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Graduate Certificate in Educational Policy

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Overview

The Graduate Certificate in Educational Policy offers students an excellent opportunity to develop both advanced knowledge and practical skills that can be applied in a variety of educational and policy relevant settings.

A completed graduate certificate waives the GRE requirement for those considering application to the Master of Public Policy (MPP) Program. In addition, each class counted towards the graduate certificate will be accepted into the MPP program (for certificate holders who apply and are accepted into the MPP program) so long as the student earned a 3.0 (B average) or higher in the course.

All applicants to the Educational Policy Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program must fulfill the program's Admissions requirements. The links provided describe in detail what applicants must do and provide in order to be admitted into the program.


Goals

The Educational Policy Certificate Program is designed to provide students with:

  • The critical knowledge required to understand educational policy within a global context
  • A detailed understanding of the unique financial and organizational challenges faced by 21st century educational institutions
  • A sophisticated familiarity with contemporary debates in education policy
  • A historical, political, social, and economic context for educational policy and practice in the United States

Curriculum

Courses in Educational Policy are designed to develop each student's critical understanding of educational issues and institutions.  Students must complete 12 total credits (four courses) including:

Two Required courses:

    POL 500 Public Institutions and the Policy Process
    POL 570 Social, Historical and Philosophical Foundations of American Education

Two electives from the following:

    POL 511 Organizational Behavior in Educational Settings
    POL 531 Program Evaluation
    POL 542 Law and Education
    POL 561 Public Finance in Education
    POL 611 Administrative Law*

* Note on POL611 Administrative Law: Certificate students wishing to apply to the Master of Public Policy (MPP) Program beginning Fall 2014 and after completion of the certificate must apply this course to the core course requirements of the MPP. This will necessitate students taking another concentration course in order to satisfy the MPP requirements. For more information please see here.

For detailed course descriptions click here.


Schedule of Course Offerings

Fall:

  • POL 500 Public Institutions & the Policy Process
  • POL 570 Social, Historical and Philosophical Foundations of American Education
  • POL 542 Law and Education

Winter:

  • POL 611 Administrative Law

Spring:

  • POL 500 Public Institutions & the Policy Process
  • POL 511 Organizational Behavior in Educational Settings
  • POL 561 Public Finance in Education

Summer:

  • POL 611 Administrative Law

 

Attention StudentsCourse offering schedules are subject to change, and in such cases this information will be updated. Any changes in schedule will respect the commitment that a student can complete the certificate in two semesters. Please refer to the COIN management system or University Extension for information on upcoming courses.


Advisement

General advising information can be found on the department's advisement page.


Applying for Graduation

When students are close to completing their studies and plan to graduate, they will need to declare their intention to graduate. They do so by contacting the UMass Dartmouth Registrar's Office. For any questions about the graduation process, please contact the Registrar's Office at registrar@umassd.edu.


Connection to Master of Public Policy (MPP Program)

A completed graduate certificate waives the GRE requirement for those considering application to the Master of Public Policy (MPP) Program. In addition, each class counted towards the graduate certificate will be accepted into the MPP program (for certificate holders who apply and are accepted into the MPP program) so long as the student earned a 3.0 (B average) or higher in the course.

Students successfully completing the graduate certificate in education policy who wish to apply to the MPP program are expected to achieve a B (3.0) or higher in each of the four (4) courses taken to comprise the graduate certificate program. Students who fail to meet this minimum requirement are unlikely to be admitted to the MPP program.


Contact Us

For additional information concerning the Education Policy Certificate, please contact the program faculty advisor:

Dr. Mark Paige
mpaige@umassd.edu

 

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