Education Public Policy Leadership Graduate Certificate Online
Program Code: CTEPPL
Changing Your World Starts Here
Ohio University's Patton College of Education, in collaboration with The Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, offers 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.
Due to uncertainties surrounding the pandemic, classes will begin January 19, 2021 with the residency taking place December 5-8, 2021.
Each year of online study will culminate in a networking residency in Washington, D.C. The residency is a three-day engaging experience for our students to interface, network and engage in hands-on advocacy with their peers, key professionals, and Congressional members and staff. Given the uncertainty COVID-19 thrusts upon all travel plans, we will be flexible and make adjustments to our D.C. experience as needed to keep our students safe and healthy. No matter the final form, the residency will be an enriching experience that gives our students a thorough understanding of the workings of Congress and other policy actors coupled with opportunities to participate in the policy process. In addition, faculty from Ohio University will deliver engaging nonpartisan course sessions with guest lectures from practitioners and leaders in varied aspects of public policy.
For more information, please watch the virtual information session, visit the EPPLC Frequently Asked Questions page, follow the request information link, or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions!
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
- Policy research
What are the benefits for participants?
- Opportunities for a deep understanding of educational public policymaking through a fully online experience in real-world theory and practice
- No GRE is required so the opportunity is available to all
- Courses can serve as a springboard to graduate certificate study and possible master's or doctoral opportunities in educational leadership (6-8 credits can be applied toward an advanced degree in Education Leadership)
- Flexible online coursework connected to participants’ career fields and policy interests
- Networking opportunities with policy makers and guided hands-on advocacy experiences during the program's culminating three-day residency experience in Washington, D.C.
- Acquisition of knowledge and skills that can increase employability in the public policy sphere
- Ongoing career support from the program faculty, as well as Ohio University's Career and Leadership Development Center
Tuition and Fees
The total cost is approximately $600 per credit hour. The program is 9 credit hours of coursework spanning the year and each course is 7 weeks long.
Please check out the Bursar's website for the complete breakdown of all costs.
Watch the recording of our most recent information session.
Read about the inaugural cohort's residency experience for more specific information about what you can expect during the Washington, D.C. residency.
And watch a webinar featuring EPPLC Program Coordinator Dr. Dwan Robinson and inaugural cohort alumnus Thomas Stevenson to see how the EPPLC experience impacts advocacy through the lens of Thom's policy passion: the National School Lunch Program.
You also can read about the participation from OHIO alumni that helped to make the inaugural residency a success.
For more information, contact:
Dr. Dwan Robinson
Educational Studies, Department Chair
302W McCracken Hall