The Foundations of Education program is a self-designed option intended for licensed educators who want to pursue particular questions, ideas or aims through graduate study in education. In consultation with the faculty advisor, students design a program to meet their specific objectives and needs. The program blends core coursework with a series of topical seminars, enabling students to create an individually designed theme to guide their study.
A key emphasis in the program is the development of a critical perspective on the social, political and structural arrangements of formal education, as well as coursework and teaching experiences designed to promote equity and excellence for all. Students meet with their faculty adviser frequently to develop and revise their plan of study. All students complete a capstone project; a thesis option is available. An exit interview is required.