Cultural Studies in Education

Master’s Program

Department of Curriculum and Instruction

The Cultural Studies master’s degree prepares students by providing a solid background in teaching, curriculum and multicultural education. You also will have the option to choose a specialization, electives and research topics that align with your specific area of interest. Our master’s programs prepare students to become teachers, teacher educators, policy influencers or to further their research in Cultural Studies.

Cultural Studies offers three master’s degree options:

  • Master of Education (M.Ed.) with an emphasis on coursework
  • Master of Arts (M.A.) with a three-credit report
  • Master of Arts (M.A.) with a six-credit thesis

Program Details

Semester Start: Fall

Deadline to Apply: December 1

GRE Required? No

Location: On Campus

Schedule: Flexible

Length of Program:

  • M.A.: 24 months, 36 hours
  • M.Ed.: 24 months, 30 hours
Photo of faculty member Anthony L Brown

Focuses on historical and contemporary issues and discourses concerning African American students in schools and society.

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Creates scholarship based around teacher education, especially relating to race and culture.

Photo of faculty member Noah  De Lissovoy

Examines effects of race, class and capital in schools and society; investigates and extends traditions of critical pedagogy and philosophy.

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Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusive Excellence, College of Education

Dr. Salinas is a member of the Social Studies Education program area and is an affiliate faculty member in the Bilingual/Bicultural and the Cultural Studies in Education program areas. Her focus in the social studies includes critical historical inqu...

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Follows trends around cultural and racial identities, agency, migration, and social movements in education.

Research Methodology Requirement (3 hours)

  • EDC 380R Educational Research and Design

Curriculum, Teaching & Learning Requirement (6 hours required)

Students may select 2 courses from the following, with the assistance of the area program advisor:

  • EDC 381F  Introduction to Teaching and Teacher Education
  • EDC 383F  Curriculum Theory
  • EDC 384P  Multicultural Education
  • EDC 385G  Cultural Knowledge of Teachers and Teaching
  • EDC 385G  Foundations of Curriculum
  • EDC 385G  Learning Theories: Instructional Implications

Students with an emphasis on Cultural Studies in Education will take additional related courses (minimum 15 hours), selected with the assistance and approval of the area program adviser. To help meet their personal career goals, students are encouraged to select courses from other clusters in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.

CSE Program Area Specifics (9 hours)

Select 3 courses from the following:

  • EDC 380F  Sociocultural Foundations
  • EDC 385G  Advanced Multicultural Education
  • EDC 380G  Anthropology of Education
  • EDC 385G  Chicana Feminist Theorists
  • EDC 385G  Critical Pedagogy
  • EDC 385G  Cultural Knowledge of Teachers and Teaching
  • EDC 385G  Education in Contemporary Black America
  • EDC 385G  Explorations in the Education of the Mexican American Child
  • EDC 385G  Foundations of Curriculum
  • EDC 385G  Identity, Agency, and Education
  • EDC 385G  Race and Ethnic Relations in Schools
  • EDC 392L  Philosophical Foundations of Education

Specialization Electives (6 hours)

Choose an additional 2 (two) courses in EDC (Curriculum & Instruction) with a clear cultural focus. Consult with the CSE Graduate Advisor for course approval, or you may choose from the courses listed above.

CSE students are highly encouraged to take courses outside the College of Education to fulfill this requirement. Suggested areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Mexican American Studies
  • African and African Diaspora Studies,
  • Asian and Asian American Studies
  • Women and Gender Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Sociology
  • History
  • Latin American Studies
  • Cultural StudiesAmerican Studies


  • Two additional electives (6 hours)


Master of Arts with Report

  • EDC 398R Report
  • One additional elective (3 hours)

Master of Arts with Thesis

  • EDC 698A  Thesis: Research
  • EDC 698B  Thesis: Writing

Luis Urrieta

Program Area Coordinator
Luis Urrieta

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Program Area Advisor
Keffrelyn Brown

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