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Explore our Post-Master’s Certificate in Educational Policy, Leadership, and Management

Change is constant. Educators need to be prepared to adapt and evolve to meet shifting demands. Education leaders, from preschool through higher education, require effective leadership and management skills to influence policy.

This online Post-Master’s Certificate in Educational Policy, Leadership, and Management program offers a holistic view of the principles, perspectives, and strategies that today’s education professionals need to lead change and affect policy at all levels of the education system.

Curriculum

Completion Requirements

  • 20 total quarter credits

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-646-5286.

Courses

Course Code Title Credits
EDPD 8040

Governance and Politics of Education

In this course, education professionals develop an understanding of the political forces that shape the educational process. They engage in coursework that emphasizes governance structures and the influences of federal, state, and local policies and decisions. They also discuss contemporary research on political power in decision-making and the role of educational leaders and managers in P–20 institutions.

(5 cr.)
EDPD 8046

P–20 Education Law, Policy, and Governance

In this course, education professionals examine legal and ethical issues within the context of a P–20 educational setting. Supporting development of their legal reasoning skills, education professionals discuss the laws and statutes that inform the operation of educational organizations. They also engage in assignments that emphasize the ways ethics affect decision-making, professional conduct, and educational policies when analyzing critical issues in educational leadership.

(5 cr.)
EDPD 8043

Policy Development and Implementation

Education policy is crucial to educational improvement and renewal throughout the P–20 system of education. In this course, education professionals develop the skills for critical analysis of education policy at the local, state, national, and international levels. They discuss the definition and formulation of policies and they explore a wide range of topics, including the identification of and work with policy advocates, the processes of policy implementation and evaluation, and the use of logic models in the policy process.

(5 cr.)
EDPD 8044

Leadership and Management for Change in Education

Building on the core knowledge from earlier courses, students will engage the emerging theories of leadership that reflect the current challenges in culturally responsive education, and the research on motivation and performance. The focus is on entrepreneurial and creative solutions, which reach across P–20 learning organizations to effect positive social change in education.

(5 cr.)

Tuition and Fees

Curriculum Component Requirements Cost Total *
Tuition 20 total quarter credit hours $675 per quarter hour $13,500
Technology Fee Per quarter $160 $640


TOTAL $14,140


Transfer up to 10 credits $7,070


Total with Maximum Transfer Credits† $7,070

*The tuition reflects the minimum time to completion. Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-646-5286.

Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included and may cost between $1,000 and $1,400.

Admission Requirements

Since our certificate programs are offered at different levels, admission requirements vary. Call 855-646-5286 to find out the admission requirements for your certificate program of interest.

Exceptions and other requirements may apply, depending on the program you choose. Consult your Walden Enrollment Specialist about admission requirements for specific degree programs. Call 855-646-5286 in the United States or see a list of international toll-free phone numbers.


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