The Language Equity, and Educational Policy (LEEP) option is designed for Education PhD students who want to conduct research in K-16 educational settings and prepare for careers in both academic and applied settings. This option provides a comprehensive study of research with bi/multilingual communities, equity in school and community-based educational contexts, and educational policies. Students have the opportunity to participate in mentored teaching and research experiences related to education foundations in social justice, schooling in multilingual/multicultural contexts, and teacher education in ESOL, dual-language, and literacy education. 

With personalized support from faculty, students have flexibility with coursework to allow them to pursue their interests through interdisciplinary connections with a variety of academic units across the University such as Language, Culture, and Society; Anthropology; Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies; Outdoor Schooling; and Ethnic Studies.  

Faculty members in the LEEP option include: 

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The Education PhD with the LEEP Option requires a minimum of 108 credits, including the Education PhD Core Curriculum and research content coursework within the LEEP option:

  • ED 650 Equity and Education Policy  (3 credits)
  • ED 651 Research Bilingualism and Multilingualism  (3 credits)
  • ED 652 Ethnographic Methods  (3 credits)
  • ED 653 Discourse, Identity in Education (3 credits)

(Content courses are offered in a two-year rotation)

This option follows a cohort model. Applications only accepted for fall term. 



Martha Ahrendt, Program Lead

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