Cultural Foundations of Education
School/College: School of Education
- M.S. in Cultural Foundations of Education
The Department of Educational Policy and Community Studies offers a master's program for educators, community leaders, and those working in community-based organizations. Students deepen their knowledge base around issues relating to urban education and the contexts of urban communities. The program of study enhances participants' ability to critically analyze education and processes of community change.
Our courses are offered in the evenings, online, and on weekends to serve working students. All in-department courses required for the degree are offered online, and students are able to complete all of their departmental courses online over a two year cycle as space permits.
A core of four courses provides a foundation in sociology, history, philosophy and research.
Students are encouraged to develop and understand their own frameworks of values and theoretical perspectives as applied to the realities of urban education and urban communities. A faculty advisor will assist the student through the program, balancing flexibility and structure according to professional needs.
Common focus areas include the following:
- Alternative Education/At-Risk Students
- Child Care
- Community Organizing for Social Change
- Community Engagement and Partnerships
- Educational Policy
- Race Relations
- Urban Education
- Youth Work
Because our program is very flexible, allowing 6 credits of electives within the department as well as 9 credits that can be chosen from across the university, students often create their own unique informal focus areas, which have included: Latino Studies, Working-Class Studies, Educating Hmong Students, Global Education, Comparative Education, Race and the Police, Education and the Homeless, and more.
Students are encouraged to develop and understand their own values and theoretical perspectives as applied to the realities of urban education and community change. A faculty advisor will assist the student through the program, balancing flexibility and structure according to professional needs.
A wide variety of professionals seeking to understand the urban context of education and community change have found this program useful. Graduates work in a range of fields: directors of non-profit and community-based agencies; teachers and principals in public, private, and alternative schools; administrators of child care centers; directors of social action organizations; managers of programs serving youth; administrators in health service facilities; community organizers; elected government officials; police officers; administrators of group homes; doctoral students; professors; and more.
- Schutz, Aaron, Ph.D., University of Michigan, Chair
- Associate Professors
- Bonds, Michael, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
- Farmer-Hinton, Raquel, Ph.D., University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign
- Kailin, Julie, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Swaminathan, Raji, Ph.D., Syracuse University
- Tapia, Javier, Ph.D., Arizona State University
- Rai, Kaliyani, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Williams, Gary, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
- Assistant Professor
- Sandy, Marie, Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University (Educational Policy and Community Studies)
Master of Science in Cultural Foundations of Education
An applicant must meet Graduate School requirements plus the following departmental requirements to be considered for admission to the program:
- Submission of two letters of recommendation from individuals who can testify to the applicant's academic potential.
- Written statement of educational and professional goals with desired area of concentration.
Major Professor as Advisor
The student must have a major professor to advise and supervise the student's studies as specified in Graduate School regulations. A student who is not assigned to an advisor at time of admission should immediately contact the Department Chair.
Credits and Courses
The program in Cultural Foundations of Education requires a minimum of 30 graduate credits, divided among the following: required core courses (15); focus work (minimum 9 graduate credits), electives (minimum 6 graduate credits).
The required core for all students consists of the following 15 credits: Ed Pol 702, Cultural Foundations of Education Graduate Seminar (3), EdPol 705 Sociology of Education and Community Engagement (3), EdPol 710 Research Methods in Cultural Foundations (3), EdPol 740 Modern Philosophies of Education and Community (3), and EdPol 750 History of Education in American Communities (3). Each of these required courses has a set of major questions that guide the instructor and the students. Ed Pol 702 must be taken in the first two semesters after a student enrolls in the program.
Focus Work in Cultural Foundations
In addition to the core courses, Cultural Foundations majors must complete a minimum of 9 credits in the Department of Educational Policy and Community Studies that may be focused in the following areas: alternative education, multicultural education, peace education, urban education, and educational policy. They will select this focus with the help of an advisor.
In order to individualize the program, a maximum of 6 graduate credits of electives is selected in consultation with the advisor to enhance the specific professional goals of the student. These credits may be selected from courses within the Department, courses in other departments in the School of Education, or courses outside of the School of Education. A maximum of 3 credits of Independent Reading and 3 credits of fieldwork may be included in the program.
