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In the Department of Education Policy & Social Analysis
Welcome to the Education Policy Program
The degree programs in Education Policy examine both formal and informal institutions of schooling and the political, legal, bureaucratic, organizational, economic, and social factors that affect both schools and the broader educational enterprise. Students address critical problems affecting education, develop a broad and inclusive view of the kinds of issues facing policymakers, and are encouraged to study and reflect on the processes by which research becomes linked to policy and practice.
M.A. in Education Policy
The 33-point degree aims to build a cadre of education policy experts whose deep grounding in a range of educational policy issues is matched by their understanding of the policy process and the tools of policy analysis. The Masters of Arts (M.A.) degree offered by the Education Policy Program is focused on the preparation of policy analysts, policy advocates, and education researchers.
Ed.M. in Education Policy
The 60-point degree is intended for educators and non-educators seeking careers in education policy in either the private or the public sector. The program of study builds on the required Ed.M. course sequence with additional work in a policy area relevant to the student’s interests.
Ed.D. in Leadership, Policy & Politics*
The 90-point degree in Leadership, Policy, and Politics, is intended for aspiring experts in the political, economic, or legal analysis of educational issues, emphasizing the practice of education leadership as policy analysts, researchers, or advisors. The program anticipates strong commitments to education from applicants and prepares candidates to excel in the integration of theory and practice.
*Not accepting applications 2016-2017
Ph.D. in Education Policy
The school-year Ph.D. degree in Education Policy responds to these knowledge demands by focusing on the scholarly study of education policy. This degree program provides the opportunity to develop expertise in many interconnected subject areas, as preparation for careers in academic research and teaching or in applied policy development and research.
School Law Institute
For over 20 years, this five-day program has offered public- and charter-school educators (administrators, teachers, guidance counselors, etc.), policy analysts, policymakers, union reps, advocates and others the tools they need to address important current issues of law, policy, research, and practice.
Concurrent Programs in Education & Law
The Education Policy and Social Analysis Department and Columbia Law School offer courses that prepare students for positions that require knowledge and expertise in education law. There are at present no formal joint-degree programs between Teachers College and Columbia Law School, but students admitted to both schools may be eligible (through ad hoc arrangements) to pursue education and law degrees concurrently.
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Our Students' Voices
Why did you come to TC to study Education Policy?
Kathleen (Ed.D.): “I chose TC as the place to pursue my doctorate in education policy because of the research the program's faculty were doing at the time (and still are) on policy matters that I am passionate about, particularly privatization, charter schools and the sociology of organizations. Additionally, when I was investigating doctoral programs, TC faculty who I contacted and subsequently met with welcomed me warmly and answered my questions thoroughly (which was not my experience at every school I visited). That personal touch, plus the opportunity to learn from these researchers and to do so in the most exciting city in the U.S., pushed TC to the top of my list.”
Brian (M.A.): “I came because of the many good things I heard about TC almost 10,000 miles away in Singapore. Brilliant faculty and wonderful peers in EPOL contribute to a dynamic learning environment which has made the commute worth it!”
Katie (Ph.D.): “I came to the Education Policy program for the faculty, and I have not been disappointed!”
Jun (M.A.): “I want to help my country to build a better educational system in which students are coached, guided to be the best of themselves, all kinds of talents can be fairly and comprehensively evaluated.”
Coordinator: Professor Luis Huerta
Box: Box 11
Teachers College, Columbia University
Phone: (212) 678-3751 Fax: (212) 678-3589