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Online Master of Education in Education Policy and Leadership FAQ

In what jobs and careers will the MEd degree in education policy and leadership prepare me to excel?

Students who complete the education policy track of our graduate program are prepared to work in a wide variety of settings, including school district central offices, state education organizations, education nonprofits, and the US Department of Education.

Alumni of this program have worked in the DC Public Schools central office, New America, KIPP public charter schools, TNTP (formerly known as The New Teacher Project), DC Board of Education, E.L. Haynes Public Charter School, RAND Corporation, and the US Department of Education. Our graduates are also well positioned to pursue PhDs in education policy and research.

Within six months of completing their programs, 93% of American University’s College of Arts and Sciences graduates are working, continuing their education, or both. Though American University cannot guarantee employment after graduation, we do everything we can through our career services programs to help students identify the right career pathways and opportunities for them.

What does this program’s curriculum focus on in particular?

American University’s online MEd includes a foundation in law, policy, economics, and other disciplines that allow students to understand the educational system, its problems, and the necessary solutions from a systemic point of view.

What are the career backgrounds of the faculty members who teach in this program?

Our faculty members have worked in the fields they teach, which means they know that formulating beautiful-sounding policy is only a first step in effecting real change.

Our faculty members have also worked in the Department of Education and consulted on the Obama administration’s Reach Higher Initiative. After learning from professors with real-world experience, graduates of the MEd program leave prepared to join an American University alumni network that is transforming education in the United States.

How quickly can I complete this degree?

The majority of students complete the online MEd in two years.

Is it possible to transfer into this program with some credits completed?

Up to six credit hours may be transferred from work completed at other institutions and approved by the program director at time of admission.

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