Minimum total semester hours required: 32 s.h.

Disciplinary Concentration Areas and Courses (24 s.h.)

Each student will choose one of the following three discplinary areas as their concenration and choose four courses within their concentration (12 s.h.). Each student will then choose two courses (6 s.h.) in each of the other disciplinary areas.


  • EPLS:5130 Sociology of Education
  • EPLS:5131 Race, Class, and Gender Inequalities in Education
  • EPLS:5134 Education and the World of Work
  • EPLS:5142 Sociology of Higher Education
  • EPLS:5210 Education and Social Change
  • EPLS:5240 (Special Topics) courses dealing with sociology of education


  • EPLS:5102 History of American Education
  • EPLS:5126 Twentieth Century Educational Movements
  • EPLS:5123 History of Ethnic/Minority Education
  • EPLS:6237 History of the Teaching Profession
  • EPLS:6238 Gender and Education in Historical Perspective
  • EPLS:6220 History of Higher Education
  • EPLS:5240 (Special Topics) courses dealing with history of education


  • EPLS:5156 Philosophies of Education
  • EPLS:5155 Critical Thinking
  • EPLS:5157 Ethics in Education
  • EPLS:5158 John Dewey and Education
  • EPLS:5240 American Contributions to Educational Philosophy
  • EPLS:5240 Contemporary Issues in Educational Philosophy
  • EPLS:5240 Philosophy of John Dewey
  • EPLS:5240 Philosophy of Mind and Education
  • EPLS:5240 (Special Topics) courses dealing with philosophy of education
  • EPLS:6358 Seminar in the Philosophy of John Dewey

Cognates (8 s.h.)

Students must complete at least 8 hours of coursework in a concentration area outside SCS disciplinary areas appropriate to their career and academic goals.

Comprehensive Examinations

M.A. students must satisfactorily complete a six-hour comprehensive examination covering their disciplinary concentration area, their two disciplinary areas of study, and their concentration area. Students should work with their advisor to construct an examining committee to include three faculty members whose expertise reflects the areas in which the student will be tested. The examining committee may elect to hold an oral examination after the exam.

(Please note that in the event of any discrepancy, the policies of the Graduate College and College of Education will take precedence over program policies.)