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Graduate Record 2018-2019 
    
Graduate Record 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED RECORD]

Social Foundations


Educational Psychology: Social Foundations of Education - Master of Education

Program Overview:

The M.Ed. program in Social Foundations offers an interdisciplinary course of study that explores the interrelationship between education, schooling, and society. Drawing on the social sciences and humanities, students study issues of culture, class, race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality in education broadly and critically both in the U.S. and around the world. 

Social Foundations embraces traditional disciplinary approaches in analyzing and interpreting education. It also vigorously promotes an interdisciplinary approach utilizing a variety of research methods to explore complex questions and issues in education. Our program provides a synergistic and flexible curriculum that exposes students to historical, anthropological, philosophical, and sociological approaches to understanding and researching education and schooling.

Total Number of Credits Required

A minimum of 30 semester-hours of graduate course credit must be completed to earn an M.Ed. Up to 6 semester-hours of graduate credit taken prior to admission may be counted toward the degree, as long as courses are current and related to the program of study. Only 3 credits of independent study may be counted toward degree requirements.

List of Required Courses may include

EDLF 7601  Social Foundations of Education (3 credits)

and four of the following core courses:  

EDLF 7602  History of American Education (3 credits)

EDLF 7603  Philosophy of Education (3 credits)

EDLF 7604  Sociology of Education (3 credits)

EDLF 7605  Anthropology of Education (3 credits)

EDLF 7606  Comparative Education (3 credits)

Electives

Fifteen semester-hours (electives) may be earned in other courses offered by the school or university. These should be selected in consultation with the student’s advisor so as to provide strength in the student’s specific area of academic and/or professional interest.

Students may elect to do more intensive work in history, philosophy, sociology, or anthropology of education by taking further courses in these areas as well as in the university departments of history, philosophy, sociology, or anthropology. Others might want to build their program around an area of practical educational interest, such as work relating to comparative education, critical educational policy, and/or multicultural education.

Culminating Experience

The comprehensive exam is in the form of a research paper developed during the student’s time in the program.  In their final semester of coursework, students submit to 20-25 research page paper that will be evaluated by Social Foundations faculty.  

 

Educational Psychology: Social Foundations of Education - Doctor of Philosophy 

Program Overview

The Ph.D. program in Social Foundations of Education offers an interdisciplinary course of study that explores the interrelationship between education, schooling, and society. The task of Social Foundations is to examine issues that reach beyond the given roles and goals of educational specialists and practitioners. In this context, education and schooling are viewed broadly and critically within social, cultural, and intellectual currents both in the U.S. and abroad.

While Social Foundations in the Curry School of Education embraces traditional disciplinary approaches in analyzing and interpreting education, it also vigorously promotes an interdisciplinary approach utilizing a variety of research methods to explore complex questions and issues in education. Social Foundations provides a synergistic and flexible curriculum that exposes students to sociological, anthropological, and historical approaches to understanding and researching education and schooling. Social Foundations seeks not only to educate and mentor students to become good academics, but also to provide students with theoretical understandings that will enable them to become scholars and intellectuals.

Total Number of Courses Required

Students must complete 72 credits beyond the Bachelor’s degree in accordance with program requirements and in consultation with their advisor. Students may transfer up to 24 hours from their master’s degree into the Social Foundations Ph.D. program. 

List of Courses Required may include

EDLF 7601: Social Foundations of Education (3 credits)

and twelve (12) additional credits chosen from the Social Foundations Core:

EDLF 7602: History of American Education (3 credits)

EDLF 7603: Philosophy of Education (3 credits)

EDLF 7604: Sociology of Education (3 credits)

EDLF 7605: Anthropology of Education (3 credits)

EDLF 7606: Comparative Education (3 credits)

Other Courses

In addition, students must complete twelve (12) research methods credits, at least three (3) of which must be in quantitative research methods. Students must also complete six (6) credits in the form of independent studies or supervised research. At least twelve credits of dissertation work must be completed.

Culminating Experience

Ph.D. students must successfully complete a dissertation study in accordance with the Curry School of Education Ph.D. dissertation guidelines.