Education Policy, Organization and Leadership

http://education.illinois.edu/epol

Department Head: James Anderson
Director of Graduate Studies: K. Peter Kuchinke and Yoon Pak
351 Education Building
1310 South Sixth Street
Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: (217) 333-0807
Fax: (217) 244-5632
E-mail: gradservices@education.illinois.edu

Major: Education Policy, Organization and Leadership
Degrees offered: Ed.M., M.A., C.A.S., Ed.D., Ph.D.
Graduate Concentrations: African American Studies (M.A. and Ph.D. only), Diversity & Equity in Education, Educational Administration and Leadership, Global Studies in Education, Higher Education, History of Education, Human Resource Development, Learning Design and Leadership, Philosophy of Education, and Social Sciences & Education Policy.

Off-Campus Program: Ed.M., C.A.S., Ed.D.
Graduate Concentration: Educational Administration and Leadership.

Online Programs: Ed.M.
Graduate Concentrations: Diversity & Equity in Education, Educational Administration and Leadership, Global Studies in Education, Human Resource Development, and Learning Design and Leadership.

Graduate Minor: College Teaching

Joint Degree Program: Education Policy, Organization and Leadership and Business Administration
Degrees Offered: Ed.M./M.B.A., M.A./M.B.A.

Medical Scholars Program: Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Education Policy, Organization and Leadership and Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) through the Medical Scholars Program.

Graduate Degree Programs

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 has adopted a division structure that currently include the following: (1) Educational Administration and Leadership; (2) Education Policy and Foundations; (3) Global Studies in Education; (4) Higher Education; and (5) Human Resource Development.

Admission

The Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership carefully considers all applicants for graduate study. Applicants should consult the department website for more detailed application information http://education.illinois.edu/epol/admissions/howtoapply  and should apply online at http://www.grad.illinois.edu/admissions/apply.  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 Education Policy, Organization and Leadership department offers selected off-campus programs in the Chicago region, through the use of a cohort model. The Ed.M. and C.A.S. degree options with General Administrative Endorsement are offered in the Chicago region. An Ed.D. degree cohort also is available in School Executive Leadership. Requirements for the off-campus Ed.M., C.A.S., and Ed.D. programs are identical to the on-campus degrees.

Medical Scholars Program

The Medical Scholars Program permits highly qualified students to integrate the study of medicine with study for a graduate degree in a second discipline. Students may apply to the Medical Scholars Program prior to beginning graduate school or while in the graduate program. Applicants to the Medical Scholars Program must meet the admissions standards for and be accepted into both the doctoral graduate program and the College of Medicine.  Students in the dual degree program must meet the specific requirements for both the medical and graduate degrees. On average, students take eight years to complete both degrees. Further information on this program is available by contacting the Medical Scholars Program, 125 Medical Sciences Building, (217) 333-8146 or at www.med.illinois.edu/msp.

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 http://www.grad.illinois.edu/current-students.

Financial Aid

Financial aid in the form of assistantships, scholarships, fellowships, and tuition waivers can be found throughout the college and campus. There are opportunities available through the department, the College of Education, and the Bureau of Educational Research.  Please note: Graduate students employed as Staff by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are not eligible for a College of Education Award or Scholarship.  Campus opportunities can be found at the Graduate College and the Office of Student Financial Aid.

Degree requirements for the two masters degrees in Education Policy, Organization and Leadership (EPOL), the Master of Education (M. Ed.) and the Master of Arts (M.A.) are listed below. Students may select an optional concentration. Concentrations are available in Diversity & Equity in Education, Educational Administration and Leadership, Global Studies in Education, Higher Education, History of Education, Human Resource Development, Learning Design and Leadership, Philosophy of Education, and Social Sciences & Education Policy.  The African American Studies concentration is available for the M.A. degree.

