The master of education in Educational Leadership and Policy with required concentrations in Education Policy, School Leadership, or Urban Education is grounded in the social justice mission of the college and uniquely focused on urban schooling, school leadership, urban education in the broader community and the policies implemented that impact schools and schooling in urban centers. The three concentrations are designed to enable students to study more deeply in one of three areas of concentration: Education Policy, School Leadership, and Urban Education. Students enrolled in the School Leadership Concentration will take an approved course of study in partial fulfillment of the requirements for state certification in Principal Certification or Certification for Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction.
Within this program, students learn to summarize the development and implementation of educational policies and reform; describe the historical, economic and socio-cultural community context that shape and influence local education and schooling; and review, select, synthesize and apply research and practitioner literature to examine educational issues. Students will have opportunities to explore the landscape of contemporary education reform and identify skills used by advocates seeking change. By the end of the program, students will be able to explain the influence of race/ethnicity and social class on education policy and opportunities for individuals; and successfully identify and apply effective practices for ethical and equitable leadership in school, school district, communities and systems.