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Master of Education in Cultural Foundations

Master of Education in Educational Psychology

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Examine the social contexts of education

Program Overview

The Master of Education degree in Cultural Foundations explores education through a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives: philosophy of education, history of education, sociology of education, comparative/international education, anthropology of education, gender studies, multicultural studies, and religious studies. Students examine the social contexts of education, with particular emphasis on structural inequalities, issues of access and the distribution of educational opportunity, normative considerations about the purposes of education, and the transformative potential of education.

The degree program promotes students' responsibilities as change agents in a range of educational settings, including schools, higher education, cultural and religious institutions, and civic associations. Graduates of the program have the knowledge and skills to interpret and critique educational policies and practices and to promote innovative practices in a variety of educational settings, domestically and worldwide.


Students have six years from the term of first enrollment to complete the program.

Program Structure

  • 30 minimum total credit hours 
  • 10 courses

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the social, cultural, economic, and political assumptions shaping educational policies and reforms in the United States and other societies.
  • Understand the nature of the democratic challenge for schooling in answering such foundational questions as: "What should be taught?" "Who should be taught?" and "Who should teach?"
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the convergence of social class, race, gender, sexual orientation, and disability as barriers to and opportunities for educational change, domestically and internationally.

General Admissions Requirements

  • Completed application form
  • Nonrefundable fee payable via the online application
  • Bachelor's degree with a GPA above 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (Applicants with slightly lower GPA who meet all other criteria may be admitted on a probationary basis)
  • Submission of undergraduate transcripts
  • Submission of three letters of recommendation. It is highly recommended that at least one of these letters speaks to the applicant’s academic performance
  • Documentation of English language proficiency required for international applicants. Students are required to have a TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based) or 80 with no sub-score below 20 (internet-based) or an IELTS score of 6.5. Documentation of English language proficiency required for international applicants.

In addition, Cultural Foundations requires:

  • A 300-500 word statement of purpose that explains your interest in the field, what brings you to this area of study, and your plans for the future
  • The Cultural Foundations faculty may request a personal interview (may be conducted by long-distance communication medium)

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Important Dates


Classes Begin

Fall 2021 Semester


Classes Begin

Spring 2022 Semester


Classes Begin

Summer 2022 Semester


The online M.Ed. in Cultural Foundations requires 30 credits of coursework (10 courses). Courses for the degree include 9 credits of core Cultural Foundations courses and 18 credits of electives (most in Cultural Foundations with at least one course from outside the major). They also include a minimum of 3 credits of research coursework. M.Ed. students have six (6) years from the term of first enrollment to complete the program.

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Tuition and Fees

Ohio Residents Out of State/International*
Per Credit Hour Per 3-Credit Course Program Cost Per Credit Hour Per 3-Credit Course Program Cost
$536 $1,608 Approximate Cost: $16,100 $546 $1,638 Approximate Cost: $16,400

An additional Distance Learning fee for all students enrolled in a distance learning course is $12 per credit hour. Program tuition and costs are estimated and subject to change.

Actual tuition costs may vary based on a student’s chosen academic plan. For a complete listing of tuition rates for approved online programs please contact the One Stop for Student Services at 330-672-6000, or via our website Contact Us link.

The total program costs are estimates and are not final or binding. Program costs are based on standard fees, but fees may vary based on the actual classes taken.  Kent State University disclaims any liability arising from the use of or reliance upon these program cost estimates by any person.  Program costs are subject to change without notice.

*Out-of-state/International tuition includes a surcharge of $10 per credit hour for all students enrolled in an online program.

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