Overview of Graduate Studies - School of Education

The School of Education – Graduate Studies offers several masters and doctoral programs. The university is a strong teacher-education institution in the state, and has provided numerous teachers, principals, superintendents and administrators for schools and colleges in the surrounding area.

The professors in the School of Education – Graduates Studies are specialists in their fields and who are serious about helping you to become the best educational leader possible.  They possess both academic and life experiences that bring meaningful, relevant knowledge to effectively guides and stimulates learning.

Our classes are small and we care about your growth as an educator and a person. The heart of our mission is to enable servant leaders to positively influence the next generation of learners.

The OCU School of Education promotes development of effective educators who master knowledge (Head), skills (Hands), and dispositions (Heart) which enable servant leaders to positively impact the next generation of learners.

The Mission of the School of Education at OCU is to be a collaborative learning community dedicated to:

  • Academic knowledge, technological skills, pedagogical proficiency, and lifelong learning;
  • The preparation for gainful employment through academic excellence
  • The promotion of Christian ethical and moral values;
  • The enhancement of each student practitioner’s intellectual, physical, spiritual, and social development; and
  • Community service through positive leadership.

Conceptual Framework and Graduate Program Objectives

The purpose of the Conceptual Framework (CF) as it relates to graduate studies in the School of Education (SoE) is to provide a foundation and organizational system through which candidates accomplish the primary objective of the program.

This objective is to advance the knowledge, skills, and disposition of those serving in leadership positions in the educational and business communities.

The OCU School of Education promotes development of effective educators who master knowledge, skills, and dispositions which enable servant leaders to positively impact the next generation of learners.  The learning outcomes that flow out of the primary objective are to develop a student that:

  • has advanced skills in one’s specialized content area(s) and has the knowledge of and uses the tools of inquiry as part of the on-going educational process while demonstrating ethical leadership in creating positive working or learning environments for employers and students;
  • has advanced knowledge of human development and uses the information to support the advancement of humankind’s intellectual, social, and personal development within a business or educational community environment;
  • has an in-depth understanding of diversity issues in life and their inherent value;
  • models a variety of current leadership skills that assist employees/students to become critical thinkers and analytical problem solvers;
  • guides, facilitates, and supports the success of all learners by providing leadership in curriculum development learning assessment, instructional supervision, and program evaluation conducive to student learning, personnel professional growth, and district and organizational accountability;
  • uses collaboration within a positive organizational or learning environment with his or her employees, students, and work community;
  • effectively uses a variety of communication techniques that foster inquiry and collaboration within the work environment;
  • develops a leadership style that incorporates technological delivery systems with colleagues that enhance business and educational communication and community support;
  • reflects on his or her leadership techniques and styles and experiences and adapts them to meet business, education, or community needs as he or she flourishes professionally through active participation in professional organizations, community organizations, and community service activities; and
  • serves the community and assists as a community resource person in the community in which he or she is employed.


Diversity in the Oakland City University School of Education 




The School of Education is committed to a core set of values that are reflected in a culture that promotes development of personal and professional integrity and engagement for the benefit of our society.  As an academic community, the faculty and staff of the School of Education values:

  • Diversity in all of its manifests
  • Respect for the individual and deviating perspectives that challenge us
  • Collaboration
  • Creativity in thought and action
    To further the mission of diversity in the School of Education, SOE has a primary goal that: Encourages and supports an environment which presents and values diversity defined in accordance with CAEP Professional Standards as differences among groups of people and individuals based on ethnicity, race, socioeconomic status, gender, exceptionalities, language, religion, sexual orientation, and geographic area.

Program Format


The curriculum is designed to be delivered over a four (4) semester matriculation process for the Ed. S. program and seven (7) semester matriculation process for the Ed.D. programs. Each fall and spring semester is sixteen weeks long and is divided into two eight (8) week terms.  During the fall and spring semesters, each graduate student can take six (6) to twelve (12) hours of credit depending on the program of study.  Any overloads will need to be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies. Course delivery includes intensive performance based and research based coursework monitored by faculty and delivered online using E-Learning Center Moodle System.

