Educational Culture, Policy and Society, EdM

Our master’s program in educational culture, policy and society is for you if you wish to explore the role that education (P-16+) plays in the larger society. You will learn how institutions, policies and practices facilitate and/or limit individuals’ well-being and social, economic and educational outcomes. In this three-semester program, you will study education in broad-based social, cultural, political and historical contexts in the United States and other nations. Attention will be directed toward studying the educational policies and practices of underserved populations, including but not limited to historically marginalized racial/ethnic groups in the United States (e.g., African American, Latino/a and non-proficient English speakers) and populations with limited financial resources. You will also explore gender disparities in education, social and economic opportunities, and unequal outcomes in the global context. You will have the opportunity to focus on cross-national differences in education policies and practices.

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Why Educational Culture, Policy and Society at UB?

The features of our program 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
  • exploration of how disparities along the lines of gender, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, national origin, second language status, among others, are (re)produced and mitigated through educational experiences
  • interaction with a diverse student body, including students with a wide range of undergraduate majors from all parts of the world
  • opportunities to pursue research design certificates as part of your coursework, including certificates in applied statistical analysis, international education data analysis and qualitative research methods

Program Overview

Academic credential granted Master of Education (EdM)
Credits required for completion 32
Time to completion 3 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 researchers/analysts of educational policy studies, global studies and related areas
  • K–16+ schools—administrators or teachers
  • ministries of education—analysts and policymakers
  • 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 until Aug. 10
Spring: Nov. 1, then rolling until Jan. 10
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Graduate School of Education
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