College of Education

Educational Policy Studies & Evaluation- Graduate

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Dr. Justin Bathon

Director Graduate Studies

Department of Educational Leadership Studies

College of Education

111 Dickey Hall

Lexington KY 40506

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The Department of Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation offers programs leading to degrees in the Master of Science (M.S.) in Higher Education, M.S. in Social and Philosophical Studies in Education, M.S. in Research Methods in Education, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Studies in Higher Education, and the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Policy Studies, Measurement, and Evaluation. The department also participates in the College of Education’s Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Education Sciences degree program with the Philosophical and Cultural Inquiry, Educational Evaluation and Policy, and Quantitative and Psychometric Methods strands. Additionally, the department offers graduate certificates in Research Methods in Education and International Education. The department has periodically offered an Ed.D. Cohort program in collaboration with the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.

Master of Science in Higher Education

The Master of Science in Higher Education (HIED) is a degree program with options of focus in Higher Education Policy and Student Services. The program serves those contemplating careers in higher education or already working in a college or university, as well as those interested in pursuing the study of higher education at the doctoral level.

Application Requirements
  • CV - (limited to 2 pages) that provides your name and contact information as well as postsecondary education (all degrees, years awarded, institution names, emphasis area), work experiences, education certifications, professional memberships.
  • Personal Statement - 

    Please write 3‐5 double‐spaced pages, word‐processed in either Times New Roman 12‐point or Arial 10‐point, page numbers and your name in upper right corner. If you cite literature/resources to support your comments, adhere to the academic writing guidelines provided in 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.

    FOR SCHOOL TECHNOLOGY LEADERSHIP APPLICANTS

    FOR TEACHER LEADERSHIP APPLICANTS

    Part I: Provide background about your experiences as an educational leader and share how these experiences have prompted you to enroll in a graduate program in educational leadership studies. Share your career aspirations and explain how completing an EDL program will assist you in achieving your professional goals.

    FOR FRYSC APPLICANTS

    Part I:  Provide background about your experiences as a FRYSC professional and share how these experiences have prompted you to enroll in the program. Share your career aspirations and explain how completing a graduate degree will assist you in achieving your professional goals

    FOR ALL APPLICANTS

    Part II: Articulate your beliefs, perceptions, and reflections about each of the following four themes related to effective educational leadership:  (a) a vision of success, (b) a focus on learning and teaching, (c) an engagement of all stakeholders, and (d) a demonstration of ethical practice.

  • Writing Sample - 

    FOR TEACHER LEADERSHIP APPLICANTS ONLY:

    Prepare a Professional Reflection  (3-5 double-spaced pages, word-processed in either Times New Roman 12-point or Ariel 10-point, page numbers and your name in upper right corner). Describe how your classroom evidences the components of highly effective teaching and learning (i.e., learning climate, classroom assessment and reflection, instructional rigor and student engagement, instructional relevance, knowledge of content). If you cite literature or resources to support your comments, then you must adhere to the academic writing guidelines provided in 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.

  • 4 letters of recommendation

Master of Science in Social & Philosophical Studies in Education

The Master of Science in Social and Philosophical Studies in Education (SPSE) works well as a foundation for doctoral study. When focused with an approved “topical major,” the degree may also serve a variety of career and academic purposes. Students following this degree program may engage in the study of the history, sociology, philosophy, and comparative international analyses of education. 

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS
  • CV - (limited to 2 pages) that provides your name and contact information as well as postsecondary education (all degrees, years awarded, institution names, emphasis area), work experiences, education certifications, professional memberships.
  • Personal Statement - 

    Please write 3‐5 double‐spaced pages, word‐processed in either Times New Roman 12‐point or Arial 10‐point, page numbers and your name in upper right corner. If you cite literature/resources to support your comments, adhere to the academic writing guidelines provided in 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.

