Graduate Programs in Education

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The graduate programs in education are designed to strengthen and deepen students’ analytical understanding of education while preparing them for futures in teaching, policymaking, and scholarly research. The faculty make every effort to help students integrate research and theory with educational policy and practice. In so doing, students master the central concepts of their chosen programs as well as develop the ability to empirically analyze, think critically, and speak and write clearly in the appropriate genre for their educational field. As an option, graduate students may pursue Oklahoma certification as part of a degree program or as an independent certification-only plan. Alumni of the The University of Tulsa's graduate programs include teachers, principals, and superintendents; attorneys specializing in education law; university professors; educational researchers; and others in local, state, federal, and international education agencies.

Education graduate programs are flexible by design in order to encourage students’ individual growth and specialization in education. To achieve this level of flexibility, each student works closely with the Graduate Program Advisor as well as specific faculty whose areas of expertise align with the students’ particular interests and professional goals. Coursework and research projects are defined by our faculty’s expertise in both teaching and scholarship. Specific fields of study that carry the advantage of faculty depth and the potential for original research are: urban education, language acquisition, human development, math and science education, early literacy development, educational technology, the philosophy of education, multicultural education, critical theory, pedagogy and curriculum development, educational foundations, and educational policy studies.


Admission to Education’s graduate degree programs is selective. Minimum requirements for admission include: (i) a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution, (ii) an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or better (on a 4-point scale), (iii) at least three letters of recommendation, preferably from college instructors or other individuals qualified to testify about intellectual and professional abilities, (iv.) a satisfactory statement of purpose, and (v) satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination. The statement of purpose should be at least 1000 words in length, identifying the specific degree and emphasis they wish to pursue, and addressing the applicant’s scholarly interests and/or professional goals in education as well as how the applicant’s interests and goals must match the degree program to which they are applying. Students who do not meet these minimum requirements may be considered for provisional or probationary admission at the discretion of the Graduate Program Advisor or the faculty of the School of Urban Education.

Students seeking admission to any of the graduate programs in education should contact the respective Graduate Program Advisor in the School of Urban Education or Educational Studies with further questions about fit, programs of study, and admission procedures. Applications to graduate programs in education are evaluated on an individual basis. It is recommended that students turn in a completed application before March 1 for the following Fall semester and prior to October 15 for the following Spring semester. Application packets should be submitted directly to the Graduate School at The University of Tulsa. The School of Urban Education and Educational Studies begins review of application packets as soon as completed applications are forwarded from the Graduate School.