New Education Public Policy Leadership Certificate

New Education Public Policy Leadership Certificate

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New Education Public Policy Leadership Certificate is an interdisciplinary effort

The Patton College of Education, in collaboration with The Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, is launching a one-year online Education Public Policy Leadership Certificate (EPPLC) that will expose participants to real-world theoretical and practical instruction, as well as experiences in education public policy leadership studies.

This graduate-level program, which begins in 2019, will run on a January-to-December time frame and will culminate in a three-day networking residency in Washington, D.C.

“The EPPLC program promises to be a dynamic 12-month experience for students who seek more extensive knowledge about education public policymaking and advocacy,” said Dr. Dwan Robinson, chair of the Educational Studies Department. “It was created to expose professionals to real-world engagement with the theoretical and practical aspects of education public policy.”

This certificate is designed for professionals interested in education public policy, including those who work in K-12 education, higher education, lobbying, or legislative affairs, as well as individuals who hold positions with school boards, professional organizations, civic organizations, foundations, and in government agencies.

Upon completion, program participants will have a strong command of the education public policymaking process, including policy development, analysis, implementation, evaluation, and advocacy. Participants will be equipped with knowledge and skills that will increase their employability in the education public policy sphere.

“This program wouldn’t be possible without collaboration with The Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs,” said Renée A. Middleton, dean of The Patton College. “We knew that if we wanted to create the best certificate program, we needed to include experts in education and policy, and Dr. Mark Weinberg agreed. We both are very excited to work on this interdisciplinary effort.”

The program, which will offer five-week courses worth 1-2 credit hours apiece, requires 12 credit hours and will provide opportunities for online coursework and inquiry in education public policy. Ohio University faculty will deliver engaging course sessions with guest lectures from practitioners and leaders in varied aspects of public policy.

“The EPPLC program will facilitate greater understanding of the educational public policymaking and advocacy process,” said Robinson. “Anyone who participates will benefit.”

The deadline to apply for the first EPPLC cohort is Nov. 30, 2018. Interested candidates can apply here.

For more information about the program, please contact Dr. Dwan Robinson at or go to

This story was submitted by The Patton College of Education