Education Policy

Field Advisors: Professor Stephanie CelliniProfessor Yas Nakib

The education policy field provides students with the necessary skills to analyze problems and policies related to major education policy issues at national, state and local levels in both K-12 and/or higher education. Topics covered in this field include school reform, urban education problems, student achievement, school finance and its equity, teacher quality and effectiveness, equal opportunity, accountability and access and attainment in higher education. The field of education policy is offered in close collaboration with the Education Policy Program in the Graduate School of Education and Human Development.

Recommended Courses (please consult a field advisor before taking field courses):

EDUC 6314  History of American Education Reform
EDUC 6368  Power, Leadership & Education
EDUC 6371  Education Policy
EDUC 6381  Program Evaluation: Theory and Practice
EDUC 6388  Analysis of Education Policy Issues *
EDUC 6555  Higher Education Policy 
EDUC 6565  Higher Education Finance
EDUC 8122  Qualitative Research Methods
EDUC 8320  Politics of Education *
EDUC 8321  Economics of Education *
EDUC 8322  Education Policy Implementation *
EDUC 8323  Policies of Education Equity *
EDUC 8325  Education Policy Design: Accountability *
EDUC 8340  Methods of Policy Analysis in Education *
PPPA 6049  Urban and Regional Policy Analysis
 PSC 8212  Urban Policy Problems

* These courses require Education Policy (EDUC 6371) as a prerequisite.  Education Policy introduces students to the basics of education policy-making (e.g., major education reforms; differences between federal, state and local education policies) and the conditions that promote and hinder the success of education policies. Students engage in analysis of major education reforms using the tools of policy analysis. For MPP and MPA students, equivalent courses that cover the tools of policy analysis, such as introductory public policy, policy analysis, and/or benefit-cost analysis are typically considered acceptable equivalents. Students who seek to waive out of EDUC 6371 must contact the field advising team during the first year of their program.

With the permission of a field advisor, students may supplement these courses with other relevant courses in relevant disciplines.