Urban Education Policy


If you are interested in a Master's level program that...

  • Will immerse you in the world of urban education policy for an intense twelve month cohort model program
  • Will provide you with a rigorous and structured set of academic courses taught by a nationally renowned faculty with expertise in the area of;  the politics of public education,  school governance, economics of education,  teacher evaluation and effectiveness
  • Will challenge you to participate in  an integrated  summer research project and an intensive academic year nine-month internship 
  • And will allow you to graduate with a master's degree from Brown and with a set of core skills that are essential for anyone whose interests lie in education policy formation and analysis

...then the UEP Program is for you.

UEP Students develop key skills and competences in areas such as:

  • Data Analysis and Data-Based Decision Making: Students will leave the program knowing how to collect, analyze, and use data to make decisions and inform policy
  • Economic Theory and Application: Students will leave the program knowing how to use basic microeconomic theory to inform policy analysis and shape policy-related decisions
  • Urban Politics and Urban Education: Students will leave the program knowing how the political realities extant in the nation’s cities influence the opportunities and outcomes of the children educated in urban schools
  • New Systems: Students will leave the program with a knowledge base regarding the emerging ideas and models for organizing schools and education systems

Skills gained from the UEP Program are in-demand in a variety of professions; job opportunities are growing in many types of settings for people who can link research, policy analysis, and education practice.

A list of emerging job opportunities in Urban Education Policy includes:

  •  Education policy makers at all governmental levels are increasingly asking for data-supported analyses that can inform the policy decision process. As a result, independent research organizations—non-profit and for-profit—and governmental research units indicate an increasing need for individuals who both understand the world of education and have the skills and training to design and  conduct research as well as  interpret data. 
  • Large consulting companies are entering the education market and regularly employ people who both understand the complexity of the education sector and have the skills to analyze schools and school systems for the purpose of making policy recommendations that would lead to better student outcomes.
  • Local foundations, community development centers and reform support organizations are employing individuals who understand policy issues and can serve as intermediaries between the education sector and the community.

Collaborations with the Taubman Center for Public Policy, The Education Alliance, and other academic departments at Brown University further enrich the UEP experience for students.  The program draws heavily on the urban education policy expertise of the Brown-based Annenberg Institute for School Reform to augment the practical and interdisciplinary aspects of the curriculum.

The Annenberg Institute for School Reform

The Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University is a standards-based and practice-centered policy-research and technical-assistance organization with an emphasis on promoting quality education for disadvantaged children and communities. Because of their years of experience in assisting urban schools and school districts meet the challenges of educating today's youth, AISR brings a special knowledge of how the intersection of policy and practice inevitably affect the educational outcomes of urban school children. The participation of AISR in the UEP program, from contributing to curriculum development to teaching to intern placement, gives UEP students a unique opportunity to be connected to the world of “practice” as they develop core skills via academic course work.