Degrees & Programs
Education Policy Studies
Help shape the future of education by engaging in education policy studies. Learn how specific policies and the processes through which they are implemented affect major outcomes associated with educational systems and practices. Through coursework and individual research, students will examine questions such as: Which policies, in what contexts, have improved equity and quality in education? How do public finance arrangements help or hinder school districts or higher education institutions to meet their multiple goals? How do student and teacher accountability practices shape pedagogical processes and outcomes?
The Education Policy Studies program provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to analyze both basic and higher education policies and reforms, informed by a comparative perspective. Our program is unique in its emphasis on close examination of the social and historical foundations of education in the United States and beyond. Drawing on the strengths of ELPS faculty and the Inquiry program, IU’s Education Policy Studies Ph.D. enables students to analyze specific education policy trends in diverse contexts and through diverse methodological approaches.
The Education Policy Studies is designed to prepare students for professional roles in university teaching and research, as well as in educational development and consulting for governmental and non-governmental agencies.
- Ph.D. in History, Philosophy, and Policy in Education-Specialization in Education Policy Studies
- Ph.D. Minor in Education Policy Studies
At the IU School of Education, you’ll get a solid foundation in the theories that have influenced policy decisions over the decades. You’ll also take an intensely practical look at policy implementation and the organizational and cultural factors that affect it.
Degree options include both the Ph.D. in Education Policy Studies or a 12-hour doctoral minor in Education Policy.
In keeping with the broad scope of our course offerings and research specialties, our faculty comes from a wide range of backgrounds. They are law, sociology, economics, and education scholars. They also bring real-world experience in developing education policy as school and university administrators, institutional researchers, and state and federal education officials.
- Vic Borden, Professor
- Gary Crow, Professor
- Dionne Danns, Associate Professor
- Janet Decker, Assistant Professor
- Suzanne Eckes, Professor
- Patricia Kubow, Professor
- Bradley Levinson, Professor
- Chad Lochmiller, Assistant Professor
- Sylvia Martinez, Associate Professor
- Alexander McCormick, Associate Professor
- Thomas Nelson Laird, Associate Professor
- Margaret Sutton, Associate Professor
- Andrea Walton, Associate Professor
- Robert Arnove, Professor Emeritus
- Barry Bull, Professor Emeritus
- Donald Hossler, Professor Emeritus
- Martha McCarthy, Professor Emerita
- Luise McCarty, Professor Emerita
- Christine Beresniova, Ph.D. Student and Associate Instructor
- Yajing Chen, Ph.D. Student and Graduate Assistant
- Colleen Chesnut, Ph.D. Candidate and Associate Instructor
- Candice Grant, Ph.D. Student and Associate Instructor
- Chelsea Korth, Ph.D. Student and Graduate Assistant
- Evan Mickey, Ph.D. Student
- Wen Qi, Ph.D. Student
- Francisco Javier Ramos, Ph.D. Student
- Karen Ross, Ph.D. Student and Associate Instructor
- Gabriel Ramón Serna, Associate Instructor and Ph.D. Student
Prepare for a career as a policy leader, faculty member, university or school administrator. We boast an excellent placement rate for graduates of our program.
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