Educational Leadership and Policy MEd


Learn more about the Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy.

About the Program

The MEd degree in Educational Leadership and Policy is grounded in the social justice mission of the College of Education and Human Development. Consequently, the curriculum is uniquely focused on urban schooling, school leadership, urban education in the broader community, and the policies that impact schools and schooling in urban centers.

Time Limit for Degree Completion: 5 years

Campus Location: Main

Full-Time/Part-Time Status: The degree program can be completed on a full- or part-time basis.

Areas of Specialization: Three concentrations are offered:

  • Education Policy
  • School Leadership, for which enrolled students take an approved course of study in partial fulfillment of the requirements for state certification as Principal or Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction
  • Urban Education

Job Prospects: The MEd degree in Educational Leadership and Policy prepares students for positions of leadership in school settings, particularly in urban schools.

Non-Matriculated Student Policy: Students may take up to, but not more than, 9 credits of graduate study in the program before being admitted to the program. The credits transfer into the program, if the student is admitted. Students completing non-matriculated courses before being admitted to the program are NOT guaranteed admission.

Financing Opportunities: Financial support opportunities may include scholarships, tuition remission, and other financial aid such as grants, loans and federal work study.

Admission Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadline:

Fall: March 1
Spring: November 1

Applicants should submit all required admissions documents by the application deadline to receive priority consideration for admission and financial support.

APPLY ONLINE to this graduate program.

Letters of Reference:
Number Required: 2

From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be obtained to provide insight regarding the applicant's academic competence. References from college/university faculty are recommended.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline: A bachelor's degree is required. A minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is expected.

International applicants should also submit an official document that validates completion and conferral of a degree, diploma and/or certificate. While not required, international applicants are encouraged to submit transcript(s) to the World Education Services (WES) for evaluation.

Statement of Goals: In 500 to 1,000 words, outline your interest in seeking a master’s degree with a specific focus on the career to which you aspire, your interests, and your academic and job-related experiences that are relevant to the program.

Standardized Test Scores:
Applicants who earned their baccalaureate degree from an institution where the language of instruction was other than English, with the exception of those who subsequently earned a master’s degree at a U.S. institution, must report scores for a standardized test of English that meet these minimums:

  • TOEFL iBT: 79
  • IELTS Academic: 6.5
  • PTE Academic: 53

Resume: Current resume required.

Other Requirement: Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts from all accredited institutions attended and/or from which credit was earned must be submitted.

Program Requirements

General Program Requirements:
Number of Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 30, or 36 for students completing optional clinical experiences to gain certification through the School Leadership concentration

Required Courses:

Core Courses
EDAD 5302Contexts for Sch Reform3
EDAD 5303Ldshp in Diverse Context3
EDAD 8636Research for Change3
EDUC 5101Critical Understanding of Social Science Research3
URBE 5401Policy and Practice in Urban Education3
URBE 5611Reforming City Schools3
Concentration Courses12-18
Education Policy
Economics of Education
Federal Policy and Local Impact
Introduction to Statistics and Research
Intermediate Educational Statistics
School Leadership
Leadership for Learning
Sch Operations, Mgmt, Tech
Change Leadership
School-Community Partnerships in Urban Settings
Optional Clinical Experience Courses 1
Clin Exp in Sch Ldship
Clinical Experiences in School Leadership 2
Urban Education
The Urban Environment
Urban Schools
School-Community Partnerships in Urban Settings
The Origins of Urban Education
Total Credit Hours30-36

Culminating Events: Successful completion of coursework is required to earn the M.Ed. degree.


Program Web Address:

Department Information:

Dept. of Policy, Organizational and Leadership Studies

College of Education and Human Development

1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19122-6091


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