Master of Education (M. Ed.) in Education Policy, Organization and Leadership

Psychological Foundations Courses in Educational Psychology4
Select one of the following:
Psyc of Learning in Education
Child Language and Education
Sociocultural Infl on Learning
Adjustment in School Settings
Personality and Soc Dev
Psyc of Classroom Management
Adult Learning and Development
Learning & Hum Dev w/ EdTech
Early Adolescent Development
Developments in Educ Psyc
OR EPSY 485 for 2 hours plus 2 hours of a previously named EPSY course
Philosophical and Social Foundations Courses in Education Policy, Organization and Leadership4
Select one of the following:
Poli & Cultural Context of Ed
History of American Education
History of Educational Ideas
Asian American Education
European Education to 1600
European Education since 1600
Historical & Social Barriers
Philosophy of Education
School and Society
Critical Thinking for Teachers
Aesthetic Education
Technology & Educational Reform
Sociology of Education
Racial and Ethnic Families
Politics of Education
Economics of Education
Comparative Education
500-Level Courses Required in Education (Thesis Research Credit not included)12
400/500-Level Courses approved by Advisor (Thesis Research Credit not included, up to 8 hours of Independent Study can be applied) 12
(Optional) Concentration Courses. May overlap with other coursework requirements12-24
Total Hours32

Other Requirements1

Requirements may overlap.
A concentration is not required.
Minimum GPA3.0
1

 For additional details and requirements refer to the department's program information online and the Graduate College Handbook.

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Education Policy, Organization and Leadership

Psychological Foundations Courses in Educational Psychology4
Select one of the following:
Psyc of Learning in Education
Child Language and Education
Sociocultural Infl on Learning
Adjustment in School Settings
Personality and Soc Dev
Psyc of Classroom Management
Adult Learning and Development
Learning & Hum Dev w/ EdTech
Early Adolescent Development
Developments in Educ Psyc
OR EPSY 485 for 2 hours plus 2 hours of a previously named EPSY course
Philosophical and Social Foundations Courses in Education Policy, Organization and Leadership4
Select one of the following:
Poli & Cultural Context of Ed
History of American Education
History of Educational Ideas
Asian American Education
European Education to 1600
European Education since 1600
Historical & Social Barriers
Philosophy of Education
School and Society
Critical Thinking for Teachers
Aesthetic Education
Technology & Educational Reform
Sociology of Education
Racial and Ethnic Families
Politics of Education
Economics of Education
Comparative Education
500-Level Courses Required in Education (Thesis Research Credit not included)12
400/500-Level Courses approved by Advisor (Thesis Research Credit and Independent Study can be applied up to a maximum of 8 hours each) 12
Thesis Research Credit (min/max applied toward degree)2-8
(Optional) Concentration Courses. May overlap with other coursework requirements12-24
Total Hours32

Other Requirements1

Requirements may overlap.
A concentration is not required.
Minimum GPA3.0
1

  For additional details and requirements refer to the department's program information online and the Graduate College Handbook.

Degree requirements for the two doctoral degrees in Education Policy, Organization and Leadership (EPOL), the Doctor of Education (Ed. D.) and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D.) are listed below. Students may select an optional concentration. Concentrations are available in Diversity & Equity in Education, Educational Administration and Leadership, Global Studies in Education, Higher Education, History of Education, Human Resource Development, Learning Design and Leadership, Philosophy of Education, and Social Sciences & Education Policy. The African American Studies concentration is available for the Ph.D. degree.

Doctor of Education in Education Policy, Organization and Leadership

Required Courses: Required Hours
Cognate requirement (minimum applied toward degree)16
Research methods8
Elective hours (includes 24 hours required in the specialization and 0-12 hours of independent study)36
Dissertation research hours required (min/max applied toward degree)4-16
(Optional) Concentration Courses. May overlap with other coursework requirements12-24
Total minimum hours64

Other Requirements1

Other requirements may overlap
A concentration is not required
Masters degree required for admission to Ed. D.
Residency:16 hours over 4 consecutive semesters of study on campus
Qualifying exams
Human subjects approval
Preliminary exam
Final exam/dissertation defense
Dissertation deposit
Minimum GPA:3.0
1

 For additional details and requirements refer to the department's program information online and the Graduate College Handbook.

Doctor of Philosophy in Education Policy, Organization and Leadership

Completion of at least 64 hours beyond the master’s degree including:
Major Subject Coursework (minimum)32
Thesis Research (min/max applied toward degree)4-20
Independent Study (min/max applied toward degree)0-12
Research Coursework 116-20
(Optional) Concentration Courses. May overlap with other coursework requirements12-24
Total Hours64

Other requirements2

A concentration is not required
Minimum GPA:3.0
Master's degree required for admission to Ph. D.
Residency requirement:2 consecutive full-time (12 hours) semesters of study on campus
Early research requirement
Qualifying exams
Human subjects approval
Preliminary exam
Final exam/dissertation defense
Dissertation deposit
1

All students will take a minimum of 16-20 credit hours, depending on area of methodology focus, in approved research methods courses.