Capstone Paper/Project or Thesis
All students in the Cultural Foundations of Education program must complete either a capstone practicum, final paper, or thesis as part of their degree requirements. This choice should be made by the student in consultation with his/her advisor. Each option is completed under the direction of a faculty thesis/paper/project chair and a second reader, and requires an oral defense.
Capstone practicum option
For the Capstone Practicum option, students take three credits of Ed Pol 791: Capstone Practicum. Working with the instructor of this course, students conduct a project that relates to their core interests in the program and write a final paper related to their capstone project. More details are given in the syllabus for the 791 course. This course is generally taken in the last or close to last semester of a student's program.
Final paper option
The final paper option generally begins with a research paper written in one of the student’s classes, and then this paper is brought to a more complete form with the support of a faculty advisor. This option is designed for students who are planning to go on to further graduate study, and provides an opportunity to generate a writing sample for applications as well as to hone one's research abilities. Students do not generally take extra credits to complete this option. Note that this is NOT a thesis, which is a much more intensive and formalized research effort.
A thesis represents a much more substantial research project that is submitted formally to the Graduate School. Students pursuing the thesis option may take up to 6 credits of Ed Pol 990 Research or Thesis.
Students completing any of the above options will also end with a final exit interview with two faculty members from the program.
The student must complete all degree requirements within five years of initial enrollment.
Courses numbered 300-699 are Undergraduate/Graduate. Courses numbered 700 and above are Graduate only.
- 497 Study Abroad: (Subtitled). 1-12 cr. U/G.
- Designed to enroll students in UWM sponsored program before course work level, content, and credits are determined and/or in specially prepared program course work. Retakable w/chg in topic. Prereq: jr st, cons instr, acceptance for Study Abroad Prog.
- 500 Sociology and Policy of Urban Communities and Schools. 3 cr. U/G.
- Selected contemporary social issues analyzed for their bearing on urban communities and schools. Prereq: jr st.
- 501 Concepts in Community Organizing: Conflict and Change. 3 cr. U/G.
- Concepts informing community organizing or collective action for community change in the tradition of Saul Alinsky and related organizers. Introduces concepts such as "cutting an issue," "leadership," "targets." Prereq: jr st or cons instr.
- 507 Action Research on Milwaukee Institutions. 3 cr. U/G.
- Examination and analysis of the organization, philosophy, and history of specific Milwaukee institutions. Emphasis placed on how these institutions affect the lives of community residents and appropriate alternatives to current arrangements. Prereq: jr st or cons instr.
- 508 Problems of Change in Community-Based Organizations. 3 cr. U/G.
- Advanced training in community organizing with reflective paper. Prereq: Ed Pol 111(P) & cons instr.
- 510 Human Relations for Community Organizations & Community Engagement. 3 cr. U/G.
- Analysis of selected concepts and resources bearing on human relations training. Various approaches, e.g., Harvard case studies, to human relations will be evaluated. Prereq: jr st.
- 519 Peer Programs and Mediation: Youth Mentoring and Supporting Youth. 3 cr. U/G.
- Theory and practice of peer programs and how they are developed and sustained. Counts as repeat of Ed Pol 579 w/same topic. Prereq: jr st.
- 520 Peace Education. 3 cr. U/G.
- Discusses how education and community education can address the threats of violence and prepares students to teach about peace, nonviolence, and conflict resolution. Prereq: jr st or cons instr. Minimum of 9 hrs Soc Sci division course work.
- 521 Nonviolence in Education. 3 cr. U/G.
- An overview of different theories of nonviolence and an examination of their applications in educational setting. Prereq: jr st; Ed Pol 520(R); Psych 201(R) or cons instr.
- 522 Abusive Relationships: Community Problems, Community Solutions. 3 cr. U/G.
- The origins of relationship abuse, the legal aspects of domestic violence, and the healing process for people hurting in relationships. Prereq: jr st; Ed Pol 520(P) or cons instr.
- 530 Urban Education: Foundations. 3 cr. U/G.
