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.

Learning Objectives

  • 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