M.S. in Transformative Education and Social Change

We are proud to present a M.S. degree in Transformative Education and Social Change consisting of the development of empowered and impactful teaching methods, the creation of inspired and meaningful educational programs, and the examination of the transformative potential of education.

Our department faculty focuses on a more critical theoretical foundation from which our candidates can make an honest analysis of the issues and ideologies confronting contemporary education, identify contradictions and points of concern, and construct transformative programs and practices in response.

Candidates will reflect on their own experiences in order to identify and challenge the common assumptions underlying the dominant educational philosophies today. This unique approach seeks to close the gap between theory and practice and integrate the ideals of freedom and critical democratic engagement into education.

We offer a very meaningful, personal, and rewarding experience for educators who, in spite of these trying times, still hold to what drove them into teaching: to have a positive impact on their students and the world. Our program envisions the preparation and inspiration of empowered educators - transformative intellectuals - who create and share knowledge and strategies to improve the quality of life for their students, schools, and communities.

I welcome prospective candidates, on behalf of our Department faculty and staff, to communicate with us any concerns you have about the program and ways we might better accommodate your personal goals. We are excited to meet with you and answer any questions you might have.

  • With warmest regards,
  • John M. Elmore's Signature
  • John M. Elmore, Ph.D.
  • Professor and Department Chairperson

Program Highlights

Mission, Goals, and Outcomes

Our M.S. program seeks to inspire the development of integrated, engaged, and active educators who will embrace their role as democratic agents of change in the communities in which they teach. To this end, candidates will examine the historical, social, political, and economic foundations of education for social transformation; study the psychology of impactful teaching and learning; consider the role of technology on social change in the twenty-first century; develop capacities for the production of meaningful curricula and empowered pedagogies, and develop authentic assessment and evaluation methods for transformative education.

In order to understand the political contexts in which they teach, educators need to have a critical theoretical foundation. A primary focus of the program is to provide our students with a critical framework so that they can recognize and challenge their own biases and assumptions they have made regarding their underlying educational philosophies and practices.

Additionally, the program strives to give educators the necessary tools to develop as change agents and challenge and test their assumptions, the program is built around an action research emphasis. Action research is a process of reflection which allows educators to improve the way they address issues and solve problems in their schools and classrooms, and communities.

Application Procedure

Applicants for the M.S.* are expected to have:

  • An undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university
  • An undergraduate degree GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. (If an applicant possesses a master's degree, the GPA requirement applies to that degree)

In addition to meeting admission requirements of the University, the student must:

  • Submit two letters of recommendations, all transcripts and a goals statement
  • Be approved by the Department of Educational Foundations and Policy Studies for graduate work

Upon admission, students will be assigned advisors who will help them to outline the appropriate program. All work for the program must be approved by the advisor and the departmental graduate committee.

For additional information please

contact Dr. Paul Morgan.


To apply for the graduate program, visit The Graduate School site and click on the APPLY NOW button.

* This program does not lead to teacher certification.

Advancing to Candidacy

During the pre-candidacy period, the student must:

  • Attain full status, if admission status to the program was provisional.
  • Complete the core courses.
  • Achieve a minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 and a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the required courses in the area of concentration.
  • Show evidence of academic, personal, and professional qualities that satisfy the advisor and the departmental graduate committee.
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  • Alexandra C. ALEXANDRA C.

    "I have felt a strong sense of pride knowing that I have taken classes from world-renowned educators, who care deeply about my work and have pushed me to surpass my own goals."

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    "I have had the opportunity to autonomously develop a goal and path to grow as a teacher in my subject, with the support of my highly qualified professors and professional peers."

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  • Samantha P. SAMANTHA P.

    "Overall, I feel prepared to finish the program due to the step-by-step guidance from the professors I have worked with as well as my graduate advisor. I also feel accomplished to have completed a program while I was teaching full-time."

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    "Each of the members in the cohort has been able to add different perspectives to each other's various concerns; and along with the support of our professors we have been able to critically reflect on our work and begin creating action plans within our fields."

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  • Michelle F. MICHELLE F.

    "This program opens your eyes to education at a state, national, and global level. In this program you get to select an issue in education that you feel passionate about, research the issue, and develop a thesis."

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