Declaration Process

Students must complete at least one Educational Policy Studies (ED POL) course with a grade of B or better prior to applying to the certificate program. Students intending to complete the Educational Policy Studies Certificate should visit the School of Education's Certificate Programs page to complete the declaration form.

Students pursuing the Education Studies major are not eligible to complete the Educational Policy Studies certificate.

Course Requirements

  • Complete a minimum of five courses from the Department of Educational Policy Studies (15 credits).
  • At least two courses must be numbered 300 or above.
  • Students must earn a grade of at least a B in each educational policy studies course in order to count toward the certificate requirements.
  • No more than 3 credits of independent study may count toward the 15 credits.

Undergraduate/Special Student Certificates

This certificate may be completed within the context of an undergraduate degree or as a Special student after an undergraduate degree has been awarded from any institution. The certificate may be completed in its entirety while enrolled as a Special student. Candidates are encouraged to contact the certificate coordinator to discuss course enrollment and the sequencing of certificate requirements. 

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the social, cultural, and/or historical contexts of education policy.
  2. Examine education policy from multiple theoretical perspectives (e.g., ethical/philosophical, economic/political, etc.).
  3. Analyze education policy issues from diverse perspectives related to race, class, and/or gender, and other forms of social difference.

Information about faculty, staff, and other contributors to the Department of Educational Policy Studies can be found on the department's website.