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Sociology And Education Essays Teachers

Sociology helps in the process of education in several ways.  One way is that sociology represents education.  The study of how people and societies interact within one another and themselves is, in part, the essence of education.  The process of teaching and learning is a social process- teachers and students, students with one another, both with people outside of the classroom and bringing those experiences into the classroom setting- are all examples of how our social interactions impact our learning.  Effective teaching and learning is not an isolated process.  Students enter the classroom with their own senses of reality, experience, and narratives and teachers have to acknowledge and integrate this into the classroom setting and the learning process.  The notion of students entering a classroom and divorcing it from their own social experiences is not an effective paradigm in the modern setting.  Perhaps, this is because students have greater interactions on a social level with the proliferation of information technology and socially interactive networking.  They bring this cultural capital into the classroom and teachers have to strive to understand this sociological element into the process of teaching and learning.  Additionally, students' backgrounds demand that teachers comprehend how different societies interact within one other in order to maximize learning.  The heterogeneous classroom is one predicated upon different modes of social interaction, and a teachers' understanding of this sociological component could be a defining in determining success or failure in the reciprocal process of teaching and learning.

Master of Education (Ed.M., 60 points)

Program Requirements

Ed.M. Degree in the Program in Sociology and Education – minimum of 60 points

Requirements for the Ed.M. program without the educational policy option: 

I.  Core Courses (Minimum of 14 points) 

A. Foundational Coursework in Social Analysis of Education

  • EDPS 4021 Sociology of Education (3) (Required)
  • EDPA 4050 Logic & Design of Research in Educational Policy & Social Analysis (3)
  • EDPS 4620 Introductory Colloquium in Sociology and Education (2 or 3) (Required)
  • EDPS 5620 Advanced Colloquium in Sociology and Education (3)

B. Education and Social Inequality (minimum 3 points)

  • EDPS 4022 Sociology of Urban Education (3)
  • EDPP 5045 Race, Ethnicity and US Educational Policy (3)
  • EDPS 4024 Social Stratification and Education (3)
  • EDPS 4032 Gender, Difference and Curriculum (3)
  • C&T 4032 Gender, Difference and Curriculum (3)

C. Education and Social Organization (minimum 3 points)

  • EDPS 4029 Sociology of Schools (3)
  • EDPS 4030 Sociology of Organizations (3)
  • EDPS 5022 Sociology of Education Systems (3)
  • EDPA 6030 Institutional Theory: Sociological Perspectives on Institutional Change in Education (3)
  • EDPS 5199 Sociology of Teaching and Leadership in Education (3)
  • ITSF 5023 Family as Educator (3)
  • ITSF 5026 Family and Television (3)
  • ITSF 5120 Education in Community Settings (3)
  • HUDK 4031 Sociology of Evaluation (3)

D. Education and Social Change (minimum 3 points)

  • EDPS 4000 Education and Public Policy (3)
  • EDPS 4028 Sociology of the Life Course (3)
  • EDPS 5050 Sociology of Knowledge (3)
  • HUDK 4011 Sociology of Online Learning (3)
  • HUDK 5621 Technology and Society (3)

II. Research Methods (12 points)

A. Quantitative Research Methods (6 points)

  • EDPA 4002 Data Analysis for Policy & Decision Making I (3), or
  • HUDM 4122 Probability and Statistical Inference (3), and
  • EDPA 5002 Data Analysis for Policy & Decision Making II (3), or
  • HUDM 5122 Applied Regression Analysis (3)

B. Qualitative Research Methods (3 points)

  • EDPS 5057 Qualitative Methods for Education Policy and Social Analysis (3), or
  • ITSF 5000 Methods of Inquiry:  Ethnography and Participant Observation (3), or
  • C&T 5502 Introduction to Qualitative Research in Curriculum and Teaching (3)

C. Advanced Research Methods (3 points)

  • EDPA 4050 Logic & Design of Research in Educational Policy & Social Analysis (3)
  • EDPS 5646 Evaluation of Educational and Social Programs (3)
  • ORL 5522 Evaluation Methods I (3)
  • HBSS 6100 Program Evaluation (3)
  • T6416 Program Evaluation in Social Services (at Columbia School of Social Work) (3)
  • EDPS 5020 Survey Research Methods (3) 

III. Electives/Concentration (28-31 points)

IV. Culminating Integrative Experience (0-3 points)

Master’s comprehensive examination (0), or

Master’s essay and EDPS 6021 Master’s Essay in Sociology and Education (1 point in the fall and 2 points in the spring, for a total of 3 points)

Additional requirements for the Ed.M. program with the policy concentration: 

Choose one course from each of the following four categories: 

I. Foundational Studies in Education Policy

  • EDPS 4000   Education and Public Policy

II. Policy Analysis

  • EDPA 5645 Craft of Policy Analysis
  • EDPA 4047 Politics and Public Policy
  • EDPA 4048 Policy Analysis & Implementation,

III. Program Evaluation

  • EDPS 5646 Evaluation of Educational and Social Programs
  • ORL 5522 Evaluation Methods I
  • HBSS 6100 Program Evaluation
  • T6416 Program Evaluation in Social Services (at Columbia School of Social Work)

IV. Topics in Education and Social Policy

  • EDPA 4013 Education Policy and the Management of Instruction
  • EDPA 4017 Topics in Higher Education Law
  • EDPA 4025 Higher Education Policy
  • EDPA 4033 Comprehensive Educational Opportunity
  • EDPA 4046 School Finance Policy and Practice
  • EDPA 4086 Law and Education:  Regulation, Religion, Free Speech and Safety
  • EDPA 4899 Federal Policy Institute
  • EDPA 5016 Educational Equality:  The Rule of Law
  • EDPA 5023 Policymaking for Effective High School to College Transition
  • EDPA 5086 Educational Policymaking and the Courts
  • EDPA 5880 School Law Institute
  • EDPA 6013 Early Childhood Development and Education
  • EDPA 6027 International Perspectives on Early Childhood Policy
  • EDPE 4057 Economics of Urban and Minority Education
  • EDPE 4058 Economics of Higher Education
  • EDPE 4155 Evaluating Educational Privatization and School Choice
  • EDPP 5041 Politics of Centralization and Decentralization
  • EDPP 5045 Race, Ethnicity and US Educational Policy
  • C&T 4615 Young Children, Families and Social Policy
  • C&T 5050 Education Policy:  Prologue to the Future
  • C&T 5074 Curriculum and Teaching Policy
  • HBSS 4112 Social Policy and Prevention
  • ITSF 4060 Latinos in Urban Schools
  • ITSF 4098 Education Development Policies in China
  • ITSF 4160 Human Rights Education in Africa:  Politics, Policies and Pedagogies
  • ITSF 5006 International Education Policy Studies

*Please note that all master's students must complete a Culminating Experience.  See the Guidelines for more details: