Educational Planning, Policy and Management


Education is a primary vehicle for economic development and societal advancement. This specialization prepares professionals for leadership positions in governmental, NGO, and other private sector organizations that focus on educational programs and projects. These organizations design, manage, regulate, monitor, or evaluate primary and secondary educational programs and schools and manage the inputs necessary for improving the quality of educational programs.

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Courses cover the increasing decentralization of resource allocation and management decisions to more local levels of governance and the trend toward privatization. This specialization combines analytical and management concepts with technical skills and practical applications in urban design, planning and management. Applications are drawn from current policy issues in countries along the Pacific Rim and Southeast Asia. Policy issues include:

  • decentralization
  • management of educational programs
  • curriculum design
  • educational tools
  • innovations including incentives that link teacher pay to performance, and distance learning programs

Sample courses for this concentration include:

  • Education Sector Policy and Program Evaluation
  • Public School Finance
  • Organization and Administration of Public Education
  • Education in Asia
  • Economics of Education
  • Management of Instructional Resources
  • Evaluation of Learning Materials and Software
  • Curriculum and Methods for Teaching Multiple Subjects
  • Curriculum Planning in Secondary Schools
  • Advanced Telecommunications in Education
  • Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Environments

Organizations for Site Visits and Internships

Southern California contains one of the largest K–12 School districts in the country (LA Unified) and a diverse mix of universities, colleges, and technical schools. The region provides a rich laboratory for the study of policy design and implementation. In addition, the region has a long history of educational reform and innovation such as:

  • bilingual education
  • school finance reform
  • public school competition
  • magnet schools
  • class size reduction
  • incentive-based payments

California is home to many school districts, not–for–profit educational reform organizations, research institutes studying the effect of educational reforms, and an industry of financial and educational consulting agencies that provide assistance to school districts.

IPPAM has working relationships with many of these organizations, which serve as part of the program’s professional network. The program arranges for participants to visit and study relevant agencies and companies, such as:

  • Los Angeles Unified School District
  • California Department of Education
  • Urban educational systems agencies
  • LA County Office of Education
  • RAND Corporation
  • Public Policy Institute of California