Education Policy Minor

Know more about the big issues in education

You've seen news reports about vouchers, charter schools, common curricula, and standardized testing. Now, you can get a deeper understanding of the issues behind the headlines. With a Minor in Education Policy, you'll learn what works and what experts are doing to improve children's education.

You'll also be able to position yourself for a job in this field by acquiring valuable skills in accounting, policy analysis, and program evaluation. You'll be prepared to work for an organization like Teach for America or for a government agency or group devoted to improving education.

Education Minor Requirements

At least 9 credits must be at the 300 or above level. A grade of C or better is required in each course, and a 2.0 GPA overall for the minor.

Take the following two courses:

  • EDUC-H200 Introduction to Education Policy
  • EDUC-A308 Legal Issues for Secondary Teachers

Take one of the following courses:

  • EDUC-H205 Introduction to Educational Thought
  • EDUC-H340 Education and American Culture
  • LATS-L380 Latino Education Across the Americas
  • SOC-S312 Education and Society
  • SOC-S409 Social Context of Schooling

Take one of the following courses:

  • SPEA-V236 Management Concepts and Applications I
  • SPEA-V241 Management Foundations and Approaches
  • SPEA-V263 Public Management
  • SPEA-V366 Managing Behavior in Public Organizations
  • SPEA-V473 Management, Leadership and Policy

Take one of the following courses:

  • SPEA-V246 Elements of Government and Nonprofit Financial Accounting Cycle
  • SPEA-V361 Financial Management
  • SPEA-V370 Research Methods and Statistical Modeling
  • SPEA-V372 Government Finance and Budgets
  • SPEA-V379 Performance Measurement and Program Evaluation
  • SPEA-V401 Financial and Cost Benefit Analysis
  • SPEA-V449 Senior Policy Seminar

OR other courses approved by the minor oversight committee.