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Department of Lifelong Education, Administration, and Policy

Known for pioneering work regionally, nationally, and internationally, the Department of Lifelong Education, Administration, and Policy includes three program areas:

Our faculty challenge and engage students in graduate programs focused on intellectual inquiry, research, and practice. Our programs prepare leaders who create and share knowledge and strategies to improve the quality of life of individuals and organizations.

Department faculty are recognized nationally and internationally for contributions in research and policy development. Our faculty members’ research includes action research, multicultural perspectives in adult education, education law, gender inequity, administration, school improvement, education policy, human resource and organizational development, the superintendency, and qualitative research methods.

Our faculty are also regular contributors to the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, have an active role in the development of the State of Education in Georgia annual conference, provide leadership in supporting the lifelong learning institute on campus, and provide training to adult literacy instructors throughout the state.


  • Educational Administration and Policy

    This program develops the careers of students who become leaders in educational administration, policy, and school systems.

  • Learning, Leadership, and Organization Development

    Prepare for a career in organizations related to the education of adults.

  • Qualitative Research Program

    Do you have an interest in the methodological, theoretical, and ethical procedures and challenges inherent to social science research and evaluation? Join us in contributing to the methodological and theoretical development of qualitative research and program evaluation.

Degree Programs

Double Dawgs
Combined Bachelor's and Master's Degrees

  • AB in Political Science / MEd in Educational Administration and Policy

    Hone your interest and expand your analytical and theoretical skills in preparation for law- and policy-oriented careers in a broad range of education organizations. The MEd curriculum builds on foundations of theory, method, and practice and addresses a range of contemporary education policy issues from an interdisciplinary lens.

Master of Education (MEd)

Educational Specialist (EdS)

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Non-Degree Programs

Certificate Programs

  • Certificate in Interdisciplinary Qualitative Studies

    This program is ideal for researchers and non-degree students who would like additional preparation in designing and conducting qualitative studies, and who may be called upon to teach qualitative research methods in their institutions.

  • Graduate Certificate in Complexity Leadership

    This certificate program is open to both degree and non-degree seeking graduate students and aims to integrate cutting-edge research on adult development along with adaptive and complexity leadership.

  • Graduate Certificate in Organization Coaching

    Open to all graduate students, this certificate program is designed for students pursuing a graduate degree in adult learning, leadership, and organization development, as well as those in other fields who want to be a certified organization coach. This certificate program is open to both degree and non-degree seeking graduate students in all fields and is designed for those wishing to become a certified organization coach.

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In addition to the following departmental scholarships, learn more about additional opportunities for financial assistance on our financial aid page .

Student Organizations

Graduate Student Network (GSN)

This organization provides a communication network to students, faculty, and professionals interested in lifelong learning. It also facilitates social/professional interaction among lifelong learners and supports adjunct learning experiences.

Members are graduate students in the Department of Lifelong Learning, Administration, and Policy.

Latest News

Faculty and Staff

Jami Royal Berry
Clinical Associate Professor
Karen Caldwell Bryant
Clinical Associate Professor
Allie Cox
Clinical Assistant Professor
John Dayton
Giovanni P. Dazzo
Assistant Professor
Kathleen P. deMarrais
Professor Emerita
Kaneshia Dorsan
Clinical Assistant Professor
Maureen Flint
Assistant Professor
Jamon H. Flowers
Clinical Assistant Professor
Seung-hyun (Caleb) Han
Associate Professor
Holly Newton Ivy
Student Affairs Professional II
Monica Johnson
Administrative Specialist I
Diann Olszowy Jones
Clinical Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator
Diana Lofton
Business Manager I
Henriette Lundgren
Assistant Professor
Kathryn J. Roulston
Professor and Department Head
Cynthia M Sims
Associate Professor
Walker A Swain
Associate Professor

Contact Info

Department Head: Kathy Roulston
River’s Crossing 850 College Station Road Athens, Georgia 30602
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