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“Education reform efforts rise or fall on the quality of their implementation. This is why we teach the skills needed to develop and implement innovative education policies and programs.”
Jason Snyder
Director, Education Policy and Leadership Program and former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, US Department of Education

The MEd Education Policy and Leadership (EPL) degree at American University is designed for educators and other professionals interested in education policy and leadership, with areas of concentration in policy studies and teacher leadership. 

  • Policy Studies: Gain the knowledge and skills in leadership, policy, law, economics, and research to effectively administer education programs and policies at all levels. 
  • Teacher Leadership: Develop deeper knowledge about how to support teachers and school-wide change including coaching, data use, curriculum design, and research methodology.

Change Lives. Become a leader in education practice and policy, in the heart of the nation’s capital.



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.
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Unique access to federal and local policy makers engaged in education policy and reform.

Full-time faculty and expert practitioners with federal and local DC experience.


Practical consultancy projects with schools and DC education and policy organizations.

Ongoing support for identifying career opportunities, including 1:1 career counseling from an education professional.
“American’s EPL program was an incredible experience that connected me to other passionate educators and provided me with experiences that led me to pursue my current position as a teacher leader.”
Liana Ponce
MEd '14
"Education is a hot-button issue, but the program does a great job of both peeling back the layers to expose the socio-historical framework, while challenging your beliefs to make sure you are steadfast and logical in your conclusions."
Caroline Decaire-Goldin
MEd '15