Ohio University

Education Public Policy Leadership Graduate Certificate Online

The inaugural EPPLC cohort heads toward Capitol Hill (2019)
The EPPLC's inaugural cohort heads toward Capitol Hill.

Program Code: CTEPPL

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.

Don't miss your chance to get your specific questions answered live. A virtual information session will be held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. EST on Oct. 22 and a repeat session will be held on Nov. 19. You need to attend only one session and registered attendees will have their application fee waived.
• Click here to register for the information session on Thursday, Oct. 22.
Click here to register for the information session on Thursday, Nov. 19.

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.

The inaugural cohort ran from January to December 2019 and cohort 2 will run from January through December 2021. Please note: Due to uncertainties surrounding the pandemic, the start date for Cohort II has shifted to spring semester and classes will begin January 11, 2021 with the residency taking place December 5-8, 2021. Applications for cohort 2 are being accepted now through December 1, 2020!

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 epplc@ohio.edu if you have questions!

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Who should apply?

Members of the inaugural EPPLC cohort posed for a group photo with congressional aides
Members of the inaugural EPPLC cohort pose for a group photo with congressional aides.

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

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
  • An entryway 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 experience 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

Please check out the Bursar's website for the latest information.

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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We're having great engagement and meaningful conversation on Twitter! Our last Twitter chat was titled "Navigating the New Normal: Lessons Learned from K-12, Higher Education and Community Partners" on Oct. 20 and our next chat is planned for Nov. 12 from 1-2 p.m. EST. 
Follow @edpublicpolicy and search for #EPPLCChat to view these important and timely discussions.

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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