College of Education


Education, Culture and Society

M.Phil. in Education, Culture and Society

Program Purpose

The Master of Philosophy is granted to students who complete all the requirements for the Ph.D. degree except the dissertation. It is designed to equip students with advanced theoretical and empirical tools they need to teach courses on educational policy and practice with an emphasis on social justice in education and with knowledge about the methodological issues involved in conducting research on questions about class, race, ethnicity, gender and/or sexuality in educational policy and practice in elementary, secondary, and post-secondary settings and/or in family, community, and alternative educational contexts.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will acquire knowledge of mainstream and critical theoretical frameworks and of empirical research on historical and contemporary issues related to questions about diversity, equity, and power in formal and informal educational settings.
  • Students will acquire knowledge of the conceptual issues underpinning inquiry in education and of how modes of data collection and analysis work in concert with the theoretical assumptions that guide inquiry.
  • Students will acquire knowledge of the methodological tools for conceptualizing research, designing research studies, and carrying out the various phases of qualitative inquiry.