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Department of Public Administration and Policy

Curriculum and Instruction (MEd) and Public Administration (MPA)

Note: No new students will be admitted to this program for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Admission to the Program

In addition to meeting the minimum requirements for graduate study, applicants must earn a satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). The GRE is required for applicants whose highest earned degree is a baccalaureate and for students who have completed a master's degree with less than a 3.5 GPA, and may be required for those with master's degrees and GPAs above 3.5. Applicants should have had at least three years of full-time teaching experience at the time of enrollment, and should have a standard teaching license. Applicants whose teaching experience occurred more than 10 years ago are encouraged to apply.

Students must apply to the School of Education, Teaching and Health (SETH) in the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Public Affairs (SPA). Admission to any of the participating teaching units in no way implies admission to the other unit.

Dual Degree Requirements

60 credit hours of approved coursework, with 30 credit hours from the MEd program in Educational Policy and Leadership and 30 credit hours from the MPA program, approved by the program directors at the time of admission.

Course Requirements

Education Courses (30 credit hours)

  • EDU-525 Principles of Educational Assessment and Evaluation (3)
  • EDU-610 Overview of Qualitative and Quantitative Research Strategies (3)
  • EDU-631 Fundamentals of Management in Educational Organizations (3)
  • EDU-632 Case Studies in Educational Management (3)
  • EDU-633 Financing Educational Systems (3)
  • EDU-634 Education and Public Policy (3)
  • EDU-639 Effective Leadership Skills (3)
  • EDU-666 Legal Issues in Education (3)
  • EDU-683 Curriculum Design for the Classroom (3)
  • EDU-687 Analysis of Learning and Learners (3)

Public Administration Courses (30 credit hours)

  • PUAD-605 Quantitative Methods for Public Managers (3)
  • PUAD-609 Topics in Public Management (3) : State and Local Management (3)
  • PUAD-610 Management Analysis (3)
  • PUAD-612 Introduction to Public Administration and the Policy Process (3)
  • PUAD-615 Public-Private Partnerships (3)
  • PUAD-616 Legal Basis of Public Administration (3)
  • PUAD-617 Project Management (3)
  • PUAD-630 Public Managerial Economics (3)
  • PUAD-633 Budgeting and Financial Management (3)
  • PUAD-681 Managing Nonprofit Organizations (3)

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