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Programs in International and Comparative Education
Teachers College, Columbia University
Teachers College
Columbia University
IED Professional Specializations > International Policy & Planning

International Policy & Planning

Liaison: Professors Oren Pizmoney-Levy and Gita Steiner-Khamsi

The International Policy and Planning concentration is interdisciplinary and encompasses a wide range of local and global perspectives in the field of international educational development. Courses are taught with attention to multiple paradigms and worldviews to prepare future scholars to engage in the work of policy analysis, formation, and study.

Faculty who teach education policy courses come from a variety of academic disciplines across the College, such as anthropology, economics, law, political science, psychology, and sociology. There are also faculty who work in interdisciplinary areas, such as early childhood education, public health, education leadership, and international educational development. The International Policy concentration follows the same approach to policy studies as the College-level policy studies courses, Students learn about the craft of policy making and analysis, acquire content and historical background information, enroll in content-driven policy courses, and take research methodology courses.

Policy methods courses are offered throughout TC, and students are required to take a combination of both qualitative and quantitative methods courses.

Students must meet with their advisors to select appropriate policy related courses from across the College or at one of the other Columbia schools. Educational policy courses can be taken within the ITS department or in other departments. Many courses are offered by the Department of Organization and Leadership (ORL listings in the course catalogue) and the Department of Human Development (HUD listings).