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Master's Educational Policy                                                


  Course Descriptions

  Graduate Credit Requirements (pertaining to items listed below)

  • minimum graduate residence credit requirement
  • minimum graduate degree credit requirement
  • minimum graduate course work (50%) requirement
  • maximum credits per term
  • prior course work requirement

  Program Requirements 

The Educational Policy strand program is developed in consultation with the student's academic advisor.  30 credits is required to satisfy the requirement for the M.S. degree in Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis.

I. At least one (1) course from the following: 
(3 credits)  
(students are encouraged to enroll in this course during their first semester)

ELPA 701 Introduction to Higher, Post-Secondary and Continuing Education
ELPA 702 Introduction to Educational Leadership

II. At least one (1) course from the following:
(3 credits)
ELPA 830 School Finance and Resource Allocation

ELPA 840 Public School Law
ELPA 841 Legal Aspects of Higher Education
ELPA 860 Organizational Theory and Behavior in Education
ELPA 870 The Politics of Education
ELPA 875 Theory and Practice of Educational Planning 

III. Additional ELPA Courses
(15 credits)
At least five (5) additional courses including at least fifteen (15) credits selected from any graduate level courses in ELPA. (A maximum of three (3) graduate credits of 990 or 999 may be included.)  

IV. Research Methods
(3 credits)
ELPA 725 Research Methods & Procedures in Educational Administration OR ELPA 726 Data-Based Decision Making  

V. Supporting Courses
(6 credits)
At least two (2) courses including six (6) graduate credits of supporting coursework selected from courses outside the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis.  


  In addition to the above requirements, completion of a Master's degree requires submission of a thesis paper. 


  Downloadable Program Plan Form


  Minimum Standards Toward the Degree 


  Transfer Credits 

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