Masters of Education M.Ed.

Masters of Education M.Ed.
The Masters of Education program seeks to prepare graduate candidates for work with individuals growing up in urban areas with multifaceted problems in education, healthcare, childcare, law enforcement and corrections, and/or neighborhood changes.
Marsha Herron, Ph.D.
Chair of Education & Professional Programs 405-466-3569

The School of Education and Behavioral Sciences Master's Degree Programs (M.Ed) The Master of Education degree program is a multi-purpose program whose mission is to provide individuals who are already certified to teach or those who are certifiable with the knowledge, skills and dispositions that will enable them to successfully perform their duties. The duties include working with students growing up in urban areas with multifaceted problems in education, health care, child care,law enforcement and corrections, and/or neighborhood blight. The Master of Education degree provides five options: Educational Leadership Urban Education Elementary Education Bilingual/ Multicultural Education English As a Second Language.

Master of Education Goals/Objectives The Master of Education degree options in Bilingual/Multicultural Education, English As a Second Language, Elementary Education, Educational Leadership, and Urban Education anticipate the needs of the teaching profession to prepare for an increasingly multicultural urban clientele in which minority students are becoming the majority. Target populations are elementary and secondary teachers and others who recognize the necessity to develop special training skills which will enable them to respond to needs and develop potential of the ethnically diversified student body which will be the norm in the 21st century. Therefore, the following objectives for the Master of Education degree program have been established:

  1. To aid teachers in coping with special problems that they encounter in all urban experiences;
  2. To ensure that students understand and can apply appropriate methods of research and documentation;
  3. To provide a core of courses to ensure that the student understands the nature of the language the child brings with him/her and the ability to utilize it as a positive tool in teaching;
  4. To identify resources and develop curricula reflecting current research support in the four option areas;
  5. To understand methods and approaches of language acquisition and their implication for the classroom;
  6. To recognize and accept different patterns of child development within and between cultures in order to formulate realistic objectives

Purpose:  The masters of education program seek to prepare graduate candidates for work with individuals growing up in urban areas with multifaceted problems in education, healthcare, childcare, law enforcement and corrections, and/or neighborhood changes.

Philosophy: The Master of Education degree program is centered on the philosophy that members of public service professions serve best when they have a genuine commitment to high standards and professional responsibility. We infuse our curriculum with instruction related to our conceptual framework and encourage our candidates to not only commit to these tenants, but to integrate them in in practice. 

Five Program Options (Areas of Concentration)

The options or areas of concentration are the following:

1. Urban Education

2.Educational Leadership*

3. Bilingual/Multicultural Education

4. English As A Second Language

5. Elementary Education

*Denotes options not currently accepting new students

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Graduate Admission Requirements Application and Documentation

Application Deadlines 

Fall – April 1st

Spring – November 1st

Applicants for admission to the Graduate Program at Langston University must be admitted to Langston University and to the Graduate Program. The Office of Admissions is responsible for all matters pertaining to general admission to the university. Prior to enrollment in any graduate level course, a student must have been admitted to Langston University and to the Graduate Program in accordance with the standards listed below:

Admission to the Graduate Program requires that the applicant submit to the Assistant Director of Urban Enrollment:

1.    A completed application for admission to Langston University;

2.    A completed application package for admission to the Master of Education program; and

3.    Official transcripts from all previous undergraduate and graduate institutions.

The completed application forms and official transcripts should be submitted to the M.Ed Graduate Program. Forms are available with the Assistant Director of Urban Enrollment.

Langston University

Master of Education Graduate Program Coordinator

6700 N. Martin Luther King Avenue

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73111


Graduate Program Application - File Link Needed

All application materials will be used to assist the graduate faculty in determining the applicant’s admissibility to the program and determining the School’s ability to respond to the applicant’s professional objectives. All materials must be submitted before a final decision on admissibility is rendered.

The following information is required:

An Autobiographical Statement. 

1. References. The applicant should ask three individuals who know him/her well and who are in a position to evaluate his/her competence as a graduate student to fill out the forms and mail them directly to the M.Ed Graduate Program Coordinator.

2. Transcripts. The applicant should submit official transcripts reflecting a complete record of all college work (graduate and undergraduate). 

3. GRE score.  Applicants should have a copy of the official score on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) forwarded to the M.Ed Graduate Program Coordinator by the end of the first semester of matriculation.

Graduate Program faculty members make decisions regarding admission to the M.Ed Graduate Program and permission to enroll in graduate courses. Appeals concerning admission to the Graduate Program shall be submitted to the Chair of Education and Professional Programs. The Chair may seek the counsel of the Graduate Program Commission in considering such appeals. All inquiries regarding admission to the Graduate Programs should be addressed to the Assistant Director of Urban Enrollment.  All applications and credentials become the property of Langston University and are not returned to the applicant. 

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Graduate Student Handbook

Time Limit

The requirements for the master's degree must be completed within a period of six years starting with the first course (excluding leveling courses) counted toward the master's degree unless the director grants an extension of the time limit.

Course Load

A graduate student is allowed a maximum semester load of 9 hours and a maximum summer term load of 6 semester hours unless the director approves an overload.

Grade Requirement

Credit is given for grades of "A," "B," and "C." Every semester hour of "C," however, must be balanced by one of "A" since the student must maintain an average of "B" computed on all courses offered toward a degree. Courses with the grades of "D," "F," "I" (Incomplete), or "W" (Withdrawal) cannot be used to satisfy any of the requirements of a graduate degree, but they will be used to determine a student's academic standing.

