Apr 15, 2021  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [Working Draft] 
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [Working Draft]

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.


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


This program is available online. International applicants should check with International Admissions or program advisor before applying.

Program Admission

Applicants must meet the minimum Graduate School admission requirements (see Graduate Admissions or International Admissions) and complete a Graduate Application.

Applicants must also meet the following program requirements:

  • Satisfy one of the following:
    • Hold a 2.75 undergraduate GPA
    • 3.0 GPA in the last half of the undergraduate work
    • 3.3 GPA in 12 hours or more of work at the graduate level
    • a minimum 2.7 undergraduate GPA and 50th percentile on the Graduate Record Examination writing
  • 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.
  • 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.