Education Policy and Planning Program

The Educational Policy & Planning (EPP) Program prepares the next generation of scholars, researchers, and analysts who will significantly and positively change  public education.

Our master’s program trains students in education policy analysis, providing a theoretical foundation in policy implementation, politics, law, and critical policy analysis. We also provide students with training in both quantitative and qualitative research methods. In addition, we offer a broad range of electives to meet students’ particular interests, including courses in race and ethnicity, poverty, high-stakes accountability, and school choice. Our program prepares students for careers as policy analysts, researchers in the public and private sectors, and for entry into a doctoral program in education policy.

Our doctoral program prepares future faculty members, policy analysts, and researchers to be thoughtful scholars with a critical focus on issues of equity. Students receive rigorous training in education politics, policy implementation, organizations, race and ethnicity, poverty, and economics of education. Students also receive advanced training in research methods (quantitative and qualitative).

Our cohort model provides built-in peer support as students move through the program, while also providing opportunities for inter-generational learning and research collaborations with faculty. In addition, students work closely with faculty mentors to develop a research focus, culminating in the dissertation.

Our faculty are nationally-recognized experts in high stakes testing, market-based reforms, equity-minded reforms, issues of linguistic and cultural diversity, and school improvement.