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Educational Studies

Courses & Requirements

Students will make final course selections in consultation with an advisor. Suggested course options are listed for non-required courses in each category. Other appropriate courses may be considered.

Course Requirements: 10 Courses
1 Course in Human Development:
  • ED 130 Human Development and Learning
  • ED 142 Education of the Exceptional Child
  • CD 155 Language Development

3 Courses in Social and Cultural Foundations**
Students will take ED161, ED162, or ED163 during the first semester of coursework and are required to take ED161 and ED162 to complete their degree requirements.

  • ED 161 Anthropology and Sociology of Schooling (required)
  • ED 162 Critical Histories of U.S. Education (required)
  • ED 163 Philosophies
  • ED 164 Education for Peace and Justice
  • ED 165 Feminist and Gender Theories
  • ED 166 Masculinities & U.S. Schooling
  • ED 167 Critical Race Theory
  • ED 168 Pedagogies
  • ED 169 Radical Lesbian Thought
  • ED 170 Critical Educational Policy Studies

1 Course in Research Methods

  • ED 271 Methods of Educational Research
  • CD 144 Qualitative and Ethnographic Methods in Applied Social Science Research
  • CD 247 / UEP 256 Program Evaluation
  • WGSS 190 Doing Feminist Research

2 Additional Courses in Education

1 Capstone: Research Paper or Thesis
With the guidance of an advisor, students elect one of two capstone projects: a paper or a thesis. Proposals for both the paper and the thesis must be submitted and approved the semester prior to taking the paper or thesis course.

  • ED 293, 294 Research Paper (1 course)
    See guidelines and requirements below.
  • ED 295, 296 Thesis (1 or 2 courses)
    See guidelines and requirements below.

1-2 Guided Electives

Research Paper Guidelines and Requirements

The paper is a one-semester scholarly project conducted toward completion of the Master of Arts in Educational Studies. The paper is advised by a faculty member agreed upon by the student, the academic advisor, and the program director. The paper is evaluated by the paper advisor. A successfully completed paper project will include, but not be limited to:

Thesis Guidelines and Requirements

The thesis is a two-semester scholarly project conducted toward completion of the Master of Arts in Educational Studies. The thesis is advised by a chair and read by a committee of two additional faculty agreed upon by the student, the academic advisor, and the program director. The student will defend her or his thesis in front of this committee, the members of which will also evaluate the final document. A successfully completed thesis will include, but not be limited to:

Proposals for the paper or thesis must be approved by the program director, academic advisor, and paper or thesis advisor by the last day of courses the semester prior to the study.

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