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Master's & Doctorate in English Education

The English Education graduate program at University of Oklahoma has a long, rich history of excellence and high visibility. Graduates of our master's degree and our integrated master's degree plus certification programs are in demand as K-12 teachers of English, reading, and writing in Oklahoma and throughout the nation. Some graduates take administrative posts in K-12 school districts or with consulting groups who specialize in teacher professional development.

Graduates from our doctoral program are employed as professors of English and English Education at research I institutions, regional universities, community colleges, and writing centers.  The English Education graduate program is forward-leaning, intellectually-stimulating, and aesthetically-engaging.

Studies in Teaching and Learning (3 hours)           

Studies in Cultural Diversity (3 hours)           

Research (6 hours)


  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
  10. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Education


Thesis: EDUC 5980

Non-Thesis: EDUC 6930 or EDUC 5972

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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)


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 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. 


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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