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Degrees Offered: MA 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 Educational Foundations, Policy and Practice (EFPP) program critically examinesthe relationships between education, society, culture and government, with special emphasis on problems of race, gender, social class and multiculturalism. The program stresses analysis and evaluation of educational theory, practice and policy, by drawing on philosophy 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 offer courses in social, cultural, historical and philosophical foundations; policy analysis; evaluation; and curriculum theory. 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, evaluators and policy analysts for careers in academic institutions and agencies at the state and federal levels.