Education Equity and Cultural Diversity

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Degrees Offered: PhD

Graduate study in the School of Education is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to master and critically analyze scholarship in the field of education and, particularly at the PhD level, to contribute to that scholarship. Students work with a collaborative faculty whose members combine nationally and internationally recognized senior scholars with a cadre of energetic up­and­coming junior scholars and whose overall scholarly productivity is among the top 20 of U.S. schools and colleges of education. The faculty share a commitment to two broad principles that unite graduate study across the school’s program areas: 1) evidence­based policy and practice, and 2) democracy, diversity and social justice.

Graduate MA and PhD programs are available in four general areas in the School of Education: Curriculum and Instruction (EDCI); Educational Equity and Cultural Diversity (EECD); Educational Foundations, Policy and Practice (EFPP); and Educational and Psychological Studies (EPSY). A PhD program is available in Research and Evaluation Methodology (REME). A joint PhD program is available in Educational Psychology and Learning Sciences and the Institute of Cognitive Science. Graduate programs combining the MA and teacher licensure are also available.

Graduate Studies

The Education, Equity and Cultural Diversity program offers a course of study devoted to the critical examination of theory, practice and policy in two major areas of emphasis: the education of culturally and linguistically diverse students and the education of exceptional children. The program stresses analysis, evaluation and implementation of educational programs for students who represent diverse learning needs within the public school system. School culture, language policies and the social and political context of schooling are examined across emphases. Policies that affect the assessment, placement and services provided for exceptional children also are examined. Program faculty offer courses in first and second language acquisition theory, program development for bilingual and English as a second language and methodologies appropriate for such programs. Faculty also offer courses in special education methodologies, assessment and program implementation. Additional related courses are available in other programs of the School of Education and in other departments of the university. The program is designed to train scholars, teachers, resource specialists and administrators for careers in academic institutions, public schools and federal and state agencies. Doctoral level preparation is research oriented and qualifies graduates to be curriculum specialists in school districts or faculty in university positions.