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GWU FlagsThe Education Policy Program offers a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Education Policy Studies. The program prepares analysts who contribute to the advancement of education policy at local, state, national, and international settings. The Education Policy program is ideally suited for those aspiring to mid-level professional positions in organizations concerned with education, in national and international government agencies, in professional associations involved with education, in private consulting firms, and in state and local education agencies.

The Masters program has five streams of preparation.  It provides a broad perspective of the philosophical, historical, social, economic, and political contexts that influence education and are, in turn, influenced by education.  It introduces the skills needed to develop policy, analyze policies, advocate in behalf of policies, and implement policies.  It develops skills in analysis of contemporary policies and policy proposals. It provides students with an understanding of the research and evaluation methods which are often used to inform policy, and which sometimes are used deceitfully to mislead policy makers.  The program allows students four elective courses to explore their specific interest in an area of education and policy.  The electives may be used partly for internships and independent study (following the Education Policy program guidelines).  Students are also encouraged to participate in the many hearings, consultations, meetings, and other events that occur almost daily in Washington D.C.  
Required Courses (for course descriptions check here)

EDUC 6314 - History of American Education Reform  
EDUC 6368 - Leadership and Education  
EDUC 6371 - Education Policy  
EDUC 6381 - Program Evaluation: Theory and Practice 
EDUC 6388 - Analysis of Ed. Policy Issues     (to be taken in last year of coursework)

EDUC 8122 - Qualitative Research Methods

One of:

EDUC 6114 - Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods  
EDUC 6116 - Introduction to Educational Statistics

One of:

EDUC 6601.10 - International and Comparative Education  
EDUC 6602.10 - Comparative Solutions to Ed. Problems 
EDUC 6610.xx - Programs & Policies in Int'l Ed  
EDUC 6650.10 - Education and National Development  
(Note that many of these courses are offered in multiple sections (i.e. different courses) by various instructors in one semester. Not all sections of the same course are applicable. Students are advised to choose the courses with the stated title above and consult their advisor).

Elective Courses (12 hours)

All courses are three credits.  A total of 36 hours are required.

The "EDUC6100" designation is used for all new courses in the Department of Educational Leadership.  There will be multiple "6100" courses taught in any given semester. Check the course titles closely when look at the course schedule and when registering. 

EDUC 6381 and 6388 (Analysis of Education Policy Issues) are generally taught only in the spring semester.  

Education Policy Courses that qualify as elective (can be taken in the last year of course work) are: EDUC8320, EDUC8321,EDUC8322, EDUC8323 and EDUC8325. You'd need the instructor's and your advisor's approval before taking any of these elective courses.

Students are encouraged to take mostly required courses during their first year, leaving their electives to the second or third year, when their specific interests sometimes have changed. 

Students may use their electives to take a wide range of courses in which they are encouraged to develop expertise. They often take elective courses offered by the Education Policy Program.  Second year master's students may, with the approval of the instructor, take doctoral level courses in the Education Policy Program.  Students often take courses in the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration. Often, students take courses in other programs of  the Graduate School of Education and Human Development such as International Education, Education Administration, Higher Education Administration.  They may take additional research methods courses. They also sometimes take courses in programs of other schools, such as Political Science, Economics, Business Administration, International Affairs, Political Communication, Political Management,  Sociology, and Woman's Studies.  Students may also take courses at other universities that participate in the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area, in accordance with the guidelines.  Finally, students may use one or more electives for supervised individual study or internships with Washington organizations following the Education Policy program guidelines and approval.

More information:

You can find more general information and guidelines and regulations while pursuing a degree at GWU by consulting the University Bulletin. Note that the University Bulletin is the primary rule setting guide that all students must follow. GSEHD general information and rules and policies can be found in the Master's Student Handbook.

More information about the program can be found on the home page, the faculty in the Education Policy program, the Education Policy Masters Degree Program, the Education Policy Doctoral Degree Program, and the applying for financial aid pages. For more specific information, please view the contact page.

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