The Graduate Certificate in Educational Policy prepares professionals to work in policy analysis as analysts, educational researchers, and policymakers in a range of levels, including local school districts, state agencies, nonprofit agencies, as support for elected officials, and the like.
Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree prior to admission, must have a minimum 2.75 cumulative undergraduate grade point average, and must declare their intent to pursue the certificate before completion of six credits in the certificate sequence. Applicants with a graduate degree must have a minimum 3.00 graduate grade point average.
- Students wishing to obtain this certificate must declare their intention by applying to the program office or director.
- All graduate certificate applicants—even those already enrolled in a UWM graduate program—must apply to the Graduate School through the Panthera Admission Application.
- Graduate degree and previously admitted graduate non-degree students who decide to pursue a certificate program must submit the Panthera application before completing 6 credits in the certificate sequence.
- Applicants must possess a baccalaureate degree and have a minimum 2.75 cumulative undergraduate grade point average to be admitted in to a certificate program.
Credits and Courses
The Graduate Certificate in Educational Policy requires the completion of 15 credits of graduate work: 6 core credits, 3 credits of quantitative methods, and 6 credits of electives, chosen in collaboration with the program coordinator.
|Ed Policy Core|
|ED POL 615||Service Delivery Policies & Systems for Community-Based Organizations||3|
|AD LDSP 832||Educational Politics and Policymaking||3|
|Quantitative Methods 1|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Educational Statistical Methods I|
|Techniques of Political Science Research|
|Data Analysis Methods I|
|Qualitative Research Methods|
Other equivalent courses can also fulfill this requirement, as determined by department
|AD LDSP 710||Organizational Change and Team Leadership||3|
|or AD LDSP 862||School Finance|
|Advanced Statistical Methods|
|Select two of the following in collaboration with advisor:||6|
|Education Issues in American Indian Communities|
|Proposal Writing and Fundraising Skills for Community-Based Organizations|
|Reproduction of Minority Communities|
|Community Participation and Power|
|History of Native Education and Policy Development|
|Race Relations in Education|
|Race and Public Policy in Urban America|
|History of Urban Education Reform Policies|
|Urban Education Policies and Community: Problems and Opportunities|
|Global Educational Studies|
|Seminar in American Political Institutions|
Other courses may be chosen in conjunction with advisor
Qualifying courses must include multiple linear regression.
No more than 20% of the required credits may be taken at an institution other than UWM. To be eligible for transfer, the course must have been completed within the last 2 years. These courses are subject to Graduate School transfer policy and must be approved by the director of the certificate program.
Grade Point Average Requirement
A minimum cumulative 3.00 grade point average in certificate courses taken at UWM is required.
Articulation with Degree Programs
- Credits and courses required for a certificate may double count toward meeting UWM graduate degree requirements subject to the following restrictions:
- Degree programs must approve the courses from certificates that can double count toward the degree.
- All credits taken in completion of certificate requirements may count towards a UWM graduate degree as long as they do not contribute more than 90% of the total credits needed to obtain the degree. (Note: Students in Ph.D. programs must still complete the minimum residency requirements)
- Certificate courses used toward meeting degree requirements must be completed within the time limit for transfer credit.
- Courses completed for a degree may be counted toward a subsequent certificate, subject to all certificate policy requirements.
- A course may count toward no more than one certificate and one degree.
- Students may not earn a certificate subsequent to a concentration in the same area.
Certificate program time limits shall be established as follows:
- 18 or fewer credits/Three years from initial enrollment in the certificate sequence.
- 19 or more credits/Four years from initial enrollment in the certificate sequence.
For certificates that are designed as add-ons to degree programs and are awarded concurrent with the degree, the time limit shall be the same as that of the degree program.