Academic Coursework


The curriculum focuses specifically on education policy in urban settings.  The twelve-month program consists of nine courses; seven required courses, including a nine-month internship that counts as one course, and two elective courses.  Two required courses are taken in the summer semester and one elective is taken in each semester during the academic year along with core classes.  One related graduate class from another institution can be transferred into the program for credit. 

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

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, urban politics) or to broaden their experience in areas that are related to, but not directly covered by, core courses (e.g., organizational theory, public finance). Electives will be satisfied through approved 1000 and 2000 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

PS1090 – Children and Public Policy

PS1190 – Federalism and Public Policy

PP1700 – Shaping Policy: Political Institutions in the US

US1420 –Urban Economics Policy

EDUC1010 – The Craft of Teaching

EDUC1020 –History of American Education

EDUC1050 - History of African-American Education

EDUC1200 – History of American School Reform

EDUC1720 - Urban Schools in Historical Perspective

EDUC1760 – Education and Public Policy

EDUC1040 – Sociology of Education

EDUC1260 – Emotion, Cognition, and Education

EDUC1430 –Psychology of Race, Class and Gender

EDUC1450 – Psychology of Teaching

EDUC1580 – Cross Cultural Perspectives on Child Development

EDUC1750 – Contemporary Social Problems: Views from Human Development and Education

EDUC1860 – Social Contexts of Learning and Development

EDUC2340 - Human Development and Urban Education

PB1720 – Literature, Culture, and Schooling for the Language Minority Student

PB 1750 – Language, Culture and Society

PB 2020 – Theories of First and Second Language Acquisition

PB 2020 – Language Theory and Curriculum Development

Economic Analysis Quantitative Analysis Schools and Communities

EC1110 – Intermediate Micro

EC1210 – Intermediate Macro

EC1310 – Labor Economics

EC1410 – Urban Economics

EC1430 – Population Economics

EC1480 – Public Economics

EC1800 – Politics and Finance

PP1700 – Economics and Public Policy

BC2070 – Multivariate Regression

BC2080 – Discrete/Event Time Data

EC1620 – Intro to Econometrics

EC1630/1640 – Econometrics

EC2030/2040 – Econometrics

EC2610 – Applied Econometrics

SO2010 – Multivariate Analysis


AC1610 – Child Welfare

BC1740 – Principle of Health Behavior

BC2360 – Public Health Interventions

BC2420 – Health Policy Analysis

PP1700 – Social Welfare Policy

SO1540 – Human Needs and Social Services

SO2200 – Social Capital and Social Networks



Urban Politics Research Methods Organization and Leadership

HI1970 – Urban Crisis and American Political Culture

PP1700 – Urban Revitalization

PS1310 – African American Politics

PS1820 – Urban Politics and Urban Public Policy

US210 – An Introduction to the City

US1000 – Fieldwork in the Urban Community

US1870(02) – Politics of Community Mobilizations

US1870(12) – American Culture and the City

BC2370 – Applied Research Methods

EDUC1100 – Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods

SO1050 – Methods of Research in Organizations

SO1120 – Sample Surveys in Social Research

SO2260 – Advanced Demographic Techniques


SO1030 – Organizational Theories of the Public and Private Sectors

SO1060 – Leadership in Organizations