Educational Theory and Policy

Home page for the Educational Theory and Policy program in the Penn State College of Education.

Student Making Presentation in ClassWelcome to the Educational Theory and Policy Program in the Department of Education Policy Studies at The Pennsylvania State University!  Our program consists of faculty with diverse interests and vibrant research portfolios encompassing educational policy, history of education, sociology of education and comparative and international education. We offer an interdisciplinary approach to the study of education and schooling leading to the master's and doctoral degrees. The Educational Theory and Policy Program is currently ranked #9 by U.S. News and World Report.

The goals of our program are to understand the nature and context of educational systems, institutions and processes, and to understand and evaluate policies. The master's and doctoral programs in Educational Theory and Policy are designed to prepare professionals in education research, and policy development and analysis. Our program enjoys a strong climate of research collaboration among graduate students and between faculty and graduate students. In addition to their major, many of our master's and doctoral students pursue dual degrees or a minor in fields such as Comparative and International Education, Demography, Sociology, and Statistics. Our alumni have become faculty members in United States universities and abroad, as well as joining state- and federal-level agencies, research institutes and the World Bank.