Master of Education - Educational Policy & Leadership
The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Policy & Leadership is a 36 semester hour program that prepares future school leaders to meet the challenges they will face in Southern Nevada PK-12 schools in the 21st century. Using a systems approach to understanding leadership, the curriculum combines rigorous and relevant coursework with real-world experiential learning.
The Educational Policy & Leadership program is designed to develop educational leaders who understand the urban environment and the community in which schools exist. Program participants receive a firm foundation of knowledge and skills in order to meet the demands and expectations of school administrators - all within a systems approach for transforming schools within an urban community.
The Educational Policy & Leadership program is grounded in the belief that PK-12 educational leaders must work alongside other community institutions, including government agencies, non-profit organizations, and business and industry, for the well-being of our community's students and families. Twenty-first century urban education leaders must understand the full array of challenges and the interactive and systemic nature of the institutions and organizations they serve.
The Educational Policy & Leadership program meets the requirements for Nevada School Administrator Endorsement and the Nevada Program Administrator Endorsement.
For information regarding accreditation at UNLV, please head over to Academic Program Accreditations.
- Creating and Sustaining a Focus on Learning
- Planning for school improvement
- Monitoring student performance
- Providing opportunities for teacher reflection
- Short and long term planning to facilitate student achievement
- Creating and Sustaining a Culture of Continuous Improvement
- Setting expectations for teacher and student performance
- Developing teachers through observation, feedback, and professional development
- Gathering and analyzing data relative to student learning
- Considering diversity of learners, e.g. ethnicity, abilities, and socioeconomic status
- Creating and Sustaining Productive Relationships
- Creating environment that respects all stakeholders
- Establishing opportunities for discourse among stakeholders for decision making
- Creating communication processes for partnering with teachers and students
- Creating and Sustaining Structures to Support an Effective School
- Aligning curriculum, instruction, and standards
- Allocating resources and developing structures to support school goals for student learning
- Managing Human Capital
- Collecting data related to teacher performance
- Using teacher performance data to support effective instruction
- Developing leadership capacity among teachers
- Self-Reflection and Professional Growth
- Using feedback from various sources to improve leadership practices
- Seeking opportunities for continuous growth in leadership
- Professional Obligations
- Modeling and advocating fair and equitable treatment of all students and their families
- Modeling integrity and honesty while respecting confidentiality
- Family and Community Engagement
- Involving parents, families, and community in policy implementation and program planning
- Involving parents, families, and community in school improvement efforts
- Connecting students and families to other social service and community agencies as needed