The Social Cultural Foundations in Education Certificate is for students in any field who want to complement their primary degree through interdisciplinary study of the foundations of education and educational policy from a critical perspective.
Why is DePaul's certificate special?
The Graduate Certificate in Social and Cultural Foundations in Education is designed for students in any field who want to complement their primary degree through interdisciplinary study of the foundations of education and educational policy from critical perspectives as they impact both school and non-school settings. For students in Teacher, Administrator or Counselor licensure programs within the College of Education, this certificate will enhance their competitiveness in the workplace, setting them apart from educators without this background. Others with a broad interest in educational issues who are not professional educators will find this certificate to be a valuable supplement to their work in other fields or in their professional practice.
Faculty in the Department of Educational Policy Studies and Research who teach courses in the certificate program come from a variety of disciplines and fields within educational thought and policy studies. Their research interests are wide-ranging, including globalization, social theory, social construction of knowledge, and the relationship between social dynamics and social relations of inequality that play out in educational contexts.
The certificate program requirements include completion of four graduate-level courses from among the following:
SCG 527 Global Issues in Education
SCG 603 Culture and Education
SCG 604 Identity: Constructions and Negotiations
SCG 608 Ideology, Power and Politics
SCG 611 Philosophical Studies in Education, Culture, and Ethics
These courses are offered biannually. Please see the official DePaul schedule of classes for a listing of courses by term. For more information, visit DePaul Central's Schedule of Classes page.
SCG 527 Global Issues in Education (odd years, 2014-2015, 2016-2017, etc.)
SCG 603 Culture and Education (even years, 2013-2014, 2015-2016, etc.)
SCG 604 Identity: Constructions and Negotiations (even years, 2013-2014, 2015-2016, etc.)
SCG 608 Ideology, Power and Politics (odd years, 2014-2015, 2016-2017, etc.)
SCG 611 Philosophical Studies in Education, Culture, and Ethics (even years, 2013-2014, 2015-2016, etc.)
Applying for a Certificate
The courses that students complete for the graduate certificate are part of the required core coursework for the Master of Arts in the Social and Cultural Foundations in Education (SCFE) master's degree program. The Master of Arts in Social and Cultural Foundations in Education (SCFE) is an interdisciplinary program designed to appeal to students seeking alternatives to more specialized programs of study in education. The program is committed to social justice and to an interdisciplinary approach to the study of education and human development in the context of school and non-school settings. It is intended for teachers, administrators and individuals with bachelor's degrees who have a broad interest in educational issues but who may not be professional educators. Students who pursue this degree come from a variety of professional backgrounds, including educational work in the media, not-for-profit foundations, museums, community organizations, higher education, K-12 and other forms of educational work.
To be eligible for the SCFE Graduate Certificate, students must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. To apply for admission to the certificate, the following items need to be submitted to the Office of Graduate Admission:
- A completed application
- One official transcript from each college and/or university attended
If you have any questions regarding this certificate, please contact Graduate Admissions:
College of Education
2400 North Sheffield Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614-3250
Phone: (773) 325-4405
Outside Illinois: (800) 4-DePaul
For more information about the Department of Educational Policy Studies and Research, other programs, faculty, or other general inquiries, please contact Alexis Hicks at firstname.lastname@example.org.