The specialization in Educational Policy and Social Context prepares scholars to carry out research in a broad range of areas related to the social, cultural, and organizational context of education; educational policy development and implementation; and the intersection of educational context and policy.
Students in this specialization will take course work on or independently investigate topics such as the social organization of schools and classrooms, diversity and equity in education, the history and current status of educational reform initiatives, immigration and education, college transition processes, the policy and context of early childhood education, and the relationship between communities and schools. Students in the specialization will have the opportunity to develop expertise in a wide range of research methodologies, from correlational studies to survey research to ethnographic case studies.
Applicants to this specialization will ordinarily have had prior coursework or experience in fields such as education, sociology, political science, public policy, community studies, ethnic studies, or economics. We expect that graduates in this specialization will seek academic positions or research appointments in fields or departments such as education, social foundations of education, sociology of education, educational policy, educational leadership, or educational administration.
School of Education Faculty