The master’s degree in Social Foundations of Education is an interdisciplinary degree that focuses on the diverse factors and social
issues that shape education. You will explore how historical, philosophical, sociocultural,
political, economic and international forces shape educational processes as well as
how education shapes society. Our graduates strive for a more equitable, just, peaceful
and democratic society and world and pursue careers as educators, leaders, community
activists, policy makers and analysts and research scholars.
To ensure maximum flexibility, courses in this 36-hour program are offered in varied
formats, such as online, face-to-face and hybrid. The five main areas of coursework
Social Foundations Core:Knowledge base in history of education, philosophy of education, sociology of education
and anthropology of education.
Social Foundations Electives: Social foundations and related fields to meet your specific interests.
Research and Inquiry: Basic knowledge and skill sets in research and inquiry.
Community Engagement and Advocacy (optional):Projects involving teacher activism, school-community partnerships, curriculum development
and grants to serve diverse initiatives (e.g, art, literacy, STEM).
Master’s Final Project:The culminating effort of the student’s Master of Arts degree.
You will have opportunities to conduct, present and publish research with faculty
and fellow students. Research interests of our experienced and internationally-known
faculty include comparative and international education, diversity and equity issues,
religions, gender studies and education policy and practice.