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Master of Education - Educational Foundations and Policy Emphasis (M.Ed.)

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Program Overview

By adding an emphasis in Educational Foundations and Policy (EFP), students will expand their understanding of education in a diverse society and educational policy. Students in this emphasis will learn how to be change agents in their school districts and communities through examination of the historical, sociological, and philosophical aspects of education. This emphasis is also available as part of the Bridge Program for undergraduate students. 

Program Learning Outcomes

Based on principles from the Standards for Academic and Professional Instruction in Foundations of Education, Educational Studies, and Educational Policy Studies, the student learning outcomes include: 

  1. understand and apply disciplinary knowledge from the humanities and social sciences to interpret the meaning of education and schooling in diverse cultural contexts; 
  2. understand and apply normative perspectives on education and schooling; 
  3. understand and apply critical perspectives on education and schooling; 
  4. understand how moral principles related to democratic institutions can inform and direct schooling practice, leadership, and governance; 
  5. understand the full significance of diversity in a democratic society and how that bears on instruction, school leadership, and governance; 
  6. understand how philosophical and moral commitments affect the process of evaluation at all levels of schooling practice, leadership, and governance; 
  7. critically analyze current educational policies and practices at national, state, and local levels and their impacts on teaching, learning, and the assessment of P-16 students.

Program Information

  • Graduate students must complete their program within six (6) years of matriculation.
  • All required courses must be passed with a “B” (3.0) or better to be counted in the degree. If a student earns a “B-” (2.7) or below in a course, the course must be retaken. NO OTHER courses may be taken (even concurrently) until the grade has been raised to the minimum “B.” Failure to raise the grade in two (2) subsequent attempts will result in the student being dropped from the program. Students dropped from the program may apply for readmission after a period of five (5) years has passed.
  • Graduate students must earn a 3.0 GPA each semester. If the overall GPA falls below 3.0, the student will be placed on probation for one (1) semester. At the end of the probationary semester, if the GPA is not at or above 3.0, the student will be dropped from the program.

Bridge Master’s Elective Credit Option for Undergraduate Students

Up to 12 credits of graduate endorsement coursework may be used as M.Ed. electives. Any of the Bridge coursework must be completed prior to admission into the M.Ed. program. Transfer credits for an endorsement require official transcripts and evidence that the endorsement has been accepted by the USBE.

Any 4 of these 5 courses
EDUC 6600 - Sociology of Education   Fall 3
EDUC 6610 - Educational Policy and Politics   Spring 3
EDUC 6620 - Critical Pedagogy   Spring 3
EDUC 6630 - Democracy and Education   Summer 3
EDUC 6640 - Comparative Education   Summer 3
Total Allowable Credits 12

* All bridge coursework must be taken BEFORE starting the admittance process in the Master’s. Learners fulfill the Master’s admission requirements of two (2) years of teaching and “Currently Teaching” by maintaining a 3.0 GPA through all Bridge coursework. All coursework for the Master’s must be taken within a six (6) year window from the first class taken in the Bridge program to the M.Ed. completion.

Education - Educational Foundations and Policy Curriculum (33 Credits)

Capstone Requirements (6 Credits)

Educational Foundations and Policy Emphasis Requirements (12 Credits)

Select 12 credits from the following:

Total Credits, M.Ed. Degree: 33


Please note that some students may ultimately earn more credits than listed above for the master’s degree. If the capstone cannot be completed within one (1) semester, students must be enrolled continuously in EDUC 6931 - Capstone Master of Education Seminar  until completion.

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