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Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies
Masters of Science in Education

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The Department of Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies is characterized by the array of options it provides students in developing a focused sequence of course work, drawing from a variety of academic disciplines. The department is currently the home of two distinct programs.

A Master of Science (M.S.) in College Student Personnel is offered for those whose career goals include working in areas such as college admissions, housing, and student affairs (see College StudentPersonnel).

Graduate StudentThe Master of Science in Education (M.S. Ed.) in Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies permits students to pursue one of four interdisciplinary foci: Cognition and Instruction; Language, Culture and Education; Social Foundations of Education; or Transdisciplinary Studies.

The department recognizes that the issues facing society and its institutions are complex and that complex problems typically require complex solutions. Inquiry into and the resolution of such problems are, therefore, enhanced when multiple perspectives are employed.

The Department of Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies is comprised of scholar-practitioners representing several core disciplines including educational psychology, socio-cultural studies, philosophical/historical studies and college student personnel. Faculty members utilize their distinctive disciplinary orientations and accompanying methodologies to collectively address pressing educational, intellectual, and social concerns. It is the union of an unusually diverse faculty and an uncommon approach to inquiry that makes the department and its degree options interdisciplinary.

Through co-advising and the employment of national professional standards, students also have been able to pursue concentrations in other areas. Particular interdisciplinary foci can be constructed out of course offerings in the department, across the college, and across other colleges in the University as long as departmental core requirements are met and the concentration of courses selected are directed toward clearly defined personal/professional goals.

The objectives of the program are achieved by providing degree candidates:

  1. The opportunity to construct a discipline-grounded knowledge base regarding contemporary psychological, sociocultural, and philosophical theories and research as they pertain to educational problems and related areas of concern;

  2. The opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills necessary for the consumption, analysis, and evaluation of scholarly literature and make data driven decisions pertaining to specific programs and problems within one’s profession;

  3. The opportunity to explore and investigate educational and related relevant topics, skills, programs and issues beyond one’s current area of professional expertise;

  4. The opportunity to grow personally and professionally through in-depth analyses of issues and problems in contemporary education and related areas of concern;

  5. The opportunity to extend, activate, and apply one’s knowledge and skills through either an action-based or theoretically-driven culminating investigation of a student-selected research problem, or practical or programmatic issue or question.