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.

Program Manual

A Note on Admissions

As of Spring 2017, we are no longer admitting students for our previous M.Ed. program, which is being phased out. We are only admitting students for Nevada Leads, which is our redesigned M.Ed.

Why choose Nevada Leads?

This two-year program is a collaboration between the Washoe County School District (WCSD) and the University of Nevada, Reno. It 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 37 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?

Each Nevada Leads cohort begins during the spring semester. The application deadline is November 1st of each year. Applicants need to apply to both the Graduate School and the College of Education.

Current teachers with at least three years of teaching experience are preferred. Applicants 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)
  • Letter of Intent/Statement of Purpose
  • A written sample of work. Your essay should be typed, with a length of approximately 1000 words. It should communicate your professional goals and career aspirations. You are encouraged to include reference to past accomplishments and how completion of an advanced degree will contribute to the attainment of your future goals.
  • Although not required, applicants may submit additional information such as a vita that may provide relevant information for assessing professional promise

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 note: Information regarding Fall and Spring/Summer health insurance prices, dates and deadlines will be made available in July of each year.

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

Nevada Leads Course Scope and Sequence

Nevada Leads Course Scope and Sequence
SemesterCourseCourse Name 1Course Name 2
Year 1: Spring EL 798
EL 700
Basic Principles of Educational Administration
EL 703
Administration and Curriculum Improvement
Year 1: Summer EL 798
EL 747
Research Analysis and Development
EL 763
Change Strategies
Year 1: Fall EL 798
EL 746
Data-Based Decision Making
EL 715
Supervision and Evaluation of Teaching Practice
Year 2: Spring EL 798
EL 701
Administration of School Staff Personnel
EL 726
School Business Management
Year 2: Summer EL 798
EL 735
The Law of Public Education I
Year 2: Fall EL 798
EL 734
Special Education Law
Comps and Culminating Activities
Following Spring Eligible for application to hiring pools
Credits (37 Total) 1 credit x 6 semesters of internship (6 total) 3 credits x 10 courses (30 total) Comps & Culminating Activities (1 total)

What's next?

Ready to apply? If you have questions about the program, you may contact Dr. Jafeth Sanchez, assistant professor of educational leadership, at or (775) 682-9078.

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Contact College of Education

Phone (775) 784-4298 (Undergraduate Advisement)
(775) 784-4345 (Main)
Fax (775) 784-6298
Location William J. Raggio