Course Requirements

Theoretical Core Courses: 20 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required

Research Inquiry Core Courses: 8 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required

Seven Elective Courses with Faculty Advisor Approval: 28 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required

*Prior to selecting electives, students are required to complete the first 4 Proseminar courses: SCG 527, 603, 604 and 608. In the Spring Term of their first year in addition to SCG 611, students are allowed to sign up for one elective course.  

  • College of Education Electives (8 quarter hours required; 4-8 quarter additional hours optional)
  • Non-College of Education Electives (12 quarter hours required; 4-8 quarter additional hours optional) 

S​tudents have the option to pursue the Education Technology and Society concentration to complete 5 required courses in lieu of five of the electives. Please see the separate concentration section for course information.      

Capstone Course: Non-credit, non-tuition, PA grade required

Upon completion of all course work the student will work with a Capstone Advisor to discuss possible paper topics.  The Capstone Advisor must be an EPSR faculty member (and not necessarily the originally assigned Faculty Advisor).  The paper will generally consist of library-based research and will typically be 20-25 pages in length.   

Course Registration

Registration for SCFE Master’s degree core courses is different from regular registration. The SCFE students are granted access to registration for SCFE core courses. If a student has special circumstances and cannot register for all cores offered in a term, this must be discussed with and approved by that student’s SCFE faculty advisor prior to the start of the term. Course registration for electives is the same as for all College of Education students.

SCG 527

GLOBAL ISSUES IN EDUCATION

Studies of school systems outside the United States, their methods, curriculum and achievements.
Prerequisites:
Status as a Graduate Social & Cultural Foundations in Education student is a prerequisite for this class.

SCG 603

PROSEMINAR: CULTURE AND EDUCATION

This course focuses on the relationship between education, pedagogy, and theories of culture framed by a concern for social justice. Topics may include the pedagogical and political dimensions of popular culture, questions of knowledge production, the relationship between knowledge and power of the political economy of culture production.
Prerequisites:
Status as a Graduate Social & Cultural Foundations in Education student is a prerequisite for this class.

SCG 604

PROSEMINAR: IDENTITY CONSTRUCTIONS AND NEGOTIATIONS

This course examines identity construction in educational contexts. Drawing on theoretical frameworks in the sociology of education, postmodernist, feminist and critical theories of education, and cultural studies literature, this course will explore identity as complex and multifaceted. It explores relations of class, race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality and the implications of sociality for contemporary education.
Prerequisites:
Status as a Graduate Social & Cultural Foundations in Education student is a prerequisite for this class.

SCG 608

PROSEMINAR: IDEOLOGY, POWER AND POLITICS

This course examines how power operates pedagogically and how domination and resistance get shaped in education. It considers power relations in society and how these power relations enter into educational discourse and practice. It also explores ways in which power produces various educational practices and ways in which power gets psychically configured. Students will examine major theories of power, analyze race, ethnicity, gender, class and sexuality as systems of power and consider the educational implications of such an analysis.
Prerequisites:
Status as a Graduate Social & Cultural Foundations in Education student is a prerequisite for this class.

SCG 611

PROSEMINAR: PHILOSOPHICAL STUDIES IN EDUCATION, CULTURE AND ETHICS

Examines both traditional philosophical questions in education from such perspectives as Africana, feminist, Latino/Hispanic thought and distinctively Africana, feminist, and Latino/Hispanic issues in a philosophical way. Some of the perspectives are, for example, the necessary conditions of a humanistic education, the relation between theory and practice, the relationship between individual and institutional/society, the role of education in the struggle for social justice, the role of aesthetics in human development and projects of political emancipation, the dialectics of history and experience in the development of liberatory ideas, and the moral and ethical dimensions of education.
Prerequisites:
Status as a Graduate Social & Cultural Foundations in Education student is a prerequisite for this class.

SCG 610

INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH METHODS

(Special section of SCG 410, Introduction to Research: Purposes, Issues and Methodologies.) This course will examine the basic questions, issues and theoretical frameworks central to the purpose, conceptualization, conduct, writing, reading and the use of educational research as a means for informing educational theory, practice and policy. Students will be exposed to the multiple frameworks which inform educational research, the various methodoogies employed in collecting and analyzing data and will examine the advantages, limitations and values implict in conducting and evaluating research. Students will also begin exploring possible thesis topics as they begin defining their particular research purpose, methodology and issues.
Prerequisites:
Status as a Graduate Social & Cultural Foundations in Education student is a prerequisite for this class.

SCG 635

ADVANCED QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODOLOGIES

This course extends the fundamental principles of educational research first introduced in SCG 610. It provides students with theoretical and practical preparation in conceptual issues in qualitative research and research design. Students will explore a variety of methodological approaches to interpretive inquiry in social science research, research design, methods of data collection, research ethics, and critical analysis. This course will prepare students to undertake the capstone master's thesis requirement.

SCG 637

CAPSTONE: SOCIAL AND CULTURAL FOUNDATIONS IN EDUCATION

The SCFE Capstone allows students to explore substantive areas of scholarship within their areas of interest and to create a final project or paper of their own design under the mentorship of a faculty member in the program. The Capstone is an opportunity to engage in a synthesis of what has been learned through coursework, and to integrate and compare knowledge gained from students' own research with that which was learned in the program. The capstone course will involve preparation of a substantive piece of work. Upon completion of all coursework, students enrolled in this course will select and work with a Capstone Advisor (a faculty member in the SCFE program) to discuss possible paper topics. The paper will generally consist of library-based research and will typically be 20-25 pages in length. Completion of this course is required to receive the MEd Degree in Social and Cultural Foundations in Education.