MA in Educational Leadership, Politics, and Advocacy


Programme Description


Work to Achieve Social and Educational Equity

Change the future of education policy with a career in leadership, politics, and advocacy. In this master of arts program, you will explore educational politics and policy and the burgeoning role of educational organizations working with schools and communities, both nationally and internationally; learn to lead cross-sector; create collaborative networks; and engage in research and policy analysis. If you are an educator or have some experience working with children and youth or community-based organizations, this degree will prepare you to lead in educational non-profits, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and advocacy organizations.

What you'll learn

  • How to critically analyse and act effectively on issues of leadership and policy.
  • Competencies to lead cross-sector.
  • How to employ multiple approaches to inquiry, research, and analysis.
  • Enhanced study of topics through elective courses and internship opportunities.

How you'll learn

Core Courses and Electives

The MA in Educational Leadership, Politics, and Advocacy combines content courses with fieldwork and electives. Each course examines multiple theoretical perspectives, themes of equity and social justice, a focus on the needs and experiences of low-income urban children and youth, and implications for leadership within and outside of educational settings.

Areas of Focus

In your core seminars, you'll study Education Advocacy, Organization and Leadership Theory, the Politics of Education, Participatory Action Research, Demographic Analysis, and pursue additional study based on your chosen focus: leadership, politics, or advocacy. You can pursue multiple paths toward analyzing and critically assessing issues of leadership and policy at the federal, state, and local levels and develop competencies to employ multiple approaches to inquiry and research. You'll also choose from a wide array of options, including economic analysis, policy analysis, demographic studies, community asset mapping, participatory action research, survey design, and ethnographic and case study inquiry.

Flexible Study

The curriculum offers considerable flexibility in creating a program of study that you and your adviser can tailor to fit your professional goals and interests. You can choose to study full-time or part-time. Full-time students can complete the 36-credit program in just three semesters. Students have finished in two summers and two semesters as well, or, in rare cases, in two semesters and one summer.

Fieldwork and Internships

As part of your graduate studies, you will participate in an internship in community-based advocacy organizations, schools, or policy centers. Placements are based on your academic and career interests. Additional field-based opportunities are also included in coursework throughout the program. Thirty-nine percent of our graduates’ internship placements resulted in a paid position within the organisation.

Prepare for a career as a:

  • Programme director
  • Career and internship coordinator
  • Manager of economic opportunity program
  • Director of admissions and recruitment
  • Development and communications director
  • Programme or data analyst

Our graduates work in and lead child and community advocacy organizations; policy and research centers; private, charter, and independent schools; non-profits, and international NGOs. Others go on to pursue doctoral study.

Last updated Jan 2020

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About the School

NYU Steinhardt's one-of-a-kind integration of education, health, the arts, and media studies puts us at the heart of a movement: education for social change.

NYU Steinhardt's one-of-a-kind integration of education, health, the arts, and media studies puts us at the heart of a movement: education for social change. Read Less