- Application of basic social science concepts to study of education in the urban setting. Prereq; jr st.
- 531 Alternative Schools. 3 cr. U/G.
- Examine the alternative schools movement. Counts as repeat of Ed Pol 330. Prereq: jr st.
- 532 Male Identity: Education and Development. 3 cr. U/G.
- Contribution of schools in forming male identity. Changing expectations of men in work, the family and society. Prereq: jr st.
- 533 Educating Black Males-Theories, Methods and Strategies. 3 cr. U/G.
- This course will develop skills and strategies to affect changes in the lives of black males in the school system, k through 12 grade. Prereq: jr st; Ed Pol 112 or 375 or equiv or teacher certification.
- 534 The Student at Risk (Causes). 3 cr. U/G.
- Helps teachers to identify and understand the personal, social, cultural and community contexts which contribute to the at-risk status of public school students.Prereq: jr st.
- 535 Educating At-Risk Students. 3 cr. U/G.
- Development of skills and techniques to enable teachers to be instructionally effective with at-risk students. Prereq: jr st.
- 541 Wisconsin Juvenile Justice System and the Law for School Personnel. 1 cr. U/G.
- Provides students and school personnel with knowledge of Wisconsin juvenile justice system, and legal responsibilities of all school personnel, emphasizing current code. Prereq: jr st.
- 550 Comparative Education. 3 cr. U/G.
- Survey of foreign school systems with attention to cultural setting and major purposes. Prereq: jr st.
- 560 Education and Hispanics. 3 cr. U/G.
- Examination of the educational experiences of Hispanics in schools in the USA. Prereq: jr st.
- 561 Education Issues in American Indian Communities. 3 cr. U/G.
- Unique political-legal, social-cultural contexts of Native Education, intergovernmental involvement and role in addressing social/cultural and developmental needs of tribal societies. Prereq: jr st or cons instr.
- 579 Current Topics in Cultural Foundations of Education: (Subtitled). 1-6 cr. U/G.
- Specific topics and any additional prerequisites will be announced in the Schedule of Classes each time the course is offered. Retakeable with change in topic to max of 9 cr, including cr earned under Ed Pol 779. Prereq: jr st.
- 580 An Overview of Child/Youth Care. 3 cr. U/G.
- Survey of skills, theories and approaches of the youth work field. Emphasis on interactive, developmental and relationship-building approaches in a variety of settings. Ed Pol/ExcEduc/Soc Wrk 580 are jointly offered & count as repeats of each other. Prereq: jr st or cons instr.
- 581 Youth Work Practice. 3 cr. U/G.
- Applies the skills, theories and approaches of the youth work field to settings such as schools, community centers, and residential programs. Ed Pol/ExcEduc/Soc Wrk 581 are jointly offered & count as repeats of each other. Prereq: jr st; Ed Pol/ExcEduc/Soc Wrk 580(P); or grad st or cons instr.
- 582 Operations Management in Early Childhood Programs. 3 cr. U/G.
- An introduction to systems and operations theory. Students explore and apply management concepts, systems, policies, and procedures to improve the quality of programs and services. Jointly offered with & counts as repeat of Ad Ldsp 582. Prereq: jr st; Ad Ldsp 581(P); or cons instr.
- 584 Early Childhood Programs and the External Environment. 3 cr. U/G.
- Examines external influences that impact daycare. Students explore issues of culture, community, diversity, and policy as well as technical issues related to program quality. Prereq: jr st & Ad Ldsp 581(P); or cons instr.
- 585 Supervised Practicum in Child and Youth Care. 2-4 cr. U/G.
- Supervised practicum in residential agencies and settings which utilize child and youth care workers and serve behaviorally, cognitively and/or physically disabled youth. Ed Pol/ExcEduc 585 are jointly offered & count as repeats of each other. Prereq: jr st; Ed Pol/ExcEduc/Soc Wrk 580(P), or grad st; cons instr.
- 597 Public Schools, Church-State Issues: Educational Foundations. 3 cr. U/G.
- Examination of the intersection between church and state in public education, including historical, legal, and moral issues; discussions of religious conflicts. Prereq: jr st.
