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The Policy Studies concentration within the Instructional Leadership MEd program allows students to design their own programs of study or select courses related to three strands of study: 1. Educational Leadership and School Improvement; 2. Education Policy and Policy Analysis; and 3.Social Justice and Education.
The Policy Studies program offers students:
- Opportunities for practicing educators to engage in professional development in the area of educational policy studies
- An introduction to the field of education policy studies to persons who have recently completed their undergraduate degrees or who are contemplating a change of career
- Opportunity to explore graduate education and a stepping stone to doctoral studies
This flexible MEd program serves multiple purposes for our students:
- For individuals who have recently completed an undergraduate degree or for those who have come to education as a second career, this program serves as an introduction to the field.
- For current teachers, the program offers an opportunity to think about education beyond the walls of the classroom and to consider the teaching practice within the larger contexts of community, city, state and nation.
- This program allows all students to explore graduate studies and can serve as a stepping stone to doctoral work.
Students must complete a minimum of 32 credit hours, at least 9 of which must be at the 500 level. A maximum of 4 hours of independent study can apply to degree requirements. Independent Study Courses and any 597 or 598 courses do not count toward the required 9 hours of 500 level coursework for the MEd program.
Core Curriculum (9 semester hours):
- Philosophy or History of Education (Education 402 or 403 - 3 hours)
- Educational or Developmental or Adolescent Psychology (Education 421 or 422 or 445 - 3 hours)
- Curriculum, Instruction and Evaluation (Education 430 or 431 - 3 hours)
Concentration (12 semester hours):
- 400 or 500 level EDPS courses not reserved for doctoral programs, taken with advisor approval
Elective Courses (11 semester hours):
- Chosen in consultation with your advisor, 4 hours of EDPS 596 maximum
- Master’s handbook (pdf)