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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 (Fall, Spring)
  • POL 570 Social, Historical and Philosophical Foundations of American Education (Fall)

Two electives from the following:

  • POL 542 Law and Education (Fall)
  • POL 561 Public Finance in Education (Spring)
  • POL 511 Organizational Behavior in Educational Settings (Spring)


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.

Online programs and courses are offered by the Departments and Colleges of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth through UMass Dartmouth University Extension.