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Education Policy Track

The Education Policy (EP) track will provide students with a scholarly and applied understanding of public policy, with an explicit focus on educational policy. The EP track will provide the content knowledge, methods, and analytical skills to enable students to situate educational policymaking in a broader social, political, and economic context. Graduates will be prepared for a variety of careers in learning organizations and in government; in the nonprofit sector; in advocacy groups; and in research and consulting firms. The EP track will also provide graduates with excellent training for either professional or graduate study in public policy, in education, or in a related social science field. This track is closely connected to the fifth-year master in Education Policy.

The nine-hour EP track core consists of the following required courses:

  • HODE 3205, Education Policy Analysis Methods (prerequisite HOD 2700 or PCSI 1100)
  • HODE 3215, Education and Public Policy (prerequisite HOD 2700 or PCSI 1100
  • HODE 3225, Introduction to Public Finance of Education

Additionally, every track requires that all HOD majors take 2 additional track level courses called “HOD track electives.” The two HOD track electives are not limited to courses within the HOD track the student has declared. HOD track electives are any HOD, HODE, HODC, HODH, HODI, and HODL courses from 3000 - 4999 excluding 3850, 3860, 3870, 4950, 4951, 4952, 4953, 4960 and 4978. 

Video: Claire Smrekar, Associate Professor, Deptartment of Leadership, Policy & Organizations