    FOR SCHOOL TECHNOLOGY LEADERSHIP APPLICANTS

    FOR TEACHER LEADERSHIP APPLICANTS

    Part I: Provide background about your experiences as an educational leader and share how these experiences have prompted you to enroll in a graduate program in educational leadership studies. Share your career aspirations and explain how completing an EDL program will assist you in achieving your professional goals.

    FOR FRYSC APPLICANTS

    Part I:  Provide background about your experiences as a FRYSC professional and share how these experiences have prompted you to enroll in the program. Share your career aspirations and explain how completing a graduate degree will assist you in achieving your professional goals

    FOR ALL APPLICANTS

    Part II: Articulate your beliefs, perceptions, and reflections about each of the following four themes related to effective educational leadership:  (a) a vision of success, (b) a focus on learning and teaching, (c) an engagement of all stakeholders, and (d) a demonstration of ethical practice.

  • Writing Sample - 

    FOR TEACHER LEADERSHIP APPLICANTS ONLY:

    Prepare a Professional Reflection  (3-5 double-spaced pages, word-processed in either Times New Roman 12-point or Ariel 10-point, page numbers and your name in upper right corner). Describe how your classroom evidences the components of highly effective teaching and learning (i.e., learning climate, classroom assessment and reflection, instructional rigor and student engagement, instructional relevance, knowledge of content). If you cite literature or resources to support your comments, then you must adhere to the academic writing guidelines provided in 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.

  • 4 letters of recommendation

Master of Science in Research Methods in Education

The Master of Science in Research Methods in Education (RMinE) prepares students for careers in settings such as academic institutions, testing organizations, school districts, and state and federal agencies. It is designed to provide a foundation in basic research methods within a problem-of-practice framework while allowing students a focused area of emphasis on Quantitative Methods, Evaluation, or Research Design. RMinE students have the option to complete the entirety of their coursework online.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS
  • CV - (limited to 2 pages) that provides your name and contact information as well as postsecondary education (all degrees, years awarded, institution names, emphasis area), work experiences, education certifications, professional memberships.
  • Personal Statement - 

    Please write 3‐5 double‐spaced pages, word‐processed in either Times New Roman 12‐point or Arial 10‐point, page numbers and your name in upper right corner. If you cite literature/resources to support your comments, adhere to the academic writing guidelines provided in 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.

    FOR SCHOOL TECHNOLOGY LEADERSHIP APPLICANTS

    FOR TEACHER LEADERSHIP APPLICANTS

    Part I: Provide background about your experiences as an educational leader and share how these experiences have prompted you to enroll in a graduate program in educational leadership studies. Share your career aspirations and explain how completing an EDL program will assist you in achieving your professional goals.

    FOR FRYSC APPLICANTS

    Part I:  Provide background about your experiences as a FRYSC professional and share how these experiences have prompted you to enroll in the program. Share your career aspirations and explain how completing a graduate degree will assist you in achieving your professional goals

    FOR ALL APPLICANTS

    Part II: Articulate your beliefs, perceptions, and reflections about each of the following four themes related to effective educational leadership:  (a) a vision of success, (b) a focus on learning and teaching, (c) an engagement of all stakeholders, and (d) a demonstration of ethical practice.

  • Writing Sample - 

    FOR TEACHER LEADERSHIP APPLICANTS ONLY:

    Prepare a Professional Reflection  (3-5 double-spaced pages, word-processed in either Times New Roman 12-point or Ariel 10-point, page numbers and your name in upper right corner). Describe how your classroom evidences the components of highly effective teaching and learning (i.e., learning climate, classroom assessment and reflection, instructional rigor and student engagement, instructional relevance, knowledge of content). If you cite literature or resources to support your comments, then you must adhere to the academic writing guidelines provided in 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.

  • 4 letters of recommendation

 
Application Deadline 

May 15

Doctor of Education in Educational Policies, Measurement, & Evaluation

The Ed.D. program in Educational Policy Studies, Measurement, and Evaluation (EPME) provides advanced study for those who seek careers in the administration or evaluation of educational programs in schools, colleges, or other institutional settings. Ed.D. candidates may pursue a variety of research interests including but not limited to institutional research and assessment, educational measurement and evaluation, P-12 educational policy issues, post-secondary education, comparative education, and community/continuing education issues.

