Advanced Practice of Education Policy

Graduate School of Education and Human Development

Post-Master's Certificate
Location(s): Foggy Bottom - Main Campus

Program Overview

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

Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines:

Fall – Rolling admissions

Recommendations required:

Two (2) recommendations.

Prior academic records:

Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript.  Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be uploaded to your online application.  Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.

Transcripts from institutions outside the United States must be accompanied by an official transcript evaluation from an accredited independent evaluating agency. Please be sure you request a detailed evaluation that includes all course titles, credit hours, grade-point average (GPA), United States degree equivalency, and date of degree conferral. For a list of acceptable foreign credential evaluation services, please click here.

Statement of purpose:

A purpose statement describing relevant background, career plans, and desire for gaining greater knowledge and skills in advanced policy development and implementation.

Additional requirements: 

Master's degree, 5 years of work experience, resume, interview.

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
Office of Graduate Admissions
Graduate School of Education and Human Development
The George Washington University
2136 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052

Contact for questions:
[email protected] ~ 202.994.9283 ~ 202.994.7207 (fax)
9:30 am – 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday