UW-Madison Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis ACADEMICS

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Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis
School of Education
UW-Madison
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1000 Bascom Mall
MadisonWI  53706-1326

Tel: 608/262-3106
Fax: 608/265-3135

Email: elpa@education.wisc.edu
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Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it. —Marian Wright Edelman

ACADEMIC PROGRAMS - There are three unique program strands.  

Content areas within these strands include organizational theory, politics of education, legal aspects of administration, economics and financing of education, educational planning and program evaluation, supervision of instruction, higher education, vocational-technical education, special education, pupil personnel services, community education, and education policy.

K12 Leadership

The Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis offers degrees in K-12 Leadership at the Master's and Doctoral levels.

Recent graduates of the program are faculty members, district and school administrators. 

Higher Education

The Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis offers degrees with a focus on Higher Education Leadership at the Master's and Doctoral levels. 

The Department's focus is to develop a knowledge base that includes an understanding of the institutional context of higher education, academic leadership, culture and governance, and student services administration. Program faculty have expertise in a variety of institutional types and educational contexts, including research universities, historically black colleges and universities, community colleges, vocational technical colleges, adult learning in non-traditional settings (see notes on bottom of page), and the view that education should be approached as a K-16 system. Students receive a strong foundation in research methods (both qualitative and quantitative), and an understanding of the institutional dynamics and policy context of post-secondary education. 

Recent graduates of the program are faculty members at research universities, researchers in research centers and consulting firms, University administrators and University presidents. Graduates are also student service coordinators, academic advisors and other leaders in the field higher, postsecondary and continuing education. 

Educational Policy Analysis and Evaluation

The difference between the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis and the Department of Educational Policy Studies. ​

The University of Wisconsin-Madison provides a rich academic environment for graduate study in Educational Policy and Policy Analysis, with offerings for a graduate major related to education and policy analysis in the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy AnalysisThe Department of Educational Policy Studies and The LaFollette School of Public Affairs. Students interested in the study of policy analysis in general, or of the analysis of non-educational issues, should consider the offerings of the LaFollette School of Public Affairs

The Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis offers degrees in Educational Policy Analysis and Evaluation at the Master's and Doctoral levels with an emphasis on conducting educational policy research and analysis with a goal of advancing the achievement of all students through effective policy design, development, implementation and evaluation of educational policies and programs. Students develop a knowledge base that includes a strong foundation in research methods (both quantitative and qualitative), and an ability to conduct sophisticated educational policy research and analysis grounded in understandings of the educational policy and governance system in the U.S. and the issues and challenges facing educational leaders embedded in school, university, community/technical college, or adult learning contexts. 
Recent graduates of the program are faculty members at research universities, researchers in research centers and consulting firms, policy analysts for non-profit organizations, University administrators, a University President, and policy analysts at the federal and state levels.

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