Education Policy, Organization & Leadership, CAS

for the Certificate of Advanced Study in Education Policy, Organization & Leadership

head of the department: Yoon Pak
directors of graduate studies: W. David Huang, M. Allison Witt
graduate admissions information: Linda Stimson (on campus) and Jena Pfoff (online/off-campus)

overview of admissions & requirements: College of Education
overview of grad college admissions & requirements:

department website:
program website: College of Education Programs
department faculty: Education Policy, Organization & Leadership Faculty 
college website:

department office: 142 Education Building, 1310 South Sixth Street, Champaign, IL 61820
phone: (217) 244-3542

Graduate Degree Programs in Education Policy, Organization & Leadership


EPOL Graduate Certificates

EPOL concentrations:


Degree programs in the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership are designed to meet the academic and professional interests of individuals preparing for careers as academic professionals, adult educators, college professors, corporate trainers, educational policy analysts, governmental administrators, instructional designers/technologists, non-profit representatives, organizational development specialists, and university administration leaders. 


The Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership carefully considers all applicants for graduate study. Interested applicants should start at The quality of the applicant's undergraduate and graduate training and grade point average are primary considerations. Other important factors evaluated include the three letters of recommendation and statement of purpose. International applicants must submit a TOEFL score.

Off-Campus Programs

The Ed.M., Ed.D., and C.A.S. degree options with Principal Endorsement are offered in the Chicago region. An Ed.D. degree cohort also is available with Superintendent Endorsement. Requirements for the off-campus Ed.M., C.A.S., and Ed.D. programs are identical to the on-campus degrees.

Facilities and Resources

The College of Education also has many resources to assist graduate students through their academic career. The Bureau of Educational Research works with students to secure research funding. The Council on Teacher Education entitles candidates seeking a Professional Educator License and provides accreditation of professional education programs. Each student completing a degree program is assigned a graduate adviser, who is available to assist the student with planning the program of study and determining degree requirements, courses and timelines for degree completion.

Information on University resources can be found at

Financial Aid

Financial aid in the form of assistantships, scholarships, fellowships, and tuition waivers can be found throughout the college and campus. Campus opportunities can be found at the Graduate College and the Office of Student Financial Aid.  The College of Education follows all University of Illinois policies regarding graduate student Fellowship, Scholarship and awards.

for the Certificate of Advanced Study in Education Policy, Organization & Leadership (oncampus, offcampus) 

The Department of Education Policy, Organization & Leadership offers many programs leading to the degree of Certificate of Advanced Study (C.A.S.).  A list of programs and additional requirements can be found on the program's website, the College of Education Graduate Programs Handbook, and the Graduate College Handbook.

Students may select a concentration in:

Diversity & Equity in Education, Educational Administration & Leadership, Global Studies in Education, Higher Education, History of Education, Human Resource Development, Learning Design & Leadership, Philosophy of Education, Social Sciences & Education Policy

If the student does not have a Master's degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the foundation courses listed below must be completed. The minimum GPA is 3.0.

Psychological Foundations Courses in Educational Psychology4
Select one of the following:
Psychology of Learning in Education
Child Language and Education
Sociocultural Influence on Learning
Adjustment in School Settings
Personality and Soc Dev
Psychology of Classroom Management
Adult Learning and Development
Learning and Human Development with Educational Technology
Early Adolescent Development
Assessing Student Performance
Developments in Educational Psychology
Global Issues in Learning
Philosophical and Social Foundations Courses in Education Policy, Organization and Leadership4
Select one of the following:
History of American Education
Asian American Education
Historical and Social Barriers
School and Society
Professional Ethics in Education
Critical Thinking in Education
Aesthetic Education
Sociology of Education
Racial and Ethnic Families
Politics of Education
Economics of Education
Technology and Educational Reform
500-Level Courses 16
400/500-Level Courses 16
Independent Study 0-8
(Optional) Concentration Courses. May overlap with other general coursework requirements12-24
Total Hours32

Other Requirements

Minimum GPA3.0