Aug 22, 2019  
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
    
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog

Social Foundations and Community Education [M.A.]


Program Theme

The Master of Arts in Social Foundations and Community Education program seeks students with a broad range of experience and goals both within and outside of professional education. Our 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.

Program Description

Students pursuing the M.A. degree in Social Foundations and Community 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, Hybrid, and Face to Face), 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.

Model

Eastern Michigan University’s advanced professional education program promotes inquiry, advocacy and leadership in education for a diverse and democratic society.

 

Program Admission


Applicants must meet the following criteria

  • Meet the Graduate School admission requirements;
  • Hold a 2.75 undergraduate GPA or 3.0 in the last half of the undergraduate work or 3.3 GPA in 12 hours or more of work at the graduate level or a minimum 50th percentile on the Graduate Record Examination writing. International students must have a minimum score of 550 on the TOEFL; 
  • Teacher Certification
  • Furnish an analysis of professional goals written by the candidate. This analysis should include a description of how the chosen degree program will help meet the selected goals and how the candidate’s life experiences, accomplishments, and interests will contribute to his or her success in the program; and
  • Request and have submitted two letters of recommendation that address the candidate’s professional commitment, experience, and potential. The transcripts, analysis of goals and letters of recommendation should give evidence of potential for graduate-level scholarship.

Department Information


Teacher Education | Wendy Burke, Ph.D., Department Head | 313 Porter, 734.487.3260, wburke1@emich.edu

Advisor Information


Joe Ramsey, Ph.D., 313 Porter, 734.487.3260, pramsey1@emich.edu

Degree Requirements: 30 hours


Restricted Electives: 11 hours


 Select one option from the following

Option II: Teaching for Diversity and Democracy


Eleven hours from the following (at least one course from each group)

Option III: EcoJustice and Education


*offered online, see department for additional information.