Advisor: Joe Ramsey, Ph.D.
The Master of Arts in Social Foundations of Education program seeks students with a broad range of experience and goals both within and outside of professional education. SOFD students are eager to explore issues pertaining to quality of life: social and ecological justice, globalization, and the ethics of teaching in schools and society. The goal of the program is to strengthen and inform a commitment to education for participatory democracy in a pluralistic society. Graduate students in social foundations are expected to assess the complex forces—economic, historical, social and political—that shape the structure and control of education both nationally and internationally. Students also engage in a theoretical analysis of cultural diversity as it impacts the practices and processes of education and life in a democratic society.
This program is in compliance with the Standards for Academic and Professional Instruction in Foundations of Education, Education Studies and Education Policy as defined by the American Educational Studies Association.
Students pursuing the M.A. degree in Social Foundations of Education may choose one of three concentrations:
Cultural Studies, Education and Urban Contexts, which allows students to pursue individualized research interests, and provides an excellent preparation for advanced graduate study;
EcoJustice and Education (offered Online), which emphasizes analysis of the increasing destruction of the world’s diverse ecosystems, languages and cultures by the globalizing and ethnocentric forces of Western consumer culture, and explores reforms within public schools and universities required to stem the tide of these problems; and
Teaching for Diversity and Democracy, which explores issues such as gender, social class, and ethnicity as they relate to education by using theoretical frameworks and practical applications.
All concentrations equip students with the skills in qualitative or quantitative research so that they can analyze the social implications of educational policy, and can better understand the cultural, historical, political and ethical dimensions of education in a pluralistic society.
Eastern Michigan University’s advanced professional education program promotes inquiry, advocacy and leadership in education for a diverse and democratic society.
See the Teacher Education department page for specific admission requirements.
Retention requirements can be considered a mid-point check in the master’s degree program. It is necessary to successfully complete all retention requirements before proceeding with the remainder of the program.
To gain approval to proceed with exit requirements, each student must:
Complete a total of 12 but no more than 15 hours of graduate credit with an overall GPA of 3.0 or better;
In consultation with the advisor, establish a mid-point review committee consisting of three or four faculty members, two of whom must be from social foundations;
As a formative element of the student’s program, she/he will take and successfully complete a 1-credit thesis/culminating project planning course with her/his advisor. Part of this 1-credit course will entail a formative written assignment: The student will demonstrate understanding of key program learning outcomes by broadly situating her/his potential thesis/project in the context of the required SOFD courses. This assignment is intended to function formatively for the student, in the sense that it hoped to provide the student with an opportunity to develop the material required for a thesis/project proposal. This 1 credit course and assignment must be completed before the student can enroll for her/his thesis/culminating project course.