Educational Policy & Community Studies
The Department of Educational Policy and Community Studies provides students with a deeper understanding of urban educational issues with a focus on the historical, political, economic, and socio-cultural context of communities, schools, and society.
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The Ph.D. in Social Foundations of Education provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the social forces that affect urban schools and communities. Our program is for people who want to look deeply at the challenges facing urban areas in the 21st Century and are willing to explore creative solutions.
Students in Social Foundations examine the sociological, historical, philosophical, anthropological, and political dimensions of schools and community change. Social foundations doctoral students may investigate issues and contexts grounded in the core disciplines of the social sciences.
The M.S. in Cultural Foundations of Education provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the social forces that affect urban schools and communities. Our program is for people who want to look deeply at the challenges facing urban areas in the 21st Century and are willing to explore creative solutions.
The B.S. in Community Engagement and Education is for students interested in changing their community, non-school educational roles, or teaching in private or alternative schools. Some students also pursue licensure for teaching in public schools after graduation.
Our students explore the causes of social inequality in urban communities, learning strategies for fostering social change and improving student achievement. Areas of study include: Alternative Education, At-Risk Students, Child Care, Community-Based Organizations, Social Action, Urban Education, and Youth Work.
We offer courses during the day as well as online, in the evening, and on weekends for working students. We also give academic credit for prior professional experience.
• Please note that our online courses can sometimes be taken by out-of-state students for in-state tuition.
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has authorized the Department of Educational Policy and Community Studies (EPCS) to offer an add-on certification in alternative education.
The program is available to students in Social Work, Educational Policy and Community Education, Exceptional Education and Educational Studies. It is ideal for students who want to learn more about adolescence and working with youth in a variety of settings, including large and small community based programs, group homes, foster care and residential treatment centers. The focus is on youth who are troubled or at high risk, but much of the learning applies to youth in general and younger children as well.
The Undergraduate Certificate Program in Community Organizing gives students an opportunity to gain a practical, historical, and theoretical understanding of strategies for promoting social change through collective action.
This certificate program provides knowledge and skills for students interested in working in community-based organizations. Courses focus on issues related to diverse communities in the urban context. To obtain the certificate, you must complete 15 credits, while fulfilling the requirements of the baccalaureate degree. The certificate is open to all undergraduates, as well as students who have previously earned a bachelor's degree from UWM or any accredited college or university.
The Undergraduate Community Leadership Certificate Program is an interdisciplinary program where students from any major can explore leadership theory, community organizing, the role of civic life and identity, and gain practical experience in community engagement and leadership.
2014-2015 Graduate Project Assistantships
Advising services provide comprehensive information about the undergraduate programs and courses offered in the department and guidance in the progress toward degree completion.
Community education (CED) majors are assigned to individual faculty members in the department of Educational Policy and Community Studies for academic advising. In addition, the department offers drop-in advising for new students, transfer students, current students and students seeking information about the program. For the graduate programs, individual faculty advisory are assigned at admission.
Contact the Department
Enderis Hall, Room 557
2400 E. Hartford Ave.
Milwaukee WI 53211
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Department of Educational Policy & Community Studies
School of Education
P.O. Box 413
Milwaukee WI 53201
Monday-Friday 8:00 A.M.- 4:30 P.M.
Office Telephone Number: (414) 229-4323
Fax Number: (414) 229-3700