Educational Policy Studies & Practice

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The Department of  Educational Policy Studies & Practice is saddened by the passing of Dr. Jeff Bennett. Please visit our remembrance page in honor of Dr. Bennett.

Center for the Study of Higher Education

Educational Leadership Program


The Department of Educational Policy Studies and Practice (EPSP) includes the Educational Leadership Program and the Center for the Study of Higher Education. The EPSP department combines the K-12 focus with postsecondary education to create a P-20 perspective that taps into the dominant discourse of education and policymakers today.

Both the Center for the Study of Higher Education (HED) and the Educational Leadership (EDL) program maintain their core functions and curriculum, consistent with professional career paths and state standards for certification leading to licensure. However, the combined unit more broadly facilitates and encourages research, instructional, and service and outreach initiatives consistent with a policy development and analysis focus.

A  key departmental strength concentrates on how organizations, institutions (both formal and informal), official practices, and educational professions affect outcomes across local, national, and international contexts and how these entities are themselves affected by societal, economic, and political pressures.

EPSP prepares graduate students at the doctorate and master's levels. Graduate programs in HED include Ph.D. and M.A. degrees. Graduate programs in EDL include an Ed.D., Ph.D., Ed.S., and M.Ed. The M.Ed. degree is a standards-driven curriculum leading to both a degree and state certification for the principalship.

Degrees & Programs


Alumni Spotlight

Former HED student, Heather Metcalf gave a great interview on BBC’s “The World” yesterday regarding the comments of Nobel Laureate Tim Hunt on women in the scientific lab. Another great example of UA Higher Ed PhDs engaging in important conversations and addressing issues of social justice—both locally and globally. Click here to view the interview

Recent Graduate Spotlight

Recent graduate, Dr. Amanda Tachine was able to publish an editorial piece in Al Jazeera America. Her article discusses academic study and changes brought by Native Americans. Click here to read the article

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