The Stanford University School of Education and the Departments of Sociology, Political Science, and Psychology now offer an interdisciplinary training program for PhD students interested in education policy analysis. The Program is designed to provide doctoral students in social science disciplines (especially Sociology, Political Science, Psychology, though it is open to students in other departments as well) and in the School of Education with advanced training in state of the art quantitative methods of discipline based education policy analysis. Education policy, for the purposes of this program, encompasses federal and state education policy and law and school district policies and practices pertaining to school leadership, human resources, curricula, and instructional practices, as well as the impact of other social policies and processes (e.g., immigration law and policy, child care policy) as they pertain specifically to educational processes and outcomes.
PhD students in the program participate in an interdisciplinary core curriculum consisting of coursework in education policy, discipline based theory, and applied quantitative research methods, including a 1 year course in methods of applied quantitative policy analysis, and an ongoing interdisciplinary workshop in quantitative education policy analysis. Students receive additional training through research apprenticeships with core faculty in the training program, a series of annual summer advanced training workshops, participation in the Methods of Analysis Program in the Social Sciences (MAPSS), an ongoing education policy analysis speaker series, and a series of annual conferences on education policy analysis.
School of Education PhD students in the program who do not have funding from other sources receive an annual stipend of $30,000, plus tuition, and supplemental funds for research expenses and conference travel, for up to five years. Non-School of Education PhD students in the program who do not have funding from other sources receive an annual stipend plus tuition, and supplemental funds for research expenses and conference travel, for up to two years. Funding after Summer 2014 is contingent on renewal of the Training Program Award from IES. Participation in the program is via application (details below). We are not accepting applications at this time.
The Training Program is directed by Sean Reardon, Professor of Education and (by courtesy) Sociology. Core faculty in the program include faculty from Education, Economics, Hoover Institution, Sociology, Political Science, Psychology, the Law School, and the Business School (list of core faculty is at the end of this document). The Program is funded by a five-year (2009-2014) grant from the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), the research arm of the U.S. Department of Education.
For more information on the IES' Predoctoral Interdisciplinary Research Training Programs in the Education Sciences, see: