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 both an understanding of the political and social environments affecting education policy and the competencies needed to develop policy options, analyze their potential, select the most promising, implement policies effectively, and evaluate impacts. Internships are offered in a variety of federal, state, and local agencies. The 36-credit-hour program includes 12 elective credits that can be used for courses, independent research, and internships in federal, state, or professional organizations.
The following requirements must be fulfilled: 36 credits, including 24 credits in required courses and 12 credits in elective courses.
EDUC 6114: Introduction to Quantitative Research
or EDUC 6116: Introduction to Educational Statistics
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
Prerequisite: EDUC 6371, EDUC 6114, or permission of instructor.
EDUC 8122: Qualitative Research Methods
One of the following:
EDUC 6601: International and Comparative Education
EDUC 6602: Regional Studies in International Education
or EDUC 6615: Internationalizing U.S. Schools
EDUC 6610: Programs and Policies in International Education
EDUC 6650: Education and National Development
ELECTIVES: 12 credits in approved electives selected in consultation with the program advisor.
Graduates assume positions at think tanks, non-profit national organizations, government agencies, and international organizations providing support analysis for education-related decision-making, including:
GSEHD alumnus Dr. Shawn Joseph (Ed.D. educational administration and policy studies) has been named Superintendent of Nashville Metro schools. He is the first African-American to lead this 86,000-student school district. Dr. Joseph is currently deputy superintendent for teaching and learning in Prince George's County Public Schools in Maryland.