Master of Arts in Educational Foundations

With a Socio-Cultural Studies emphasis

 

Socio-Cultural Studies of EducationFocus

Students in our Educational Foundations program will explore the socio-cultural and philosophical contexts of educational practice.

Flexible, interdisciplinary and individualized

Each student is encouraged to meet with a faculty advisor to design a program to study specific educational problems. Because educational issues tend to be complex, interdisciplinary inquiry is often a part of this concentration. The size of this program is controlled, providing students with a personally and professionally meaningful experience.

Our program mission is to help students:

  • Develop skills necessary for ongoing critical inquiry concerning ways that educational aims and practices reflect and emerge from taken-for-granted cultural assumptions as well as formal institutional and political policies.
  • Develop an understanding of the ways professional aims and practices are embedded in institutions and reflect their socio-historical contexts and cultural assumptions;
  • Increase awareness of historically pertinent and current issues related to schooling;
  • Develop an understanding of moral and political assumptions that affect schooling, and how these shape political relationships, particularly with regard to social justice and environmental sustainability;
  • Expand and refine academic discipline-based skills.

Requirements and Curriculum

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Core Courses (9 credits)

  • ED 6010 Intro to Research in Educational Settings
  • ES 6330 Education and Human Flourishing
  • ES 6340 Culture and Politics of Educational Institutions

Program Concentration (9 credits)

Students can take a variety of courses in and outside the department related to their chosen concentration. Courses can include:

  • ES 6030 Sociological and Philosophical Foundations
  • ES 6300 History of US Education
  • ES 6730 Class, Ethnicity, Gender in Education
  • ES 6750 Multicultural Education
  • ED 6980 Special Topics
  • ES 5850 Social Justice and Community Organizing

Curriculum Studies (3 credits)

  • ED 6280 Curriculum Theory
  • ED 6020 School Curriculum

Electives (6 credits)

  • Advisor approved graduate courses, normally from outside the department, which support a particular scholarly interest

Masters Thesis or Capstone (3-6 credits)

  • ED 7000 Masters Thesis
  • ED 6790 Capstone Project

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