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Educational Methodology, Policy, and Leadership

Department Contact: Jennifer McGovney


Mailing Address: 
Department of Educational Methodology, Policy, and Leadership
5267 University of Oregon

Department Head:
Charles Martinez, PhD
102A Lokey Education

Department Overview

The curriculum leading to master’s and doctoral degrees in the Department of Educational Methodology, Policy, and Leadership focuses on the process for development, implementation, and achievement of results in the organization and management of K–12 education. Educational Methodology, Policy, and Leadership provides both researchers and practitioners with the latest methodologies for ensuring effective student learning and professional development in our nation's K–12 school system.

Programs provide educational leaders, policymakers, and researchers with the skills needed to design and implement strategies that improve practices in educational organizations. Graduates are qualified for a variety of positions such as principals and superintendents, supervisors, specialists in technology and curriculum, administrators in middle and secondary schools and at the college level (community colleges, four-year colleges, research universities, and international agencies), consultants with school districts, and researchers in management, leadership, and educational policy.

Graduates of our doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) program leave with an array of methodological and analytical skills necessary to create knowledge for understanding how K–12 educational systems work. Graduates of our master's (M.S.) and doctor of education (D.Ed.) degree programs leave with a solid understanding of problems of practice. The Ph.D. program requires full-time study on campus, as students are immersed in faculty research; M.S. and D.Ed. programs are designed for working professionals, offering courses in the evenings and on weekends.

View a presentation comparing our Ph.D. and D.Ed. programs.


The PhD in Educational Leadership develops expertise in educational research and is intended for those who wish to pursue careers as researchers in educational organizations or as professors of education specializing in research.

The DEd program focuses on development, implementation, and generation of outcomes in K–12 educational organizations. The program provides practicing educational professionals with an advanced graduate degree that emphasizes leadership development, oral and written communication, and understanding of educational assessment and research.

Master of Science (M.S.) degrees in Educational Leadership (EDLD) through EMPL focus on the development, implementation, and generation of improved outcomes in the organization and management of K-12 education. The degree is intended for individuals who wish to pursue careers in student support services, staff and community relations, program coordination, associate program coordination, or advising positions.

The University of Oregon Administrator Licensure Program (ALP) offers preliminary (PreAL) and professional (ProAL) administrator licensure and concurrent degree programs in Eugene, Central Oregon, and the Portland metropolitan area. Most programs have a hybrid model of instruction. The combination of online classes and classroom instruction provides students from every part of Oregon with the opportunity to work with both nationally recognized College of Education faculty and exemplary administrators.

Are you looking to add to your Oregon teaching license by developing skills in teaching reading? The University of Oregon has a unique program that offers you two options designed to serve your choice of goals.

**Note: The Literacy Leadership option is not accepting applications for Academic Year 2017-18.