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Master of Education in Educational Leadership

Nevada Leads is an innovative, University-district partnership created to prepare a select cohort of 25 exceptional Washoe County School District teachers for educational leadership positions. It represents a redesign of the College of Education's M.Ed. in Educational Leadership degree program.

Fall 2016 and earlier M.Ed. students

Please see the course catalog or M.Ed. Program Manual for details on previous catalog years.

Why choose the Nevada Leads program?

This two-year program is a collaboration between the Washoe County School District (WCSD) and the University of Nevada, Reno. It emphasizes places emphasis on mentorship, 21st century leadership skills and embedded field experiences. 

Guided by experienced principal mentors, each Nevada Leads student will pursue a Master of Education in Education Leadership degree through participation through an intensive, experiential program of study aligned to the 2015 Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL). The accompanying internship will provide candidates with real world, school-based leadership experiences focused on the skills and dispositions needed to serve as change agents and advocates for equity in 21st century schools.

Key program benefits include:

  • Schedule of classes that accommodates full-time teaching and work hours, with students taking on average two courses per semester, including summer semester. On average, students will take seven credits per fall and spring semester (includes one credit of internship), and six credits during summer semester, for a total of 40 credits
  • Newly designed graduate-level content and coursework co-taught by current practicing school leaders and University faculty
  • Integrated experiential curriculum and a high-quality internship embedded throughout the program of study
  • Dynamic 21st century instructional models including face-to-face, virtual communities of practice and blended learning opportunities
  • Placement guidance and support for graduates, along with networking opportunities with top WCSD administrators

For more, read the WCSD program announcement.

How do I apply?

The first Nevada Leads cohort begins in spring 2017. The application deadline is Dec. 1, 2016. Applicants need to apply to both the Graduate School and the College of Education.

All applicants must be a current WCSD teacher. They should submit the following with their application:

  • Three letters that speak to the applicant's potential for success both as a graduate student and as an educational administrator. It is recommended that one letter be from an immediate supervisor, one from a school district officer or university administrator, and one from a university professor. Appropriate variations are acceptable. (These letters may be submitted electronically through the Graduate School's confidential process as part of that application)
  • A written sample of work; for example, a typed essay of approximately 1,000 words
  • Although not required, applicants may submit additional information such as a vita that may provide relevant information for assessing professional promise
  • A typed departmental application. This form lists requirements and a description of the required essay

Students applying after the Dec. 1, 2016 deadline for the spring 2017 cohort may apply as a graduate special. Please note that while students taking this route may start taking courses with their cohort, they will have to reapply as a graduate student for the fall 2017 semester.

Is funding available?

As a professional master's program, teaching and research assistantships are not offered within Nevada Leads. The program may, however, provide stipends for the following:

  • Textbooks
  • Students' attendance to a professional conference

Some mandatory fees may also be waived. For example, students taking six or more graduate credits per term will be automatically enrolled and billed for the University sponsored-health insurance for each term they are eligible, but if students have other comparable coverage and would like to waive their student health insurance coverage, they must complete the University online waiver form prior to the deadline for each academic year.

Please see the page on University tuition and fees for more details on program costs.

What's next?

Ready to apply? You can create a MyNevada account to begin the application process. If you have questions about the program, you can sign up for an information session to get a more comprehensive overview of the program, meet faculty and ask questions. You may also contact the program director directly:

Jafeth Sanchez. Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
College of Education
(775) 682-9078

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Contact College of Education

Phone (775) 784-4345 (Main)
(775) 784-4298 (Advising Center)
Fax (775) 784-6298
Location William J. Raggio
Address University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, NV 89557

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