Each summer semester is divided into two (2) week-long sessions and are held in the morning (8am -12 noon) and/or in the afternoon (1pm to 5pm).  Student can complete up to four (4) classes during the summer sessions.  This time frame is the actual seat time for courses.  Most courses will require assignments prior to and after the actual seat time.  Courses are completed within two weeks during the summer term to fulfill the residency requirement.

MASTER’S Programs

Course delivery includes intensive classroom work, individual projects monitored by faculty, and delivery of content and sharing of information among cohort members face to face and supported by various technological methods.  Courses during the fall and spring terms are held in the mornings (8a.m. to 12 noon) and/or in the afternoon (1p.m. to 5p.m.) every other Saturday for six Saturdays.

Each summer semester is divided into two (2) week long sessions and are held in the morning (8am -12 noon) and/or in the afternoon (1pm to 5pm).  Student can complete up to four (4) classes during the summer sessions.  This time frame is the actual seat time for courses.  Most courses will require assignments prior to and after the actual seat time.

Application Process and Admissions Forms

Return completed admissions portfolio to:

Dr. Nancy Miller, Director, School of Education Graduate Studies, Oakland City University, 138 N Lucretia, Oakland City, IN  47660

Character Reference

Character reference are required from persons who are willing to attest to the candidate’s suitability as a practicing educator and building administrator. About of references varies depending on the program. Check your program to get the specific information. 

Writing Sample

Submit a writing sample from a master’s program or essay that reconciles your personal goals with the objectives of the Master’s program as reflected in the OCU Mission Statement and relate specifically to area of leadership interest. 

Current Resume

Resume should include work experience, educational background, professional experience, professional activities, honors received, professional publications or presentations, community service and other relevant information relating to the applicant’s leadership background.

Official Transcripts

Applicants must submit official transcripts for all contributing institutions indicating an appropriate degree has been attained from a regionally accredited institution.  This includes undergraduate and graduate coursework from all institutions. Transcripts marked “Issued to Student” are not acceptable.  Official transcripts can be sent electronically directly to Dr. Nancy Miller, Director of Graduate Studies, 138 N. Lucretia Street, Oakland City, IN  47660.


Submit Application for Doctoral programs or Master’s Programs.  Apply Online.

Concentration Declaration

The purpose of the Concentration Declaration is to establish your program of study intent and to create your student profile. This document must be completed by all students.  If you change your program of study, you would need to complete a new Concentration Declaration.

FERPA Release

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 concerns access to records maintained by educational institutions and agencies and the release of such records.  Please complete the FERPA form online to release any information concerning student file, student account, financial aid, or loans.

To access FERPA Release form online:

  1. Go to the OCU website, intranet.oak.edu.
  2. From the “Current Students” drop-down list, select “Resources”.
  3. Under “Academic Resources”, select FERPA form.

Copy of License

Supply a copy of a current teaching or administrative license.  (If applicable)

Transfer Credits

Credit transfer must be approved by the graduate faculty of the respective School.  For licensure only programs a maximum of one-third the hours may be accepted if they meet the requirements of the program and state licensure requirements.  Any course with a grade below B- will not be transferred.

Financial Aid and Tuition

Eligible graduate students enrolled in the graduate program can borrow student loans to help ease the burden of paying for their graduate degree.  Student loans are offered through the Federal Direct Loan Program.  For more information, please contact the Financial Aid Office at http://www.oak.edu/financial-aid/index.php or call 812.749.1224.

Books and Materials

Cost of books and materials vary each semester.  Each syllabus provides a list of required book(s) and materials necessary for the course.  For more information, please contact the Book store at http://www.oak.edu/bookstore or call 812-749-1403.