Education, Society, and Culture Master Degree California

Education, Society, and Culture MA

Become a Teacher-Leader in a Diverse School Environment

Today’s increasingly diverse, multi-lingual school system presents special challenges for educators. The UCR Education, Society, and Culture MA degree equips you with the insights, understanding, and analytic skills you need to become a teacher-leader in this exciting and rapidly changing environment. Through this master’s degree program you will engage in scholarly research in the racially, ethnically, linguistically and socioeconomically diverse schools of the inland Southern California region within which UC, Riverside, is located.

The Education, Society, and Culture master’s program is part of the university’s Graduate School of Education, which U.S. News and World Report recently ranked among the best schools of its kind in the state of California. Study with interdisciplinary, award winning faculty who approach issues of educational inequity through sociocultural and historical frameworks and methodologies.

This research-oriented graduate program can be completed in less than two years. After graduation, you will be ready to take the next step in your career as a teacher-leader or to continue your studies and research in a doctoral program.

Highlights of the Education, Society, and Culture MA Program

  • Learn from renowned educators with expertise in the history of K-16 education, language and literacy, history-social studies education, critical race theory in education, teaching and teacher education, sociolinguistics, multicultural education, sociology of education, race and educational inequity, gender and education, qualitative methods, and other areas.
  • Create a master's program that supports your specific career goals through your selection of elective courses.
  • Choose between (Plan 1) researching and writing a master's thesis or (Plan 2) taking a comprehensive examination covering your coursework.
  • Take a total of 36 units of master's courses to earn your Education, Society, and Culture graduate degree.
  • Attend master's courses that meet primarily in the late afternoon and evening to accommodate the schedules of working professionals.

Career Prospects for Classroom Teachers

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, teachers at the elementary, middle school and high school levels can anticipate 6 percent job growth between 2014 and 2024.
Teaching Level Number of Jobs Represented by 6 percent Growth Median Annual Salary
Kindergarten and Elementary 87,800 $53,760
Middle School 36,800 $54,940
High School 55,900 $56,310

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