There are four broad areas of concentration. Higher Education focuses upon research concerning higher education policies, programs, and services. History and Philosophy of Education treats educational issues, problems, ideas, and institutions, using the tools of historical inquiry and philosophical analysis. The Socio-Cultural Study of Education provides sociological, anthropological, and comparative international perspectives. Evaluation focuses upon the relationships among ethics and education, policy analysis, and the development of evaluation systems for educational policies and programs.
The Department's faculty represents a wide spectrum of intellectual orientations, professional commitments, and experience. No less importantly, an uncommon degree of respect for both the difficulties and the necessities of interdisciplinary conversation prevails. These factors, together with flexibility in program planning at the course work stage (which includes opportunities for independent study, affiliations with faculty from other departments in the College and the University, as well as extramural internships), help to create an environment congenial to students with a variety of backgrounds and future goals. Some of the Department's graduates pursue traditional academic careers as faculty members or administrators. Others serve as policy analysts or evaluation specialists in school systems, state departments of education, or in other arenas outside the university.
The master's degree is available for those who wish to explore topics in educational policy and evaluation for the first time, or to enhance what understanding they may already possess through direct experience a a teachers or as members of an administrative staff. For some it serves as a terminal degree; others use it to lay the foundation for doctoral study.
Admission requires a minimum grade point average of 2.75 in all undergraduate course work, a 3.0 GPA for any previous graduate work, as well as satisfactory completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). A minimum total of 31 credit hours including the Proseminar (EPE 601) are required to complete the degree. No less than 19 hours of the total required must be taken within Educational Policy Studies. Planning in conjunction with an advisory committee, students choose a suitable array of courses from among the department's four areas of concentration, and then round out their programs with some appropriate support work from other departments within the College or the University.
The Ed.D. program in Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation provides advanced study for those who seek careers in the administration or evaluation of educational programs in schools, colleges, or other institutional settings. The program is also ideally suited for those who wish to develop the scholarly competence needed to serve as faculty members in colleges of education.
Admission to the program requires a master's degree (or thirty graduate credits applicable to an appropriate master's degree) and satisfactory completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Course work is planned by the student's advisory committee based on their assessment of his or her background and goals. All programs include the Proseminar (EPE 601) and course work chosen from the department's four general areas of concentration as well as support work in related fields within or outside the College of Education. Although some students' programs may require competency in a foreign language, there is no general foreign language requirement.
The degree of Doctor of Philosophy represents the same level of attainment as the Doctor of Education. Graduate students are held to a uniformly high standard of intellectual accomplishment at both the course work and dissertation stages, no matter what degree option they may pursue. Unlike the Ed.D. program, however, where students are free to choose the topic of research, the department's Ph.D. requires intensive research on some aspect of higher education. After taking the Proseminar, the student selects an area of concentration in either the history and philosophy of higher education, the socio-cultural study of higher education, or research and evaluation in higher education.
The requirements for admission are a minimum of 24 hours of graduate work (a master's degree in a discipline outside of Education is preferred) and satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
The department participates in the Cooperative Ed.D. program with regional universities. These programs permit qualified applicants to complete one year of graduate study beyond the master's degree at the regional institution. The remainder of the academic program must be completed at the University of Kentucky. The work of each student is directed by a committee composed of faculty from the two institutions.
EPE 525 SPECIAL TOPICS SEMINAR IN EDUCATIONAL POLICY STUDIES AND EVALUATION (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (3)
EPE 554 CULTURE, EDUCATION AND TEACHING ABROAD (SAME AS EDC 554) (3)
EPE 555 COMPARATIVE EDUCATION (3)
EPE 557 GATHERING, ANALYZING, AND USING EDUCATIONAL DATA (3)
EPE 570 GATHERING, ANALYZING, AND USING EDUCATIONAL DATA (3)
EPE 601 PROSEMINAR (1)
EPE 602 SOCIAL POLICY ISSUES AND EDUCATION (3)
EPE 603 EDUCATIONAL POLICY ANALYSIS: AN INTRODUCTION (3)
EPE 612 INTRODUCTION TO HIGHER EDUCATION (3)
EPE 620 TOPICS AND METHODS OF EVALUATION (SAME AS EDP/ANT 620/SOC 622) (3)
EPE 621 ADVANCED TOPICS AND METHODS OF EVALUATION (SAME AS EDP/ANT 621) (3)
EPE 622 COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY FACULTY (3)
EPE 628 ETHICS AND EDUCATIONAL DECISION MAKING (3)
EPE 632 STUDENT SERVICES (3)
EPE 640 PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION (3)
EPE 651 HISTORY OF EDUCATION IN THE UNITED STATES (3)
EPE 652 HISTORY OF EDUCATIONAL THOUGHT (3)
EPE 653 HISTORY OF HIGHER EDUCATION (3)
EPE 661 SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION (SAME AS SOC 661) (3)
EPE 663 FIELD STUDIES IN EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS (3)
EPE 665 EDUCATION AND CULTURE (3)
EPE 667 EDUCATION AND GENDER (3)
EPE 670 POLICY ISSUES IN HIGHER EDUCATION (3)
EPE 672 COLLEGE TEACHING AND LEARNING (3)
EPE 674 THEORIES OF STUDENT DEVELOPMENT (3)
EPE 676 ORGANIZATION AND ADMINISTRATION OF HIGHER EDUCATION (3)
EPE 678 ECONOMICS OF HIGHER EDUCATION (3)
EPE 679 MULTIPLE MEASURES IN EDUCATION AND EVALUATION (3)
EPE 680 POLITICS OF HIGHER EDUCATION (3)
EPE 681 HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSITY: GOVERNANCE AND ITS LEGAL CONTEXT (3)
EPE 682 HIGHER EDUCATION AND THE LAW (3)
EPE 683 AFFIRMATIVE ACTION AND FEDERAL REGULATION OF HIGHER EDUCATION (3)
EPE 684 HIGHER EDUCATION AND ATHLETICS: A HISTORICAL ANALYSIS (3)
EPE 685 THE RESEARCH UNIVERSITY (3)
EPE 686 PHILANTHROPY AND HIGHER EDUCATION (3)
EPE 690 THE COMMUNITY COLLEGE (3)
EPE 703 PREPARING RESEARCH PROPOSALS (3)
EPE 748 MASTER'S THESIS RESEARCH (0)
EPE 749 DISSERTATION RESEARCH (0)
EPE 763 ADVANCED FIELD STUDIES (3)
EPE 768 RESIDENCE CREDIT FOR THE MASTER'S DEGREE (1-6)
EPE 769 RESIDENCE CREDIT FOR THE DOCTOR'S DEGREE (0-12)
EPE 773 SEMINAR IN EDUCATIONAL POLICY STUDIES AND EVALUATION (1-3)
EPE 778 SEMINAR IN HISTORY OF EDUCATION IN KENTUCKY (3)
EPE 785 INDEPENDENT STUDIES IN EDUCATIONAL POLICY STUDIES AND EVALUATION (1-3)
EPE 790 INTERNSHIP IN EDUCATIONAL POLICY STUDIES AND EVALUATION (1-6)
EPE 797 HISTORICAL RESEARCH ON EDUCATION (3)
EPE 798 SEMINAR IN HIGHER EDUCATION (3)