Department of Educational Studies

Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education (SPFE)


about about the socio-historical and philosophical roots of schooling and teaching in our Educational Theory and Social Foundations 


Our graduate students bring extensive experience working in schools and other community institutions. Their desire to address the pressing issues they see in their communities by coming to understand the historical, social, and institutional forces that have led to these issues.


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  • Doctoral students choose one of four concentrations:

    • Philosophy of education

    • Educational sociology

    • History of education

    • Integrated social foundations

  • Doctoral students and faculty practice community engagement


    Add a certificate.
    Graduate students pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree in social foundations of education can enhance their career opportunities by completing certificates in Culture and Change in Institutions or Foundations of Peace Education.


    CAREER OPPORTUNITIESstudent testimonial

    A social foundations of education graduate degree prepares students for careers as:
    • Teachers and educational reformers
    • Scholars and researchers
    • University administrators, faculty or staff
    • Professionals in nonprofits and governmental organizations, community agencies and businesses valuing diversity
    • Urban developers and planners
    • Program and training specialist, Advocacy Learning Center, Minneapolis
    • Faculty, American Language Institute, University of Toledo
    • Educational consultant, Coimbatore, India
    • Dean, College of General Studies, Indiana Tech, Fort Wayne, Ind.
    • Professor of English, Ning Bo University, China
    • Director of research and operations (Nairobi Office), Intermedia
    • Assistant Professor, Wayne State College, Wayne, Neb.
    • Co-Director of The Truth Telling Project and visiting assistant director, Juniata College, Huntingdon, Penn.
    • Professor, El Cuds University, Palestine
    • Toledo EXCEL Coordinator, The University of Toledo Office of Excellence & Multicultural Student Success


Last Updated: 9/1/20