Education Policy Minor

How well do you understand the big issues in education? You've seen news reports about vouchers, charter schools, common curriculums and standardized testing. These issues are quite complex and often emotionally-charged. 

The School of Education and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs have partnered to offer the Education Policy minor. Education policy encompasses the principles and practice of policy-making at the local, national, and global level as well as the laws and regulations that govern the operation of education systems. This 15- credit minor will provide a deeper understanding of the issues behind the headlines. Take an interdisciplinary look at education policy to learn what works and what can be done to improve education for future generations. You will also gain valuable skills in accounting, policy analysis and program evaluation. The faculty from Education and SPEA will share their expertise in the areas of education policy, education law, school choice, school finance, and public policy. Learn more about the faculty. 

Course Requirements

Take the following two courses:

  • EDUC-H200 Introduction to Education Policy
  • EDUC-A308 Legal Issues for Secondary Teachers

Take one of the following courses:

  • EDUC-H205 Introduction to Educational Thought
  • EDUC-H340 Education and American Culture
  • LATS-L380 Latino Education Across the Americas
  • SOC-S312 Education and Society
  • SOC-S409 Social Context of Schooling

Take one of the following courses:

  • SPEA-V236 Management Concepts and Applications I
  • SPEA-V241 Management Foundations and Approaches
  • SPEA-V263 Public Management
  • SPEA-V366 Managing Behavior in Public Organizations
  • SPEA-V473 Management, Leadership and Policy

Take one of the following courses:

  • SPEA-V246 Elements of Government and Nonprofit Financial Accounting Cycle
  • SPEA-V361 Financial Management
  • SPEA-V370 Research Methods and Statistical Modeling
  • SPEA-V372 Government Finance and Budgets
  • SPEA-V379 Performance Measurement and Program Evaluation
  • SPEA-V401 Financial and Cost Benefit Analysis
  • SPEA-V449 Senior Policy Seminar

OR other courses approved by the minor oversight committee 

At least 9 credits must be at the 300 or above level. A grade of (C) or better is required in each course and a 2.0 GPA overall for the minor.


This minor does not directly lead to teacher licensure.