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Online Master of Education
in Education Policy and Leadership

Discover what sets us apart from other education leadership graduate programs.

Download our program brochure to learn more about our leadership- and policy-focused master's curriculum.

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Enroll in American University’s Online MEd in Education Policy and Leadership and learn leadership skills to transform education in the United States.

Study policy and leadership online with top-ranked American University.

Program Highlights

  • AU’s flexible master’s program allows you to keep working while you earn your educational leadership degree so you don’t miss a beat.
  • The program is just five semesters, which means you can advance your career in education leadership and policy in under two years. 
  • You’ll learn from current and former Washington, DC-based policy makers and education leaders. 
  • Through hands-on experience, such as real-world consultancy projects in local education organizations, you’ll gain the skills you need to be a leader in education policy.
  • You’ll join a national alumni network of education leaders transforming the US education system.
  • American University has a long legacy of producing leaders in education and education policy.
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As a nontraditional, online student, not only was I able to learn more and expand in the field that I work in, but I also got the opportunity to understand how education works from a global and nationwide perspective, as my cohort members lived in different states. To go to American University, you have to decide that you're going to be challenged and you're not going to be average; you're going to take every challenge and excel at what you're doing and what you want to accomplish.

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MEd Graduate


I had a lot of teachers and professors who worked in the field and were really knowledgeable, not just about the academic aspects of education research and policy, but also about the practical aspects in skill sets that we need to be successful and help make real impactful and lasting changes.

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MEd Graduate



Our team at the Opportunity Institute was ready to take on a big and complex multistate project relating to equity in teacher pension policies. The students we worked with from American University were sharp, reliable, and focused, and their timely work helped us move forward with some significant work. The work we've done together over this semester has pointed a way forward for us and our partners on this topic, and we will definitely be engaging with the program again in the future.

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Senior Program Director of Federal and National Networks

Guy Johnson

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Want to learn more about how our online master’s in education policy and leadership can help you become a leader in education? Download our brochure now.

About American University's School of Education

Originally housed in the College of Arts and Sciences, American University’s newly independent School of Education has built a reputation as an innovator in education curriculum, research, leadership, and service. It has established a tradition of excellence by creating teachers, education leaders, and policy makers who are committed to social justice and building equitable and inclusive learning environments for everyone. The School of Education’s students put lectures into practice in real classrooms and education environments across DC, ensuring they emerge from the program ready to implement the skills they learned.

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