Judith Herb College of Education



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Department of Educational Foundations & Leadership
The University of Toledo
Main Campus
Gillham Hall, 5th floor
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Mailing address:
The University of Toledo
Main Campus
MS 921
Toledo, OH 43606-3390

Department Secretary:
Ruth Ann Easterwood
Gillham Hall Room 5000

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Department Chair:

Dr. Edward Janak
Gillham Hall Room 5000C
(419) 530-4114

Educational Theory & Social Foundations Program (ETSF or "TSOC")

About the Program

We offer a graduate program that brings social and humanistic theory and practice together to increase knowledge and promote active citizenship.  We value the lived personal and professional experience that both our students and our faculty bring into university classrooms.  We value each student’s agency in contributing to and creating shared knowledge in the university.

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Faculty expertise includes:

  • Social justice and democratic schooling
  • Action research, philosophical research, and social science research
  • Urban education, global education, and peace education.

The program is based in an integrated mode of inquiry comprised of normative, interpretive and critical approaches, aligned with the Council of Social Foundations of Education Standards. (more information)

Students develop their own areas of expertise through collaborating with faculty in an intellectually rich, inclusive, interactive environment.  Contact Dr. Lynne Hamer, Program Coordinator for Graduate Programs in ETSF, at lynne.hamer@utoledo.edu. Program Coordinator for Graduate Programs in ETSF, for more information about the program .

Graduate Degrees

A degree in Theory and Social Foundations prepares students f careers in teaching, leading, and organizing in P-12 schools, higher education, NGOs and governmental organizations, community-based organizations, and the private sector. 

Master's Degree in Educational Theory and Social Foundations (ETFS) 30 Credit Hours (more info)

  • Major coursework in ETSF (15 credit hours) 
  • Foundations Core (12 credit hours)
  • Capstone Experience: Thesis or Project (3 hours)

Ph.D. Degrees in Integrated Social Foundations (FOED), Educational Sociology (FEES), Philosophy of Education (FEEP), and History of Education (FEHE): 61 credit hours (more information)

  • Major coursework in FOED, FEES, FEEP, or FEHE (24 credit hours)
  • Research tools (12 credit hours)
  • Foundational core (6 credit hours)
  • Minor: Elected area (9 credit hours)
  • Dissertation (10 credit hours) 

Recent Doctoral dissertations have included:

Bouyer, Anthony L. (2017). African American Males’ Ideas about School Success: A Research Study (doctoral dissertation chaired by L. Hamer). ). Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership, The University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio. 

Brahaney, Michelle. (2016). Parent and Teacher Engagement as Predictors of Literacy and Social Emotional Development of Preschool Children Enrolled in Head Start: A Mixed Method Case Study (doctoral dissertation chaired by M. Edwards). Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership, The University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio.

Knechtges, Cynthia. (2017). Defining a Process for the Work of Social Justice Leaders in Social Change Organizations (doctoral dissertation chaired by L. Hamer). ). Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership, The University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio.

Warnke, Jeffrey H. (2016). Civic Education in an Age of Ecological Crisis: A Rawlsian Political Liberal Conception (doctoral dissertation chaired by D. Snauwaert). Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership, The University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio.

Graduate Certificates 

Earning a certificate can enhance professional opportunities and be personally and professionally rewarding.  A certificate can also be included on a Master’s or Doctoral Plan of Study, so is a good “first step” if one is considering working on a graduate degree.  We offer two certificates.

Online Graduate Certificate in the Foundations of Peace Education (12 credit hours) (more info)

Certificate in Culture and Change in Institutions (12 credit hours) (more info)

UT's Foundations In Action : Understanding Education through Biography and History with Dr. Janak

UT's Foundations In Action : Exploring the Importance of Peace Education with Dr. Snauwaert

UT's Foundations In Action : Building School/Community Engagement with Neighborhood Culture with Dr. Hamer

 UT's Foundations In Action : Promoting Productive Socio-Political Policy through Education with Dr. Edwards

UT's Foundations In Action | Graduate Student Poster Session 


Last Updated: 6/26/18