Curriculum - MA in Educational Studies - Teaching and Learning

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 Teaching and Learning 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 teaching and learning:

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 524: Inquiry on Educational Issues
EDUC 525: Language and Learning in Home and School Settings
EDUC 526: Language Analysis for Second Language Teaching and Learning
EDUC 591: How We Learn
EDUC 601: Transformative Learning and Teaching with Technology
EDUC 604: Curriculum Evaluation and Development
EDUC 606: Developmental and Psychological Perspectives on Education
EDUC 628: Democracy and Education


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).  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.

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