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2023-2024 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  Jul 24, 2024
2023-2024 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Education Policy, PhD

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*PhD students admitted prior to Fall 2023 are eligible to follow these revised requirements to qualify for graduation.*

The education policy PhD program provides students with foundational grounding in education policy analysis. Students      learn frameworks and methods for evaluating how policies and systems produce educational opportunities and systemic inequities. Students 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 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 gain expertise in policy analysis necessary to prepare them to do independent research and pursue careers in policy research.

For additional degree requirement information, refer to the School of Education section on Doctoral Degree Requirements.

Optional ARCO: Comparative and International Education

Students can opt to add an area of concentration in Comparative and International Education. Students interested in pursuing a more generally-focused policy degree enroll in the Education Policy major with no ARCO. The Comparative and International area requires the following courses:

Supporting field:

As an interdisciplinary program of study, PhD students in the Education Policy program are required to take 9 credits outside of the School of Education representing a coherent disciplinary or thematic focus. We encourage students to consult with their advisors about selecting courses that best align with their goals. Courses taken at a previous institution may be transferred to meet the Supporting Field requirement, if approved by the advisor. No modifications to this requirement are permitted, unless approved by a majority of the program faculty.

Other required courses:

Students enroll in the First Year Seminar (EDUC 3102  / EDUC 3105 ), 6 credits of Supervised Research (EFOP 3097 ), and 18 dissertation credits. The total number of credits required for the PhD degree, including transfer credits, is 90 credits.

Total Credits: 90

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