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Education Policy specialization

The Education Policy program acquaints students with the relevant history and institutions of education policy, develops their quantitative skills for program evaluation and the analysis of large data sets, and helps them grapple with the policy issues raised by inequality. Our required courses anchor flexible master's degree programs for pre-career and mid-career students who may seek to specialize in education policy. A resident faculty with nationally-renowned expertise in various fields is complemented by a broader menu of relevant course offerings across other units of the College Park campus.

Education Policy specialization requirements

  • PLCY689E “Program Evaluation and Cost-Benefit Analysis” (taken in the first spring)
  • PLCY734 “Foundations of Social Policy” (taken in the first spring)
  • PLCY611 “Quantitative Analysis of Policy Issues”
  • PLCY732 “Education Policy and Reform” or TLPL788F "Policy and Politics of Education Reform"
  • TLPL670 “Economics of Education” (formerly EDPS615)

In addition, MPP students matriculated before Fall 2016 are required to take PLCY/PUAF 790 “Project Course” as part of their specialization requirements. 

Outside of the specialization requirements, Education Policy students might be interested in the following general electives:

  • TLPL673 "Federal Education Policy" (formerly EDPS625)
  • TLPL687 "Politics of Education" (formerly EDPS614)
  • TLPL671 "Education Policy Analysis" (formerly EDPS620)
  • TLPL767 "Law, Equity and Diversity in Education" (formerly EDPS751)
  • TLPL788D "Using Stata to Clean and Analyze Big Data in Education"
  • TLPL788# "Contested Control - School Choice, Localism, and Centralization"
  • TLPL672 "Impact Evaluation for Education and Public Policy"

Sample plan of study for the Education Policy (EDUC) specialization

Below is an example of how a student in this specialization may progress towards her MPP degree semester by semester. It does not represent the only way to sequence the courses.

Centers Conducting Education Policy Research

  • Center for International Policy Exchanges (CIPE)
  • National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education
  • The Maryland Equity Project
  • UMD Health Collaboration
  • Welfare Reform Academy

For more information, please contact the Education Policy specialization head, Dr. Chris Foreman.