Culturally sustaining pedagogies (CSP) is an innovative approach to teaching that Gloria Ladson-Billings referred to as “Culturally Relevant Pedagogies 2.0, the remix.” Within this class, students will learn about the evolution of this concept, how it is distinct from Culturally Relevant Pedagogies, while creating a dynamic, reflective space to explore how to apply CSP to their educational practice. This will involve dialogue circles centered around the themes that arise from the required text as well as issues students are grappling with in their educational practice. Additionally, there will be regular class trips to Tucson-based organizations that are using CSP in their work, and these experiences will further challenge students to creative apply CSP in their work.
The Department of Educational Policy Studies and Practice (EPSP) includes Educational Leadership & Policy and the Center for the Study of Higher Education. The EPSP department combines the PK-12 focus with postsecondary education to create a P-20 perspective that taps into the dominant discourse of education and policymakers today.
EPSP prepares graduate students at the doctorate and master's levels. Graduate programs in HED include Ph.D. and M.A. degrees. Graduate programs in EDLP include an Ed.D., Ph.D., M.A. and M.Ed. The M.A. degree has a focus on policy. The M.Ed. degree is a standards-driven curriculum leading to both a degree and state certification for the principalship.
The Educational Leadership, M.Ed., program is designed for aspiring educational leaders who are seeking administrative certification. This cohort-based, 36-unit program can lead to principal certification in the state of Arizona and can be completed within two years. The cohort concept has been used successfully by the University of Arizona Educational Leadership Program for several years. In this model, students develop formal and informal relationships with other students that support their journey to successful completion of an advanced degree. It also provides a solid foundation for leaders considering doctoral work at the elementary and secondary levels. In fact, some of the core courses may be applied toward the doctoral program in educational leadership.
The traditional M.Ed. course sequence consists of two courses each fall semester and two courses each spring semester. There are also four courses offered in the summer of the first year of participation in the program. Courses are held in the evenings once per week and are generally offered on the university campus. Off-campus locations may also be utilized at times.
Courses in the program are delivered in a variety of formats, including completely online, hybrid (meaning a combination of in-person and online classes), and in-person. Core coursework of the program includes classes like EDL 560 (Foundations of Educational Leadership: Theory, Research & Practice), EDL 561 (The Principalship), and EDL 562 (Arizona Education Law).
Both the Center for the Study of Higher Education (HED) and Educational Leadership & Policy (EDLP) maintain their core functions and curriculum, consistent with professional career paths and state standards for certification leading to licensure. However, the combined unit more broadly facilitates and encourages research, instructional, and service and outreach initiatives consistent with a policy development and analysis focus.
College of Education
University of Arizona - Main - Tucson
Applicants must complete the minimum admissions requirement for the University of Arizona’s graduate college.
No standardized test scores are required nor accepted in the application process.
Funding opportunities are not available per the University of Arizona policies on graduate certificates.
Admissions to the graduate certificate occurs on a rolling basis.
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
All students must take HED 626: Culturally Sustaining Pedagogies
Students will complete two 3-unit elective classes with a social justice/education focus. Please consult with Dr. Cabrera (email@example.com) for the classes that currently count for these electives.
There are no additional requirements for this program.
Please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for students who are pursuing this program of study.