Educational Leadership and Policy

Degree: Master of Arts in Educational Studies (with or without building-level administrator certification)

Kimberly Graham

Witht her sights set on being a high school principal, Kimberly was thrilled to find our master’s program with a concentration in educational policy and leadership. In this program, she’ll focus on school leadership and change, with analyses of school institutions and instructional organizations. Her coursework will cover the social, cultural, and historical dynamics of educational systems to give her an understanding of the forces related to the running and improving of schools.

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If you enroll in this concentration, you will develop knowledge and capabilities to evaluate instructional processes and outcomes, to critically analyze schools as organizations, and to devise and implement plans for improvement. You will complete a core sequence of 5 courses in which you:

1) Build knowledge and understandings about educational leadership as the collaborative practice of continuous improvement; 

2) Bring different disciplinary perspectives to bear on schooling and the community, family, policy, and other contexts that drive the work of continuous improvement; and 

3) Develop your capabilities to enact and study leadership and policy work within and beyond K-12 schools. 

Building on this core, you will use elective and cognate coursework to pursue your individual professional ambitions including building-level administrator certification; preparation for other types of leadership roles in K-12 schools (e.g. instructional coaches, data and evaluation specialists, program developers); or preparation for careers as policy analysts, social advocates, or educational entrepreneurs.

The program is organized in a cohort model to maximize opportunities for peer support and learning. It can be completed in 10 months of full-time study.

The program offers:

Plan of Study

The course planning sheet outlines the specific School of Education course, experience, and internship requirements for the MA in Educational Studies, Educational Leadership and Policy Thread. 

In addition, students that already posses a master's degree may seek building-level administrator certification as a non-candidate for degree.

The Educational Leadership and Policy thread is one of the threads leading to a master of arts in educational studies. The threads represent broad areas reflecting both expertise at the School of Education and areas that are emerging and important for twenty-first-century career expectations. The other threads are:

Do you have questions about the program?

Would you like to talk with the MA Recruitment and Admissions Coordinator?  Phone 734.647.9395 or email

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