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2021-2022 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  Jun 15, 2024
2021-2022 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Education Policy, PhD

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The education policy PhD program will provide students with foundational grounding in education policy analysis. Students will learn frameworks and methods for evaluating how policies and systems produce educational opportunities and systemic inequities. Students will gain a nuanced understanding of the education policy process including policy formulation, implementation, and evaluation, and the methodological approaches used to examine these processes and their effects. And students will explore how the (re)design of policies and systems create substantive improvements in learning opportunities for students of all ages. The program includes core content in: education policy systems and implementation, disciplinary grounding, the social contexts of education, policy analysis methods, and electives exploring specific policy topics and issues. The flexible curricular design enables students to choose courses that match their interests. Through apprenticed research experiences students will gain expertise in policy analysis necessary to prepare them to do independent research and pursue careers in policy research.

Optional ARCO: Comparative and International Education

The ARCO requires the folloiwng courses:

Other required courses:

Students enrole in the First Year Seminar (EDUC 3102 / EDUC 3105), 6 credits of Supervised Research (EFOP 3097), and 18 dissertation credits. 

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