Education Studies, EdM: Educational Culture, Policy and Society Focus Area

Our educational culture, policy and society focus area is for you if you wish to explore the role that education plays in society. You will learn how institutions, policies and practices facilitate and limit individuals’ well-being and social and economic outcomes.

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Why the Educational Culture, Policy and Society Focus Area?

The features of this focus area include:

  • curriculum focusing on cross-national differences in educational policies and practices related to the teaching profession, teaching and learning, as well as key issues such as accountability, high-stakes testing, school choice and government support of education
  • emphasis on underserved populations, including historically marginalized racial/ethnic groups in the United States (e.g., African American, Latino/a, non-proficient English speakers) and populations with limited financial resources
  • exploration of how gender disparities exist among educational, social and economic opportunities
  • interaction with a diverse student body, including students with a wide range of undergraduate majors from all parts of the world

Program Overview

Academic credential granted Master of Education (EdM)
Credits required for completion 32
Time to completion 3 to 6 full-time semesters
Course delivery On campus
  • colleges and universities — administrators and staff of programs (e.g., Educational Opportunity Program, McNair Scholars, Upward Bound) and faculty/scholars of educational policy studies, global studies and related areas
  • K–16+ schools — administrators or teachers
  • ministries of education — analysts and policy makers
  • international development or human service agencies — administrators, analysts or program officers
  • non-governmental agencies — administrators, analysts, program officers or researchers
Application deadline Priority Deadlines
Fall: April 1, then rolling
Spring: Nov. 1, then rolling

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University Computing Standards

You are required to have daily access to a reliable broadband connection and a computer that meets university computing standards. You are also expected to have basic computer competency before beginning your coursework.