Master of Arts in Education and Human Development in the Field of Education Policy Studies

The master of arts in education and human development in the field of education policy studies degree program develops skills to analyze education problems and policies at national, state, and local levels and in the K-12 and higher education sectors. The program is designed for students who wish to develop skills in policy research, program evaluation, and the technical, political, and managerial aspects of education policy. Emphasis is placed on developing understanding of the political, economic, and social environments affecting education policies, and the competencies needed to apply research in order to analyze, effectively implement, or evaluate their impact. Topics covered in this field include school reform, urban education problems, student achievement, school finance and its equity, teacher quality and effectiveness, equal opportunity, access to higher education, and accountability. The 36-credit program includes 12 elective credits that are used to develop expertise and skills in a substantial area of education policy; these courses, with prior arrangement, may involve independent research and internships in federal, state, or professional organizations.

Students in this program also may be interested in the joint degree program with the Law School, the Master of Arts in Education and Human Development in the field of educational policy studies and Juris Doctor.

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The following requirements must be fulfilled: 36 credits, including 24 credits in required courses and 12 credits in elective courses.

EDUC 6114Introduction to Quantitative Research
or EDUC 6116 Introduction to Educational Statistics
EDUC 6314History of American Education Reform
EDUC 6368Leadership and Education
EDUC 6371Education Policy
EDUC 6381Program Evaluation: Theory and Practice
EDUC 6388Analysis of Education Policy Issues
EDUC 8122Qualitative Research Methods
One of the following
EDUC 6601International and Comparative Education
EDUC 6602Regional Studies in International Education
EDUC 6610Programs and Policies in International Education
EDUC 6650Education and National Development
12 credits in elective courses selected in consultation with the program advisor.