Ohio University

Education Public Policy Leadership Graduate Certificate Online

The EPPLC's inaugural cohort heads toward Capitol Hill.

Program Code: CTEPPL

Don't miss the FREE webinar Public Policy Issues Related to the National School Lunch Program at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 3, presented by EPPLC Program Coordinator Dr. Dwan Robinson and Patton College faculty member and EPPLC cohort 1 alumnus Thomas Stevenson. Please click here to register and hear how a 30-year professional in the hospitality industry used this certificate to pursue his public policy passion: support for the NSLP and policy changes within, as well as using foodways knowledge to create work and job force training and opportunities for those who "sit in the margins." 

Ohio University's Patton College of Education, in collaboration with The Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, has launched a one-year online Education Public Policy Leadership Certificate designed to expose participants to real-world theoretical and practical instruction and experiences in education public policy leadership studies.

Upon completion of this certificate, students will have a strong command of the public policymaking process, including policy development, analysis, implementation, evaluation, and advocacy for an education public policy passion of their choice. Participants will be equipped with knowledge and skills that will increase their employability in the public policy sphere.

Admission to this graduate-level 12-credit program alternates between a traditional calendar year cycle and an academic year cycle that was implemented with the 2020 cohort to better accommodate working educators. Specifically, the inaugural cohort ran from January to December 2019, cohort 2 will run from May 11, 2020 through late spring 2021, cohort 3 will run from January to December 2022, and so on.

Each year of online study will culminate in a three-day face-to-face networking residency in Washington, D.C. The residency experience will enable participants to interface with their peers and key professionals in the public policy arena, including face-to-face meetings with legislators and/or their staff members. In addition, faculty from Ohio University will deliver engaging course sessions with guest lectures from practitioners and leaders in varied aspects of public policy.

Read about the inaugural cohort's residency experience for more specific information about what you can expect during the Washington, D.C. residency. 

Don't miss out.  The deadline for the 2020 program application is April 30, 2020!

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Who should apply?

This certificate is designed for professionals who have an interest in education public policy and/or are working or aspire to work in fields such as:

  • K-12 and/or higher education
  • School boards
  • Education professional associations
  • State and federal government organizations
  • Non-governmental and civic organizations
  • Legislative affairs
  • Lobbying
  • Policy research
Patton Participants at the U.S. Senate

Certificate Curriculum

Education Public Policy Program of Study Credits
EDAD 6000 Foundational Awareness of Education Public Policy Issues
MPA 6000 Leadership in Education Policy 1
EDAD 6003 Legal Issues in Education
EDAD 6001 Issues, Institutions and Stakeholders in Education Public Policy 1
EDAD 6004 Policy Perspectives in Education 1
MPA 6001 Education Policy Analysis 2
EDAD 6002 Education Public Policy Implementation and Evaluation 2
EDAD 6920 Education Public Policy Practicum and Residency 1


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For more information, contact: 

Dr. Dwan Robinson
Educational Studies, Department Chair
302W McCracken Hall