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)
ELP 390E / EDA 388E Educational Economics & Finance Policy
ELP 390S / EDA 388M Social & Cultural Contexts of Education
ELP 390P / EDA 388P Educational Politics & Policy
ELP 390R / EDA 382 M Organizational Design & Behavior
Educational Policy Core (18 hours)
- ELP 394E / EDA 395K Policy Research Problems (Capstone)
- ELP 390C / EDA 388S Comparative Exploration of P-16 Education (Pro Seminar)
Advanced Policy Seminars (Select 4)
ELP 394K.1Seminar in Latinx Education
ELP 394K.2 / EDA 395L Market Based Reforms in Education
ELP 394K.3 / EDA 395 Place, Opportunity, and Education
ELP 394K.4 Schools and Gentrification
ELP 394K.5 Law, Leadership and Discipline Policy
ELP 394K.6 Language Policy in Education
ELP 394K.7 Immigration Theory in Education
ELP 394K Accountability & School Reform
ELP 394K / EDA 395L Race and Ethnic Relations in Schools
ELP 394K / EDA 395L Contemporary Education Policy Issues
Research Core (12 hours)
ELP 391E / EDA 387Q Epistemologies of Educational Research
ELP 391P / EDA 381P Quantitative Research Design & Analysis
ELP 391Q / EDA 381Q Qualitative Research Design
ELP 392Q / EDA 381S Advanced Qualitative Research
ELP 392P / EDA 383 Advanced Quantitative Research & Analysis
_____ Advanced Course in Research Methodology (out of department, as approved by your faculty advisor)
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)
- ELP / EDA 399R
- ELP / EDA 399W