Department of Educational Leadership

 

Transforming Education Starts From Within

Gain the foundational skills to tackle some of the most complex challenges facing our education system today at the Graduate School of Education and Human Development (GSEHD) within the George Washington University. Our wide array of programs prepares educators, administrators, researchers, and policymakers to become leaders in their respective fields. Integrate theory with practice and learn how to meet the ever-evolving academic, technological, and developmental needs of students of all ages, all while transforming education across innovative learning environments.

 

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 Find the Degree that Matches Your Leadership Career Goals

 

 

Master's Degrees

Assessment, Testing, and Measurement in Education

This 15-month program is designed for individuals who are entering or advancing in positions associated with assessment, testing, and measurement in diverse settings.

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Educational Leadership and Administration *

- Off-Campus or Online -

This 30-credit hour program prepares future leaders among school faculty, plus those who aim to take on leadership roles within a school or school district, including department chairs, curriculum specialists, assistant principals and more.

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Educational Technology Leadership

- Online -

Gain skills to lead the strategy and implementation of teaching and learning systems using emerging educational technologies.

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Education Policy Studies

Analyze the political, social and organizational environments affecting education policy and learn to develop policy options, analyze their potential, implement them effectively, and then evaluate their impact.

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Experiential Jewish Education

The only program of its kind in the country will teach you pedagogical approaches to Jewish Education in experiential settings. Students may specialize in Jewish cultural arts, Jewish social justice and community engagement, or Israel education.

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Higher Education Administration

Become immersed in innovative work to ensure that colleges are using inclusive and multicultural student affairs practices focused on promoting social justice, civic engagement, and equity. Deepen your expertise by selecting a focus in: Administration, Policy and Finance, International Education, Social Justice, or Student Affairs.

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International Education

This program is designed for those interested in training, adult learning, and development in diverse settings that require international understanding.

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Israel Education

The program combines several diverse fields, among them Israel studies, philosophy of education, curriculum development and pedagogy, educational leadership, and theories and practices of working with people.

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Museum Education

Prepare to meet the interests of the public in museums and other lifelong learning environments, while gaining experience in many of the world’s leading galleries.

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Joint/Dual Degrees

Juris Doctorate / Master's in Education Policy

Students who enroll full-time can complete both degrees in four years.

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Juris Doctorate / Master's in Higher Education Administration

Hone analytical skills that examine the intersection between legal, social, political, and institutional factors that shape the administrative landscape.

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Master's in Business Administration / Master's in Higher Education Administration

To respond to current challenges for higher education administrators, policy makers, and consultants, GW has established dual degrees in which you are able to hone analytical skills that examine the intersection between business, technology, social, political, economic, and institutional factors that shape higher education administration, policies and their underlying conditions.

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Master's in Educational Technology Leadership + Grad Certificate

Enhance your resume sooner by earning a grad certificate after completion of 12 credit hours, in advance of the master's degree. Choose between the GC in Educational Technology Leadership or Instructional Design.

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Graduate Certificates

Assessment, Testing, and Measurement in Education

The 12-credit program offers some of the nation's premier graduate training in psychometric and statistical methods.

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Educational Technology Leadership

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Build on your foundational skills as an educator, instructional supervisor, or a similar background and develop the knowledge and skills needed to effectively integrate technology into your classroom.

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Incorporating International Perspectives in Education

This certificate will strengthen your understanding of internationalization as it relates to school systems and the development of K-12 curriculum.

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Instructional Design

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Prepare to lead instructional design from the beginning stages of defining your organization’s learning needs to determining the appropriate instructional format to designing materials and implementing them.

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Israel Education

Designed to combine academic study in the fields of education and Israel studies at GW, this certificate enhances the content knowledge and pedagogical methods of Israel educators in a variety of settings.

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Doctoral Degrees

Educational Leadership and Administration (EdD)

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The doctoral program offers a premier degree preparing candidates to achieve high-level success in a K-12 school setting.

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Higher Education Administration (EdD)

Designed for working professionals, the research-focused program prepares senior leadership and executive management decision-makers for a variety of diverse, high-level positions.

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PhD in Education: Education Policy Concentration

Students develop expertise in examining and assessing education problems and their interaction with their broader social environments.

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Specialist Degrees

Education Specialist in Educational Leadership and Administration *

- Off-Campus or Online -

Gain the skills and real-world experience to meet the needs of diverse learning communities as a PK-12 leader who understands curriculum design, instructional excellence, motivation and support of classroom professionals, and the broader community. Completion of this degree may also prepare qualified candidates for principal or administrator licensure.

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Post-Master's Certificates

Educational Leadership and Administration *

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Designed for students who hold an earned master’s degree in education and desire to pursue positions in PK-12 leadership. Further your leadership abilities in education with the holistic understanding of curriculum design, motivation, and innovative instruction gained through this accelerated program.

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* CAEP Accredited Program

 

Why GSEHD at GW?

Access Washington, D.C.

Our unique location in the policymaking capital of the world, combined with GW’s vast connections, offer unparalleled opportunities for research, hands-on experience and careers with prestigious government and private organizations and diverse school systems.

Leading Faculty

Learn directly from nationally recognized educators and researchers who share their expertise and experience leading innovative research and practice through the ever changing education sectors.

Dual Degree Opportunities

GW provides the opportunity to combine a master’s in higher education administration with a JD from GW Law or an MBA from GW Business School.

 

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No Application Fees

 


GRE is Not Required

 


Scholarships Available


 

 

 
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Teacher Certification & Licensure

Graduates who have successfully completed one of GSEHD’s state-approved teacher educator preparation programs and passed the ETS Praxis exams for licensure are eligible to receive a D.C. teaching license. Learn more and request Program Completer Verification >


 

 

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  Resources for Educational Leadership Students & Professionals

 

The Role of Education Policy Experts in Shaping the Future of Education

January 25, 2024

Discover how three members of GW's Graduate School of Education and Human Development community are working in the field to drive change in education policy.

Promoting Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education Administration

November 27, 2023

Our new Social Justice concentration in the Master's of Higher Ed Administration prepares students to advance equity and advocate for marginalized communities.

Educational Leadership and Administration: A Focus on Equity, Social Justice, and Improvement

November 9, 2023

Learn how a degree in Educational Leadership and Administration can help you become an equity-focused leader and drive positive change in schools.

Four Careers in International Education

October 11, 2023

Interested in pursuing a degree in International Education? This guide provides an overview of the field and details the top four careers students pursue.


 

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  Education Leadership in the News

 

GSEHD Research Kaleidoscope: A Graduate Student Research Showcase

Thursday, April 25, 5-7 pm
February 27, 2024

As part of GW's Research Showcase series, GSEHD students are invited to share their research through roundtable presentations. Deadline to apply: March 21.

Alumna, Dr. Emerald Christopher, Named Race and Social Equity Officer for City of Alexandria

February 20, 2024

GSEHD alumna Dr. Emerald Christopher (master's, Higher Education Administration) will serve as the City of Alexandria’s new Race and Social Equity Officer.

Doc Candidate, Alexandria Laing, Publishes: Let’s Provide Teachers Sabbaticals

February 2, 2024

Doctoral candidate Alexandra Laing (Educational Leadership and Administration) published the article, "Let’s Provide Teachers Sabbaticals," on ASCD.org.

Alumnus, Dr. Don Robertson, Appointed Superintendent of VBCPS

January 30, 2024

Dr. Don Robertson (master's, Educational Leadership and Administration) has been appointed as Superintendent of Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS).