About the Program

Click here for the program application. (PDF)

The Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP) is a professional development program for individuals whose work record reflects strong leadership abilities and a concern for issues important to children and education.

Participants in the Fellowship Program hold full-time positions in diverse organizations at the local, state, and national levels.

The program is available in Pennsylvania through The Education Policy and Leadership Center. The nationally recognized Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP) was established 53 years ago by the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) in Washington, D.C. IEL continues to support the program in the District of Columbia and through its network of state affiliates.

EPFP Fellows:

  • develop a broadened understanding of the policy process and the various aspects of education policy;
  • enhance communication and decision making skills;
  • refine their potential for leadership; and
  • expand their network of professional colleagues.

How is the EPFP different from other professional development programs?

EPFP is supported by a national and state network of resource people and peers who have a track record of accomplishment in research, policy development and effective practice in education, child development and human services.

In addition, a unique partnership with the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania provides EPFP Fellows with training in strategic leadership concepts.

The Education Policy Fellowship Program provides a comprehensive approach to knowledge and skill building with a two-day opening retreat, nine full-day seminars in Harrisburg, one regional leadership forum, and one national policy seminar during a ten-month period.

The Education Policy Fellowship Program brings together, as a cohort, a diverse group of professionals from education, government, military, human services, business and community organizations.

(If the applicant’s schedule or budget will not enable participation in the March 2020 national policy seminar, a slightly discounted tuition rate may be available for the program without the national elements. Contact Ron Cowell at EPLC for details.)

You are invited to apply if you have:

  • A track record of making things happen – inside and across agencies/organizations.
  • A full-time professional position and substantive work experience.
  • A bachelor’s degree or its equivalent.
  • The endorsement and financial support of your employing organization.
  • A commitment to personal and professional development.

What is my commitment if I am accepted as an EPFP Fellow?

  • Participate in a regional leadership forum and a national policy seminar.
  • Share your experience and knowledge with other Fellows through presentations, class discussion and class projects.
  • Participate in nine full-day seminars in Harrisburg over a ten-month period.
  • Conduct independent study and research to expand on issues explored in the program.

How will my organization benefit from my participation in the EPFP?

Employers gain:

  • Access to a professional development program with a proven track record.
  • Better informed, more skillful employees.
  • Employees who are ready to assume more leadership responsibilities.
  • Expanded networks that enhance the organization’s ability to access key leaders and decision makers who shape policy on behalf of children and youth.

What is my employer’s commitment in supporting my participation?

  • Provide release time for your participation in the Harrisburg seminars, the regional leadership forum, and the national seminar.
  • Pay a tuition fee of $2,995 plus all travel-related costs for the leadership forum, national policy seminar and in-state seminars.

Does participation in the EPFP qualify for Act 48 and SBA credits?

  • The EPFP is not an approved Act 48 credit provider.
  • EPLC is approved to provide State Board of Accountancy (SBA) credit to certified public accountants through December 31, 2019, and will apply to be a credit provider for sessions help in winter and spring 2020.
  • If you are interested in receiving SBA credit, please check the appropriate box on the application.

How Do EPFP Alumni Describe the Program?

  • Click here to read reflections from EPFP Alumni about their experience in the Fellows program.

How do I apply?

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