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New Offering in the College: Master's in Education Policy

Policy students visit Olympia, Wash.
Policy students visit Olympia, Wash. 

The area of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies is pleased to announce a new course of study option for students seeking a master’s degree in education.

The Master’s in Education Policy (MEP) option will begin in the fall of 2011 and will be an intensive, full-time, one-year cohort-based master’s experience. The study option aims to prepare students for successful careers in governmental agencies, advocacy organizations, research institutes, philanthropic foundations, and other policy arenas in which professionals design, implement, and evaluate education policy.

MEP students work with nationally acclaimed education policy faculty, moving as a cohort through a sequence of core courses in the policy process, organizational dynamics, critical inquiry methods, and educational foundations.  In addition, all MEP students will have the unique opportunity to be a part of a year-long integrative seminar that helps them both synthesize their learning across courses, and apply these concepts and skills to the specific challenges of working within multiple policy arenas.

A cornerstone of the MEP program, and a component that sets it apart, is an integrated internship experience. The Northwest is home to some of the world’s largest and most productive philanthropic and education advocacy organizations. As a result, students will have the opportunity through their internship to gain real-world, hands-on policy experience working beside some of the leading policy analysts in education.

The Educational Leadership and Policy Studies area welcomes master’s candidates with a range of academic and professional goals. The MEP offers students a structured, applied, cohort-based experience. Get more information on alternative Educational Leadership and Policy Studies master’s degrees.

For more information about this exciting new offering, please contact Tom Halverson, at thalvers@u.washington.edu, or (206) 543-4014.

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