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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.
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 2019-2020
Ph.D. in Education Policy
A crucial need exists for better knowledge about how schools and school systems, higher education, and early childhood 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.
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 Student and Alumni Voices
Samson (EPOL-MA, 2014): As a higher education advocate, I came to TC most interested in understanding how I could enhance my professional and leadership experiences in the college access, affordability, and success world by developing the necessary policy skills to effect broad-scale change. During my time in the Education Policy program at TC, I deepened my knowledge through extensive literature review and original research, expanded my perspectives through stimulating dialogue with fellow students and faculty alike, and sharpened my analytical writing and speaking skills in order to be the most effective change agent possible. Beyond equipping me with these key skills, TC's Education Policy program connected me with a worldwide network of other education advocates and policy leaders who share my purpose, passion, and drive to improve the lives of all students in pursuing their individual goals and ambitions.
Denise (M.A.): "Looking back, I acknowledge, more so than before, the vital role parents play in their child’s academic success. If I had the opportunity to return to the classroom, I would shift my energy to establishing more concrete ways to engage parents, as they are the key element in their child’s personal development and academic success. My course work at TC continues to reinforce this idea, that the partnerships between parents, students, and teachers is essentially the foundation for high academic achievement, even in the most difficult socioeconomic environments."
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