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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

Shadman Uddin
Shadman Uddin
Class: 2023
Areas of interest: higher education, workforce development, learning analytics, organizational change management, innovations in learning
Ellen Liu
Ellen Liu
Class: 2023
Areas of interest: workforce development, career pathways, upskilling/reskilling, higher education and employer relationship, learning science, life-long learning, career and life coaching
Gabriel Cheong
Gabriel Cheong
Class: 2023
Areas of interest: education policy development, education leadership, professional learning of teachers, community involvement in education, and education non-profits
Catherine Eng
Catherine Eng
Class: 2023
Areas of interest: higher education policy and administration, affirmative action, Asian Americans in education, tutoring, educational nonprofits, intersectionality, education equity

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Field project

Shared Responsibility: Higher Education in Prison Programs Evaluations Analysis (expanding on Ithaka S+R’s Unbarring Access report)

Paola Mora Paredes and Camila Moreno-Jimenez

With the expansion of post-secondary education programs in prisons, there is a lack of a reliable infrastructure to evaluate them. This project is aimed “to develop a more robust research and data...


POLS CSET Wipro Fellowship Field Project

Catherine Eng

The Wipro Fellowship selects K-12 science teacher leaders in partnering districts and invites them to a 2-year intensive professional development program. This program is aimed at improving...


Bay Ed Fund Field Project: Philanthropic District Change Effort

Xander Paras

Over 20 weeks, I partnered Bay Ed Fund, a philanthropy that seeks to partner with and improve local, suburban school districts. Through a trust-based or power-shifting philanthropic model, the Bay...


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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