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Education Leadership & Policy Studies Graduate Programs

Adult and Higher Education Degrees

Our Adult and Higher Education (EDAH) program is an interdisciplinary study specifically designed to address significant post-secondary issues facing our globe, nation, and society. Our program, which offers a master's (M.Ed) and doctorate (Ph.D.), seeks to understand how adult learners learn, how professionals develop themselves, the concept of leadership and the ways to develop the necessary skills and understanding to become effective leaders in a variety of organizational settings. Our students serve in administrative positions in Oklahoma and across the US (i.e., Iowa, New York, California, Texas, Florida), attend PhD programs across the country, and are faculty in higher education and/or student affairs. A few of our alumni serve as college presidents.

We are committed to developing people to become better teachers and ways to design more effective academic and training programs, including the use of distance education technologies such as the internet and interactive TV. We are also committed to exploring training and development issues facing managers and workers in both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. These topics are related to the adult education component of our curriculum.

On the higher education side, we are committed to understanding how colleges and universities work, issues affecting college students and faculty, intercollegiate athletics administration issues, and how best to lead and plan our colleges and universities to meet the challenges of the future.

Educational Administration Curriculum, and Supervision Degrees

The mission of EACS is to promote critical inquiry that addresses important issues relating to teaching, learning, and leadership in order that service and collaboration among colleagues and the professional communities may be enhanced.

The EACS Program offers a master's (M.Ed. online and on-campus), certification (principal and superintendent) and doctoral programs (Ed.D. and Ph.D.) to provide graduate level preparation for leadership positions in elementary and secondary school systems, district-level positions, administrative roles in government, researcher roles in policy and advocacy centers, and scholarly positions in colleges and universities. Program offerings are located on both the Norman and Tulsa (cohort) campuses. Tulsa offers an M.Ed. and and Ed.D. program.

The EACS faculty is comprised of scholars and practitioners who have experience and understand issues facing schools and districts, and are committed to providing an enriched curriculum to equip educational leaders with the habits of mind, habits of hand, and habits of heart that are needed to develop stewards of the discipline (as termed by the Carnegie Foundation).

Educational Studies Degrees

The Educational Studies Program offers two graduate degrees: the Master of Education and the Doctor of Philosophy. If you are interested in pursuing either degree, contact an Educational Studies faculty member directly for further information and advising with regard to preparation of applications for admission.

Master of Education:

The Masters program in Educational Studies offers professional development opportunities for liberally educated practitioners of education, to prepare them for purposefully imaginative, intellectual, and moral leadership in schools, colleges, universities, child-care and women’s centers, and a wide variety of other public-service settings, as well as for possible pursuit of the Ph.D. in Educational Studies. Educational Studies M.Ed. degree requirements include core courses in philosophy, history, and sociology of education; several electives from a diverse menu of specialized and interdisciplinary courses in those fields; and completion of a thesis. The Educational Studies M.Ed. program of study often also includes elective coursework outside Educational Studies—for example, in a teaching subject, or specifically toward certification offered by other professionally relevant programs, e.g., for teachers or principals or counselors, or in Women’s & Gender Studies. Educational Studies doctoral students may earn the M.Ed. upon successful completion of the General Examination for the Ph.D., as well.


Doctor of Philosophy:

The doctoral program in Educational Studies offers liberally educated practitioners of education professional preparation for the professoriate in Educational Studies and other fields of Education, for educational innovation in other fields, or for intellectual and moral leadership in other educative roles. Working initially with an assigned adviser, each doctoral student appoints an advisory committee of five graduate faculty members, chaired by one from Educational Studies, to assist with formation of an individualized doctoral curriculum plan. Educational Studies Ph.D. requirements include core courses in philosophy, history, and sociology of education; a program of coursework that includes both a major emphasis and a minor emphasis as well as specific research tools tailored to each student’s professional purposes and talents; a residency program that includes relevant professional teaching, research, and service activities; a general examination and a dissertation. In lieu of a minor emphasis, a doctoral student may work with an advisory committee co-chair from another field to design a second major emphasis to construct an applied scholarly specialty in Educational Studies (e.g., educational disability studies, bilingual educational studies, philosophy of STEM education, sociology of educational athletics, history of educational psychology, biographical studies of educational leadership, Native American educational studies, etc.). Also, the doctoral program of study may include coursework that meets requirements for a graduate certificate offered by another academic unit (e.g., for principals or superintendents, or in Women’s & Gender Studies), to sharpen the focus of a student’s Educational Studies scholarship.