Social & Philosophical Foundations of Education

Program Details


Attention: The Ed.M. program in Social & Philosophical Foundations of Education has closed to new applicants.

Please consider applying to our Ed.M. in Education, Culture, and Society program


The Ed.M. in Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education provides students with an opportunity for advanced study and research in education from the perspectives provided by the social sciences and humanities disciplines. The program prepares individuals for conducting research, teaching at the postsecondary level, and assuming leadership positions in public and higher education and other organizations.

Those working toward the degree will take a general program focusing on work in several of these areas:

  • social and cultural studies in education (sociology, economics, anthropology, comparative education);
  • humanities and education (history, philosophy, African-American studies, contemporary issues in education); and
  • curriculum studies.


Applications can be completed online. Applications are due by February 1 for fall admission and by November 1 for spring admission.


Courses in Social and Philosophical Foundations (18 credits) Outside Electives (6 credits)
Additional Electives (6 credits)  

Program Requirements

Students are required to complete 30 credits.  These include 18 credits in social and philosophical foundations in the Graduate School of Education, of which 6 should be in humanities and education, 6 in social and cultural studies and education, and 6 in other program areas.  They must also take 6 credits outside of social and philosophical foundations and 6 additional credits.

Accepted students will have 5 years to complete the program, from the beginning of any course work to be counted toward the program.

A complete listing of degree requirements are available for download or at the Office of Student and Academic Services.

If you have more specific questions about this concentration, please contact Tanja Carmel Sargent.