Doctoral Program of Study

The Educational Policy and Planning program (EPP) prepares doctoral (Ph.D.) students as the next generation of professors and policy-research leaders. This program trains leaders who will significantly and positively change public education. Our department also offers a master’s degree program concentrated in EPP.

The EPP is a multi-disciplinary doctoral program that involves high quality research aimed at deepening our knowledge of schools and student learning. The mission of this doctoral program is to prepare planning specialists for policy research and professorship roles in education who:

  • Understand the complexity of the educational system, including the historical, cultural, economic, and social conditions that may affect student learning.
  • Research the effectiveness of policy proposals and better understand the implementation of existing policies, particularly as they affect outcomes for traditionally marginalized students.
  • Advocate for the implementation of different approaches to enhance student learning for all children.
  • Develop cutting-edge knowledge in the field of education policy.
  • Approach policy research from multidisciplinary perspectives.
  • Learn the most sophisticated policy research techniques and methodologies.

Total minimum of 66 hours which includes a dissertation

Social Science Core: (12 hours)  

  • EDA 388E Educational Economics & Finance Policy
  • EDA 388M Social & Cultural Contexts of Education
  • EDA 388P Educational Politics & Policy 
  • EDA 382M Organizational Design & Behavior

Educational  Policy Core: (18 hours)

Policy Requirement

  • EDA 395K Policy Research Problems  (Capstone)
  • EDA 388S Comparative Exploration of P-16 Education (Pro Seminar)

Advanced Policy Seminars (Select 4)

  • EDA 395L Advanced Policy Seminar: Market Based Reforms in Education
  • EDA 395 Advanced Policy Seminar: Latino Education Issues
  • EDA 395 Advanced Policy Seminar:  Place, Opportunity, and Education
  • EDA 395 Advanced Policy Seminar: Accountability & School Reform
  • EDA 395 Advanced Policy Seminar: Race and Ethnic Relations in Schools
  • EDA 395 Advanced Policy Seminar: Contemporary Education Policy Issues

Research Core: (12 hours)  

  • EDA 387Q Introduction to Systems of Human Inquiry
  • EDA 381P Quantitative Research Design & Analysis
  • EDA 381Q Qualitative Research Design
  • EDA 381S Advanced Qualitative Research OR EDA 383 Advanced Quantitative Research & Analysis

Outside of the College of Education (18 Hours)

Ph.D. students are required to take courses from other colleges within the university. This may be accomplished within a single discipline or in a multidisciplinary form. Program advisor must approve in advance the multidisciplinary option.

Dissertation (6 hours)

  • EDA 399R
  • EDA 399W

Program Plan Worksheets