Banks Center for Educational Justice

Degrees in Culturally Sustaining Education

Master of Education Degree, Seattle Campus

The Master of Education Degree (M.Ed.) in Multicultural Education may be pursued as a Study Option within Curriculum and Instruction at the University. The M. Ed. is designed to prepare teachers and other professionals to assume leadership roles in school districts, colleges, universities and other institutions that have projects, courses, and programs related to multicultural education, intergroup education, and race relations. The program is also designed to respond to the needs of classroom teachers who wish to gain the knowledge and skills needed to integrate their curricula with multicultural content. Educators involved in helping school districts move from desegregated to effectively integrated educational environments will also benefit from the program.

Students enrolled in the Master’s degree program pursue a course of study that includes at least 24 credits in subject matter fields outside the Department of Education. Each student’s particular course of study must include at least 12 credits at the 400 level or above. This group of courses includes two generic courses on the nature of prejudice and discrimination and at least 12 credits in no more than two ethnic studies fields selected by the student. Ethnic studies fields from which students may select courses include the following: American Indian Studies, Asian American Studies, African American Studies, Chicano Studies, and Jewish American Studies.

Master degree students must also select at least 14 credits in courses in multicultural education within the College of Education. Each student’s course of study must include six credits in Curriculum and Instruction. The student may select a thesis or non-thesis option for the M.Ed. degree.

Master of Education In Multicultural Education, Bothell Campus

The Multicultural Education Study Option is designed to assist teachers in their personal and professional growth as instructional leaders in a society that is undergoing significant demographic changes. Courses in the Multicultural Education Study Option blend theory and practice and emphasize issues of school practice. Program courses also help teachers increase their instructional effectiveness with both males and females and with students from diverse ethnic, racial, cultural, and social-class groups.

The Multicultural Education Study Option incorporates five major themes: Reflective Self-Analysis, Service to Others, Inquiry, Equity Pedagogy, and examination of the process of Knowledge Construction. Within each particular theme, cognitive, affective, and ethical dimensions of teaching, research, and service are emphasized.

If you would like more information on the program contact the Bothell Campus . The telephone number is 206-685-5331.

Master of Education In Multicultural Education, Tacoma Campus

Multicultural Education considers the problems of monoculturalism versus multiculturalism, explores the nature and reproduction of bias, and develops skills in creating and sustaining multicultural classrooms. Multicultural Education: Critical Issues, one of three required courses in the program, consists of a critical exploration of the major intellectual, political, and pedagogical issues in multicultural education. In this program, students study institutional and cultural discrimination related to race, class, and gender. Students will also analyze and weight the relationship between schooling and the reproduction of stratification and discrimination.

Contact the Tacoma Campus for more information about the program. The telephone number is 206-552-4430

Doctoral Degrees in Multicultural Education – Seattle Campus

Students may pursue a multicultural education concentration in either the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree. The Ph.D. program prepares students for careers in research or scholarly inquiry and teaching at the college level. The program consists of (1) continuous research or inquiry; (2) courses in Education and related fields designed to develop a comprehensive academic basis for future work in research and teaching; and (3) teaching and other related experiences tailored to individual needs and career goals. Each student works closely with an advisor and a supervisory faculty committee to select courses, topics of research and inquiry, and teaching experiences.
The Ed.D. program is designed to prepare students for advanced professional practice directed mainly toward the application or transmission of existing knowledge. The program of study leading to the Doctor of Education, as a professional degree, focuses on the utilization of research knowledge, rather than on the production of new research knowledge. Students who aspire to leadership positions as administrators or policy analysts, for example, would appropriately seek the Doctor of Education degree. The student pursues a program of study as well as sequences of appropriate field placements such as supervisory internships and administrative practices.