Feb 25, 2024  
University Catalog 2023-2024 
    
University Catalog 2023-2024

Educational Foundations, M.A.

Location(s): Main Campus


The Master of Arts degree in Educational Foundations is an interdisciplinary academic program which draws on conceptual frameworks and methodologies from the humanities, social sciences, and behavioral science. This degree program is designed to prepare teachers and other educational professionals (e.g. psychologists, counselors, and administrators working in schools, government, business, or civic agencies) to understand and respond to the social contexts that give meaning to education both in and out of schools. Coursework is offered in history of education, urban schooling theories, educational sociology, policy and politics of education, queer studies in education, anthropology of education, and related theories of human development. This coursework provides students with opportunities to acquire interpretive, normative, and critical perspectives on education through rigorous study and research experience.

Admission to the Program

In addition to University requirements for admission to graduate study, applicants must have

  • a 2.75 grade point average in the last 60 semester units attempted,
  • OPTIONAL: two letters of recommendation (one should be from a former professor or instructor who can speak to the candidate’s readiness for graduate level study),
  • along with a personal statement, and
  • an interview.

Requirement for the Degree

A minimum of 17 of the 33 units must be in 5000-level courses and at least 17 units must consist of education courses. Refer to course description of variable unit course for restrictions on credit limit.


 Learning Outcomes   Roadmap  

Requirement for the Degree (33 units)


Requirements for the Core (21 units)


Other Electives (8 or 12 units)


Select courses with advisor approval. (Again, a minimum of 9 units of 5000-level EDFN electives are required for all students as described above.)

Culminating Experience (0 or 4 units)


Select one of the following combinations of courses to meet the culminating experience requirement.