M.Ed. in Ed Psych: Social Foundations - Online


This master’s degree provides a broad understanding of the complexities and processes of today's education environment, while also providing the focused knowledge and skill development that are directly applied to helping students in the classroom. Join us in this stimulating, challenging, and highly applicable program for today's complex and dynamic education field.

Individuals with a M.Ed. in Ed Psych – Social Foundations (often called the “humanities of education”) find that the solid foundation of broad educational knowledge allows them to more effectively teach a more diverse student body. Courses such as History of Education, Philosophy of Education, Anthropology of Education, Sociology of Education, and Comparative Education provide insight into our educational system and how it effectively, or ineffectively, supports various student populations.

In addition, elective courses in areas such as Gifted Education, English Language Learners, Reading and Instructional Technology provide the knowledge required to address specific needs in the classroom and offer our master’s students the opportunity to build the necessary skills to be more effective educators to various types of learners.

The program is offered full-time or part-time, and the core courses and electives are provided online. While earning this M.Ed., you can simultaneously earn or work toward an Endorsement in Gifted Education or English Language Learners Education. We also offer focus area elective courses in Reading Education and Instructional Technology. All core and elective courses are taken online. Course Overview tab below for details.

Careers

Graduate training in Social Foundations at the Master's prepares students for positions in policy-related functions in schools and school systems, and employment in various governmental agencies. It may also enhance teachers’ pedagogy in the areas of social justice and human rights.

  • Alumni Spotlight: Corey Haynes


    Social Foundations Graduate Scholar Earns Fulbright Grant to Teach and Study Abroad

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  • Alumni Spotlight: Helaine Klasky


    Helaine Klasky (M.Ed. ’94 Soc Foundations) was recently named Chair, U.S. Public Affairs and Crisis Practice for Burson-Marsteller, a leading global strategic communications and public relations firm.

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  • Alumni Spotlight: Jay Jackson


    Jay Jackson (M.Ed. ’85 Soc Foundations) after a 21-year career in K-12 classrooms, began working in various positions at UVA development 17 years ago.

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Program Details


  • Prerequisites and Admission Requirements

    Admission to the master's program is based on the potential for academic and professional success using the following criteria:

    • Record of academic achievement.
    • Record of potential for academic achievement as evidenced through EITHER of the following:
      • Two recent writing samples may be substituted for the GRE score. Please put these into one document when submitting in the application; OR
      • ​Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores that are no more than 5 years old. For reference, GRE scores for MEd, MT, EdS students admitted for the 2014-15 academic year were at or above the 150 (verbal), 145 (quantitative), and 4.0 (analytical writing).
    • Strong writing skills and clear professional goals demonstrated in the Statement of Purpose.
    • In your statement, please address the factors that have encouraged you to seek an M.Ed. from the UVa Social Foundations program. This is also an opportunity for you to describe your background, significant personal and professional experiences, important aspects of your academic record, and professional and/or further academic goals upon completion of the program.
    • Excellent academic and professional references via two (2) letters of recommendation from professors, supervisors, and/or professional colleagues.
    • Resume outlining your professional or para-professional experience, leadership roles, experiences in undergraduate organizations, and/or volunteer work.

    Applicants may submit unofficial test scores and transcripts with their application. However, official test scores (taken with 5 years) and official transcripts showing degree conferral are required prior to matriculation.

    Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all required materials are submitted by the deadline. Incomplete applications will not be read and may be cancelled if left incomplete. Materials should be tracked using the checklist in the application.

  • Application Due Date

    Students may enter the program during the fall, spring, or summer session.

    • Fall entry: April 15, applications will be accepted until June 1 on a space-available basis
    • Spring entry: November 1
    • Summer entry: March 15, applications will be accepted until May 1 on a space-available basis

    Decisions will be available 6 weeks after the deadline.

    Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all required materials are submitted by the deadline. Incomplete applications will not be read and may be cancelled if left incomplete. Materials should be tracked using the checklist in the application.

  • Degree Requirements

    A minimum of 30 semester-hours of graduate course credit must be completed to earn an M.Ed. The 30 credit requirement applies only to students who entered the program in Fall 2018. Up to 6 semester-hours of graduate credit taken prior to admission may be counted toward the degree, as long as courses are current and related to the program of study. Only 3 credits of independent study may be counted toward degree requirements.

    Students must complete an application for graduation during the semester they plan to graduate. Deadlines are Feb. 1 (May graduation), June 1 (August graduation), and October 1 (December graduation). 

  • Funding Opportunities

    Students may apply for federal financial aid, including work-study. Information about federal aid programs, including applying using the FAFSA, can be found through Student Financial Services. Additional financial aid information can be found on Curry's Financial Aid webpage.

  • Typical Length of Study

    Students may enroll on a full- or part-time status. All requirements must be completed within a five-year period.

    Students enrolled on a full-time basis complete the program requirements at the end of three semesters.
    Students enrolled on a part-time basis normally complete the program in 2.5 years.

  • Course Overview

    Core Courses

    Students must take EDLF 7601: Social Foundations of Education, plus 12 semester-hours of core courses in social foundations. A Total of 15 credits. The core courses include:

    EDLF 7602: History of American Education
    EDLF 7603: Philosophy of Education
    EDLF 7604: Sociology of Education
    EDLF 7605: Anthropology of Education
    EDLF 7606: Comparative Education
    EDLF 7630: Education in Multicultural Societies: Global Perspectives (a core course only for students in the online program) (note: students with an ESL focus area should take this course)

    Elective Course Options:

    There are several options below, choose a Focus Area or a combination of courses:

    1. Select a Focus Areas - there are 4 Focus areas, and all courses are ONLINE (see chart below for each Focus Area course listing):

    • Gifted & Talented Education (5 courses, 15 credits) - Add-on Endorsement opportunity
    • English as a Second Language/ESL (5 courses, 15 credits) - With an option to obtain endorsement
    • Reading Education (5 courses, 15 credits
    • Instructional Technology (5 courses, 15 credits)

    2. One or two Social Foundations core courses listed above not used to satisfy degree requirements (3 or 6 credits)

    3. Any Curry School 3 credit online graduate course (see your Advisor to discuss)

    Focus Areas Course Listing - All ONLINE:

    The Gifted and ESL courses meet Virginia, and most state, add-on Endorsement requirements.

    Gifted Education

    English as a Second Language*

    Reading Education

    Instructional Technology

    Courses:
    EDIS 7220 – Intro to the Gifted

    EDIS 7230 – Curriculum for the Gifted and Talented

    EDIS 7250 – Models and Strategies for Teaching the Gifted

    EDIS 7270 – Differentiation of Instruction for Gifted Learners

    EDIS 5000 – The Exceptional Learner

    Courses:
    EDIS 5424 ESL Methods

    EDIS 5480- Modern language Teaching Methods and Second Language Acquisition

    EDIS 5470 – ESL Assessment and Curriculum Design

    EDIS 5270 – Teaching Reading and Writing for ELLs

    EDIS 7700 – Foundations of Reading Instruction

    Possible ESL elective pending advisor approval (April Salerno)

    Courses:
    EDIS 7700 – Foundations of Reading Instruction

    EDIS 7710 – Reading in the Content Area

    EDIS 7720 – Word Study: Language Structures & Phonics

    EDIS 7751 - Literacy Leadership and Coaching

    EDIS 5760 - Adolescent Literacy

    Courses:
    EDIS 7000 – Instructional Design

    EDIS 5075 – Online Instruction for K-12

    EDIS 7010 – Computer Courseware Tools

    EDIS 7072 – Performance Improvement

     

The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements. These publications may be found at http://records.ureg.virginia.edu/index.php.