- 601 (401) Foundations of Community-Based Organizations. 3 cr. U/G.
- Overview of community based organizations, their structures, functions, & administration. Students will also be taught proposal writing skills. Prereq: jr st or cons instr.
- 602 (421) Proposal Writing and Fundraising Skills for Community-Based Organizations. 3 cr. U/G.
- Course prepares students to research, identify and apply for government funded community programs. Prereq: jr st.
- 603 (422) Community Policy Analysis. 3 cr. U/G.
- Overview of policy analysis theory and approaches and techniques used to make sound policy decisions. Prereq: jr st or cons instr.
- 604 (423) Marketing for Community-Based Organizations. 3 cr. U/G.
- Basic theories of marketing and the application of marketing strategies used by community-based organizations. Prereq: jr st or cons instr.
- 605 (424) Community-Based Organization Funding. 3 cr. U/G.
- Overview of basic fiscal issues (funding types and sources, accountability issues, oversight systems, etc) impacting community-based organizations. Prereq: jr st or cons instr.
- 606 Quality Controls and Accountability for Community-Based Organizations. 3 cr. U/G.
- Introduction to quality controls and accountability tools that community-based organizations need in an era of increased accountability. Prereq: jr st.
- 607 Service Learning and Community Engagement. 3 cr. U/G.
- Examines theories and practices of Service Learning and Community Engagement. Provides frameworks for reflection and action. Explores power, inequality and approaches to social justice. Part of concentration in Community Engagement and Partnerships. Prereq: jr st or cons instr.
- 608 Social Media and Technology for Community Engagement. 3 cr. U/G.
- Introduces a variety of current visions of social media and approaches to community informatics. Prereq: jr st or cons instr.
- 609 Community Partnerships. 3 cr. U/G.
- Explores different partnership environments, including: community-campus partnerships, inter-agency non-profit partnerships; governmental-non-profit partnerships; and public-private partnerships through theory and practice. Prereq: jr st or cons instr.
- 610 Reproduction of Minority Communities. 3 cr. U/G.
- Analysis of the social, economic, and cultural forces behind the formation and reproduction of minority and disadvantaged communities in the United States. Jointly offered w/& counts as repeat of Sociol 610. Prereq: jr st; any Sociol 100-level course.
- 611 Community Policies and Urban Minority Youths. 3 cr. U/G.
- Focus on how community policies impact urban minority youths. Prereq: jr st.
- 612 Community Participation and Power. 3 cr. U/G.
- Strategies for community participation in policy and practice; importance of understanding power relations for success. Students choose individual focus: e.g., housing, public health, education, etc. Prereq: jr st.
- 613 (512) Context and Foundations of Educational Policy. 3 cr. U/G.
- Defines educational policy, studies philosophical, historical, and social contexts of educational policy, examines context of educational policy, and presents contemporary educational concerns. Prereq: jr st.
- 615 Service Delivery Policies & Systems for Community-Based Organizations. 3 cr. U/G.
- Overview of key policies used by community-based organizations in developing service delivery systems. Prereq: jr st.
- 620 (720) History of the Education of African Americans. 3 cr. U/G.
- Study of the history, biographies, trends, cultural influences, and movements in the education of African Americans: Africa to slavery to the present. Comparison with 'white education.' Prereq: jr st.
- 621 History of Native Education and Policy Development. 3 cr. U/G.
- Historic policy development affecting the education of American Indians including the development of schools and the relationship of education to federal Indian policy. Prereq: jr st or cons instr.
- 624 Gender and Education. 3 cr. U/G.
- Overview of the major discussions and debates in the area of gender, focusing on the intersections of gender, race, class, ethnicity, and sexuality. Prereq: jr st.
- 625 Race Relations in Education. 3 cr. U/G.
- Study and analysis of historical and theoretical bases of racism/race relations in america and their influences on contemporary educational policies and practices. Prereq: jr st.
- 626 Antiracist Education. 3 cr. U/G.
- Comparative perspectives on racism and antiracism in society and education. Counts as repeat of Ed Pol 579 with same topic. Prereq: jr st.
