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P-20 Higher Education and Educational Leadership (Certificate NDP)  
Program Description

The Department of Education Policy Studies and Practice (EPSP) offers an Education Policy Studies and Practice Graduate Certificate. The certificate is part of a graduate education and research initiative of EPSP in partnership with Maricopa Community College District (MCCD) and the Phoenix Union High School District (PUHSD).

The EPSP department combines the K-12 focus with postsecondary education to create a P-20 perspective that taps into the dominant public discourse and professional practice of education and policymakers today.

The certificate includes nine units of credit from existing graduate courses and adds to the master’s and doctoral degrees and Arizona State professional certification offerings in EPSP. The certificate is designed to educate students at the graduate and post- doctoral levels in educational policy, scholarship, leadership development and implementation in the organizational environments and cultures from preschool to higher education (P-20). In addition, the certificate provides students with an advanced understanding of educational research, policy, performance-based funding in strategic management, and preparation of scholarly reports and publication.

Department/Academic Unit(s)

Educational Policy Studies and Practice -

The Department of Educational Policy Studies and Practice (EPSP) includes the Educational Leadership Program and the Center for the Study of Higher Education. The EPSP department combines the K-12 focus with postsecondary education to create a P-20 perspective that taps into the dominant discourse of education and policymakers today.

Both the Center for the Study of Higher Education (HED) and the Educational Leadership (EDL) program maintain their core functions and curriculum, consistent with professional career paths and state standards for certification leading to licensure. However, the combined unit more broadly facilitates and encourages research, instructional, and service and outreach initiatives consistent with a policy development and analysis focus.

A  key departmental strength concentrates on how organizations, institutions (both formal and informal), official practices, and educational professions affect outcomes across local, national, and international contexts and how these entities are themselves affected by societal, economic, and political pressures.

EPSP prepares graduate students at the doctorate and master's levels. Graduate programs in HED include Ph.D. and M.A. degrees. Graduate programs in EDL include an Ed.D., Ph.D., Ed.S., and M.Ed. The M.Ed. degree is a standards-driven curriculum leading to both a degree and state certification for the principalship.

College of Education  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Admissions Contact
Diana L Peel
Graduate Program Coordinator
Diana L Peel
Director of Graduate Studies
Regina J Deil-Amen
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Lauren Joiner
Tuition and Fees
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Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements
  • Completed Master's Degree
  • Experience in Higher Education and/or Leadership
Standardized Tests

Required test(s):



Minimum TOEFL: 79
Minimum IELTS: 7

Financial Aid

Free Application for Student Federal Aid (FASFA)

Scholarship Universe

Graduate Access Fellowship

Admissions Deadlines

Domestic Applicants:

Rolling Admissions

International Applicants:

Rolling Admissions

International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832

Completion Requirements

Degree Requirements

Fall semester
Choose one of two classes, such as:
HED 634, Sociology of Community Colleges (3 Units) with Dr. Regina Deil-Amen
EDL 625, Diversity in Leadership (3 Units) with Dr. John Taylor

Each of these classes is focused on providing students with an historical and social context for understanding the strategic management practices of community colleges in developing performance-funding mechanisms. The new generation of leadership in colleges and schools needs to be particularly sensitive to the ways in which their current work intersects with regard to the historical contributions of and changes in community colleges, as well as with the important local demographic, cultural, and economic contexts of the communities the college is serving.


Spring semester
Choose one of three doctoral classes, such as:
HED 609, Organization and Administration in Higher Education 3 Units with Dr. Gary Rhoades
EDL 606, Educational Policy 3 Units with Dr. John Taylor
EDL 627, Curriculum and Cultural Politics 3 Units with Dr. Rose Ylimaki

Choose a guided research internship, starting in the Fall and ending in either the Spring or the following Fall. Students will have the opportunity of participating in an authentic, high level applied research/policy implementation project, in Maricopa Community College District, in Phoenix Union High School District, or in a P-20 internship that cuts across K-12 and postsecondary education. For example, in 2012-2013, the Maricopa Community College District had a Lumina grant to develop performance based funding metrics appropriate to community colleges. In 2013-2014, there will be an increasing focus on college readiness, in ways that across the schools and postsecondary education worlds.

The particular topics, focus, and projects for the guided research internship will necessarily vary depending on the particular interests of the partner districts, and on whatever key policy developments are unfolding.

Minor Requirements


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Last revised 01 Jul 2014