2

  For additional details and requirements refer to the department's program information online and the Graduate College Handbook.

Certificate of Advanced Study in Education Policy, Organization and Leadership

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's College of Education complies with the U.S. Department of Education's Gainful Employment requirements by disclosing information to applicants regarding our Certificate of Advanced Study program. Required information can be found here.

Degree requirements for the Certificate of Advanced Study in Education Policy, Organization and Leadership (EPOL) are listed below. Students may select an optional concentration. Concentrations are available in Diversity & Equity in Education, Educational Administration and Leadership, Global Studies in Education, Higher Education, History of Education, Human Resource Development, Learning Design and Leadership, Philosophy of Education, and 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:
Psyc of Learning in Education
Child Language and Education
Sociocultural Infl on Learning
Adjustment in School Settings
Personality and Soc Dev
Psyc of Classroom Management
Adult Learning and Development
Learning & Hum Dev w/ EdTech
Early Adolescent Development
Developments in Educ Psyc
OR EPSY 485 for 2 hours plus 2 hours of a previously named EPSY course
Philosophical and Social Foundations Courses in Education Policy, Organization and Leadership4
Select one of the following:
Poli & Cultural Context of Ed
History of American Education
History of Educational Ideas
Asian American Education
European Education to 1600
European Education since 1600
Historical & Social Barriers
Philosophy of Education
School and Society
Critical Thinking for Teachers
Aesthetic Education
Technology & Educational Reform
Sociology of Education
Racial and Ethnic Families
Politics of Education
Economics of Education
Comparative Education
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

For additional details and requirements refer to the department's Web site, the College of Education Graduate Programs Handbook, and the Graduate College Handbook.

Graduate Minor in College Teaching

The Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership (EPOL) offers a Graduate Minor in College Teaching. The minor provides students with the opportunity to explore the scholarly literature on and practice of teaching and learning in postsecondary settings. Students in good standing in the Illinois Graduate College are eligible to apply for the minor. For additional information, please contact EPOL.

Note: Students within the major can not minor in the same program.

EOL 572The College Student4
EOL 585College Teaching4
Select one of the following:4
The Community College
Diversity in Higher Education
College Student Development
Changing College Curriculum
Total Hours12
1

For additional details and requirements refer to the department's Web site, the College of Education Graduate Programs Handbook, and the Graduate College Handbook.

African American Studies

The graduate credit needed for this concentration fulfills general coursework requirements for the M.A. and Ph. D. degrees. The requirements for this concentration are determined by the Department of African American Studies.

Diversity & Equity in Education

The graduate credit needed for this concentration fulfills general coursework requirements for the on-campus Ed. M., M.A., C.A.S., Ed. D. and Ph. D. degrees and the online Ed.M. degree. 

Select eight hours from the following courses:8
Diversity, Leadership & Policy
Race, Gender & Sexuality Issu
Equity Issues in Spec Educatio
Select four hours from the following courses:4
Historical & Social Barriers
Technology & Educational Reform
Education and Human Rights
Education and Globalization
Global Youth & Citizenship
Researching Global Education
Organization Development
Total Hours12

Educational Administration and Leadership

The graduate credit needed for this concentration fulfills general coursework requirements for the on-campus Ed. M., M.A., C.A.S., Ed. D. and Ph. D. degrees, the online Ed.M. degree, and the off-campus Ed.M., C.A.S., and Ed.D. degrees.

Select twenty-four hours from the following courses:24
Intro to Educational Leadershp
Supervision of Learning Envir
Leading Learning-Centrd Schls
Leading School Improvement
School Dist Improvement
Public School Finance
Education Law
Poli & Cultural Context of Ed
Administration Theory
Ed Ldrshp & Prof Development
Clinical Experience Admin
Ed Politics and Policies
School District Management
The School Superintendency
Democracy/Politics
Human Resource Management
Financial Administration
Program Planning & Evaluation
Diversity, Leadership & Policy
Capstone Experience I & II
Independent Study
Thesis Research
Total Hours24

Global Studies in Education

The graduate credit needed for this concentration fulfills general coursework requirements for the on-campus Ed. M., M.A., C.A.S., Ed. D. and Ph. D. degrees and the online Ed.M. degree.

