When it comes to directing change in education, successful policy leaders need both knowledge and experience. During an intensive 12-month master's program at the University of Washington, we help prepare you for critical policy roles by combining a structured curriculum with the hands-on experience of a two-quarter, 150-hour internship.
Taught by top-ranked faculty in the fields of education policy design, implementation and evaluation, the Master's in Education Policy at the University of Washington allows you to interact with policy professionals working in government agencies and nonprofit organizations at the local, state and national levels.
Adrienne Kohli, who graduated from the UW Master's in Education Policy program in 2013, is the manager of special projects for Lawrence Public Schools in Lawrence, Massachusetts. LPS is currently in the midst of a multi-year effort to create high-performing schools by ensuring all schools have great leaders and teachers and by increasing school autonomy through its unique open architecture model. The district has shown major progress in student achievement and graduation rates since implementation of the new model began in 2011.
In her role, Adrienne manages the Sontag Prize in Urban Education, one of LPS' new teacher leadership initiatives. She recruits the best urban educators in the country to apply. Prize winners lead classes as part of the LPS Acceleration Academy, an intensive academic intervention session held during school vacations for 4,000 of the district's most high-need students. In addition, Adrienne assists principals in selecting students for the Acceleration Academy and manages all of the planning and logistics for a professional development weekend at Harvard University for Sontag Prize winners.
Applications for the 2016/2017 MEP cohort are being accepted on a space available basis.
The UW College of Education is ranked 8th among its peers by U.S. News & World Report, and is home to some of the country's leading scholars in education policy research.