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Teachers College, Columbia University
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Sociology and Education

In the Department of Education Policy and Social Analysis

Degrees > Degree Programs

Degree Programs

The graduate program in Sociology and Education offers four degree programs: the M.A., the Ed.M., the Ed.D., and the Ph.D. Each program is designed to meet the needs of students with a particular combination of prior experience and career objectives. The M.A., Ed.M., and Ed.D. programs may be completed on a part-time basis with classes offered in the evening hours. The Ph.D. program requires full-time study. Although students from all of the degree programs in sociology and education are prepared to assume positions in educational institutions, the program does not offer teacher certification. Certification programs are available in other departments at Teachers College.

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Sociology Core Courses (11 points) from among the following:

  • C&T 4032 Gender, Difference, and Curriculum (2-3)
  • EDPA 4050 Logic and Design of Research in Educational Policy and Social Analysis (3)
  • EDPA 5002 Data Analysis for Policy and Decision Making II (3)
  • EDPA 6030 Institutional Theory:  Sociological Perspectives on Institutional Change in Education (3) 
  • EDPP 5045 Race, Ethnicity, and U.S. Educational Policy (3) 
  • EDPS 4000 Education and Public Policy (3) (required for the policy option)
  • EDPS 4021 Sociology of Education (3)
  • EDPS 4022 Sociology of Urban Education (3)
  • EDPS 4024 Social Stratification and Education (3)
  • EDPS 4027 Sociology of Classrooms (3)
  • EDPS 4028 Sociology of the Life Course (3)
  • EDPS 4029 Sociology of Schools (3)
  • EDPS 4030 Sociology of Organizations (3)
  • EDPS 4032 Gender, Difference, and Curriculum (3)
  • EDPS 4033 School Improvement in the Inner City (2-3)
  • EDPS 5020 Survey Research Methods (3)
  • EDPS 5022 Sociology of Education Systems (3)
  • EDPS 5050 Sociology of Knowledge (3)
  • HUDK 4011 Sociology of Online Learning (3)
  • HUDK 4031 Sociology of Evaluation (3)
  • HUDK 5621 Technology and Society (3)
  • ITSF 5023 The Family as Educator (3)
  • ITSF 5026 The Family and Television (3)
  • ITSF 5120 Education in Community Settings: Museums (2-3)

Research Methods (6 points):

  • EDPA 4002 Data Analysis for Policy & Decision Making I (3)
  • HUDM 4122 Probability and Statistical Inference (3) 

And an approved course in qualitative methods, including one or more of the following: 

  • C&T 5502 Introduction to Qualitative Research in Curriculum and Teaching (3)
  • ITSF 5000 Methods of Inquiry: Ethnography and Participant Observation (3)
  • ITSF 5001 Ethnography and Participant Observation: Fieldwork, Analysis, Reporting (3)
  • ITSF 5007 Race, Class, and Schooling: Ethnographic Approaches (3)

Policy Sequence (6 points; or 9 points with policy option): 

  • EDPS 5645 Craft of Policy Analysis (3) or
  • EDPA 4048 Education Policy Analysis & Implementation (3) and
  • EDPS 5646 Evaluation of Educational and Social Programs (3) or
  • ORL 5522 Evaluation Methods I (3)

For the policy option, both of the above courses plus an approved content-driven policy course. See the Teachers College Office of Policy and Research website for more information. 

Colloquia (3 points): 

  • EDPS 4620 Introductory Colloquium in Sociology and Education (3)

Electives (3-5 points):

Selected in consultation with an advisor. 

For the policy option:

  • EDPA 4899 Federal Policy Institute (3) (recommended)

Culminating Experience (0-3 points):

  • Master’s comprehensive examination, or
  • Master’s essay and EDPS 6021, Social Research Methods: Reporting (1 point in fall; 2 points in spring)

Master of Education (Ed.M.)

Sociology Core Courses (12 points) from among the following:

