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Education, Society, and Culture M.A. Program

The Education, Society, and Culture Master of Arts program equips you with the insights, understanding, and analytic skills be a teacher-leader, or continue your studies and research in a doctoral program. Faculty research and coursework focuses on the historical, social, racial, cultural, and institutional factors affecting education, especially those that affect access and opportunity and contribute to educational inequality. As a student in this research-based program, you’ll have the opportunity study alongside faculty who leaders in their field, and include experts in areas such as teacher education, urban schooling, educational equality, educational access, and youth community engagement.

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Program Overview

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Some of the courses you may take include:

EDUC 210: Sociology of Education
EDUC 233: Differential Achievement and the School Learning Environment
EDUC 238: Education and Gender
EDUC 257: Language, Culture, and Education
EDUC 273: Theories of Critical Pedagogy
EDUC 275: Race and K-12 Educational Inequality
EDUC 278: Critical Race Theory in Education
EDUC 279: Politics of School Knowledge

Each class meets once a week Monday through Thursday 4-7pm. Visit our quarterly schedule for course times.

This full-time program is offered on a quarter calendar beginning in Fall. Students get to choose from Plan I (Thesis) or Plan II (Comprehensive Examination).

Plan I (Thesis): Students complete a minimum of 36 upper-division and graduate units. At least 24 units are in graduate courses. A maximum of 12 units may be in graduate research for the thesis.

Plan II (Comprehensive Exam): Students must complete a minimum of 36 units in upper-division and graduate courses in Education and related fields as defined in existing programs. At least 18 of the 36 units must be in graduate courses, and none in graduate research for the thesis.

See our full curriculum overview

Recent graduates are:

  • K-12 Teachers

  • K-12 School District Administrators

  • Resource Service Providers for School Districts

  • Part-time faculty at California State University campuses

All coursework from of our master of arts (M.A.) programs transfers to the Ph.D. in education. For example, if you complete the M.A. in Education, Society, and Culture, you will have already complete one year of coursework for the Ph.D. in Education, Society, and Culture at UCR. Shorten your time to a doctorate by completing an M.A. degree with the Graduate School of Education today.

Visit our admissions page for more information on application materials and deadlines.

Meet the Education, Society, and Culture Faculty

We encourage prospective students to reach out to faculty whose research interests align with their own.

Related Research

Faculty research areas include:

  • Critical race theory
  • Educational equity/inequality
  • Gender and education
  • History of education
  • Language and literacy
  • Race in schooling
  • Teacher education
  • Youth of color



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