Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation

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Welcome to the Department of Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation

Our MS, PhD and EdD degree programs in social, historical and policy studies of education, higher education, student services, and educational research methods, and a graduate certificate program in international education, serve students interested in both academic and applied careers.





Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation is an interdisciplinary department in which historical, philosophical, socio-cultural, and comparative/international perspectives are brought to the study of educational trends and issues from pre-school to graduate education. We offer degree programs for students interested in both academic and applied careers, encouraging students to design a program of study that meets their individual interests. We have both full and part time students and our graduates work in diverse educational and community settings.

Methodologically, our department has something for everyone. We have a strong tradition of field studies in education, emphasizing ethnographic, historical, and context-based research. In addition, over the last decade we have expanded our offering in advanced educational statistics, measurement, and evaluation techniques. We also encourage our students to study in other departments to develop their own specializations such as social network analysis or geographic analysis. Our focus on research methods is a hallmark of our department.
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