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The Transformative Education program blends a core set of courses that encompass important educational issues with a choice of concentrations that provide both conceptual and practical benefits for educators and the students they serve, giving educators the capacity to synthesize research with knowledge of their students to make professional decisions. The program aims to develop educators who are innovative scholar-practitioners, collaborative leaders, and advocates for equity and social justice.

The program is open to both students with existing teaching licensure and those who do not have an existing license. This degree does not lead to an initial license to teach.

Course Requirements


The 15-credit concentration is a series of courses identified by the student in consultation with the advisor that follows a topical content area or theme. Students are strongly recommended to take any state licensure or endorsement, university certificate, or planned concentration program. Students are encouraged to consult with their advisor or with the program director about what sequence of courses would fulfill particular certifications, endorsements, or licensure requirements.

Concentration in Social Justice & Equity Education (15 hours)

The Concentration in Social Justice & Equity Education introduces students to diverse, multiple perspectives in educational studies and prepares students to think critically about current school practices, about larger issue concerning education in communities and society, and about the potential connections among schooling, community, society, and culture by using the guiding ethics and principles embedded in the constructs of social justice and equity.

  • EDL 624 Ethics and Values in Education (3)
  • EDL 629 History of Education (3)
  • EDL 639 Curriculum Theory and Program Development (3)
  • EDL 647 Curriculum & Cultural Studies (3)
  • One additional 600 or 700 level course in EDL (3)

Self-Created Concentration

Students can create a self-selected concentration of 15 graduate-level credits based on their own professional interests and needs.

Related Endorsements

Provides the very latest in research and expertise for working with emergent and striving readers, including a supervised practicum. Endorsement certificate also provides insights into sociopolitical, cultural, and linguistic factors that affect literacy, and research practices that inform assessment and instructional design.
Enables candidates who hold an Ohio Middle Childhood license to teach one or two additional core subjects in Grades 4-6.

Related Graduate Certificates

Miami University offers several Graduate Certificates which function as a specialty area in a program. Graduate Certificates are noted on students’ transcripts.

Assessment and Evaluation

This certificate enables educators and other professionals to develop in-depth expertise in real-world application of education evaluation, including testing. Upon completion of the certificate, students will have gained a comprehensive understanding of outcome measures. Offered by the Department of Educational Psychology.

Instructional Design and Educational Technology

This 12- hour graduate certificate program provides K-12 educators and Instructional Designers with core knowledge about the processes involved in the design, development and integration of technology-based instructional media, methods and systems. Offered by the Department of Educational Psychology.

Interactive Media Studies 

This 16-hour graduate certificate program is designed for graduate students and working professionals who wish to gain knowledge about and develop management and leadership skills in developing digital media for social and organizational applications. Offered by the Armstrong Institute for Interactive Media Studies.

Additional certificates are available in the following areas. Note that these certificates are largely taught on the Oxford campus, and some courses are only offered during day-time hours.

  • Applied Statistics
  • Certificate in College Teaching
  • Ecology
  • Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
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