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Leadership and Policy Studies Ph.D. Curriculum

As a Peabody Ph.D. student you will be involved in exciting, next generation research right from the start. Among the issues LPO faculty and graduate students are examining:

  • The effects of competition, including charter schools, on educational achievement.
  • How to evaluate principals and teachers.
  • Teacher incentives and performance pay.
  • School zoning, parental involvement, the academic achievement gap, and re-segregation.
  • Coaching and feedback for leadership change and development.
  • School finance equity and adequacy, and state-level reforms to school funding systems
  • Effects of career and technical education (CTE) on long-run educational attainment and earnings
  • Policies affecting success in community college
  • Financial aid policies and postsecondary persistence and attainment
  • Social, political, and policy history of higher education
  • Conditional cash transfer programs in developing countries and their effects on education and health


Leadership and Policy Studies Curriculum

  1. Social Science Core Requirements (12 hours)
    • Politics of Education
    • Sociology of Education
    • Economics of Education
    • History of Education
  2. Specialty PhD Seminars (9 hours)
  3. Research Methods (18 hours)
    • Research Design and Methods
    • Statistical Methods in Education Research
    • Regression Analysis I
    • Regression Analysis II
    • Causal Analysis
    • Qualitative Research Methods
  4. Research Practicum (6 hours – 1 credit in the Fall, 2 credits in the Spring, 3 credits in Maymester of 1st year)
  5. PhD Proseminar (3 hours/ 1 credit each year in years 2, 3, and 4)
  6. Electives or Transfer Hours (to total 72 hours)