The 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.), designed for working professions by offering late afternoon and evening courses, 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. This is a full-time program of graduate study; we do not have the capacity to accept part-time students.
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.
Both programs start in the fall semester.