Curriculum - MA in Educational Studies - New Media and New Literacies

You will be assigned an academic advisor from among the Educational Studies faculty members, based on your academic and professional interests. Together, you and your advisor develop a plan of study appropriate to your background and career objectives.

We believe that master's graduates should be knowledgeable about many different aspects of education as a field of practice and inquiry. The course requirements are designed to provide a general introduction to the field, knowledge of theories that underlie different areas of practice, and discussion of critical issues within and across these areas.

The following is an overview of the New Media and New Literacies (NMNL) thread of the Educational Studies MA. The degree requires a minimum of 30 credit hours.

Core Courses

These courses introduce core ideas and skills, and discussion of critical issues in education:

EDUC 570: Professional Development Seminar in Education (1 credit)
EDUC 649: Foundational Perspectives on Educational Reform (3 credits)
EDUC 695: Research and Educational Practice (3 credits) 

Thread Courses

In consultation with your faculty advisor, you will choose three "thread" or concentration courses from the following list, for a total of 9 credits. Options may include:

EDUC 500: Foundations of Literacy
EDUC 503: Media Literacies
EDUC 511: Representations of Practice
EDUC 524: Inquiry on Educational Issues
EDUC 591: How We Learn
EDUC 601: Transformative Learning and Teaching with Technology
EDUC 602: Videogames, Learning, and School Design
EDUC 603: Design-Based Research for Assessing Learning Environments
EDUC 607: Contemporary Approaches to Educational Assessment
EDUC 626: Principles of Software and New Media Design for Learning


The semester-long internship provides opportunities to deepen knowledge and understanding of educational problems and to develop specialized skills in a particular functional area.

EDUC 638: Internship and Directed Field Experience (2 credits)


Elective courses give you access to a range of opportunities in the School of Education. Some examples include additional courses within your thread or other threads as well as PhD-level courses in Educational Studies, Higher Education or the Combined Program in Education and Psychology (with instructor permission).  You may view this list of Course Descriptions to become familiar with the types of master's-level courses offered in Educational Studies. It is important to note that course availability varies from year to year. This list is intended as a starting point for working with your faculty advisor to develop your program.

Electives will total a minimum of 6 credits, typically distributed across two courses.


Cognate courses give you access to the intellectual resources of the rest of the University of Michigan, outside the School of Education. With your advisor, you will identify courses from among the range of options in the various schools and colleges on campus. Cognates will total a minimum of 6 credits, which are often but not always distributed across two courses.

The following list is a small sampling of courses outside the School of Education that NMNL students have chosen in recent years:

AMCULT 498: Humanities Approaches to American Culture
PSYCH 958: Special Seminar: Motivation in the Classroom
PUBPOL 529: Statistics
SI 539: Design of Complex Websites
SI 545: Information Technology and Development: Contemporary Issues
SI 529: Online Communities
SW 713: Advanced Topics in Social Work: Youth Empowerment

We invite you to explore the full list of schools and colleges at the University of Michigan to discover departments that may interest you.  You can also browse graduate courses offered by the College of Literature, Science and the Arts; for the broadest results, select multiple checkboxes to include past, present and future terms.

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