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Students & Alumni

POLS students are ambitious and action-oriented. They come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences, including teaching, school systems leadership, business, education technology, and government. What they share is a desire to develop the skills and knowledge they need to be effective leaders.

POLS cohorts bring together small, diverse groups of students to widen each other’s view of leadership in various domains of education. Peer learning and support form a key component of the program, modeling the connectivity and collaboration crucial to education leadership. Moreover, POLS students graduate with a network of connections that extends beyond the program year.

Our students

Molly Gibian
Molly Gibian
Class: 2022
Areas of interest: educational technology, assessment policy and evaluation, PK–12 education, learning sciences, user experience research product management and design, curriculum design, creative and collaborative learning, organizational leadership
Cordy McJunkins
Cordy McJunkins
Class: 2022
Areas of interest: higher education, postsecondary access, legal issues, school finance, school reform, poverty and inequality
Elena Elliott
Elena Elliott
Class: 2022
Areas of interest: early childhood education, elementary education, child-centered learning, social and emotional learning, teacher education, curriculum design, community schools
Jodi Anderson, Jr.
Jodi Anderson, Jr.
Class: 2022
Areas of interest: edtech, workforce development, juvenile justice, criminal justice reform, online education, upskilling/reskilling, digital literacy, jobtech, non-traditional students, user experience design

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Field project

10,000 Degrees Project

Belen Gutierrez

My project was to support the implementation study of the 10,000 Degrees non-profit in San Francisco through the John Gardner Center. Throughout Winter and Spring quarters I updated literature on...


Building Cooperative Models in Higher Education

Ana Machado

Since the beginning of the last century, co-operative models in Higher Education are partnership models that connect universities and hiring organizations, with the main objective of integrating...


Interactive Case: Positionality in Field Work

Cata Fuenzalida

Interactive case about positionality based on experience working with OUSD (Oakland Unified School District) for POLS field project.


Life after POLS

POLS graduates are well prepared to lead in a wide range of roles and contexts. Alumni work in school and district settings, higher education, education philanthropies, corporate and educational recruiting, and government. Below are a few examples of positions held by POLS alumni.

Higher education

Assistant Dean of Students, Oberlin College
Native American Liaison, Stanford Undergraduate Admissions Office
Instructor, Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth

K–12 leadership

Assistant Principal, Noble Network of Charter Schools
Literacy Coordinator, Harlem Children’s Zone
Academic Program Manager, Summit Public Schools

School networks, districts, government

Data Analyst, Boston Public Schools
Assistant Budget and Policy Analyst, State of Oregon
Legislative Assistant, United States Senate

Educational intermediaries and ed tech

Instructional Design Specialist, Coursera
Program Manager, Reading Partners
Education Analyst, Emerson Collective

The Graduate School of Education’s EdCareers office provides career education and counseling, job listings, career fairs and other resources to GSE students and alumni. 

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What you need to know

Admission requirements

To learn more about requirements for admission, please visit the Application Requirements page.

Financing your education

To learn more about the cost of the program and options for financial support, please visit Financing Your Master’s Degree on the admissions website.

Contact admissions

For admissions webinars and to connect with the admission office, see our  Connect and Visit page.

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