- 630 Race and Public Policy in Urban America. 3 cr. U/G.
- Examination of the relationship between race and public policy with emphasis on issues (housing, crime, welfare reform, poverty, employment, discrimination, etc.) impacting urban communities. Prereq: jr st or cons instr.
- 633 Community Development for Low-Income and Minority Communities. 3 cr. U/G.
- Introduction to the principles, ideas, and techniques of community development and the development of minority communities. Prereq: jr st.
- 636 Issues in African American Education. 3 cr. U/G.
- Contemporary issues in African American education, including special education, poverty, and academics, and their historical contexts. Prereq: jr st.
- 639 Milwaukee Black Community. 3 cr. U/G.
- Overview of the social, historical, economic and political developments of Milwaukee's Black community. Prereq: jr st.
- 640 The Rise and Fall of America's Southern Civil Rights Movement. 3 cr. U/G.
- African Americans' struggle for Civil Rights in the South, focusing on issues such as education, housing, and politics; social and historical context for related policies. Prereq: jr st.
- 650 The Civil Rights Movement in Northern Cities. 3 cr. U/G.
- Exploration of the Civil Rights Movement in northern cities, focusing on issues such as education, housing, and politics; social and historical context for related policies. Prereq: jr st.
- 660 History of Western Education. 3 cr. U/G.
- Chronological narrative examining educational systems in western countries through the development of various civilizations from ancient Egypt to Europe. Prereq: jr st.
- 688 Fieldwork in Multicultural Education. 1-6 cr. U/G.
- Fieldwork in multicultural settings appropriate for cultural research, analysis and study. Individualized requirements and evaluation criteria to be determined by faculty on individualized bases. May be retaken to 6 cr max. Prereq: jr st; cons instr.
- 698 Fieldwork in International Education. 1-6 cr. U/G.
- Fieldwork in intercultural settings appropriate for cultural research, analysis and study. Requirements and evaluation criteria to be determined by faculty on individualized basis. Retakable to 6 cr max. Prereq: jr st; cons instr.
- 702 Cultural Foundations of Education Graduate Seminar. 3 cr. G.
- Introduction to graduate studies. Provides students the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in graduate school. Prereq: grad st
- 705 Sociology of Education and Community Engagement. 3 cr. G.
- Focus on education and communities as social systems. Examination of race/ethnicity, socioeconomic class, and gender in communities and schools. Prereq: grad st.
- 710 Research Methods for Education and Community Engagement. 3 cr. G.
- Critical examination of historical, philosophical, sociological and comparative research methods and strategies and their implications for community engagement and educational change. Prereq: grad st.
- 711 Community Organizing: Collective Action for Social Change: (Subtitled). 3 cr. G.
- History of community organizing in America. Strategies for planning and action to contest inequality and confront power. Students can focus on issue from area of interest. Not retakable for cr. Prereq: grad st
- 712 Community Participation and Power: Advanced Topics. 3 cr. G.
- Strategies for community participation in policy and practice. Importance of understanding power relations for success. Students choose individual issue focus: e.g., housing, public health, education, the environment, health care, etc. Prereq: grad st.
- 713 Structural/Political Analysis in Community Organizing and Popular Education. (Subtitled). 3 cr. G.
- Theoretical overview of structural and political analysis, focused mainly on the major strands in political economy - classical, Marxian, Neo-Marxian, Keynesian, and neoliberal, conducted in relation to specific community case studies. Not retakable for cr. Prereq: grad st, cons instr.
- 714 Practical and Theoretical Issues in Community Organizing. (Subtitled). 3 cr. G.
- Theoretical overview and strategic implications of some of the major social issues confronting community organizers, including race/class/gender dynamics, intercultural communication, and leadership. Not retakable for cr. Prereq: grad st, cons instr.
- 715 Popular Education: Theory and Practice. (Subtitled). 3 cr. G.
- Overview of popular education and related educational pedagogies. Strategies for developing popular education programs. Not retakable for cr. Prereq: grad st, cons instr.
- 721 Data Analysis for Educational Policy & Community Engagement. 3 cr. G.
