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Education Policy

In the Department of Education Policy & Social Analysis

Education Policy

In the Department of Education Policy and 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.

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Degree Programs

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

Our main master’s degree is the 33-point M.A. However, we offer the Ed.M for students who have already acquired an M.A. with at least some coursework with education policy content.  The 60-point degree program of study builds on the required M.A. course sequence with additional work in a policy area relevant to the student’s interests. Up to 30 points of eligible coursework from another graduate institution or program may be applied to the Ed.M. degree.

Ed.D. in Leadership, Policy & Politics*

*Not accepting applications 2016-2017

Ph.D. in Education Policy

A crucial need exists for better knowledge about how schools and school systems, higher education, and early child hood education can be organized and led most effectively.  The school-year Ph.D. degree in Education Policy prepares its graduates to build new knowledge, teach new leaders, and craft new policies. The program may be completed in 75 points, of which up to 30 credits may be transferred from another graduate institution. In addition to study in education policy, the program requires extensive preparation in quantitative and qualitative research methods and in one of the cognate social sciences offered by the University, for example, Political Science, Sociology, Economics, or Law.

Non-degree Programs

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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Program Director: Professor Kevin Dougherty

Box: Box 11

Teachers College, Columbia University
Zankel 212

Contact Person: Malgorzata Kolb

Phone: (212) 678-3751    Fax: (212) 678-3589   


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Education Policy

Box 11, 525 W 120th Street

New York, New York 10027-6696

Location: 212 Zankel Hall ♦ Phone: 212.678.3751 ♦ Fax: 212.678.3589 ♦ Email:

Professor Kevin Dougherty

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