The interdisciplinary Ed.S. program in School Curriculum and Assessment Policy provides school leadership training that results in a functional knowledge of how to use assessment information for both accountability purposes and curriculum evaluation.

The 36 semester hour program is designed for educators who hold a master’s degree but want to better understand the intersection between curriculum, assessment, and education policy.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall semester – July 1 (April 15 for international students)
  • Spring semester – December 1 (October 1 for international students)
  • Summer session – April 30 (March 1 for international students)

**If you have missed a deadline, you may sign up for up to 6 semester hours of classes as a non-degree taking student.

Admission Requirements

Application Process

  1. Create an application account to begin the application process.
  2. Submit the online application to the Graduate College and pay the $60 application fee by credit card ($100 for international applicants).
  3. Once you have submitted your application, you will receive email instructions on how to establish your HawkID and password which you will use to access MyUI, our online service center for students and applicants.
  4. You will use your Admissions Profile on MyUI to upload required supplemental materials.

Required Supplemental Materials

  1. Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions
  2. Official GRE scores from Educational Testing Service (the University’s institutional code is 6681)
  3. Official TOEFL scores may be required for some non-native speakers of English
  4. Two to three pages (double spaced) statement of purpose, addressing your educational philosophy, past leadership experience, and career aspirations with respect to K-12 leadership
  5. *Three letters from individuals who can speak to your promise as a leader or as a researcher/scholar

* You will be asked to give the contact information of your recommenders, including their email, on your Admissions Profile. The recommender will then get an email with instructions on how to upload the recommendation letter and/or form.


Application questions can be directed to: Sue Cline: Ph.D., Ed.S., Cert., PI 319/335-5260,

We look forward to receiving your application!

Student Handbook

Ed.S School Curriculum and Assessment Policy Program


Minimum total semester hours required: 36 s.h.
FileWorksheet for Ed.S. School Curriculum and Assessment Policy Program.

Note: The Ed.S. program requires 60 semester hours past a bachelor's degree. At least 30 semester hours have to be taken at the University of Iowa after admission.

Core Courses (12 s.h.)

  • EPLS:6265 Standards-Based Education and Accountability (3 s.h.)
    This course is an overview of standards-based education.  Subjects covered include: academic content standards, K-12 articulation, conducting alignment studies, using standardized test results to evaluate academic programs, decision making using test results (especially grading and instructional decisions), building district assessments, high-stakes testing and teaching to the test, testing and special populations (e.g., the use of assistive technology in special education testing and issues of racial/ethnic bias in testing), and special considerations in various content areas (especially literacy assessment and interdisciplinary curriculum.
  • EPLS:6270 Politics and Policy of School Leadership (3 s.h.)
    This seminar explores policy and the politics of leadership with a focus on: staff motivation, test-based accountability in education, accommodations and modifications for special education, assessment, the role of school administrators, and the intersection of policy, curriculum, and assessment. This course is designed for graduate students across the College of Education who are interested in developing a balanced view of education politics and policies, including the ever-evolving rules and regulations set forth by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • EPLS:6381 Analysis and Appraisal of Curriculum (3 s.h.)
    This course provides a comprehensive investigation of systematic procedures and resources for identifying and evaluating essential features and constituent elements of a given school district’s curricular offering.  This course is intended for persons in leadership, curriculum, and supervision programs or positions.
  • EPLS:6383 Supervision and Evaluation (3 s.h.)
    This course covers data collection and management skills, data-driven leadership, coaching and feedback techniques, teacher quality legislation, research and best practices regarding teacher evaluation, supervision, and teaching standards.

Assessment Core (6 s.h.)

Both courses are required.

  • PSQF:6257 Educational Measurement and Evaluation (3 s.h.)
  • EPLS:5165/PSQF:5165 Introduction to Program and Project Evaluation (3 s.h.)

Research Methodology (6 s.h.)

Students choose two (1 quantitative and 1 qualitative).


  • EPLS:6206 Research Process and Design (3 s.h.)
  • PSQF:6246 Design of Experiments (3 s.h.)


  • EDTL:7070 Qualitative Methods in Literacy Research (3 s.h.)
  • EPLS:7373 Qualitative Research Design and Methods (3 s.h.)
    Note: This course is available via distance education online

Concentration Area (9 s.h.)

Students choose one area of concentration.

Policy: Department of Educational Policy and Leadership Studies

  • EPLS:6242 Research for Effective School Leaders (3 s.h.)
  • EPLS:6225 Introduction to Public Policymaking (3 s.h.)
  • EPLS:6228 Policy Design and Implementation (3 s.h.)

Measurement and Statistics: Department of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations

  • PSQF:6243 Intermediate Statistical Methods (4 s.h.)
  • PSQF:6255 Construction and Use of Evaluation Instruments (3 s.h.)
  • PSQF:7350 Seminar in Evaluation (3 s.h.)

Curriculum: Department of Teaching and Learning Department

  • EDTL:7100 Design and Organization of Curriculum (3 s.h.)
  • EDTL:7004 Schooling in the United States (3 s.h.)
  • EDTL:7040 Advanced Topics in Teaching and Learning (3 s.h.)

Ed.S. Project (3 s.h.)

Students will write a substantive research paper and present it to an interdisciplinary faculty committee during their final semester in the Ed.S. program.

  • EPLS:7395 Educational Specialist Research (3 s.h.)
Preparing candidates to be
  • School district curriculum or assessment directors
  • Chief administrators of state testing programs
  • School policy leaders in state and federal departments of education
Application Deadlines
  • Fall semester – July 1 (April 15 for international students)
  • Spring semester – December 1 (October 1 for international students)
  • Summer session – April 30 (March 1 for international students)
Application Questions

Sue Cline
Office of Student Services