- Provides students with basic quantitative skills needed for gathering, organizing, interpreting, reporting and presenting data to impact community policies. Prereq: grad st.
- 725 Community Organizing in Low-Income and Minority Communities. 3 cr. G.
- Overview of issues related to organizing in low-income and minority communities. Prereq: grad st.
- 740 Modern Philosophies of Education and Community. 3 cr. G.
- Analysis of philosophies of education and of community processes; exploration of beliefs about values and knowledge within cultural contexts. Prereq: grad st.
- 750 History of Education in American Communities. 3 cr. G.
- Study of consensus and conflict in the ideas and issues shaping education and community in the changing U.S. society; includes an emphasis on the education and engagement of immigrants, minorities and women in and outside of mainstream society.. Prereq: grad st.
- 770 (670) History of Urban Education Reform Policies. 3 cr. G.
- Historical overview of urban education reform efforts in America. Prereq: grad st.
- 779 Current Topics in Cultural Foundations of Education: (Subtitled). 1-3 cr. G.
- Variable content course. Specific topic announced in schedule of classes. May be retaken with change in topic to max of 9 cr. Prereq: grad st.
- 780 (680) Urban Education Policies and Community: Problems and Opportunities. 3 cr. G.
- Issues impacting urban school districts. Prereq: grad st.
- 791 Action Research: Capstone Workshop. 3 cr. G.
- Capstone research course for students in the Cultural Foundations of Education MS program Open to Cultural Foundations Students only. Prereq: grad st; Ed Pol 710 and 705 (P), 740 & 750 (P) or (C) plus 6 addl cr; cons instr.
- 799 Independent Reading. 1-3 cr. G.
- For benefit of grad students unable to secure needed content in regular courses. Prereq: grad st; cons instr.
- 801 (831) Urban Education: Doctoral Seminar. 1-3 cr. G.
- Administrative leadership and policy development in urban education. Retakable to 3 cr max. Prereq: grad st; Educ 701(P); admis Urban Ed Ph.D. prog
- 805 Sociology of Education: Seminar. 3 cr. G.
- Evaluation of theory, scholarly research, and issues in the sociology of education, with emphasis on empirical studies of social stratification and social mobility. Prereq: Doctoral st or cons instr.
- 822 Global Educational Studies. 3 cr. G.
- Study of worldwide growth in learning needs and how to meet them; inequalities between and within countries; and proposed reforms, innovations and technologies. Prereq: grad st.
- 823 Multicultural Education. 3 cr. G.
- Study of cultural diversity and its relationship to educational theory and practice. Emphasis upon developing and analyzing programs with a multicultural emphasis. Prereq: grad st; Ed Pol 705(P) or 750(P) or cons instr.
- 833 Seminar in Multicultural Education. 3 cr. G.
- Emphasis upon devising an individually defined study of a specific educational issue or practice to encourage development of multicultural education. Prereq: grad st; Ed Pol 688(P) or 823(P) or cons instr.
- 837 Emergent Methods in Qualitative Research for Social Foundations. 3 cr. G.
- Provides students an advance overview of state-of-the-art qualitative research methods. Prereq: grad st.
- 840 Seminar in Educational Theory. 3 cr. G.
- Examination of prominent theories of education and society and application to current educational issues and contexts. Prereq: Doctoral st or cons instr.
- 850 Seminar in History of American Education. 3 cr. G.
- Historical background of contemporary debates and controversies in American education. Prereq: Doctoral st or cons instr.
- 888 Candidate for Degree. 0 cr. G.
- Available for graduate students who must meet minimum credit load requirement. Fee for 1 cr assessed. Prereq: grad st.
- 897 Seminar in the Philosophy and History of Adult Education. 3 cr. G.
- Philosophical foundations related to the historical movement of adult education and implications for future directions. Prereq: grad st; Ad Ldsp 657 or cons instr.
- 990 Research or Thesis. 1-3 cr. G.
- Prereq: grad st.
- 999 Independent Reading. 1-3 cr. G.
- Variable content course. Retakeable to max of 9 cr. Prereq: master's degree.