership | Welcome Message

Welcome Message

Welcome to the master's in education program in Education Policy and Leadership (EPL) in the School of Education at American University. The MEd EPL program is designed for educators and other professionals interested in education policy and leadership, with two areas of concentration:

  • Policy Studies

  • Teacher Leadership

The Policy Studies track prepares educators and other professionals to serve as leaders in education organizations – including federal and state education agencies, school districts, and nonprofits that implement education policies and programs. Students work with professors and education leaders to develop knowledge and skills in leadership, policy, law, economics, and research needed to effectively administer education programs and policies at all levels.  

The Teacher Leadership track prepares current educators to continue serving within schools as teacher leaders who use evidence and collaboration to provide support and shape school-improvement efforts in the areas literacy, dyslexia or STEM. Students in this track develop deeper knowledge about how to support teachers and school-wide change in these focus areas.  

Learning about educational policy and leadership in our nation's capital offers students unique opportunities they cannot find elsewhere in the country, including access to policy makers (current and former) and an engaged education reform community at the federal and local level. As program director and professor in the program's education law course, I can also vouch that the group of graduate students attracted to AU's MEd EPL program have extraordinary educational experiences and a remarkable commitment to social justice through education reform. 

I look forward to meeting you! 


Jason Snyder
Director, Education Policy and Leadership Program

Fall 2016 Program Deadline

Please apply by February 1 for the Fall 2016 semester. 

If you have any questions, please contact educate@american.edu or 202-885-6900.


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Program Highlights

  • Four semesters of evening courses

  • Practical experiences with D.C. education and policy organizations

  • Cohort model with teachers and other education professionals

  • Full-time faculty and experienced practitioners, with policy, research, and school-based experience

  • Access to resources of world-class university