Prescribed Courses

Penn State Law: All students are required to take the first-year curriculum in Penn State Law. In the second or third year, students must take CORE 934 (Professional Responsibility).

The fall curriculum for the first year consists of the following courses:

CORE COURSES (CORE)
900. Civil Procedure (4)
910. Criminal Law (3)
912. Legal Analysis, Research & Writing I (3)
925. Torts (4)

The spring curriculum of the first year consists of the following courses:

One three-credit Elective
CORE COURSES (CORE)
903. Constitutional Law (3)
905. Contracts (4)
914. Legal Analysis, Research & Writing II (3)
920. Property (4)

EDTHP: A minimum of 36 credits is required for the M.A. in EDTHP. At least 27 credits must be at the 500 level or above; at least 18 credits must be in EDTHP. At least 6 credits of thesis research (EDTHP 600 or 610) must be taken to fulfill the Graduate School’s requirements. Only 3 credits of EDTHP 596 (Independent Study) may be counted toward the M.A. requirements. Students who wish to transfer credits from other programs must receive prior approval from the EDTHP faculty. The required course is
EDTHP 500 (Proseminar).

Ph.D. requirements
Introduction to the EDTHP Program (3 credits)
EDTHP 500 Proseminar

Research Methods (12 credits)
EDTHP/EDLDR/HI ED 585: Research Design
EDTHP/EDLDR/HI ED 586: Qualitative Methods
Two quantitative methods courses.

Research Courses: 6 credits
These are research method courses specifically related to the student’s thesis.

Theory Foundations: 12 credits*
Four theory-based 500-level EDTHP courses are required. At least one course must be a 500-level EDTHP course in the area of history or philosophy of education (e.g., EDTHP 533, 536, 540, or 541), and another must be a 500-level EDTHP course in the area of sociology or demography of education (e.g., EDTHP 516, 557, or 597 classes such as Sociology of Education or Sociology of Adolescence). After a student has consulted with his or her advisor, one 400-level course may be substituted for EITHER one 500-level Theory course OR one 500-level Policy course, depending on the nature of the 400-level course. Students who take advantage of this option will need to do additional work beyond the 400-level requirements and should make arrangements with the instructor ahead of time.

Policy Foundations: 12 credits*
EDTHP/EDLDR/HI ED 587: Policy and Politics

In addition, three 500-level EDTHP courses in educational policy (e.g., EDTHP 516, 518, 520, 527, or 597 classes such as Comparative Analysis of Education Policy) are required. After a student has consulted with his or her advisor, one 400-level course may be substituted for EITHER one 500-level Theory course OR one 500-level Policy course, depending on the nature of the 400-level course. Students who take advantage of this option will need to do additional work beyond the 400-level requirements and should make arrangements with the instructor ahead of time.

*NOTE: Some EDTHP courses may be counted as either a Theory course or a Policy course, but they may not be double-counted.

Other: 21 credits

These include credits for minor or dual-title requirements, electives, and thesis research. A maximum of 9 professional credits and 15 academic transfer credits may be counted.

EDTHP independent study courses (EDTHP 596) will be counted only as electives unless the student consults with his or her advisor and then petitions the EDTHP faculty.