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Social and Cultural Foundations in Education (MA/MEd)

Education has never been limited to the classroom - it is a powerful and dynamic social, cultural and political force. Education challenges assumptions of race, ethnicity, gender, class and sexual difference. 

In addition to K-12 teachers and administrators, many professionals outside of the classroom are continually educating employees, students, patrons and the public. The two-year master's degree program in Social and Cultural Foundations in Education (SCFE) prepares versatile professionals to be more effective educators in schools, hospitals, businesses, associations, community and civic agencies, and museums. 

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The program offers insights into the values and beliefs that affect people's cognitive and emotional judgments and actions, as well as the pedagogical and cultural conditions that help people flourish and redefine their engagement in social life. It is designed for those who want to enhance their personal and professional lives, develop skills in research, or prepare for future doctoral work in educational policy studies or other educational fields, social sciences and humanities.


  • Given the interdisciplinary approach of this degree program, students have the opportunity to take at least 20 hours of elective courses outside of the Social and Cultural Foundations in Education Program as well as the College of Education.
  • Faculty teaching in the SCFE program bring expertise from a variety of disciplines and fields within educational policy studies including but not limited to the sociology of education, the philosophy of education, the history of education, the psychology of education and human development, critical pedagogy, cultural studies, feminist studies, urban studies, critical race studies, research methods and more. 
  • Students have the option to also pursue Illinois initial or subsequent teaching licensure. Licensure requires 20-25 quarter hours of additional coursework depending on the type of licensure sought and student teaching requirements.
  • The program's schedule is flexible, allowing students to attend full-time or part-time as their professional and personal schedules allow. To accommodate working professionals, the SCFE program core courses meet on weekday evenings at DePaul's Lincoln Park campus.
  • Students who opt to earn the MA complete a thesis; students who opt to earn the MEd complete a capstone paper.