DOCTORAL

Educational Policy, Leadership, and Innovation

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Careers & Internships

The doctoral program in Educational Policy, Leadership, and Innovation prepares aspiring educational researchers, policy makers, leaders, and reformers to take on the most formidable challenges currently facing U.S. public education.

One such challenge is supporting teachers, leaders, schools, and systems in addressing longstanding inequities in students' educational experiences and outcomes. Another challenge is doing so in dynamic, rapidly-evolving educational, social, and political contexts in which novel approaches to school improvement are being advanced alongside innovative models for creating new schools.

Students in the Policy, Leadership, and Innovation program see this moment of educational urgency and transformation as an opportunity to become deeply engaged in creating, enacting, and studying new visions for U.S. public schooling, and they pursue doctoral studies to develop the knowledge, capabilities, and relationships needed to do so.

The Policy, Leadership, and Innovation program focuses on building cultural foundations, technical capabilities, and political structures that value, support, and empower diverse students, families, and communities. Through this program, your will prepare to engage educational policy, leadership, and innovation in three ways:

  • As domains of practice in which individuals participate in the day-to-day work of improving educational resources, organizations, and systems;
  • As influences on the practice of teachers, leaders, and other educational professionals;
  • As areas where they can create an impact as practicing researchers, policy makers, leaders, and innovators.

Additional Certificate and Endorsement Opportunities
Learning Experience Design Certificate

Requirements

Total Credit Hours Required
60

Core credits

19

Students complete the following courses:

  • EDUC 790 – Foundations of Schooling (3 credits)
  • EDUC 791 – Foundations of Teaching & Learning (3 credits)
  • EDUC 792 – Methods of Educational Research: Qualitative (3 credits)
  • EDUC 793 – Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Educational Research (3 credits)
  • EDUC 898 – Professional Development Seminar (1 credit); need 4 credits total
  • An advanced research methods course (3 credits)

Concentration credits

12

Students complete the following courses:

  • EDUC 752 – Organization and Governance of Education (3 credits)
  • EDUC 754 – Policy, Research and Innovation in Education (3 credits)
  • EDUC 737 – Current Issues in Educational Policy, Leadership and Innovation (3 credits)

Elective credits

12

Cognate credits

6

Cognates are defined as graduate, non-Education courses. Cross-listed, meet-together courses with Education can be elected to fulfill the cognate requirement. With advisor approval, students may choose Higher Education courses.

Apprenticeship credits

2–6

Students complete a minimum of one and up to three credits in each of the following apprenticeships:

  • EDUC 789 – Research Apprenticeship
    • Graduate Student Research Assistant (GSRA) Position or Apprenticeship to Faculty Member
  • EDUC 798 – Teaching Apprenticeship
    • Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) Position or Apprenticeship to Faculty Member

Preliminary exam credits

2–6

Students complete a minimum of one and up to three credits in each of the following courses:

  • EDUC 991 – Prelims Part A (1 credit minimum) (may be elected more than once) 
  • EDUC 992 – Prelims Part B (1 credit minimum) (may be elected more than once)

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Associated Faculty

John Dewey Collegiate Professor of Education

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University Diversity and Social Transformation Professor

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Contact

Phone: (734) 763-9497
Master's: edstudiesma.info@umich.edu 
Doctoral: edstudiesphd.info@umich.edu  

Location

610 E. University Avenue
Room 4218
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1259

Office Hours

Monday–Friday
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Application Deadline

Educational Studies is suspending admissions to its PhD program for the fall of 2021. We are doing this to ensure that we can continue to provide the support needed by our current students at this uncertain time. However, we are engaged in an exciting redesign of our PhD program and look forward to welcoming your applications in the fall of 2021 for the fall of 2022. Please check in (at this site) for updates regarding our redesign efforts.

Quick Facts

GRE general exam required

Yes

Financial aid available

Yes

Starting term

Fall term only

Connect with ES

Contact

Phone: (734) 763-9497
Master's: edstudiesma.info@umich.edu 
Doctoral: edstudiesphd.info@umich.edu  

Location

610 E. University Avenue
Room 4218
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1259

Office Hours

Monday–Friday
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Careers

Graduates of the Policy, Leadership, and Innovation program seek to position themselves in (and to move among) four overlapping communities that are working actively to reform and reinvent U.S. public education:

  • Research communities, both in higher education and in independent research organizations
  • Policy communities at the national, state, and local levels
  • Leadership communities within and beyond the K-12 governance structure
  • Reform and innovation communities within and beyond the K-12 governance structure

100%

of known graduates found full time employment in education

100%

of known graduates found employment within 12 months

$61K

average first year salary
Graduates typically go into these industries
  • Educational leadership
  • Higher education research
  • Independent research organizations
  • Policy communities at the local, state, and national levels
  • Reform and innovation communities within and beyond K–12 governance

 

Graduates often work as
  • Education Consultant
  • Director of Research
  • Policymaker
  • Professor
  • Research Design Specialist
  • Research Investigator
  • Research Specialist

Recent job titles include

  • Associate Director of Education Research
  • Chief of Research
  • Clinical Professor
  • Deputy Director
  • Director of Enrollment Research and Data Management
  • Director of Mathematics Learning Center
  • Instructional Consultant
  • Principal Researcher
  • Research Scientist

Internships

Although no internship is required, students must satisfy the apprenticeship requirement by completing a minimum of one and up to three credits in each of the following apprenticeships:

  • EDUC 789 – Research Apprenticeship
    • Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) Position or Apprenticeship to Faculty Member
  • EDUC 798 – Teaching Apprenticeship
    • Graduate Student Research Assistant (GSRA) Position or Apprenticeship to Faculty Member