Social Foundations and Community Education

Social Foundations of Education (SFCE) is an interdisciplinary graduate program. A primary interest of Social Foundations of Education is to affirm the importance of social and ecological justice, democracy, and equity as these affect and are affected by the social, cultural, historical, and political contexts of schooling.

Students are introduced to a broad range of social theories and philosophies as they learn to analyze educational contexts and apply new interpretive frameworks to practice in a variety of settings inside and outside of schools.

Topical areas include the study of gender, race, and class in education, ethics and the philosophy of care, globalization and international contexts, militarization of schools, ecojustice education, and others.

The student and the adviser have maximum latitude to tailor a program consistent with the student's abilities, competencies, and aspirations. It is a program combining flexibility and depth, along with close mentoring relationships.

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    1. Meet the Graduate School admission requirements.
    2. Hold a 2.75 undergraduate GPA or 3.0 in the last half of the undergraduate work or 3.3 GPA in 12 hours or more of work at the graduate level or a minimum 50th percentile on the Graduate Record Examination writing. International students must have the minimum score of 550 on the TOEFL.
    3. Furnish an analysis of professional goals written by the candidate. This analysis should include a description of how the SFCE program will help meeting the selected goals and how the candidate’s life experiences, accomplishments and interests will contribute to his or her success in the program.
    4. Request and have submitted two letters of recommendation that address the candidate’s professional commitment, experience and potential. The transcripts, analysis of goals and letters of recommendation should give evidence of potential for graduate-level scholarship.
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