Education Policy

The education policy specialization is for those students interested in a career in educational policy making, research, or administration.  Students in the Education Policy Specialization will examine how K-12 and/or higher education policy is designed and implemented in the United States.  Students will develop a working knowledge of policymaking frameworks to examine major education policies of current interest and debate key policy issues that arise at each level of government.

Specialization Faculty

Specialization Coordinator: Dr. Michael Miller (Higher Education) and Dr. Tom E.C. Smith (K-12 Education)

  • Christian Goering CV, Ph.D. (Kansas State University), Associate Professor, College of Education and Health Professions
  • David A. Jolliffe CV, Ph.D. (University of Texas at Austin), Professor, English, Curriculum and Instruction
  • Ketevan Mamiseishvili CV, Ed.D. (University of Missouri), Department Head and Associate Professor of Higher Education 
  • Michael T. Miller CV, Ed.D. (University of Nebraska), Professor, Higher Education, Associate Dean for Academics
  • John Murry Jr. CV, Ph.D. (University of Arkansas), Associate Professor, Higher Education
  • Gary Ritter CV, Ph. D. (University of Pennsylvania), Professor, Education Reform 
  • Tom E.C. Smith CV, Ed.D. (Texas Tech University), Dean, College of Education and Health Professions, Professor, Curriculum and Instruction
  • Ronna Turner CV, Ph.D. (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Associate Professor, Educational Research


Degree Conferred: Ph.D. (PUBP).  The Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Public Policy consists of a minimum of 65 hours including: 22 hours of core requirements, 12 hours of methods courses, 12 hours of specialization electives, and 18 hours of dissertation research.

The education specialization thus requires 12 hours, based on the following guidelines:

  1. EDFD 5683 Issues in Education Policy (3 hours)
  2. Three (3) hours to be selected from History or Philosophy of Education, including:
    1. EDFD 5303: Historical Foundations of Modern Education
    2. EDFD 5353: Philosophy of Education
    3. HIED 5083:  History and Philosophy of Higher Education
  3. A minimum of six (6) hours of course work to be approved by the student’s advisory committee related to Legal, Governance, or Administrative Policy Issues, from the following areas:
    1. EDAD:  Educational Administration (K-12 education)
    2. HIED:  Higher Education (postsecondary education)
  4. Because flexibility is an important characteristic of the program, other related courses may serve to fulfill these requirements, as long as the student's committee is in agreement.

For more information on the Education Policy Specialization, please contact:

  • For info regarding K-12 Education: contact: Tom E.C. Smith, 213 Peabody Hall, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR. 72701 575-3326,
  • For info regarding Higher Education / Administrative Track: contact: Mike T. Miller, 100 Graduate Education Building, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701, 575-3582,