Education Policy and Planning Program

Graduate students collaborate on a project.

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Ph.D. Program Coordinator
Huriya Jabbar

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Master's Program Coordinator
Rebecca Callahan

Logo: Ranked 15th by US News and World Report in Education PolicyThe Educational Policy and Planning (EPP) Program, ranked 10th among publics and 15th overall by U.S. News & World Report, prepares the next generation of scholars, researchers, and analysts who will significantly and positively change public education.

Our master’s program (M.Ed.) trains students in education policy analysis. Students gain a theoretical foundation in policy implementation, politics, school law, poverty and educational policy, and critical policy analysis. Our program prepares students for careers as policy analysts, researchers in the public and private sectors, and for entry into a doctoral program in educational policy.

The doctoral program (Ph.D.) 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, gender, poverty, social and cultural contexts of education, and the economics of education.

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


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Rebecca Callahan

Associate Professor, EPP Master's Program Head

Research interests include immigrant bilinguals’ transition from adolescence to young adulthood, as well as their associated educational processes.

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Norma Cantú, J.D.

Ken McIntyre Professor for Excellence in School Leadership

With a background as assistant secretary of education for Civil Rights in the Clinton Administration, she teaches topics in civil rights and the intersection of law and policy in education.

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Joshua Childs

Assistant Professor

Examines collaborative approaches involving community organizations and stakeholders that improve academic achievement and reduce opportunity gaps for students.

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David E. DeMatthews

Associate Professor

Focuses on urban school and district leadership, inclusive practices for students with disabilities, and school improvement with an emphasis on addressing inequities in classrooms, schools, and communities.

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Terrance Green

Assistant Professor

Examines principals and school-community engagement/community development, and issues of educational equity and opportunity.

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Jennifer Jellison Holme

Associate Professor, Graduate Advisor

Focuses on the politics and implementation of educational policy with an emphasis on school reform, equity and diversity in schools.

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Huriya Jabbar

Assistant Professor, EPP Doctoral Program Head

Examines the social and political dimensions of market-based reforms and privatization in education, including school choice and decision-making in K-12 and higher education contexts.

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Pedro Reyes

Ashbel Smith Professor of Education Policy

Focuses on school conditions that foster high academic success for children of poverty, stratification of learning opportunities for children of color, and on state policy that facilitates student success across the education pipeline.

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Angela Valenzuela


Specializes in urban education from a sociological and multicultural perspective, with a focus on minority youth in schools, particularly at the K-12 level.

Information Session - Join Us!

Join us October 17 either in person in SZB 323 or online via Zoom from 7 - 8 p.m. for information about our Masters and Ph.D. programs. You'll have the opportunity to meet EPP faculty, learn about how to apply, and ask any questions you may have about the program or admissions process.