Most people seek jobs in education policy, because it leads to higher paying jobs that positively impact the education system. With a master’s degree and the right experience, graduates can move into positions that analyze and adjust local, state and even federal education policies, according to PayScale. There are many employment opportunities available, but here are four typical jobs in education policy.
Education policy data analysts support school leadership, school districts or state agencies by achieving common educational goals. They bring this about through monitoring data collection activities and driving the technical implementation of new data collection systems. They create reports to guide policies, programs and pedagogical practices. They also respond to customized requests from teachers and parents for data regarding specific students. Data analysts provide consultative support and on-site training to peers regarding the effective application of education data. These educational professionals will leverage their technical prowess, analytical skills and business acumen to enrich education data systems to become more intuitive, flexible and beneficial.
Education Improvement Specialist
Education improvement specialists support school administrators and leadership teams by effectively implementing research-based school improvement models and programs. For instance, they help school teachers and administrators develop school curriculum, instruction methods and assessment paradigms in order to exceed proficiency standards, professionally develop staff and meet applicable state standards and the Common Core State Standards. Their professional development support is achieved through providing individual coaching, technical assistance and group trainings. They also identify and coordinate with external resources, such as consulting experts and Department of Education officials, to support the successful implementation of school improvement programs.
Director of Education Policy
A director of education policy works for state agencies, higher learning institutions and even for private school boards. They often work under the direction of a board of education and an executive director. Their basic duty is to develop and implement the policy and legislative agenda of the organization. The incumbent plays a key role in interpreting and executing current academic requirements. They cultivate key partnerships with stakeholders in varying organizations to advance agendas and meet the needs of school students and their families. A director of education policy will have knowledge of K-12 policies, the legislative process the state’s basic education statutes. In order to resolve problems, they must understand, interpret and apply complex statutes and policies.
University Public Affairs
Many universities offer public cable TV service programming that is designed to promote the organization while discussing relevant educational issues. Starting out after graduation, a public affairs coordinator will be responsible for marketing and administering the university’s educational access channels. They may work with internal channels that are broadcast in university offices, buildings and residence halls, but also external channels that are locally broadcast. Public affairs coordinators will contribute content, produce programs and assist with videography. Many of the guests on these programs are education policy experts who discuss relevant and pressing academic issues. With the right education and experience, a public affairs coordinator can easily transition into a public policy expert.
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In order to qualify for any employment position related to education policy, candidates will need a master’s degree in either education or public policy. The ideal academic solution is a dual degree program covering both areas.