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Social and Cultural Analysis of Education

Social and Cultural Analysis of Education

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The Fall 2022 application opened October 1, 2021. The Fall 2022 application is due April 15, 2022 for domestic applicants (April 1, 2022 for international applicants). Please review all details about the Fall 2022 Application Process regarding what is required for the application, how to submit transcripts, and what to expect from the review process. 

Program Overview

The Master of Arts Degree in Education, Option in Social and Cultural Analysis of Education (SCAE), focuses on the social and cultural analysis of education in urban and global contexts. Emphasizing critical approaches to education, including critical theory and critical pedagogy, the degree's interdisciplinary nature provides the intellectual rigor necessary for analyzing the relationship between education and society and effecting social and educational justice. SCAE courses examine education in its historical, social, and political contexts, and may be applied to all levels of education—locally, nationally, and internationally. In the SCAE program, education is conceived broadly to encompass K-12 and higher education, community-based education, adult education and other spaces in which people engage in teaching and learning.

After completing the program graduates have a variety of career choices, not only in the educational realm but also in the private sector, nonprofits, and community organizations. The program also serves as an ideal foundation for further academic study at the doctoral level.

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The mission of the Social and Cultural Analysis of Education program is to provide students with an intellectually rigorous interdisciplinary experience that emphasizes critical approaches to social and educational analysis. The Social and Cultural Analysis of Education program aims to prepare our graduates to envision and effect transformative practices in a broad range of educational contexts, both domestically and internationally.

Program Goals

  1. Graduates understand how social and cultural forces impact, and are impacted by, educational policies, practices, and pedagogies.
  2. Graduates have a critical understanding of the role of education in society--locally, nationally, and globally.
  3. Graduates have a critical understanding of historical and contemporary struggles for social and educational justice in the United States and around the world.
  4. Graduates are committed to envisioning and effecting transformative practices in a variety of educational contexts.
  5. Graduates value professional and intellectual growth and development as integral to exercising agency in their spheres of influence.


Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students can synthesize concepts and ideas in the area of social and cultural analysis of education.
  2. Students can identify implications of social and cultural theories for educational practice in a variety of settings.
  3. Students can formulate strategies for effecting social and educational justice.
  4. Students can construct complex written arguments related to social and cultural issues in education.
  5. Students can produce sophisticated academic writing related to the social and cultural analysis of education.
  6. Students can engage in critical dialogue related to educational policies, practices, and pedagogies.

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