Feb 23, 2024  
2015-2017 Graduate Catalog 
2015-2017 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Education in Educational Studies (Admissions suspended)

Department of Teacher Development and Educational Studies
485B Pawley Hall   (map)
(248) 370-2613 • Fax (248) 370-2639

Linda Tyson
470H Pawley Hall
(248) 370-3197

Apply Online

► Class Schedule Search

Graduate Catalog Addendum  

NEW - Master of Education in International Bacclaureate Education

effective Fall 2016 - (see Graduate Catalog Addendum)


Admission terms and application deadlines

Before an applicant’s file can be reviewed for full program admission, all application documents must be received in Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning by the semester deadlines listed below. Incomplete applications will not be sent to departments for admission review.

Application requirements

To be considered for graduate admission, applicants must submit all Graduate Application Requirements and additional department requirements by the published application deadlines:

  2. Additional department application requirements
  • Supplemental Program Form   
  • Requirements for recommendations
    The two recommendation forms must be from individuals in a supervisory relationship to the applicant.
  • Copy of teaching certificate
  • An undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0
  • Ready access to K-12 classrooms
  • K-12 teaching experience
  • A statement of professional goals
  • Communication skills commensurate with graduate-level scholarship. Students who are conditionally admitted to the program because of a lower GPA or lack of recommendations must complete a minimum of 7 credit hours (EST 601 and one other core course) with a grade of at least 3.0 in each course.

Admission review and assessment

Admission to graduate study at Oakland University is selective. In making admission recommendations to Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning, each department assesses the potential of applicants for success in the program by examining their undergraduate records, goal statement, letters of recommendation, prerequisite courses and any other admission requirements established by the academic department. 

Related links

Degree requirements

The Master of Education in educational studies degree is awarded upon satisfactory completion of a minimum of 32 credits in an approved program of study. The program consists of a minimum 9-credit core, a minimum of 15 elective credits approved by the student’s faculty adviser, and a minimum 3-credit exit plan of EST 609  (or IB 678  and IB 679 ) for students enrolled in the International Baccalaureate program).

Elective courses must be taken for at least 3 credits to be counted toward the Master of Education in educational studies program, unless enrolled in the International Baccalaureate program.

Four Oakland University credits may be applied from outside the listed electives; exceptions to this policy require approval of a Petition of Exception by department faculty and Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning.

Students must meet with their adviser during the first semester and obtain a department-approved Plan of Study. A copy must be submitted to Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning, 520 O’Dowd Hall.

Course requirements

a. Core requirements (9-12 credits)

1. Introduction to Research in Educational Studies (3 credits)

3. Teachers and Curriculum (3 or 4 credits)

b. Electives (15-19 credits)

Choose 15-19 credits from the following as outlined in one of eight focus areas. Students must meet with their faculty adviser for an approved Plan of Study.

Elective courses must be taken for at least 3 credits to be counted toward the Master of Education in educational studies program, unless enrolled in the International Baccalaureate program.

c. Exit (3 credits)

The exit plan is to be completed within the last calendar year of the program with the M.Ed. adviser’s and supervising instructor’s approval.

Satisfactory academic progress

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is the term used to denote a student’s successful completion of coursework toward a certificate or degree. Federal regulations require the Office of Financial Aid to monitor Satisfactory Academic Progress for all financial aid recipients each semester.

Students who fall behind in their coursework, or fail to achieve minimum standards for grade point average and completion of classes, may lose their eligibility for all types of federal, state and university aid. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for additional details.

Good academic standing

All graduate students are expected to remain in good academic standing throughout the entire course of their graduate program. To be in good academic standing, a graduate student must make satisfactory progress toward fulfilling degree requirements, including the completion of critical degree milestones as set forth by the academic program. The student must also maintain a minimum semester and overall GPA of 3.0.

Good academic standing is a requirement for:

  • Holding a Graduate Assistantship
  • Receiving a fellowship or scholarship
  • Advancing to candidacy for a graduate degree
  • Going on a leave of absence
  • Obtaining a graduate certificate or degree from Oakland University.

Additionally, graduate students must meet all department academic standards which may be more stringent than the minimum set forth by the University. 

Graduate students who are not in good academic standing for any reason are subject to probation and/or dismissal from further graduate study.

Related program information

Plan of study

All accepted applicants, in consultation with their assigned faculty program adviser, must develop a plan of study that details specific courses the students will use to satisfy their degree requirements. The plan of study must be approved by the faculty program adviser and submitted by the student to Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning.

Master’s and graduate certificate students must submit a department-approved plan of study by the end of their first semester of graduate coursework. Doctoral students must submit an approved plan of study prior to completion of the first year of coursework. (See the Graduate Student Responsibility  section of this catalog.)

Note:  Credit granted for successful completion of a course toward an undergraduate degree program may not be repeated for a graduate degree. If a substitution is approved, the minimum number of program-approved graduate credits will be required. A Petition of Exception - OU Course Waiver/ Substitution requesting the substitution must be approved.

Transfer credits

Up to 6 graduate credits from other accredited colleges or universities may be applied to the Master of Education degree with faculty adviser approval. 

Michigan professional certification

Teachers with three years of successful teaching experience may be recommended for professional certification upon completion of 18 credits in a planned program in Teacher Development and Educational Studies consisting of: