Faculty in and affiliated with the Department are directors, senior scholars, and researchers in several policy research centers on campus. Many doctoral students are employed at one or more of these centers during their studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
The Wisconsin Center for Education Research is one of the oldest, largest, and most productive university-based education research centers in the world. Under the direction of Adam Gamoran, WCER provides a dynamic environment where some of the country's leading scholars conduct basic and applied education research. The WCER portfolio includes research centers and projects that investigate a variety of topics in education.
The Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE) was established in 2001 on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus to study the challenges confronting postsecondary education while bringing together key stakeholders to discuss issues and solutions. The center is housed in the School of Education.
The Center for Education and Work is a research, technical assistance, and resource provider within the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Established in 1964, the Center has a rich tradition of assisting educators and career development practitioners with program evaluation, qualitative and quantitative research, professional development training, and career resources.