A grade of "I" is given only when extenuating circumstances (hospitalization, personal injury, etc.) prevent a student from completing course requirements. The grade of "I" is given also when a student is engaged in a research project and additional time is required to complete the work. The grade of "I" must be replaced by a passing grade within one year or it is counted as an "F."

All courses taken for graduate credit will be counted in computing the student's grade point average to determine academic standing. Final examinations are required of all graduate students for all coursework.

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Transition Points through the Masters of Education Graduate Program

There are four transition points through the Masters of Education. It is the responsibility of the candidate to monitor completion of required coursework and submit proof of completed requirements as needed throughout each transition. Failure to meet the requirements in sequential order can result in delays in progress toward graduation. Advisors are willing and able to assist candidates in navigating the route through Professional Education. The course instructor, and advisors will monitor progress. The only way to progress through the transition points is to complete each portal in the electronic portfolio system.

All candidates are required to have an active electronic portfolio system via PASS-PORT, purchased online or through the LU bookstore. One account is used for all courses. Candidates are required to upload signature artifacts and field experiences to PASS-PORT as directed by their instructors and as outlined on the Master List. A PASS-PORT account is MANDATORY for every candidate. In the event that a candidate is passing a course and fails to submit the required PASS-PORT assignment(s) utilizing the PASS-PORT system, prior to the last day of class, the candidate will receive a failing grade for the course. To successfully complete ED 5883 Capstone Seminar candidates are required to create and present a portfolio presentation and pass the comprehensive exam.

The Master List outlines the documents required throughout the program. The course instructors and advisor will ensure the submission and scoring of signature artifacts. 

Portal 1: Admission  

Portal 2: Pre-Candidacy – Complete 9 hours; there should be 1 signature artifact and 2  

   Disposition Evaluations should be in PASS-PORT. 

Portal 3: Candidacy – 21 hours: 3 signature artifacts 30 hours: 4 signature artifacts and 4 

               Disposition Evaluations

Portal 4: Capstone – 36 hours: 5 signature artifacts and 4 Disposition Evaluations

Plan of Study - Degree Sheet

Masters of Education Courses













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Field Experience: Practicum 

UED 5283 Practicum - Prerequisites: Nine (9) hours of Urban Education

Practicum experiences are designed to give candidates guided experiences working with youth in urban school settings or urban community spaces. Practicum experiences are collaboratively developed with graduate faculty, the Director of Accreditation and Clinical Partnerships, partner schools and organizations. Within practicum experiences candidates receive opportunities to (1) engage with youth, (2) observe and interact with teachers who model high quality instruction and respectful interactions with youth, (3) understand how schools or organizations are organized to assist the communities they serve, and (4) practice learned skills, and receive feedback as they develop and refine their repertoire.

The Master of Education Program requires all candidates to adhere to standards of professional conduct as outlined in the Disposition Evaluation based on the Conceptual Framework, Teacher as Decision Maker and state and national standards of performance for educators (see Appendix 2). Standards of professional conduct, or professionalism, is outlined below and includes dress, attendance, ethical behavior, respect, responsibility and leadership.

Background Check ($20)

In April 2001, the Oklahoma legislature passed a law stating that any person seeking a teaching license shall have “on file with the Board [Oklahoma State Department of Education: OSDE] a current Oklahoma criminal history record from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) as well as a national fingerprint based criminal history record provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.” 

Therefore, all individuals visiting schools or community settings on behalf of Langston University are required to submit to a background. The cost of the background check is approximately $20 per year through the OSBI. 

NOTE: Individuals convicted of a felony or of a crime involving moral turpitude are NOT eligible to complete Practicum hours. 

Membership in a Professional Organization ($15-$30)

The PEU requires all preservice teachers/candidates to maintain a yearly membership in an Oklahoma professional education organization. Membership provides many benefits related to professional development opportunities, networking, discounts, and professional liability insurance. Evidence of membership is required PRIOR to participation in field experiences, service learning, and clinical practice.

*Note – Proof of a COMPLETED Background Check, Background Check Authorization, Passport Request Form, Proof of Passport Purchase, and Membership in a professional organization must be posted in the appropriate D2L dropbox by 12:00 pm on the first Friday of class. Failure to meet these course requirements will result in course dismissal, as you will be unable to fulfill the requirements of the course. THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS POLICY.

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 Faculty/Staff/Campus Contact Information





Campus/Office Location

Contact Information

Dr. Ruth Ray Jackson

Dean, School of Education and Behavioral Sciences

Langston - Sanford Hall, 202W

(405) 466-3265

Dr. Marsha Herron

Chair, Education and Professional Programs

Langston - Sanford Hall, 206E

(405) 466-3569


M.Ed. Graduate Program Coordinator


(405) 530-7523


Director of Accreditation & Clinical Partnerships

Langston - Sanford Hall, 210W

(405) 466-3267

Dr. Orlenthea McGowan


LU Tulsa, 100

(918) 877-8159


Administrative Assistant – Graduate Program


(405) 530- 7521

Ms. Jennifer Myrick

Administrative Specialist – SoEBS

Langston - Sanford Hall, 203W

(405) 466-3382

Ms. Ruth Washington


LU Tulsa, 108

(918) 877- 8155


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