Online Education & Public Policy Degree Courses

Attain your Bachelor of Arts in Education and Public Policy. In this curriculum, you will learn about the process of developing education policy. Your courses cover such topics from social justice and special education to the politics of policy-making for schools.

Introductory Courses
Major Course Requirements

Introductory Courses *

All Bachelor degree-seeking students with zero (0) traditional college-level transferable credits are required to successfully complete the Student Success Orientation prior to enrolling in credit-bearing coursework. Following successful completion of orientation, students are required to successfully complete EXP 105 Personal Dimensions of Education as their first course. Students entering with twenty-four (24) or more transferable, traditional semester credits are required to successfully complete PSY 202 Adult Development and Life Assessment as their first course. PSY 202 is designed to help experienced students acclimate to the online college environment.

Student Success Orientation 

The orientation is designed to provide students with a complete overview of the Ashford University experience, prepare them for success in their courses, and help them to self evaluate their readiness to succeed in an online classroom setting. Students will be instructed on Ashford University policies and the learner resources that are available to them through interactive videos and assessments. Students enrolled in orientation must successfully complete all assigned activities.

EXP 105 Personal Dimensions of Education 

This course is designed to help adult learners beginning their university studies to achieve academic success. Students will explore learning theories, communication strategies, and personal management skills. Adult learners will develop strategies for achieving success in school and work. Students will also be introduced to the University's institutional outcomes and learning resources. Effective for courses beginning January 1, 2013, and after, a minimum grade of C- is required to meet course requirements.

PSY 202 Adult Development & Life Assessment 

This course presents adult development theory and links theoretical concepts of life and learning through a process of psychometric assessment and reflection. Both classical and contemporary adult development theories are examined. These theories then provide the paradigm for self-analysis and life learning, including a plan for personal, professional and academic learning. Effective for courses beginning January 1, 2013, and after, a minimum grade of C- is required to meet course requirements.

Major Course Requirements

(36 credits, all courses are 3 credits. Courses are listed in the recommended sequence.)

EDU 108 Introduction to Policy & Education
This course examines the theory, analysis, development and implementation of educational policy. It will explore the reasons for change in educational policy, ways to track its' evolution, and manners in which educational policy may be influenced. The history of educational policy will also be explored.

HIS 324 History of American Education
This course provides an overview of seminal events, theories, and important historical figures that have shaped the United States education system.

POL 303 The American Constitution
This course is a study of the Constitution of the United States and its role in American history and government. The study covers the drafting and ratification of the Constitution, its subsequent amendment and interpretation, and its contemporary role in American politics and government.

EDU 363 Education & Social Justice
The influences of educational policy and its convergence with social justice will be studied in this course. Issues of race, gender, sexuality, globalization, and other multicultural issues within the study of politics and policy will be explored throughout this course.

EDU 365 Politics of American Education
The political dimensions of policy formation/implementation in education and the use of power to influence educational policy will be explored. Conflict resolution and the analysis of consequences and impact will be examined.

MGT 380 Leadership for Organizations
Several leadership styles are examined in this course. Emphasis is placed on developing effective leadership in organizations and personal enterprises, and on developing ethical leadership perspectives in personal and professional decision-making.

EDU 422 Public Policy & Special Education
A study of the educational, legal, sociological and ethical issues that influence public policy related to the provision of special education to students with disabilities.

EDU 428 Student Achievement in Public Schools
This course will examine various factors influencing student achievement in public schools. Influencing factors will include motivation theories, as well as the impact of families, teachers and schools on student success. Issues of equity and access to quality educational programs will be considered.

EDU 471 Public Policy Issues in Education
Public policy issues in education including historical, international and political will be examined in light of current research perspectives. Current policy strategies for reforming US public schools will be highlighted.

EDU 473 Divergent Perspectives in Educational Policy & Practice
Current issues and debates in the field of education will be investigated. Students will examine the purpose of schooling and the challenges of meeting a variety of visions for what the school system should accomplish today.

EDU 486 Educational Policy & Administration
This course focuses on the societal and political contexts in educational settings. Students will examine various issues that are likely to have an impact on teaching and learning in diverse educational settings. Educational policy areas considered include governance, curriculum, accountability, personnel development, and school finance.

EDU 497 Capstone: Education & Public Policy Development
The capstone course is an examination of influences affecting policy development and decision making in the education arena. It will cover policy management, policy execution, establishing and measuring criteria for policy success, and effective communication throughout the public policy process. This course is cumulative in nature, integrating knowledge and information attained throughout the completion of the Bachelor of Arts in Education and Public Policy.

If this program fits your personal and professional goals, contact Ashford University at 866.711.1700 to learn more, or request additional information.