The breadth and depth of education policy studies at Teachers College is unmatched at any other school of education in the United States. Teachers College faculty who teach education policy courses include economists, lawyers, political scientists, psychologists, and sociologists as well as specialists in a wide range of interdisciplinary areas such as early childhood education, K-12 school reform, higher education policy, and law and education policy. Thus, policy courses and research at Teachers College are grounded in a full range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives.
Many education policy faculty members focus on the U.S., particularly the special challenges facing large cities, but we also have a very strong cadre with research and teaching interests in comparative and international education. Methodologically, we prepare students in quantitative, qualitative and mixed-methods approaches, and we encourage students to learn methods by doing original research of their own or through organized team projects. In addition to our emphasis on research and teaching, Teachers College policy faculty work closely with legislators, governors and other policy makers.