EDF 6520 “History of Education”

A challenging and engaging course that’s different from many other courses you may take. You’re reading history and discussing the evolution of the public school system.

Over the semester, there will be weekly readings, and you will identify both key developments and enduring issues in American culture and education.

EDF 6544  “Philosophical Foundations of American Education”

This seminar introduces students to philosophical perspectives on education by investigating a host of inter-related questions:

  • What constitutes knowledge?
  • What methods should teachers use to foster student learning?
  • What are various purposes of education?
  • How can we best characterize human nature?

EDF 6616, “Education and American Culture”

This is an online graduate-level introduction to the social foundations of education that examines the interrelationships between schools and society.  It introduces students to philosophical, sociological, and historical perspectives on American education to cultivate a more sophisticated understanding of how our schools work and how we can improve them.

EDF 6812, “Comparative Education”

This graduate-level course explores the relationships between schools and society among diverse cultures around the world.

EDG 6905, “Individual Work”

In consultation with faculty, students read scholarly articles and books, complete summary/critiques of each, and write a summative paper.  Topics have included:  “history of school desegregation”; “school reforms in the 20th century”; “religion and education”; “exploring research in social foundations of education”; and “philosophy of social inquiry.”

EDG 7224, “Critical Pedagogy”

Who determines what and who is to be treasured or deemed worthy? What is the impact on those who are deemed worthy and those who are not? And, what is the school’s role in communicating these messages about who is good, bad, right, wrong, smart, not smart, normal and not normal? Critical pedagogy provides an ideological lens and practical tools for examining and revisioning school structures, processes, and practices that advantage some students and disadvantage others. The critical perspective is based on the assumption that educational equity is not a reality in U.S. schools. It is based on the commitment that all educators must work to realize the American dream of justice for all.   Join us to develop your critical social justice perspective and practice.

EDG 7979, “Advanced Research”

Students pursue an independent research project with the careful guidance of faculty that culminates in a research paper suitable for a professional academic conference and eventual publication.

EDF 7934,  “Seminar in Social Foundations of Education”

This is a seminar in which students research and write an original and significant historical research paper that can find acceptance in a professional academic conference.  We establish a supportive and critical forum for addressing issues of mutual interest with the close guidance and support of faculty.

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Group work