Department of Educational Studies

Academic Programs

The Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership houses four degree programs and one certificate program. Below you will find more information about each program. 

Graduate programs

The Department of Educational Studies offers the following graduate programs (Masters, Ed.D., and Ph.D.):


The Educational Administration and Supervision program develops effective and dynamic leaders for the field of PreK-12 education—leaders who are collaborative, resourceful, and creative problem solvers. EDAS students prepare for practice by mastering knowledge, practicing skills and developing moral and ethical standards for leadership. The program is designed to develop instructional leaders who can use data for school improvement to enhance student learning. Students have a well-balanced experience in leadership theory and research design as well as in the practical experiences that prepare them for the roles of leadership in America’s schools.  Ohio licensure is available with additional coursework beyond the degree program.

M.Ed.: Master of Education in Administration and Supervision
Doctor of Education in Administration and Supervision
Ed.S.: Educational Specialist in Administration and Supervision


Educational psychology is devoted to the study of the psychological dimensions of education, teaching, learning, and human development. The program offers both M.A. Degrees and Ph.D. Degrees. Each degree incorporates the most recent trends in psychology with implications and applications for education and other social service settings.  Graduates of the program find employment in university teaching and research, government agencies, and business. 

M.Ed.: Master of Education in Educational Psychology
Ph.D.: Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Psychology


The program offers MA and Ph.D. degrees in Educational Research and Measurement with specializations in measurement, program evaluation, qualitative research methods, and statistics. The core goal of the program is the development of expertise in the design, execution, and interpretation of applied research, both quantitative and qualitative, and a deep understanding of the theoretical foundations of research and measurement. Graduates of the program are employed in a variety of jobs, both academic and professional, that involve research, measurement, program evaluation, and statistical analysis.  There is currently significant demand for individuals with this expertise in university teaching and research, educational institutions, business, and government. 

M.Ed.: Master of Education in Research and Measurement
Ph.D.: Doctor of Philosophy in Research and Measurement



The program offers both M.A. Degrees and Ph.D. Degrees within four concentrations: the philosophy of education, history of education, educational sociology, and interdisciplinary foundations of education. Additionally, the program offers an online certificate in peace pedagogy. The strength of the faculty and thus the current organizing focus of these concentrations is social justice. We seek to critically examine the multidimensional nature of justice and education in a way that explores the basic assumptions, policies, and practices of our educational institutions in order to contribute to the creation of a more just, peaceful, and democratic society and world.  We believe that at the core of an education for democracy and justice is the capacity for critical reflection.  Reflection is a process of examination and analysis that is significantly informed by an understanding of the phenomena that underlie and contextualize educational ideas, practices and problems.  We seek to understand education as it is shaped by social, cultural, and ideological forces in order to enhance the reflective practice and thus decision making of educators, leaders, and scholars.

M.Ed.: Master of Education in Educational Theory and Social Foundations (ETSF)
Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Theory and Social Foundations (ETSF)


The Higher Education Program at The University of Toledo prepares master's and doctoral students to become leaders who will shape the future of American public and private higher education.

M.Ed.: Master of Higher Education (On Campus Track)
M.Ed.: Master of Higher Education (Online)
Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education


The Educational Technology Program at the University of Toledo was established to prepare Educational Technology professionals at the masters (M.Ed.) and doctoral (Ph.D.) levels and is designed to meet the needs of those desiring to become specialists in the field of educational technology. The Area of Educational Technology at The University of Toledo is an academic degree area with faculty members in the department of Curriculum and Instruction. The area provides courses and degree work in a variety of educational technologies with emphases in graduate teacher education, instructional design, multimedia and web design, using the internet in the classroom, developing computer-based and web-based instruction, designing instruction for diverse learner populations, and technology management for P-12 education.

M.Ed.: Master of Educational Technology
Ph.D.: Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction (ED TECH concentration)


Graduate certificates


The Online Foundations of Peace Education Graduate Certificate program is designed for educational professionals working in a variety of educational environments, ranging from P-12 schools, community colleges, universities, and non-governmental organizations. The program requires completion of four (12 semester hours) of graduate courses. All courses are offered online (distance learning). Twelve credit hours earned by a non-degree seeking graduate certificate course credit may be applied toward the Masters programs in Educational Psychology (FEEP) or Educational Theory and Social Foundations (ETSF, FOED, FEPE, FEES) or the Doctoral degree in Educational Foundations; however, an admission application to these programs must be field separately. This certificate will provide students with the concepts, skills, and values to infuse peace education throughout the curriculum, thereby providing them with greater opportunities to be hired in a variety of educational settings.

Certificate: Online Graduate Certificate in the Foundations of Peace Education 


The Graduate Certificate in Culture and Change in Institutions program is designed for professionals working in formal and informal educational environments, including P-12 schools, community colleges, universities, social service agencies, and other organizations. Courses in the certificate program foster awareness and understanding of culture and power, and also deliver practical strategies and techniques for individuals working in institutional settings to contribute to dynamic institutional culture that extends access and privilege to individuals from all cultural backgrounds and supports enactment of our national democratic values.



UT’s educational assessment specialist graduate certificate program is intended to help teachers, administrators, and other education professionals meet the challenges of the modern school, promote student learning, and improve outcomes for diverse populations. The program gives students the skills necessary to thrive in our evolving educational environment. Students learn to meet the data-informed decision-making and accountability challenges that are a growing focus in the field. Coursework is a mix of online classes and a hands-on practicum at the student’s location. This program contains on-ground educational experiences at the student’s location; if you plan to complete this requirement outside of Ohio, please check your State's Status to see whether UT is authorized to provide those experiences.


The graduate certificate for principal licensure requires students to complete 21 semester hours of coursework comprised of the Educational Administration and Supervision’s 7 core graduate level courses and 220 hours of field experience.  Courses are offered face- to-face, distance learning, and blended.

higher education administration certificate

The Certificate in Higher Education Administration is designed for students interested in studying institutional administration and higher education learning environments. Course focus the administration, governance, and operation of institutions of higher education, as well as student growth and the creation of beneficial learning environments for all members of the academic community.  The Certificate is a 12-semester hour program. The certificate is available to students from any major and courses may be included as part of a master's  program with the approval of the faculty advisor.  Coursework is completed online. 


The Certificate in Diversity is designed to provide students with the knowledge and understanding of different aspects of diversity, such as theory, understanding, personal communication, and exploring the various dimensions, and application of diversity. The program is offered in partnership with the Office of Equity, Diversity and Community Engagement. 

The Certificate is a 12-semester hour program. The certificate is available to students from any major and courses may be included as part of a master's  or doctoral program with the approval of the faculty advisor. Coursework is completed online. 





Last Updated: 4/29/20