The interdisciplinary EdS 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.

Concentration Area

As part of the EdS program you will choose one of the following concentration areas to help reach your academic and career goals:

  • Policy
  • Measurement and Statistics
  • Curriculum

Program Requirements

For a complete list of requirements and courses

Admissions and Application

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)

  • A bachelor’s degree from a Regionally Accredited American College or University, or an equivalent degree from another country as determined by the Office of Admissions
  • Undergraduate grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00 or better on a four-point scale
  • NOTE: The GRE requirement has been suspended for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle. Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General test – verbal and quantitative. Please note that the GRE is not required for graduate assistantships, teaching assistantships, or research assistantships within the College of Education, nor is it required for Graduate College fellowships. The GRE is a requirement for Special Graduate Assistantships (SGAs) offered through the Iowa Measurement and Research Foundation.
  • English Proficiency Requirements (international applicants)

  1. Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions
  2. NOTE: The GRE requirement has been suspended for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle. 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. Answer each question in 500 words or less:
    • Please describe why you want to be a district leader. Why is the leadership program at the University of Iowa a good match for you?
    • Graduate school will be a major time commitment. Please discuss specific strategies you plan to use to successfully balance your personal life, your professional life, and the demands of graduate school.
    • Schools are diversifying across the state and the UI program aims to create leaders who focus on social justice. Please explain why social justice is important to you.
    • The UI program will prepare you to be an instructional leader. What is the best way to prepare students to succeed and reach district and statewide expectations? What does this mean for students who may not be prepared academically?
  5. *Three letters from individuals who can speak to your promise as a leader or as a researcher/scholar

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Please review the required supplemental documents above before starting the general graduate application. To begin the application process, set up an account with an existing email address and password

Contact Us


Application questions can be directed to: Anne Sparks, 319-335-2146,

We look forward to receiving your application!