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Online Master of Education in Education Policy and Leadership

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Take your career to new heights with the Online Master of Education (MEd) in Education Policy and Leadership from American University. Learn to become a transformational leader with the skills to create and implement effective policy and programs at all levels—local, state, and federal.

Our alumni are working to change the lives of students across the country—and the world. Within six months of completing their program, 100 percent of American University’s MEd graduates are working, continuing their education, or both.

Our students channel their talents into a wide variety of career roles:

Earn your education
leadership degree in 20 months.*

Online MEd in Education Policy and Leadership Highlights

Learn from current and former Washington, DC-based 
policy makers.

Gain hands-on experience through consultancy projects with education organizations.

Receive support for identifying 
career pathways and opportunities.

Enroll in a top-ranked 
university with a political legacy.


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American University is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and recognized by the University Senate of the United Methodist Church.

Ranked #77 National University
(U.S. News & World Report, 2019)

Ranked #82 Value School
(U.S. News & World Report, 2020)

Ranked #78 National University
(U.S. News & World Report, 2020)


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  • Assistant Director of Finance and Operations
  • Dean of Academics 
  • Director of Curriculum & Instruction
  • Director of Inclusion
  • Director of New Program Design
  • Early Literacy Coordinator 
  • Education Program Manager
  • Instructional Coach, Learning Specialist
  • Operations Manager
  • Policy Analyst, Principal
  • Senior Policy Associate
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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.


MEd Graduate


Guy Johnson

Senior Program Director of Federal and National Networks

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.



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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