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Education Policy

The Education Policy concentration will provide the student with an overview of the history and current status of major public policy issues in education. Students are encouraged to take courses in the methods of public policy analysis that are distinctive to education policies. Courses are available for students to specialize in such areas as evaluation methods, effective schools research, and education in developing areas.

Students may also want to review courses listed in the graduate Education Policy Concentration.

Advisors: Eric Hanushek*, Susanna Loeb, Martin Carnoy, Milbrey McLaughlin, Sean Reardon, Christine Min Wotipka, David Labaree

Below is a list of suggested courses. The list includes classes that students have taken in the past to complete this particular concentration, as well as additional classes that may be considered toward this topic. Students may choose to take other courses, though all concentration courses must be discussed with and approved by the faculty adviser whether or not they are on the suggested list. Students may also propose directed reading, Overseas Studies (BOSP), and Bing Stanford in Washington (BSIW) courses.

Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity

  • CSRE 203A. The Changing Face of America: Building Leaders for Civil Rights and Education


  • EDUC 100A/B/C. East House Seminar: Current Issues and Debates in Education
  • EDUC 101. Introduction to Teaching and Learning
  • EDUC 102. Examining Social Structures, Power, and Educational Access
  • EDUC 103B. Race, Ethnicity, and Linguistic Diversity in Classrooms: Sociocultural Theory and Practices
  • EDUC 107. Education and Inequality: Big Data for Large-Scale Problems
  • EDUC 112. Urban Education
  • EDUC 117. Research and Policy on Postsecondary Access
  • EDUC 120C. Education and Society
  • EDUC 136. World, Societal, and Educational Change: Comparative Perspectives 
  • EDUC 165. History of Higher Education in the U.S. 
  • EDUC 197. Education, Gender and Development 
  • EDUC 200A. Introduction to Data Analysis and Interpretation 
  • EDUC 200B. Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods 
  • EDUC 201. History of Education in the United States 
  • EDUC 202. Introduction to Comparative and International Education 
  • EDUC 204. Introduction to Philosophy of Education 
  • EDUC 220C. Education and Society 
  • EDUC 220D. History of School Reform: Origins, Policies, Outcomes, and Explanations
  • EDUC 221A. Policy Analysis in Education 
  • EDUC 222. Resource Allocation in Education 
  • EDUC 226. Curating Experience: Representation in and beyond Museums
  • EDUC 247. Moral and Character Education
  • EDUC 252. Introduction to Test Theory 
  • EDUC 266. Educational Neuroscience
  • EDUC 288. Organizational Analysis 
  • EDUC 290. Instructional Leadership: Building Capacity for Excellent Teaching
  • EDUC 306B. Global Education Policy & Organization
  • EDUC 306D. World, Societal, and Educational Change: Comparative Perspective 
  • EDUC 316. Social Network Analysis 
  • EDUC 323A. The Practice of Education Policy Analysis 
  • EDUC 330. Teaching English Language Learners: Issues in Policy, Leadership, and Instruction
  • EDUC 347. Economics of Higher Education 
  • EDUC 381. Multicultural Issues in Higher Education
  • EDUC 445. Entrepreneurial Approaches to Education Reform


  • HISTORY 258E. History of School Reform: Origins, Policies, Outcomes, and Explanations

Human Biology


  • PHIL 231. Introduction to the Philosophy of Education

Public Policy


  • SOC 134. Education, Gender, and Development
  • SOC 140. Introduction to Social Stratification

Stanford in Washington

Urban Studies

  • URBANST 131. VIP: Very Impactful People - Social Innovation & the Social Entrepreneur
  • URBANST 132. Concepts and Analytic Skills for the Social Sector

BOSP Overseas Program: Capetown, South Africa

  • OSPCPTWN 70. Youth Citizenship and Community Engagement