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Oklahoma State University

Graduate Certificate

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College Teaching Graduate Certificate is housed in Curriculum Studies Program at School of Teaching and Curriculum Leadership. It is a stand-alone certificate program to help current college and university faculty (including both full-time and part-time faculty as well as graduate teaching assistants who have college teaching assignments) develop and improve knowledge, skills, and capacities for successful college teaching, as well as advance their teaching vision, philosophy, and adaptability in a rapidly changing society at a range of institutions of higher education. Successful completion of the program includes taking 12 credit hours graduate courses (4 courses), and these credit hours are transferable to Curriculum Studies options in MS and PhD degree. The program is delivered on both Stillwater and Tulsa campuses.


Four graduate courses (12 credit hours) are required for the Graduate Certificate: 

Required Course (3 credit hours) 

  • CIED 5073 Pedagogical Research (with practicum component)
  • or
  • CIED 6073 Advanced Pedagogical Research (with practicum component)

Elective Courses (9 credit hours):

Choose three courses from the following list:

  • CIED 5043 Issues in Teaching
  • CIED 5093 Curriculum Design
  • EPSY 5473 Psychology of Adult Learning
  • CIED 5623 Multicultural Diversity Issues in Curriculum
  • CIED 5803 Mindfulness, Curriculum and Teaching
  • EPSY 5983 instructional Effectiveness in Higher Education
  • EDLE 6713/CIED6030 Effective Teaching in Colleges and Universities
  • CIED 6033 Analysis of Teaching
  • CIED 6133 Theory to Practice in Education
  • EDTC 5503 Facilitating Online Learning
  • AGED 5813: College Teaching of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • AGED 5823: Advanced Methods of Teaching Agriculture

All 12 credit hours can be transferred to the M.S. degree plan in Curriculum and Leadership Studies Option in TLL. A combination of four courses including a minimum of two 6000 level courses can be transferred to the Curriculum Studies Option in Ph.D. in Education.

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M.S. Degree Program

The master’s degree option in Curriculum & Leadership Studies provides a sound foundation in curriculum knowledge including the social, philosophical, ethical and political, historical, and psychological aspects of the curriculum, curriculum planning, pedagogy, and curriculum leadership.

The degree program will deepen one’s knowledge of curriculum and will prepare graduates for positions as curriculum leaders, curriculum planners, curriculum administrators, curriculum consultants, teacher leaders, and teacher researchers. Program content will benefit those teachers pursuing National Board Certification.

The degree option is a 36-hour program with coursework in curriculum, teaching, learning, advocacy, leadership, multicultural and diversity issues, research including teacher research, and an area of emphasis tailored for the individual interests of students. All students have a take-home comprehensive exam over the program and complete either a Non-Thesis/Creative Component or Thesis. The Non-Thesis/Creative Component can take a variety of forms from an advanced paper over a curriculum topic to a creative demonstration of curriculum expertise. The thesis is original research. The student’s Advisory Committee (3 members, at least 2 of whom are Curriculum Studies faculty members) assists the student through all aspects of the program.

Are you concerned about fundamental curriculum issues in broad social, political, cultural and individual contexts? Are you interested in becoming an agent for positive change in education? Do you want to learn how to better plan curriculum and improve teaching? Do you want to investigate more deeply issues of teaching and learning? Do you want to explore the meaning of diversity and nonviolence in schooling, community college, and other educational sites? If so, then this degree option may be for you.

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Ph.D. Degree Program

The mission of the Doctor of Philosophy in Education: Curriculum Studies option is to educate scholars with a deep understanding and ability to create and use knowledge of curriculum studies in the field of education and in other scholarly communities interested in the advancement of education at the state, national, and international levels.

Students will have opportunities to participate in the OSU Curriculum Studies Project working with internationally recognized scholars, collaborating in research, leadership events, and such school-based initiatives as curriculum development and evaluation, teacher research, analysis of teaching and learning, and media literacy education.

The program offers students a choice of two options either in Curriculum Studies or Curriculum Studies: College Teaching. The College Teaching emphasis prepares students specifically for positions in higher education.

The program prepares students for a variety of professional goals: curriculum generalists and specialists, curriculum coordinators, K-20 curriculum leaders, professors of education and teacher educators, curriculum designers and evaluators, curriculum materials writers, educational administrators at various levels, as well as educational leaders in social and cultural organizations.

The Ph.D. in Curriculum Studies degree option is a 69 hour (minimum) program with coursework in teaching and learning in social, cultural, historical, and economic contexts, inquiry and research, curriculum, and a cognate area tailored for the individual interests of students. All students take a qualifying exam over the program and complete original research in the form of a Doctoral Dissertation.

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