The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Policy & Leadership is a 36 semester hour program that prepares future school leaders to meet the challenges they will face in Southern Nevada PK-12 schools in the 21st century. Using a systems approach to understanding leadership, the curriculum combines rigorous and relevant coursework with real-world experiential learning.
The Educational Policy & Leadership program is designed to develop educational leaders who understand the urban environment and the community in which schools exist. Program participants receive a firm foundation of knowledge and skills in order to meet the demands and expectations of school administrators - all within a systems approach for transforming schools within an urban community.
The Educational Policy & Leadership program is grounded in the belief that PK-12 educational leaders must work alongside other community institutions, including government agencies, non-profit organizations, and business and industry, for the well-being of our community's students and families. Twenty-first century urban education leaders must understand the full array of challenges and the interactive and systemic nature of the institutions and organizations they serve.
Admission will be limited to the most qualified applicants based on a combination of the following:
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For further information about graduate admission requirements, go to Graduate College.
Review program admission requirements posted in the Graduate Catalog.
This program operates on a differential tuition model. A fee of $175 per credit hour will be charged in addition to normal graduate tuition and fees. Visit the Cashiering site for further information regarding tuition and fees.
Field-based experiences are central to the program, offering participants the opportunity to immediately apply course-based knowledge and skills to real-world situations. During the third and fourth semesters, aspiring educational leaders will be engaged in the real work of leading school improvement. Aspiring leaders will work at their school sites, under the guidance of their site administrators and university supervisor, to identify a targeted group of students and provide leadership for teachers, parents, and other stakeholders to develop a plan and implement strategies directed at increasing achievement for these students. In addition, aspiring leaders will participate in shadowing experiences at two schools other than their own. Download the Description of Year-Long Field Experience for more information.
In addition to working with the site-based supervisor, each student is assigned an experienced school leader who will serve as a mentor and coach. CCSD educators who are accepted into this program gain automatic entrance into CCSD's Leadership Academy during their last semester of the program. For participants employed in schools outside CCSD, university faculty will work with administrators in their schools to develop similar mentoring opportunities.
The program is designed so that students participate in a sequence of classes in which students stay together as a cohort. The cohort approach provides a system of support and network for students as well as other school and district personnel involved in the program.
The M.Ed. in Educational Policy and Leadership curriculum is based on the Nevada Educator Performance Framework and Standards for School Administrators. Thus, program participants will be learning the content and developing skills that will be expected of their performance as entry-level school administrators.
The program is designed for professionals currently employed as teachers or other school professionals. Students complete the program in less than 18 months. Classes are offered one evening per week and some weekends (no more than once/month). Each major course meets for eight weeks, thus allowing students to focus on one course at a time. In addition, some one-credit courses addressing specific topics are offered as weekend seminars. Download the schedule for the 2017-2018 cohort.
The curriculum is designed around four thematic modules sequenced over four semesters. Each module contains a combination of 1, 2, and 3 credit courses. Download the Course Sequence Document for more information.
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