College of Education > Academics > Teacher Education > Graduate Programs > Social and Cultural Foundations in Education (MA/MEd)
Deepen and broaden your understand of larger social, political and cultural forces by earning a master’s degree in Social and Cultural Foundations in Education. You’ll participate in a flexible and challenging interdisciplinary program designed to help you become an educational leader focused on diversity and social justice issues in schools and in the broader society. Don’t just listen to the conversation on equality—take part and lead it.
View education through the lens of social justice and pursue your passion through work in community-based organizations, museums and cultural centers in Chicago, Chicago Public School classrooms and other institutions of higher education.
Submit an online application, official transcripts, letters of recommendation, résumé, writing sample and personal statement.
You’ll take seven required courses and five electives and complete a thesis for your MA or a capstone for your MEd.
You'll take a broad array of electives to customize the program to meet your professional goals.
The median salary of employed 2017 graduates of this program was $51,000.
Learn with Vincent de Paul Associate Professor Stephen Haymes about the relationship of education and ecology to the global politics of difference. Internationally, Professor Haymes works with displaced rural communities; he is an expert in critical educational theory and philosophy of education and will help you broadly explore education as a social practice and the ethical dimensions of global justice, peace and social change.
“This program is unique and incredibly valuable because it allows future educators of all backgrounds to gain a broader social understanding of education and how it intersects with other institutions in society. I use content from the program in my current role as a data scientist. I conduct internal trainings and give presentations about my work, and I think about not just how to give information, but how to engage with the perspectives and lived experiences of my audiences. Being an effective communicator in business is incredibly valued and recognized.”
Graduates work in varied settings, including diversity directors for schools and universities, educational outreach and curriculum development coordinators in museums and other cultural centers, and in student support services. Your degree opens doors in the Chicago area and beyond by having access to a strong alumni community of 180,000 Blue Demons.
Graduate school is an investment in your future. Learn more about the financial aid and scholarship opportunities available to you.
For more information about applying, contact The Office of Graduate Admission for DePaul’s College of Education at
(773) 325-4405 or
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