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The program prepares analysts who contribute to the advancement of education policy at local, state, national, and international settings. The Education Policy program is ideally suited for those aspiring to mid-level professional positions in organizations concerned with education, in national and international government agencies, in professional associations involved with education, in private consulting firms, and in state and local education agencies.
The Master's program has five streams of preparation. It provides a broad perspective of the philosophical, historical, social, economic, and political contexts that influence education and are, in turn, influenced by education. It introduces the skills needed to develop policy, analyze policies, advocate on behalf of policies, and implement policies. The program develops skills in analysis of contemporary policies and policy proposals. It also provides students with an understanding of the research and evaluation methods which are often used to inform policy, and which sometimes are used deceitfully to mislead policy makers. The program allows students four elective courses to explore their specific interest in an area of education and policy. The electives may be used partly for internships and independent study (following the Education Policy program guidelines). Students are also encouraged to participate in the many hearings, consultations, meetings, and other events that occur almost daily in Washington, D.C.
Foggy Bottom Campus (DC)
36 Credit Hours
Fall: January 15 (priority deadline to be considered for tuition support) or April 1 (final deadline)
Summer: March 1
Spring: October 1
Semesters for Entry:
Fall, Spring, or Summer
Andre Wright, Assistant Director of Admissions
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