The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Education Policy develops skills needed to carefully assess and analytically examine education problems and their interaction with their broader social environments. The interdisciplinary program relies on approaches and analytical methods from various fields to expose students to comprehensive analytical skills. Students in the program learn and employ analytical and methodological tools necessary to engage in complex policy analysis that is often needed for informed decision-making. Offered at GW’s Foggy Bottom campus in Washington, D.C., the Ed.D. in Education Policy prepares researchers and analysts to:
Education policy specialty — a minimum of 54 credits, including 12 credits in required courses, 12 credits in research courses, 15 credits in dissertation courses, 15 credits in elective courses, and successful completion of the comprehensive examination. Six additional credits in prerequisite courses may be required but do not count toward the 54 required credits.
Students may take elective courses to develop expertise in a specific area in policy and/or take additional research methods courses to advance their research methods skills.
Successful completion of comprehensive exam required
Approved dissertation proposal required
Education Policy Doctoral students graduate to serve as leaders and skilled lead analysts who solve problems, make informed decisions, and help improve the world of practice. Recent graduates include:
President and founder of the Cross & Joftus, LLC, an education policy consulting firm
Senior Policy Analyst, Congressional Research Services
Senior Associate, Annie E. Casey Foundation
Senior Study Director, Westat.
Associate Professor, Lahor School of Economics-Pakistan
Associate Professor, Sun Yet Sen University-China
Associate Professor, University of Kragujevac, Serbia
Senior Researcher and Policy Analyst, National Education Association
Evaluation and Assessment Analyst, Alexandria City Public Schools
Assistant Vice President-Research & Policy Analysis, Council of Graduate Schools
Chief Technical Advisor, USAID Nepal.
Director, Core Knowledge Foundation
Assistant Professor, Meiji University, Tokyo, Japan.
Vice President of Strategy, Complete College America, Washington, DC
Join us as we change the policy debate.
Program Entry: Fall
Please Note: The name of this program on the application is Educational Administration & Policy Studies
*Additional application requirements may exist for international applicants
For more information on any of these requirements, please visit our Application Guidance page.
Dr. Linda Lemasters published an article with recent alumna Liz Johnson (Ed.D., education policy and leadership) titled A Complexity Context to Classroom Interactions and Climate: ABM Forecasting Achievement in the Journal on Policy and Complex Systems.
Dr. Joshua Glazer was quoted in WUNC 91.5 Public Radio's article Lawmaker Stands Behind Plan For Charter School Takeover, Despite Lackluster Results.