M.A. in OLPD
Education Policy and Leadership

This Education Policy and Leadership (EPL) track program is about gaining a mastery of skills and knowledge in how politics, policies, and organizational cultures affect pre-K-12 education and development. Striking a responsive balance between theory and practice, our program prepares students to:

  • Assess school organization and policies, instructional strategies, and student outcomes.
  • Understand the role of personal epistemologies and the role in systematic reproductive oppressive trends in educating minoritized students.
  • Design and implement programs to address needs and create change in support of student learning and success.
  • Identify the particular skills and values necessary to executing collaborative school and system improvement.


M.A. students in Education Policy and Leadership graduate with the ability to:

  • Understand classroom and school dynamics, and implement research-based changes for student success.
  • Apply research-driven strategies and programs to balance the needs of students, families, teachers, and administrators.
  • Prepare for a doctoral program or to work in PK-12 educational settings.
  • Engage in a community with leading researchers, faculty members, and administrators all committed to the improvement of teaching and learning.
  • Navigate and understand the complex world of education and provide insights to support common benefits.


  • Plan A option: 30-36 credits (with master's thesis) completed in 2 years for full time students
  • Plan B option: 30-32 credits (without thesis but with additional coursework) completed in 2 years for full time students
  • Curriculum


  • Research fellow
  • Research assistant
  • Teacher leader
  • Teaching and learning specialist
  • Educational consultant


Jeremy Hernandez
Coordinator of Graduate Studies
612-626-9377 | herna220@umn.edu