MA in Educational Foundations, Policy and Practice (EFPP)

The Master’s program in Educational Foundations, Policy, and Practice (EFPP) includes three possible concentrations, each with a different focus, but all of which engage students in a critical examination of the relations among education, society, culture, and government, with special emphasis on problems of race, ethnicity, social class, gender, sexual diversity, and multiculturalism. The program stresses analysis of educational theory, policy, and practice by drawing on the humanities and the social sciences. Its foundation is critical scholarship, which examines educational institutions within broad social, political, cultural, legal, and economic contexts in the United States. Program faculty members offer courses in social, cultural, historical, legal, and philosophical foundations of education; policy analysis; evaluation; and curriculum theory. Additional related courses are available in other programs within the School of Education and in other departments of the university.

EFPP has designed its MA as a flexible program with a relatively small size, to encourage strong and enduring relationships among students and faculty. The class cohorts represent a wide spectrum of undergraduate majors, geographic locations, previous experiences, and cultural backgrounds. These diverse perspectives enrich the educational environment and expand social awareness.

All MA concentrations are designed to prepare graduates for diverse roles as educators, advocates, or policy analysts in schools, government agencies, think tanks, policy organizations, community organizations, or institutions of higher education. This program also prepares graduates to pursue Ph.D. work.

MA Concentration 1: Community-Based Change

Students pursuing an M.A. focused on community-based change will pursue a course of study to develop expertise in policy analysis, research methods, and program evaluation, as well as specific areas of inquiry such as the process of school reform and the development of partnerships between community members and external participants. This strand of the EFPP M.A. program is specifically geared toward educators, parents, and other community members who wish to gain skills and knowledge that will assist them in becoming powerful advocates for high-quality, equitable education.

Key foundations courses in this concentration include but are not limited to Sociology of Education, Ethics in Education, History of American Education, Law and Policy, African American Issues in Education.)

MA Concentration 2: Evaluation and Policy Analysis

Students pursuing an M.A. focused on educational evaluation and policy analysis will pursue a course of study to develop expertise in policy analysis, research methods, and program evaluation, as well as specific areas of inquiry such as the process of school reform and the development of more equitable education policies. The program is designed to prepare evaluators, and policy analysts for careers in academic institutions and agencies at the state and federal levels. Graduates will be able to analyze, recommend, and evaluate public policies effectively.

Key courses in this concentration include but are not limited to Education Evaluation, Policy Issues in Education, Philosophy of Education, Law and Policy, and Theoretical Issues in Education Policy.)

MA Concentration Three: Higher Education and Policy

Students pursuing an MA focused on higher education and policy will pursue a course of study to develop broad expertise in foundational sociopolitical issues that affect higher education, policy analysis, and research methods, as well as specific areas of inquiry such as college access and equity and the development of more equitable higher education policies. This strand of the EFPP MA program is geared toward those interested in pursuing positions in higher education administration and student affairs work focused on areas such as pre-collegiate programs, college access, diversity programming, student affairs and advocacy, as well as with nonprofit organizations and government agencies that shape and analyze higher education policy. Coursework provides a broad understanding of education policy and program evaluation, supplemented by classes specific to higher education. This curriculum enables students to gain understandings of the historical, philosophical, and social context of higher education in the United States, especially as related to issues of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual diversity, language, and immigration status, and how this context affects equality of educational opportunity, student experiences, and leadership in colleges and universities.

Key courses in this concentration include but are not limited to Higher Education in the United States, History of American Public Education, Law and Policy, and Theoretical Issues in Education Policy.)