2018 Ed Studies masters cohort poses in front of School of Education building
ES

Educational Studies

Degrees & Certifications

Our goal is to help you develop the knowledge and skills you need to achieve your particular goals. We offer nine doctoral specializations and customizable academic master's degree programs.

Master of Arts in Educational Studies

Our master’s degrees are intensive programs designed for students who have a desire to make unique and positive contributions in specific areas of education.

Our master’s degree programs can be tailored to meet your specific career goals in consultation with your advisor.

Master of Science in Educational Studies

If you are a doctoral student in the natural sciences or mathematics, and you are interested in expanding your knowledge about science and mathematics teaching, learning, and research, consider this Master of Science degree in Postsecondary Science and Mathematics Education.

Our master’s degree programs can be tailored to meet your specific career goals in consultation with your advisor.

Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Studies

Our doctoral programs prepare leaders, researchers, policymakers and others who will assess, understand, and advance education both in the U.S. and globally.

In our doctoral programs, all students are encouraged and supported to think rigorously; to understand and appreciate the craft of scholarship and research; to demonstrate interest in and a capacity to make a difference in education; to be committed to diversity; and to aspire to become leaders of the highest integrity.

Annemarie Palincsar
Chair
annemari@umich.edu

Welcome to Educational Studies!

There are many ways in which education is characterized; it has been referred to as the bedrock of society, as a public good, and as a human right. In addition, there are many roles that educators assume, especially in today’s fast-paced knowledge economy in which the tools for accessing, sharing, contributing, and synthesizing information change rapidly and place new demands on learners.


To educate well requires knowledge in social, cultural, and psychological foundations; it requires an understanding of how context, on both a grand and fine-grained level, shapes learning opportunities. In Educational Studies we prepare professionals for the complex work of educating. We do this by offering programs of study, which include engaging coursework, related field experiences, and mentored internships. At the doctoral level, all students participate as graduate student research assistants in significant programs of research.

Our community is enriched by the diverse interests, backgrounds, and experiences of our students. We welcome your interest in our program and encourage you to explore the many possible avenues by which you can advance your capacity to contribute as an educator.
Annemarie Sullivan Palincsar
Chair, Educational Studies

A Learning Community

Educational Studies has an internationally recognized faculty prepared to fuel your curiosity, engage your intellect, and deepen your knowledge about key issues facing education in multiple contexts, including:

  • Equity and social justice in schooling 
  • How people learn and what motivates them to learn 
  • How effective teachers teach the core disciplines, such as reading, mathematics, science, history, and the English language arts
  • How technology and other educational innovations enhance teaching and learning
  • Social and political contexts and the historical and philosophical foundations of schooling 
  • The use of  evidence to shape education policy and public discussions on curriculum, teaching, and achievement

Graduates of our program become engaged in academic and research careers in university programs, research organizations, or public agencies; administrative positions in school systems, educational centers, or national, regional, and state agencies; and in teacher education, professional development and curriculum positions in local and state systems and educational companies and in for-profit and not-for-profit organizations.

Find the right career path

We will help you become an educator, leader, researcher, or policymaker working to address educational challenges and create educational opportunities in your chosen area of practice.

Grow in a diverse community

You will study with students from diverse backgrounds who bring rich experiences and a deep commitment to the study and improvement of teaching and learning.

Study with experts in the field

You will study with nationally recognized faculty who are as committed to teaching and mentorship as they are to contributing leading scholarship in their fields.

SOE in Action

Project-based science education
The Multiple Literacies in Project-Based Learning team designs project-based science curricula for grades 3-5 that will be available to all educators free of charge.
International Poetry Guild
SOE students, led by professor Jeff Stanzler, connect high schoolers, teachers, and community members through the International Poetry Guild, where learners from varied backgrounds write and perform original work.
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Give to ES

Your support can help us create transformative leaders and educators who have the theoretical framework and practical skills to address the many urgent challenges that face U.S. schools.

News

March 12, 2019
U.S. News and World Report announced their 2020 rankings of Best Graduate Schools. According to the Best Education Schools rankings, the School of Education rose to #11 overall and #3 among public universities. Additionally, the SOE was highly ranked in seven specialty areas, demonstrating the School’s excellent reputation across a breadth of education topics. CPEP took the #1 ranking.
April 01, 2019
The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics has announced that Dr. Patricio Herbst will be the next editor in chief of the Journal for Research in Mathematics Education (JRME).
April 12, 2019
Miranda Fitzgerald, Educational Studies alumna, was awarded the Graduate Student Award for Literacy Research Excellence by the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Research in Reading and Literacy Special Interest Group.

Upcoming Events

Sep 24, 2020
12:00–1:00 p.m.
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Sep 25, 2020
Research
12:00–12:50 p.m.
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Contact

Phone: (734) 763-9497
Master's: edstudiesma.info@umich.edu 
Doctoral: edstudiesphd.info@umich.edu  

Location

610 E. University Avenue
Room 4218
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1259

Office Hours

Monday–Friday
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.