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By framing education as a social justice and educational equity issue, the MA in Education prepares forward-thinking educators, administrators, and educational researchers to solve unprecedented challenges across a range of educational institutions and organizations, from elementary schools to colleges, public policy agencies, and more.

As a student in the School of Educational Studies, you will receive personal attention from engaged, exceptional faculty in small seminar-style courses. We prepare forward-thinking administrators, teachers, community leaders, student affairs professionals, policy makers, and data analysts. Ideal for working professionals, our flexible program teaches you to apply theory and research to important challenges in real-world settings.

Program Highlights

Program At a Glance

32 units

2–2.5 years

*Actual completion times will vary and may be higher, depending on full- or part-time course registration, units transferred, and time to complete other degree requirements.

Fall | Spring | Summer

MA in Education

Featured Courses

EDUC 407
Education Policy

Prepares students with an understanding of the systems, structures, and forces that shape K-12 educational policy.

EDUC 424
Gender & Education

Examines the historical and current debate surrounding the historical impact of gender on education—in particular the role of race, ethnicity, immigrant status, religion, sexual orientation, and social class.

EDUC 425
Race & Racism in Education

Broadens student understanding of the foundations of racial inequities in education and how racism has shaped students’ educational experiences and outcomes.

EDUC 426
Social Capital, Cultural Capital & Educational Opportunity

Focuses on the impact of cultural and social capital on educational trajectories, the procedural knowledge families have at their disposal, and the connections that they develop with key institutional agents.

EDUC 438
From Behaviorism to Postmodernism: Learning & Pedagogical Theories

Examines how philosophical, psychological, and sociopolitical assumptions have yielded a number of distinct pedagogies and learning theories in the 20th century that shape classrooms in schools and universities.

EDUC 461
The College Student Experience

Explores literature, theory, and research on the increasing diversity of college students, identity issues in college, factors that influence success, and implications for practice in college and universities.

Degree Concentrations

Choosing a degree concentration is optional. Whether you choose one of the official concentrations below or not, you will be paired with a faculty mentor, and together design a program custom-fit to your aspirations and interests. Past students have focused on a myriad of topics, including gender equity, policy (sometimes focusing on the school, district, state or federal level), the school-to-prison pipeline, learning pedagogies, and family/school/community partnerships, professional development for K-12 educators, and undocumented youth.

Student Affairs & Educational Justice

Take an approach to study based on a multidisciplinary view of theory and research and a commitment to developing educational environments that are just, relevant, and rigorous.

Learn more about SAEJ

Educational Evaluation & Data Analysis

Rigorous study of evaluation theory, research design, statistical methods, and educational policy will prepare you to conduct evaluation and research in order to improve educational decision-making.

Learn more about EEDA

Faculty & Research

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Carina Navarro

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T: 909-607-0201