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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.

Affiliated Faculty

Graduate School of Education
Graduate School of Education
Graduate School of Education
Hoover Institution
Law School
Graduate School of Education
Graduate School of Education
Political Science
Graduate School of Education


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.

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

Courses List
EDUC 101: Introduction to Teaching and Learning
EDUC 103B: Race, Ethnicity, and Linguistic Diversity in Classrooms: Sociocultural Theory and Practices (AFRICAAM 106, CSRE 103B, EDUC 337)
EDUC 107: Education and Inequality: Big Data for Large-Scale Problems (EDUC 207, SOC 107E, SOC 205)
EDUC 112: Urban Education (AFRICAAM 112, CSRE 112X, EDUC 212, SOC 129X, SOC 229X, URBANST 115)
EDUC 117: Research and Policy on Postsecondary Access (EDUC 417, PUBLPOL 117, PUBLPOL 217A)
EDUC 120C: Education and Society (EDUC 220C, SOC 130, SOC 230)
EDUC 136: Global Social Change, Sustainable Development, and Education (EDUC 306D, SOC 231, SUSTAIN 226)
EDUC 165: History of Higher Education in the U.S. (AMSTUD 165, EDUC 265, HISTORY 158C)
EDUC 197: Gender and Education in Global and Comparative Perspectives (FEMGEN 297, SOC 134)
EDUC 200A: Introduction to Data Analysis and Interpretation
EDUC 200B: Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods
EDUC 201: History of Education in the United States (AMSTUD 201, HISTORY 258B)
EDUC 202: Introduction to International and Comparative Education
EDUC 204: Introduction to Philosophy of Education (ETHICSOC 204)
EDUC 220C: Education and Society (EDUC 120C, SOC 130, SOC 230)
EDUC 222: Resource Allocation in Education
EDUC 252: Introduction to Psychometrics
EDUC 266: Educational Neuroscience
EDUC 288: Organizational Analysis
EDUC 306B: Global Education Policy & Organization (PUBLPOL 316)
EDUC 306D: Global Social Change, Sustainable Development, and Education (EDUC 136, SOC 231, SUSTAIN 226)
EDUC 316: Social Network Methods (SOC 369)
EDUC 347: The Economics of Higher Education
EDUC 381: Diversity and Equity Issues in Higher Education (CSRE 181, EDUC 181)
EDUC 445: Entrepreneurial Approaches to Education Reform
PUBLPOL 316: Global Education Policy & Organization (EDUC 306B)
SIW 105: Education Policy
SOC 134: Gender and Education in Global and Comparative Perspectives (EDUC 197, FEMGEN 297)
URBANST 131: VIP: Very Impactful People - Social Innovation & the Social Entrepreneur
URBANST 132: Concepts and Analytic Skills for the Social Sector (EARTHSYS 137)