Graduate Certificate - Educational Policy


333 South Street, Suite 400

Shrewsbury, MA 01545

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Graduate Certificate - Educational Policy

Format: Online

Program Description:

The Graduate Certificate in Educational Policy is designed to expose students to present-day and emergent developments in educational policy. To fulfill the certificate requirement, students are required to successfully complete four online courses, two of which are required and two of which are from a set of three elective courses. These courses have been designed to provide students with the opportunity to undertake a graduate level exploration of major contemporary educational policy issues, while at the same time firmly grounding their understanding of these topics both in an historical context and with sensitivity to the critical role of educational institutions in the development of a more democratic society.

The curriculum has been designed to prepare students for a professional management or analytical role within a local or state education agency and/or to continue their study at the graduate level.

The Educational Policy Certificate program will provide students with:

  • Critical transformative knowledge to examine educational policy within a global socio-economic context.
  • Conceptual framework to critically grasp policy analyses and research with a transformative purpose.
  • Critical understanding of current debates in education policy and policy answers to address educational problems.
  • Theoretical framework of the historical, political, social, and economic context of education in the United States.

This Certificate can be completed in one year, and all the credits can also be applied toward the Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree from UMass Dartmouth, also online.


UMassOnline is regionally accredited by NECHE, New England Commission of Higher Education. In addition, many of each campus' schools and colleges are also accredited by discipline-specific agencies.

Eligibility Requirements:

Bachelors Degree required

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Loans Offered: Availability of financial aid varies depending on course status and matriculation. Check with your advisor to determine your eligibility and application procedures.

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