Post-Master's Certificate in Advanced Practice of Education Policy

The Advanced Practice of Education Policy Post-Master’s Certificate prepares the next generation of policy leaders to take on today’s complex education challenges. This practice-oriented graduate certificate provides training in tools and practices of policy design, development of evidence-informed solutions, negotiation of the political context, strategic communications and other skills of professional practice in policy. Leveraging the resources of GW and experts in the surrounding community, program participants develop deeper knowledge, connections and skills to expand educational excellence and equity.

Participants complete two semesters of executive-style cohort-based modules and coursework, earning a post-master’s certificate in one year. The 12 credit hours of coursework focus on key topics in policy development, implementation, communication, and use of evidence.

The curriculum is designed to enhance essential skills related to how policy work is done “on the ground.” Participants begin the program by identifying a real education problem to address through policy and end the program with a proposal that tackles the challenge. Through the two semesters participants examine and define policy problems, weigh evidence, design policy and create plans for implementation, communication and evaluation.

Additionally, GW offers a Master's in Education Policy degree and a Doctorate in Education Policy depending on the degree level you're searching for.



Cohort Community: A dynamic group of experienced professionals who inspire and support each other throughout the program.
In-House Expertise: Close partnership with GW’s Center on Education Policy that takes advantage of the Center’s twenty years of analyzing policy agendas and developing practical resources to inform decision making.
Specialized Coursework: Academic content tailored for professionals who want to design and deliver better policies and advance in policy careers.
Convenient Classes: Monthly executive format that accommodates the schedules of busy professionals.
Professional Relevance: Work-related policy assignments that are directly applicable and encourage institutional support.
Key Location: University campus situated in the heart of Washington, D.C., that provides easy access to federal policymakers, notable leaders, and education policy organizations.
Distinguished Faculty and Practitioners: GSEHD’s scholars along with practicing policymakers and education leaders bring extraordinary expertise and commitment to improving education and reducing inequality.


Faculty & Staff

Grant, Elizabeth Associate Professor, Deputy Chair; Department of Educational Leadership



The following requirements must be fulfilled: 12 credits


EDUC 8701: Education Policy Design
EDUC 8702: Evidence in Education Policymaking
EDUC 8703: Implementation for Education Policymakers
EDUC 8704: Advocacy and Strategic Communications


Career Outlook


The Advanced Practice of Education Policy program is for policy professionals who want to assume senior leadership positions in government, advocacy organizations, non-profits, or other organizations that frame, develop, communicate, or deliver national and local education policy. This advanced certificate serves mid-career professionals as they design and lead effective education policy.



This program is not currently accepting applications for admission.

Program Entry: Fall
Prerequisites: Master's Degree, at least 5 years of work experience in an education or policy-related organization
Campus: Foggy Bottom

Application Requirements

  • Online Application
  • Master's Degree
  • At least 5 years of work experience in an education- or policy-related organization
  • Transcripts (unofficial)
  • A purpose statement describing relevant background, career plans, and desire for gaining greater knowledge and skills in advanced policy development and implementation
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Resume and Interview with Program Lead

For more information on any of these requirements, please visit our Admissions FAQ page.

We encourage you to apply as early as possible for the next available start term. Please contact the admissions team with any questions.


Transformation Begins Here

Learn more about the Post-Master's Certificate in the Advanced Practice of Education Policy program located on campus (202) 994-7066.