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Master's & Doctorate in Elementary Education

The Elementary Education graduate degrees at the University of Oklahoma are designed to deepen and expand the content and pedagogical knowledge of teachers of grades 1-8. Graduates of this program often continue their work as classroom teachers in K-12 settings, serve as curriculum coordinators in their districts, work as resource teachers in their buildings, and work as faculty in institutions of higher education. These programs, while developed to build on the experience and knowledge of K-12 teachers, can be modified to accommodate and support adult learners seeking Oklahoma teacher certification in elementary education.

Core (12 hours)

Studies in Teaching and Learning (3 hours)

Studies in Cultural Diversity (3 hours)

Research (6 hours)

Concentration (21-24 hours)

Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, English Education, Instructional Leadership (including Integrated Arts Education), Mathematics Education, Reading Education, Science Education, Secondary Education, Social Studies Education, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Education


Culminating Experience (0-3 hours)

Thesis: EDUC 5980

Non-Thesis: EDUC 6930 or EDUC 5972

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Core (24 hours minimum)

ILAC 6013 Proseminar in Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum  3 hours

ILAC 6023 Theoretical Issues in Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum 3 hours

ILAC 6003 Curriculum Theory 3 hours

ILAC 5233 Understanding Different Cultures 3 hours

Research Methodologies 12 hours (minimum)



Concentration (36 hours minimum)


The concentration focuses on specializations within the field of Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum.  Studies undertaken shape the thematic issues in the students' programs, with either a broad Instructional Leadership emphasis or a specific program area emphasis.  The following are ILAC concentrations:

1.  Early Childhood Education

2.  Elementary Education

3.  English Education

4.  Instructional Leadership (including Integrated Arts Education)

5.  Mathematics Education

6.  Reading Education

7.  Science Education

8.  Secondary Education

9.  Social Studies Education

Courses for all concentrations focus on (1) the specialization areas and (2) related educational areas, including academic disciplines. 

The Instructional Leadership specialization includes a minimum of 9 hours in ILAC taken after the master’s degree (not including dissertations hours) and remaining hours taken in related educational areas. 

Requirements and distribution of hours are specified by each program area (see program advisor).  For all concentrations, courses are selected based on program criteria and students' professional interests and goals.  Programs of study must be approved by the advisor and members of the doctoral committee. 



Electives (12 hours maximum)


Electives allow the student and advisor some flexibility in including coursework that either (1) extends the number of hours in areas such as research methodology, but does not include dissertation hours, or (2) includes previously taken graduate course hours that do not fit existing categories.  Courses will be selected based on the students' professional interests and goals and approved by the advisor and doctoral committee.



Dissertation (9-12 hours)


Additional hours beyond the maximum 12 may be taken but will not be included as part of the 90-hour program.

TOTAL HOURS: 90 hours beyond the Bachelor’s Degree

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