Two tracks, one brighter future

Whether you want to be a leader at one school or transform an entire school system, you need certain experience and skills. Like leading teams, shaping policies, and researching what works. That’s why the Master’s in Education Policy and Leadership program offers a specialization in either Policy Studies or Teacher Leadership, so you can choose your path to improving the future of education.
The Master’s in Education Policy and Leadership program features:
  • A Policy Studies track for those who want to serve as a leader in school districts or other organizations that implement education policies and programs. This track emphasizes leadership, policy, legal, economic, research, data analysis, and performance management skills.
  • A Teacher Leadership track for teachers who want to serve within a school to provide instructional support and shape school improvement efforts. This track includes the option to concentrate in literacy, dyslexia/reading specialist, or science/technology/engineering/math.
  • A consultancy project where students in both tracks work with an educational organization to demonstrate their knowledge and skills.

Accelerator Admission
Details (Fall 2017)

Master’s Accelerator 1 Master’s Accelerator 2 Pre-Sessional English Language
GPA 3.0 3.0 3.0
IELTS 6.5 6.0 5.5
Program Start Date August 20, 2017 August 20, 2017 August 24, 2017
Qualifying undergraduate degrees:
4-year undergraduate degree or equivalent from an accredited institution.
For students in the Teacher Leadership Track: Teacher of record for a class for one academic year.

Sample Coursework

Below is a list of degree-related courses you might take during your Master’s Accelerator Program. Courses may change based on availability and your preferences.
  • Education Program and Policy Implementation
  • Educational Leadership and Organizational Change
  • Proseminar in Education Policy and Leadership
  • Research Methods

Progression Details

Master’s Accelerator 1 Master’s Accelerator 2 Pre-Sessional English Language
Credits Earned Towards Degree 6 9 0
Progression Into Master’s degree program Master’s degree program Master’s Accelerator 2
Progression Requirements GPA of 3.0 with no grade lower than a B GPA of 3.0 with no grade lower than a B Completion of level 6 of ELTA with a grade of C or better in all coursework
Total credits required for degree: 30 credit hours

Tuition Costs

Master’s Accelerator 1 Master’s Accelerator 2 Pre-Sessional English Language Cost Per Credit After Accelerator1 Total Credits Required For Degree
Master’s in Education Policy and Leadership $19,900 $27,900 $8,060 $1,526 30

1Cost per credit hour subject to change. Number of credits and semesters remaining after completion of Master’s Accelerator varies by program and student. The average graduate student takes 9 credits per semester.

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