EPS 530Education and Globalization4
EPS 533Global Youth & Citizenship4
EPS 537Globalizing Educational Policy4
Total Hours12

Higher Education

The graduate credit needed for this concentration fulfills general coursework requirements for the on-campus Ed. M., M.A., C.A.S., Ed. D. and Ph. D. degrees.

Select twenty-four hours from the following courses:24
Organization of Higher Ed
Foundation of Higher Edu
The College Student
The Community College
Critical Issues in Higher Ed
Student Affairs Admin
College Teaching
Internship in Higher Ed
Advanced Seminar (Sections A, AA, CCL, CHE, DHE, HEF, HEL, PPH, HPM, AHE, LDR, MPR, OA, R1, or R2)
Independent Study
Total Hours24

History of Education

The graduate credit needed for this concentration fulfills general coursework requirements for the on-campus Ed. M., M.A., C.A.S., Ed. D. and Ph. D. degrees.

EPS 400History of American Education4
or EPS 405 Historical & Social Barriers
EPS 423Politics of Education4
Select four hours from the following courses:4
History of Educational Ideas
Asian American Education
European Education to 1600
European Education since 1600
History of Amer Indian Educ
Topics in Educational Policy
History of U.S. Ed Thought
Education in the 20th Century
Seminar in the History of Ed
Uses/Abuses of Educ Research
Total Hours12

Human Resource Development

The graduate credit needed for this concentration fulfills general coursework requirements for the on-campus Ed. M., M.A., C.A.S., Ed. D. and Ph. D. degrees and the online Ed.M. degree.

HRD 400Principles of HRE4
or HRD 440 Work Analysis
HRD 411Training System Design4
or HRD 472 Learning Technologies
HRD 530Organization Development4
or HRD 540 Learning on the Job
Total Hours12

Learning Design and Leadership

The graduate credit needed for this concentration fulfills general coursework requirements for the on-campus Ed. M., M.A., C.A.S., Ed. D. and Ph. D. degrees and the online Ed.M. degree.

EPS 431New Learning4
HRD 472Learning Technologies4
HRD 585Program Evaluation4
or EPSY 474 Evaluating Learning Technology
Total Hours12

Philosophy of Education

The graduate credit needed for this concentration fulfills general coursework requirements for the on-campus Ed. M., M.A., C.A.S., Ed. D. and Ph. D. degrees.

Select twelve hours from the following courses:12
Philosophy of Education
School and Society
Critical Thinking for Teachers
Aesthetic Education
Technology & Educational Reform
Philosophy of Middle School
Traditions in Philosophy of Ed
Contemporary Philosophy of Ed
Western Educational Classics
Philosophy and Ed Research
Social Theories and Education
Ethics and Education
Theories of Knowledge
Foundations of Aesthetic Ed
Ethics and Educational Policy
Education and Human Rights
Total Hours12

Social Sciences & Education Policy

The graduate credit needed for this concentration fulfills general coursework requirements for the on-campus Ed. M., M.A., C.A.S., Ed. D. and Ph. D. degrees.

Select twelve hours from the following courses:12
Sociology of Education
Race, Ed Pol, and Soc Science
Politics of Education
Uses/Abuses of Educ Research
Ethics and Educational Policy
Critical Race Theory & Educ
Public Policy in Higher Ed
Total Hours12

We offer a Master of Education degree that enables students to receive a University of Illinois education without ever coming to our campus. The online Master of Education in Education Policy, Organization and Leadership follows the requirements as listed under the Masters tab. Students may select an optional concentration. Concentrations are available in Diversity & Equity in Education, Educational Administration and Leadership, Global Studies in Education, Human Resource Development, and Learning Design and Leadership.

M.B.A. Joint Degree Program

Students in this unit may choose to earn their major degree and simultaneously complete an M.B.A., with 12 fewer required hours than when pursuing both degrees independently. Students must be enrolled in the M.B.A. program for three terms and complete all the requirements of their primary degree. Interested students should see the joint program requirements and contact the M.B.A. program and their major department office for more information.