Degree Requirements

The Master’s degree in EFPP requires 30 semester hours of coursework, experience in an educational setting, and a comprehensive examination. Most courses are offered in the evenings. Master’s students can attend part-time or full-time, and typically complete the program within 2 years. All students must complete the program within a maximum of 4 years as required by the Graduate School.

Course Requirements

Please also consult the Educational Foundations, Policy and Practice Master’s Degree Plan.

A minimum of 30 semester hours of course work beyond the bachelor’s degree is required for the MA degree.

1. 12 hours in Educational Foundations
Courses selected from graduate level Education courses in Culture and Ethnography, Curriculum Theories, Education Policy, Ethics in Education, Gender Issues in Education, History of Education, Law and Policy, Philosophy of Education, Sociology of Education, and Theoretical Issues in Education Policy. (Note that EDUC 5005, Social Foundations of Education, is reserved for students in other programs who are pursuing a teaching certificate.)

2. 3-6 hours in Relevant Disciplines Outside the School of Education
Courses selected with advisor approval from graduate level courses in relevant disciplines outside the School of Education (e.g., 4000-level or higher courses in the Departments of Anthropology, Economics, History, Philosophy, Political Science, or Sociology).

3. 6 hours in Educational Research
Ordinarily entering master’s level students will take Basic Statistical Methods and Introduction to Disciplined Inquiry to meet this requirement. Those who have already taken one or more comparable courses can adjust their course of study accordingly.

4. 4-9 hours in Electives
Students elect the remaining 4-9 hours in consultation with their advisors, depending on the credit distribution in the above categories and the comprehensive examination choice (see Comprehensive Examination Guidelines).

Experience Requirement

Students who have no previous experience working as professional educators or researchers in U.S. schools must also obtain some appropriate school experience. Students will be required to spend a minimum of 25 hours in U.S. schools or another relevant educational setting. This should be arranged with the student’s advisor.

Comprehensive Examination

Please see the detailed EFPP MA Comprehensive Examination Guidelines.

Degree Plan

MA EFPP Degree Plan