Foundations of Education, M.A.

Vermont State’s M.A. in Foundations of Education is a personalized professional learning opportunity for educators across PreK-12 and higher education. It is also designed for professionals from other sectors interested in the field of education. The program emphasizes critical scholar-practitioner inquiry. Courses include an interdisciplinary core in educational studies, plus a customizable concentration for self-directed, job-embedded, applied learning. Teachers may design the concentration to add endorsements.

All courses are completed online. A field-based option is available; consult the faculty advisor for details. Courses are offered during fall, spring, and summer semesters, and you may be eligible to transfer up to 12 degree-approved credits from accredited institutions.

Participants who already have an advanced degree may take the Foundations of Education, Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study.

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Why Get a Master’s in Foundations of Education at Vermont State?

  • Personalized Approach: This program offers a personalized, professional learning opportunity for educators across PreK-12 and higher education, and others interested in the field of education. 
  • Customized Concentration: Add teaching endorsements or another self-designed area of study to your professional credentials through the 18-credit individualized concentration embedded within the program.  
  • Applied Inquiry: The program is grounded in an applied practitioner-scholar approach that teaches you to begin with your everyday professional experiences as a foundation for formal inquiry. 
  • Interdisciplinary Methods You will develop skills in a variety of inquiry methods such as self-study, action research, phenomenology, critical and cultural studies, and narrative reflection.  

Financial Aid for Foundations of Education Students

Vermont State University is providing a high-quality, affordable degree in Education to students across Vermont and beyond. Our financial aid team is here to help you explore all your options for graduate financial aid.

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Sample Courses

  • Educational Studies
  • Characteristics & Development of Diverse Learners
  • Critical & Cultural Perspectives in Education
  • Educational Research
  • Educational Leadership, M.A. 
  • Educational Research, M.S. 
  • Learning, Design, and Technology, MEd. 
  • Foundations of Education, Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study 

Student Stories

“I have always been a knowledge seeker and question ponderer. The Foundations of Education program allowed me to cultivate these parts of myself with refined tools. I have finally been able to build a foundation of grounded credibility for new and old beliefs, and values. Along the way, I had to let go of, discard, and renegotiate beliefs and understandings that did not hold up under scrutiny, critique, and new knowledge.”

Sarah Jo Willey

“Applying to a program where I got to design a lot of the content was definitely out of my comfort zone. I was used to taking classes with clear goals and assignments. However, I was happily surprised how empowering it was to study exactly how I wanted, and design creative ways to show my learning. I would highly recommend this program to anyone.”

Kathryn Gray

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