Academic Coursework

Required Courses

The seven required courses have as a unifying theme the role played by education policy in both enhancing and impeding equitable inputs and outcomes of children educated in the nation’s urban schools. The program will suggest and encourage elective courses that can be viewed as consonant with that theme, at least broadly speaking.

The required courses, instructors, and scheduling are as follows:

Course Instructor Schedule
EDUC2300 -- Structures and Systems in Urban Education Prof. Simmons
Prof. Renee
EDUC2310 -- Introduction to Education Research: Design and Methods Prof. Grady
Prof. Del Razo
EDUC2320 --Quantitative Research Methods and Data Analysis Prof. Kraft Fall
EDUC2330 -- Urban Politics and School Governance Prof. Wong Fall
EDUC2350 -- Economics of Education Prof. Tyler Spring
EDUC2360 -- Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation for Education Prof. Papay Spring
EDUC2370 & EDUC 2380 -- Internship (concurrent during full academic year; counts as one course) Education Department faculty and Annenberg staff Fall-Spring


Two of the nine course credits in the program will be satisfied by approved elective courses. The elective component of the program will allow students either to gain greater depth in a core area (e.g., research methods or in urban politics) or to broaden their experience in areas that are related to, but not directly covered by, core courses (e.g., organizational theory or public finance). Electives will be satisfied through approved 100 and 200 level courses regularly offered at Brown subject to the prerequisites and enrollment limits in place for any given course.

The elective component of the master’s program offers opportunities for substantive connections to be forged between the organizations directly involved in the master’s program and other departments and programs at Brown, particularly the Taubman Center, the Department of Community Health, the Department of Economics, the Department of Sociology, the Department of Political Science, the Urban Studies Program, and the Department of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies.

Potential Elective Areas and a Partial List of Related Courses

Public Policy Schools and School Reform Social Contexts of Education

PS109 – Children and Public Policy

PS119 – Federalism and Public Policy

PP170 – Shaping Policy: Political Institutions in the US

US142 –Urban Economics Policy

EDUC101 – The Craft of Teaching

EDUC102 –History of American Educ

EDUC105 - History of African-American Education

EDUC120 – History of American School Reform

EDUC172 - Urban Schools in Historical Perspective

EDUC176 – Educ and Public Policy

EDUC213 – Issues and Trends in Elementary Education

EDUC104 – Sociology of Education

EDUC126 – Emotion, Cognition, and Education

EDUC143 –Psychology of Race, Class and Gender

EDUC145 – Psychology of Teaching

EDUC158 – Cross Cultural Perspectives on Child Development

EDUC175 – Contemporary Social Problems: Views from Human Development and Education

EDUC186 – Social Contexts of Learning and Development

PB172 – Literature, Culture, and Schooling for the Language Minority Student

PB 175 – Language, Culture and Society

PB 202 – Theories of First and Second Language Acquisition

PB 202 – Language Theory and Curriculum Development

Economic Analysis Quantitative Analysis Schools and Communities

EC111 – Intermediate Micro

EC121 – Intermediate Macro

EC131 – Labor Economics

EC141 – Urban Economics

EC143 – Population Economics

EC148 – Public Economics

EC180 – Politics and Finance

PP170 – Economics and Public Policy

BC207 – Multivariate Regression

BC208 – Discrete/Event Time Data

EC162 – Intro to Econometrics

EC163/164 – Econometrics

EC203/204 – Econometrics

EC261 – Applied Econometrics

SO201 – Multivariate Analysis


AC161 – Child Welfare

BC174 – Principle of Health Behavior

BC236 – Public Health Interventions

BC242 – Health Policy Analysis

PP170 – Social Welfare Policy

SO154 – Human Needs and Social Services

SO220 – Social Capital and Social Networks



Urban Politics Research Methods Organization and Leadership

HI197 – Urban Crisis and American Political Culture

PP170 – Urban Revitalization

PS131 – African American Politics

PS182 – Urban Politics and Urban Public Policy

US21 – An Introduction to the City

US100 – Fieldwork in the Urban Community

US187(02) – Politics of Community Mobilizations

US187(12) – American Culture and the City

BC237 – Applied Research Methods

EDUC110 – Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods

SO105 – Methods of Research in Organizations

SO112 – Sample Surveys in Social Research

SO226 – Advanced Demographic Techniques


SO103 – Organizational Theories of the Public and Private Sectors

SO106 – Leadership in Organizations