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Community Engagement

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The Master of Education in Community Engagement (M.Ed.) prepares students to be non-profit leaders, social change activists, and leaders in the national service learning movement.

Students in the program are passionate about addressing pressing social issues and needs through community organizing and community partnerships. Students gain a broad understanding of civic engagement, including trends, theoretical models and best practices. This versatile degree prepares students for outreach and partnership work in schools, colleges, and community organizations. The Master of Education in Community Engagement is a 36-credit program.

Program Components

Core Courses (16 credits)

The core of our program emphasizes social justice and the role that schools, colleges and communities can and should play in a democratic, pluralistic, and complex society. Required courses for all students are as follows:

  • Diversity and Social Justice
  • Community Engagement: Theory and Practice
  • Research Methods or Social Justice Education in Action
  • Capstone

Areas of Concentration (12 credits)

Community Organizations

  • Non-Profit Management and Leadership
  • Community Organizing and Development
  • Theories of Organizational Change
  • Theories of Adult Learning

PreK-12 Education

  • School, Family and Community Partnership
  • Social Policy for Children and Families
  • Urban and Multicultural Education
  • Education Law and Policy

Higher Education

  • Higher Education in American Society
  • The College Student
  • Theories of Organizational Change
  • Theories of Adult Learning

Fellowship/Electives (8 credits)

Fellowship students are assigned 8 credits for their fellowship on-site experience and seminar, and select 8 elective credits. Students who are not participating in the Fellowship program select 16 credits of electives. Electives may be in any of the graduate education programs: community engagement, higher education, teacher leadership or teacher education. Sample electives are listed above. Your specific courses will be determined in consultation with your academic advisor.


All student complete a capstone project with faculty support which showcases and extends their community engagement knowledge and skills.

* Students may take up to two courses in the program before formally applying to the program. Students may be interested in taking a class or two in topics relevant to their work or professional interests.

Community Engagement Program Chart

Check Out Our Program Brochure

For more information, contact:
Office of Graduate Studies

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