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Graduate Certificate in Educational Policy

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 542 Law and Education
    POL 561 Public Finance in Education

For detailed course descriptions click here.


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. Michael Goodman
mgoodman@umassd.edu

 

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