Application Requirements
  • CV - Limited to 2 pages, providing your name and contact information as well as postsecondary education (all degrees, years awarded, institution names, emphasis area), work experiences, education certifications, professional memberships.

    FOR PRINCIPAL AND SUPERINTENDENT CERTIFICATION APPLICANTS: If you are seeking a P12 Administrator Certificate (principal or superintendent), be sure it's clear within your resume that you have at least three years of full-time experience as a classroom teacher.

    ADDITIONALLY, FOR SUPERINTENDENT CERTIFICATION APPLICANTS: Be sure it's clear within your resume that you have at least two years full-time experiences as an educational administration at the school or district level upon admission to this program.

  • Personal Statement - Please write 3‐5 double‐spaced pages, word‐processed in either Times New Roman 12‐point or Arial 10‐point, page numbers and your name in upper right corner. If you cite literature/resources to support your comments, adhere to the academic writing guidelines provided in 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.

    Part I: Your Background. Provide background about your experiences as an educational leader and share how these experiences have prompted you to enroll in a graduate program in educational leadership studies. Share your career aspirations and explain how completing an EDL program will assist you in achieving your professional goals. In seeking initial certification as school leader, be specific about your short term plans for seeking placement as an educational administrator.

    Part II: Articulate your beliefs, perceptions, and reflections about each of the following four themes related to effective educational leadership.
    (a) a vision of success, (b) a focus on learning and teaching, (c) an engagement of all stakeholders, and (d) a demonstration of ethical practice.

  • Writing Sample - 

    Professional Reflection (3-5 double-spaced pages, word-processed in either Times New Roman 12-point or Arial 10-point, page numbers and your name in upper right corner). Select one of the complex and sometimes controversial issue sets listed below, explain briefly your understanding of the issue set you selected, and then discuss what it means to provide responsible educational leadership to address those issues. If you cite literature or resources to support your comments, then you must adhere to the academic writing guidelines provided in 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.

    ·      Learning, teaching and professional ethics;

    ·      Interaction of student characteristics (e.g., social class, gender, native language, exceptionality, ethnicity) and accountability testing;

    ·      New organizational structures for schools, political demands, and fiscal limitations.

  • GRE

  • 4 letters of recommendation

Application Deadline

Fall - February 15, Principal Certification Applicants March 28

EdS in Educational Leadership

Application Requirements
  • CV - (limited to 2 pages) that provides your name and contact information as well as postsecondary education (all degrees, years awarded, institution names, emphasis area), work experiences, education certifications, professional memberships.
  • Personal Statement - 

    Please write 3‐5 double‐spaced pages, word‐processed in either Times New Roman 12‐point or Arial 10‐point, page numbers and your name in upper right corner. If you cite literature/resources to support your comments, adhere to the academic writing guidelines provided in 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.

    Part I:  Provide background about your experiences as an educational leader and share how these experiences have prompted you to enroll in a graduate program in educational leadership studies. Share your career aspirations and explain how completing an EDL program will assist you in achieving your professional goals.

    Part II: Articulate your beliefs, perceptions, and reflections about each of the following four themes related to effective educational leadership:  (a) a vision of success, (b) a focus on learning and teaching, (c) an engagement of all stakeholders, and (d) a demonstration of ethical practice.

  • Writing Sample - Prepare a Professional Reflection  (3-5 double-spaced pages, word-processed in either Times New Roman 12-point or Ariel 10-point, page numbers and your name in upper right corner). Describe how your classroom evidences the components of highly effective teaching and learning (i.e., learning climate, classroom assessment and reflection, instructional rigor and student engagement, instructional relevance, knowledge of content). If you cite literature or resources to support your comments, then you must adhere to the academic writing guidelines provided in 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.

