Educational Policy and Leadership

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

12 months
21247 USD/year
21247 USD/year
6197 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Master of Education in Educational Policy and Leadership offered by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 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 and Leadership program offered by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 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

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Introduction to Leadership and Organizations
  • Systematic Professional Development and Instructional Supervision
  • Educational Law & Policy: Student Issues
  • Human and Fiscal Resource Management
  • Law for Exceptional Students
  • Education Law and Public Policy: Teacher/Staff Evaluation
  • Financial Entrepreneurship & Educational Innovation

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


36 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
3 (required)
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6.5 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
80 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.
65 (required)

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Two letters of recommendation (one must be from current principal or district supervisor).
  • A resume indicating educational and professional experience.
  • Leadership statement.
  • Summary of leadership experiences.
  • Statement of support from applicant's current principal or district supervisor.
  • A valid elementary, middle school/junior high, or secondary or special teaching license.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    21247 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 21247 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    21247 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 21247 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • In-State

    6197 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6197 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.


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