Master of Arts and Master of Education Degree Programs

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers three master’s degree programs: an M.Ed., an M.A. with Report, and an M.A. with Thesis. The M.Ed. program focuses on coursework. The M.A. degrees combine coursework with a research component in the form of a three-credit Report or a six-credit Thesis.

The Cultural Studies Master’s Degree prepares students by providing a solid background in teaching, curriculum and multicultural education. Students will also have the option to choose a specialization, electives, and research topics that align with their 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.

Total minimum hours: 36 hours

Basic Core Requirements (Minimum 9 hours)

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 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

Specialization (15 hours)

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.

Courses Out of Department (Minimum 6 hours)

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 Studies, American Studies.

Additional Requirements (Minimum 6 hours)

Additional requirements differ for Master of Arts with Thesis, Master of Arts with Report, and Master of Education.

Master of Arts with Thesis

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

Master of Arts with Report

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

Master of Education

  • Two additional electives (6 hours)

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