  • Additional Requirements - 

    ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENT FOR PRINCIPAL APPLICANTS:

    Provide following supporting documentation with your application:

    • Statement of your dispositions for educational leadership

    • Evidence of your improving student learning 

    • Evidence of your advanced knowledge of curriculum, instruction and assessment

    • Evidence of your leadership at the building level within a school

    • Two recommendation forms from persons (e.g., principal, supervisor, superintendent or designee) who have direct knowledge of your skills/ability related to (a) leadership; (b) curriculum, instruction and assessment; and(c)  improving student learning

      • If seeking P12 Administrator Certificate (principal certificate), you must include a copy of your valid K12 teacher certificate.
        If seeking superintendent certificate, attach a copy of your valid P12 principal certificate. 

Rank I Certificate/Teaching Certification

Application Requirements

  • CV - (limited to 2 pages) that provides your name and contact information as well as postsecondary education (all degrees, years awarded, institution names, emphasis area), work experiences, education certifications, professional memberships.
  • Personal Statement - 
     
    (3‐5 double‐spaced pages, word‐processed in either Times New Roman 12‐point or Ariel 10‐point, page numbers and your name in upper right corner). If you cite literature/resources to support your comments, adhere to the academic writing guidelines provided in 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. 
     
    Part I: FRYSC APPLICANTS: Provide background about your experiences as a FRYSC professional and share how these experiences have prompted you to enroll in the program. Share your career aspirations and explain how completing a graduate degree will assist you in achieving your professional goals. ALL OTHER APPLICANTS: Provide background about your experiences as an educational leader and share how these experiences have prompted you to enroll in a graduate program in educational leadership studies. Share your career aspirations and explain how completing an EDL program will assist you in achieving your professional goals. In seeking initial certification as school leader, be specific about your short term plans for seeking placement as an educational administrator.
     
    Part II: Articulate your beliefs, perceptions, and reflections about each of the following four themes related to effective educational leadership.
     
    FRYSC APPLICANTS: (a) engagement of all stakeholders, (b) diversity and inclusion, (c) the use of data to inform decision making, and (d) the demonstration of ethical practice. ALL OTHER APPLICANTS: (a) a vision of success, (b) a focus on learning and teaching, (c) an engagement of all stakeholders, and (d) a demonstration of ethical practice.
  • 4 letters of recommendation
Application Deadline

March 28

Graduate Certificate in International Education

The Graduate Certificate in International Education prepares graduate students for careers in international education, including but not limited to education abroad, international student services, and placement in other international organizations which support the exchange of students in higher education. Through elective courses appropriate to student interests, students will develop a regional area of cultural expertise and participate in at least one professional vocational experience with an emphasis on developing skills in evaluation/assessment, management, and program development. The certificate curriculum combines 9 hours of core courses and 6 hours of elective coursework for a required total of 15 credit hours. Although the certificate does not require language coursework as part of the curriculum, participants must establish their language proficiency relative to their professional and regional concentration so that they are prepared to be effective and competitive in the field. A student must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in their certificate coursework in order to be awarded the Graduate Certificate in International Education. Award of the certificate requires formal admission to the certificate, as well as the approval of the course of study and certificate completion worksheets.

Graduate Certificate in Research Methods in Education

The Graduate Certificate in RMinE provides students with the ability to specialize in education research methods that can be applied to a host of disciplines, including social sciences, physical sciences, K-12 instruction/administration, and business. The certificate combines 12 hours of core courses and 3 hours of elective coursework for a required total of 15 credit hours. A student must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in their certificate coursework in order to be awarded the Graduate Certificate in RMinE. Award of the certificate requires formal admission to the certificate, as well as the approval of the course of study and certificate completion worksheets.

Admissions Officer

mary Richardson

mrich6@uky.edu
859-257-4618


Contact

Dr. Justin Bathon

Director Graduate Studies

Department of Educational Leadership Studies

College of Education

111 Dickey Hall

Lexington KY 40506

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