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. 15 hours in Educational Foundations

Courses selected from graduate level Education courses in African American Issues in Education, Culture and Ethnography, Curriculum Theories, Education Evaluation, Policy Issues in Education, Ethics in Education, Gender Issues in Education, Higher Education in the United States, History of American Education, Law and Policy, Philosophy of Education, Philosophical Issues in Education Research, Psychological Foundations of Education, Sociology of Education, Spirituality and 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 hours in Relevant Disciplines Outside the School of Education

Courses selected with advisor approval from graduate level courses in relevant disciplines and colleges at CU-Boulder outside the School of Education. 

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 work with advisors to adjust their course of study accordingly.

4. 6 hours in Electives

Students elect the remaining 6 hours in consultation with their advisors, depending on the credit distribution in the above categories and the comprehensive examination choice (see Comprehensive Examination Guidelines).

5.  Experience Requirement (non-credit)

Students who have no previous experience working as professional educators or researchers in U.S. schools, after school settings, or institutions of higher education must also obtain appropriate practical experience. Students will be required to spend a minimum of 25 hours in U.S. schools, institutions of higher education, or another relevant out-of-school educational setting. This should be arranged with and approved by the student’s advisor.

Examples of practical experiences in K-12 and out-of-school settings include tutoring or mentoring students through a community organization, assisting teachers and other educators in school and after school programs, working with students within educational programs in other educational settings such as museums, athletics, and camps.

Examples of practical experiences in institutions of higher education include working with professional higher education organizations, college and university offices and programs, committee work, and tutoring or mentoring college students.

Comprehensive Examination

Please see the detailed EFPP MA Comprehensive Examination Guidelines.

Degree Plan

MA EFPP Degree Plan