Based in the social science disciplines of economics and sociology, this program teaches you to use statistics and quantitative methods, large datasets, and research designs to analyze education policies for grades kindergarten-12 and higher education. The curriculum is designed to assure that you master appropriate analytical methods as well as develop knowledge of issues in a specific education policy area, such as higher education, race and class, international education, or K-12 education issues.
The curriculum culminates in a "capstone" experience where you work in a team to analyze the effects of an education policy, using your newly acquired statistical knowledge and employing longitudinal education databases..
The program is designed for recent college graduates, people who want to change careers, and in general, people interested in education and big policy issues. Our students come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences, including education, but also the social sciences, sciences, and humanities. No prior knowledge of education policy or statistics is required, although good working knowledge of algebra is.
The program prepares you to work in research, nonprofit, advocacy, and public education organizations and is a good first step toward a doctoral degree in education policy.
Knowing an education area well, understanding the sociology and economics behind policy ideas, and being skilled using statistics and databases will make you able to participate in the efforts to improve educational opportunities in effective and fair ways for all children.