Masters in Educational Foundations: Global Perspectives on Educational Policy and Practice

This program leads to a Master of Education in Educational Foundations with a specialization in Global Perspectives on Educational Policy and Practice. This program is designed to prepare individuals in range of positions to meaningfully incorporate global perspectives into their professional practice—including classroom teachers, school leaders, school system administrators, higher education practitioners, study abroad facilitators, community leaders, education analysts and researchers, and professionals working in non-profit or non-governmental organizations.

This unique master’s program examines how the cultural, technological, economic, and political aspects of globalization affect education policy and practice in a multitude of ways from early childhood education through advanced graduate studies. As the effects of globalization continue to manifest and to evolve, the insights gained are not only essential for professionals across every level of education but also across geographic regions, from the United States to the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.

Globalization presents challenges and opportunities by making the world more interconnected, by facilitating the dissemination of ideas and knowledge, by encouraging the movement of peoples, by creating new political bodies that create education policies at the supranational level, by placing new pressures on local communities and national economic systems—all of which has major implications for education.

A key feature of this master’s is that it goes beyond a focus on understanding these dimensions of globalization to also provide program participants with tools, frameworks, lessons, and strategies that can be adapted to numerous educational and organizational contexts. There are valuable resources embedded in this program that can help you improve your practice—and the practices of your organization—whether you are a classroom teacher, a school leader, a higher education professional, a school system administrator, or any of the other professional positions mentioned above.

The courses in this program will focus on topical issues that are common to all educational systems and are appropriate for education professionals in diverse geographical locations. As indicated by the course titles further below, the courses focus, among other things, on how to analyze the effects of globalization on education policy and the curriculum (within and beyond the United States); drawing lessons from the policies and practical responses of a range of countries; critically understanding multiculturalism and diversity (and how to embody these ideals at multiple levels); analyzing education from a “systems” perspective that emphasizes the interconnectedness of each aspect of education reform and educational change; and examining the strategies and responses of teachers, principals, higher education professionals, and communities when it comes to how they “internationalize” their curricular, leadership, and programmatic activities.

Join a vibrant community of exceptional scholars and professionals from the continental North America, Hawai‛i, and Asia to explore the world of educational policy and practice through a lens that connects the local and global. The online program features a mix of innovative strategies for engagement that include both synchronous and asynchronous participation. Some classes will entail live video sessions. Other forms of engagement are discussion boards, student presentations, group discussion, virtual posters, and group work, as well as traditional academic papers. The two-year (22 month) program leads to the production of a cumulative project, for which students work closely with a faculty person during the second year.

 

Course Listing

Required

EDEF 610 Foundations of Educ Theory (3 credits)

EDEF 630 Cultural Diversity & Education (3 credits)

EDEF 649 Field Studies in Educ Fndtns (V credits)

EDEF 667B Sem EDEF: General (3 credits)

EDEF 667F Sem EDEF: Fdns of Curriculum (3 credits)

EDEF 675 Intro to Educ Policy Studies (3 credits)

EDEF 671 Tpcs in Comparative Education (3 credits)

EDEF 678 Approaches to Ed Inquiry (3 credits)

EDEF 767 Seminar on the Educational Sys (3 credits)