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)  

  • 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)

Policy Requirement

  • 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

Program Plan Worksheets