Master of Arts Degree in Educational Foundations

  • Congratulations EDFN Class of 2021! We're so proud of you.
    Congratulations EDFN Class of 2021! We're so proud of you.
  • Students at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting in San Jose, CA in Nov. 2018.
    Students at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting in San Jose, CA in Nov. 2018: Joel Lovos, Kevin Morris, Samantha Lopez, Valeria Rodriguez, Doris Guzman, Sesley Lewis, Zarazua, Iosdelyn Ramirez, Jessica Lorenzana, Manson Johnson.
  • EDFN M.A. graduates Raul Meneses Samperio and Angie Barrera at Commencement, May 2018
    EDFN M.A. graduates Raul Meneses Samperio and Angie Barrera at Commencement, May 2018
  • EDFN M.A. Student and LAUSD special educator Adalia Vidarte and Professor Allison Mattheis at Huntington Drive Elementary School
    EDFN M.A. Student and LAUSD special educator Adalia Vidarte and Professor Allison Mattheis at Huntington Drive Elementary School during the LAUSD Teacher Strike, January 2019.
  • Manson Johnson, Doris Guzman, Veronica Pedroza, and Samantha Lopez at the Ethnographic and Qualitative Research Conference
    Manson Johnson,Doris Guzman,Veronica Pedroza,and Samantha Lopez at the Ethnographic and Qualitative Research Conference in Las Vegas,Nevada in February 2019. Their presentation was titled "A Critical Comparative Case Study of Graduate Student Experience."
  • Students featured on the website of the American Anthropological Association.
    Students featured on the website of the American Anthropological Association: Raiko Vides, Manson Johnson, Samantha Lopez, Kevin Morris, Valeria Rodriguez, Joel Lovos, Sesley Lewis, Doris Guzman, Jessica Lorenzana, Zarazua, Iosdelyn Ramirez.
  • EDFN student Samantha Lopez won a $500 research award.
    EDFN student Samantha Lopez won a $500 research award and presented findings from her thesis research, “Queering the Cage” at the Center for the Study of Genders and Sexualities Annual Student Research Symposium in April 2019.(with Dr. Allison Mattheis)
  • EDFN student Oscar Gil Rodriguez received an outstanding oral research presentation award.
    EDFN student Oscar Gil Rodriguez received an outstanding oral research presentation award for his work, "Exploring the Role of Parental Socio-Emotional Support in Supporting the Transition of Latinos from Secondary to Higher Education."
  • EDFN M.A. students Sarah Diaz and Angie Barrera-Alonso with Dr. Allison Mattheis presenting their award-winning poster
    EDFN M.A. students Sarah Diaz (L) and Angie Barrera-Alonso (R) with Dr. Allison Mattheis (Center) presenting their award-winning poster "Gentrification and Transportation: Neoliberalism in Motion" at the Annual Cal State L.A. Student Research Symposium
  • EDFN faculty and students at the 2015 Cal State L.A. campus-wide student research symposium.
    EDFN faculty and students at the 2015 Cal State L.A. campus-wide student research symposium. From left to right: Dr. Carlos Tejeda, Monique Gonzales, Ai-Khanh Nguyen, Dr. Allison Mattheis, and Hoover Zariani)
  • EDFN M.A. alums walked with this sign at the Women's March in downtown Los Angeles on January 21, 2017
    EDFN M.A. alums Navia Itzia Ramirez, Lolbette Ramirez, and D'Nisha Bush walked with this sign at the Women's March in downtown Los Angeles on January 21, 2017 They were also interviewed. Click here for the interview video.
  • M.A. students  presented findings from their thesis research at the 2018 ORSCA Student Research Symposium.
    M.A. students Katherine Gilbreath (L), Anell Tercero (C), and Raul Meneses Samperio (R) presented findings from their thesis research at the 2018 ORSCA Student Research Symposium.

Welcome to M.A. Degree in Educational Foundations

 

Fall 2023 deadline for application is April 15, 2023. 
Only a Cal State Apply application is needed for this program.
Cal State Apply link - www2.calstate.edu/apply

The Master of Arts Degree Program in Educational Foundations envisions improving the educational experience and equality of opportunity afforded to students in the culturally, linguistically, and socio-economically diverse contexts of urban schooling by contributing to the intellectual formation, critical understanding, and informed practice of the educators and educational professionals who serve those students.  It offers an interdisciplinary academic program that draws on conceptual and methodological frameworks from the humanities, the social sciences, and the behavior sciences to prepare educators and educational professionals to critically examine, better understand, and more effectively respond to issues of educational equity and opportunity for students in the diverse contexts of urban schooling. The 33 unit program is unique in that it allows students to complete as many as 12 units of elective coursework, enabling students to combine their M.A. program with credential and certificate programs in the Charter College of Education and other M.A. programs at Cal State LA. 

Graduates of the M.A. in Educational Foundations enhance their opportunities for a career in the following areas:  

  • K-12 teaching in public and private schools. 
  • Community College Instruction  
  • Curriculum development
  • Non –profit organizations with educational components
  • Publicly and privately funded Alternative Education programs

 

Program Outcomes

The following are the expected Learning Outcomes for students completing the M.A. in Educational Foundations:

PLO 1. Students produce graduate-level writing using a variety of formats from the social sciences and humanities, including written summaries, reflections, personal narratives, literature reviews, research reports, and other forms of analytical writing.  

 

PLO 2. Students demonstrate content knowledge constitutive of the field of Educational Foundations through writing assignments, oral presentations, and dialogue with others that draw upon extensive reading and interaction with various forms of media. 

 

PLO 3. Students interpret and discuss contemporary and historical issues relevant to urban schooling, their own experiences with schooling, and educational equity using theories, concepts, ideas, and evidence from research and data sources relevant to the field of Educational Foundations. 

 

PLO 4. Students develop and articulate normative stances on issues relevant to urban schooling or educational equity informed by theories, concepts, ideas, their own experiences with schooling, and evidence from research and data sources relevant to the field of Educational Foundations. 

 

PLO 5. Students critique contemporary issues relevant to urban schooling, their own experiences with schooling, and/or educational equity using theories, concepts, ideas, and evidence from research and data sources relevant to the field of Educational Foundations and propose alternatives. 

 

PLO 6. Students evaluate and synthesize educational research that incorporates various epistemological and methodological approaches. 

 

PLO 7. Students demonstrate skills in the design and proposal of qualitative research studies to explore educational topics.  

 

Masters of Arts Degree in Educational Foundations