Cultural & Educational Policy Studies - M.A., M.Ed.
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Both the M.A. and M.Ed. Degrees in Cultural and Educational Policy Studies similarly prepare graduates to recognize education’s cultural dimensions and leverage cultural analyses in their work to improve educational experiences and institutions.
The M.A. requires 24 hours of course work and has the distinct focus of preparing students to conduct original independent research, and it includes a master’s thesis requirement. In this regard CEPS M.A. students develop expertise in a focused discipline of study (history of education, international comparative education, philosophy of education, sociology of education) including specific skills and competencies needed to carry out research in that discipline.
The M.Ed. requires 30 hours of coursework, which includes a three-credit engaged learning internship requirement. The M.Ed. does not require a thesis but requires the student to prepare an electronic portfolio as a capstone project. In addition, CEPS M.Ed. students develop expertise in a focused domain of educational practice (domestic or global), including specific skills and competencies needed in work related to education policy. CEPS M.Ed. students become critical consumers of educational research.
Once admitted to either program, students may submit an application to transfer between master’s programs. There is an overlap in coursework between the two degrees though each has unique, individual requirements which makes transfer after the first or second semester more difficult and possibly result in additional course-taking requirements.