Master's in Education (Ed.M.)

The Brandeis Master's in Education Program (EdM) is designed for talented and experienced teachers interested in gaining leadership skills that will empower them to influence policy and practice in their own schools and beyond. With a joint emphasis on instructional and institutional/policy leadership, this 2-year program prepares graduates to create change in their schools by improving pedagogical practices and fostering a collaborative culture that leads to greater student and educator learning.

The EdM Program includes two intensive summer semesters of in residence classes at Brandeis and two semesters of distance learning as well as two additional semesters of practitioner action research for a total time to completion of 2 years.* In addition to fulfilling the requirements of the AGS program, all EdM students will be required to design, implement, document and assess a teacher leadership initiative in their own school with the help of a professional, external coach. These action research projects will allow students to develop their practice as teacher leaders while contributing to worthwhile educational change. The project could focus on instructional, institutional, or policy leadership.

Graduates of the Brandeis Teacher Leadership Program will be qualified to assume roles such as mentor, team leader or instructional coach and may be eligible to apply for an endorsement in teacher leadership in states that offer them. If you are interested in becoming a department chair, you may need supplementary courses in your content area.

To learn more about the EdM program, please schedule an appointment to speak with an advisor. You may also call (781) 736-2024 or send an email to If you are currently enrolled in the AGS and have decided you want to complete the EdM, you must submit a modified application.

Summer Semester dates

Summer semester starts on July 2  and ends on July 19.