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 (2018)

Advanced Master’s Accelerator ProgramMaster’s Accelerator ProgramPre-Sessional English Language
GPA3.03.03.0
IELTS6.56.05.5
Available EntrySpring or FallSpring, Summer, or Fall
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.
  • Educational Leadership and Organizational Change
  • Education Program and Policy Implementation
  • Overview of Qualitative and Quantitative Research Strategies
  • Proseminar in Education Policy and Leadership
  • Research Methods

Progression Details

Advanced Master’s Accelerator ProgramMaster’s Accelerator ProgramPre-Sessional English Language
Credits Earned Towards Degree690
Progression IntoMaster’s degree programMaster’s degree programMaster’s Accelerator Program
Progression RequirementsGPA of 3.0 with no grade lower than a BGPA of 3.0 with no grade lower than a BSuccessful completion of the qualifying level in ELTA with a grade of B or higher in each course
Total credits required for degree: 30 credit hours

Tuition Costs

Advanced Master’s Accelerator ProgramMaster’s Accelerator ProgramPre-Sessional English LanguageCost Per Credit After Accelerator1Total Credits Required For Degree
Master’s in Education Policy and Leadership$20,653$29,315$8,165$1,64230

Note: Pre-Sessional English Language costs represent Spring and Fall 2018. Price varies for summer semester. Please visit accelerator.american.edu/masters-accelerator/tuition for more detailed costs.

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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