  • C&T 4032 Gender, Difference, and Curriculum (3)
  • EDPA 4050 Logic and Design of Research in Educational Policy and Social Analysis (3)
  • EDPA 6030 Institutional Theory:  Sociological Perspectives on Institutional Change ih Education (3)
  • EDPP 5045 Race, Ethnicity, and U.S. Eduational Policy (3)
  • EDPS 4000 Education and Public Policy (3) (required for the policy option)
  • EDPS 4021 Sociology of Education (3)
  • EDPS 4022 Sociology of Urban Education (3)
  • EDPS 4024 Social Stratification and Education (3)
  • EDPS 4027 Sociology of Classrooms (3)
  • EDPS 4028 Sociology of the Life Course (3)
  • EDPS 4029 Sociology of Schools (3)
  • EDPS 4030 Sociology of Organizations (3)
  • EDPS 4032 Gender, Difference, and Curriculum (3)
  • EDPS 4033 School Improvement in the Inner City (3)
  • EDPS 4620 Introductory Colloquium in Sociology & Education (3)
  • EDPS 5020 Survey Research Methods (3)
  • EDPS 5022 Sociology of Educational Systems (2-3)
  • EDPS 5050 Sociology of Knowledge (3)
  • HUDK 4011 Sociology of Online Learning (3)
  • HUDK 4031 Sociology of Evaluation (3)
  • HUDK 5621 Technology and Society (3)
  • ITSF 5023 The Family as Educator (3)
  • ITSF 5026 The Family and Television (3)
  • ITSF 5120 Education in Community Settings (2-3)

 Research Methods (9 points):

  • EDPA 4002 Data Analysis for Policy and Decision Making I (3) and
  • EDPA 5002 Data Analysis for Policy and Decision Making II (3) and
  • An approved course in qualitative methods (3)

Concentration (9 points):

Courses in Sociology of Education or an additional area of concentration, selected in consultation with an advisor.

For the policy option, the following Policy Sequence replaces the above concentration:

  • EDPS 5645 Craft of Policy Analysis (3) or
  • EDPA 4048 Education Policy Analysis & Implementation (3) and
  • EDPS 5646 Evaluation of Educational and Social Programs (3) or
  • ORL 5522  Evaluation Methods I (3) and
  • An approved content-driven policy course 

Electives (27 points):

Selected in consultation with an advisor from offerings at Teachers College or other schools of Columbia University. 

For the policy option:

  • EDPA 4899 Federal Policy Institute (3) (recommended)

Culminating Experience (0-3 points):

  • Master’s comprehensive examination, or
  • Master’s essay and EDPS 6021, Social Research Methods: Reporting (1 point in fall; 2 points in spring)

Breadth Requirement:

To satisfy College requirements, all students must complete a minimum of three Teachers College courses (a course for this purpose is one in which at least 2 points are earned) outside of EDPS.

 

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

The coursework for the Ed.D., which totals a minimum of 90 points, has seven components: basic social research design and methods, advanced social research design and methods, social theory, core coursework in the sociology of education, seminars and colloquia, coursework in the social context of teaching and learning, and elective courses. All of the required coursework is offered at Teachers College.

Basic social research design and methods (12 points) involves coursework in research design, probability and statistics, applied regression analysis, and qualitative research methods. Courses in advanced social research design and methods (minimum 6 points) build on these basic courses in the quantitative and/or qualitative domains. Social theory courses (3 points) draw from sociology and other social sciences. Ed.D. students also pursue a minimum of 15 points in core classes in the sociology of education and 6 points in seminars and colloquia designed to prepare students for dissertation research.  The balance of the 90-point minimum is earned through elective courses selected in collaboration with the student's advisor.

Policy Studies in Sociology Concentration Option:

  • EDPS 4000 Education and Public Policy (3)
  • EDPS 5645 Craft of Policy Analysis (3)
  • EDPS 5646 Evaluation of Educational and Social Programs (3)
  • Approved content-driven policy course (3)

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The coursework for the Ph.D., which totals a minimum of 75 points, has seven components: social theory, basic social research design and methods, advanced social research design and methods, foundational coursework in sociology, core coursework in the sociology of education, seminars and colloquia, and elective courses. The required coursework is offered at Teachers College and in the Sociology Department in Columbia’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. With advisor permission, students may pursue courses in other professional schools at the University or through the Inter-University Doctoral Consortium. (Please refer to the Inter-University Doctoral Consortium section of this bulletin for participating schools.)

Social theory (6 points) includes coursework in classical and contemporary sociological theory. 

Basic social research design and methods (12 points) involves coursework in research design, probability and statistics, applied regression analysis, and qualitative research methods. Courses in advanced social research design and methods (minimum 6 points) build on these basic courses in the quantitative and/or qualitative domains. Students also enroll in at least one 3-point course offered by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Columbia or a Consortium institution in each of the areas of social stratification/ inequality, social organization, and social change.

Ph.D. students also pursue a minimum of 12 points in core classes in the sociology of education and 6 points in seminars and colloquia designed to prepare students for dissertation research. The balance of the 75-point minimum is earned through elective courses selected in collaboration with the student’s advisor.