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Welcome to Educational Policy Studies (EPS)

Who We Are

Since 1993, we have been identified as the Department of Educational Policy Studies (EPS), as a result of a mass restructuring process within the College of Education. EPS offers an interdisciplinary graduate program leading to various degrees and Teacher Certifications in Higher Education. We have a unique and diverse faculty that varies in ethnicity, age, and social backgrounds, offering their expertise in program areas such as: Educational Leadership, Research Measurement and Statistics (RMS), and Social Foundations. Like a carefully woven tapestry, each area of concentration in these programs contribute to the whole by fostering different ways of developing methodologies and patterns of understanding. Through RMS, we can analyze the statistical correlation between poverty and academic performance in urban settings, and through the work of the Center for Urban Excellence; we develop new strategies for empowering teachers, enabling them to overcome many of the obstacles faced by their students.

Mission Statement

It is our mission to develop educational leaders and scholars through innovative strategies with a foundation built upon relevant knowledge and effective practice. Our research will inform the policy-making process of our diverse constituencies at all levels of decision making. Our leadership programs and policy analyses will be characterized by the linking of theory, research and practice, and will be evident in our publications, our teaching, and our service to educational institutions and other public and private entities.

Operating Philosophy

We affirm the diversity of faculty in the Department of Educational Policy Studies and are committed to the challenge of intellectual and professional growth. Our constituency is varied in backgrounds and pursuits. Geographically we serve local, regional, national, and international interests. Institutionally, our students practice in a range of settings including schools, universities, government facilities, corporations, and the international community. Within these settings, faculty are committed to the ideas of service and collegiality, and therefore, strive to meet the needs of various constituents.

Students come to us with varying interests and backgrounds, as well as, many types of knowledge, experience, and expertise. As a faculty interacting with in a community of scholars, we seek students working toward new roles and responsibilities, and who value scholarship, professional competence, and ethical practice. We assure students and all constituents that we offer leadership preparation of the highest quality by utilizing our research strengths and a comprehensive knowledge base including educational theory and philosophy, social, cultural, and historical foundations, and policy formulation and implementation, as well as applied knowledge of how learning occurs in school and extra-school settings.

As members of the College of Education, we demonstrate scholarship and research as a means to connect theory and practice. We understand the complex relationships between analysis and experience and strive to bring these relationships to a greater understanding and to more effective practice. We seek opportunities to expand our knowledge and perspectives through student, faculty, and research exchanges that cross disciplinary, institutional, and geographical borders. We recognize scholarship and research activities derived from the traditional, new, or emerging epistemologies and methodologies that are relevant to the study of educational problems. Our writings celebrate a variety of linguistic styles and rhetorical voices.

In addition, the Principals Center is administered within our department. The Center provides continuing professional development for Georgia State University graduates and other educational professionals from Georgia’s public and private K-12 schools with a focus on Instructional Leadership for Schools that Succeed for All Students. Their professional development agenda is implemented under various formats which target principals, aspiring leaders and other practitioners interested in improving their leadership and school reform skills. For more information about their seminars, please visit the Principals Center.

It is through our diversity of perspectives and practices in achieving our purpose that constantly defines who we are!