What will I learn?

The Master of Arts Degree in Education, Option in Social and Cultural Analysis of Education (SCAE), focuses on the social and cultural analysis of education in urban and global contexts. Emphasizing critical approaches to education, including critical theory and critical pedagogy, the degree's interdisciplinary nature provides the intellectual rigor necessary for analyzing the relationship between education and society and effecting social and educational justice. SCAE courses examine education in its historical, social, and political contexts, and may be applied to all levels of education—locally, nationally, and internationally. In the SCAE program, education is conceived broadly to encompass K-12 and higher education, community-based education, adult education and other spaces in which people engage in teaching and learning.

After completing the program graduates have a variety of career choices, not only in the educational realm but also in the private sector, nonprofits, and community organizations. The program also serves as an ideal foundation for further academic study at the doctoral level.

The mission of the Social and Cultural Analysis of Education program is to provide students with an intellectually rigorous interdisciplinary experience that emphasizes critical approaches to social and educational analysis. The Social and Cultural Analysis of Education program aims to prepare our graduates to envision and effect transformative practices in a broad range of educational contexts, both domestically and internationally.


Graduates understand how social and cultural forces impact, and are impacted by, educational policies, practices, and pedagogies.
Graduates have a critical understanding of the role of education in society--locally, nationally, and globally.
Graduates have a critical understanding of historical and contemporary struggles for social and educational justice in the United States and around the world.
Graduates are committed to envisioning and effecting transformative practices in a variety of educational contexts.
Graduates value professional and intellectual growth and development as integral to exercising agency in their spheres of influence.


Students can synthesize concepts and ideas in the area of social and cultural analysis of education.
Students can identify implications of social and cultural theories for educational practice in a variety of settings.
Students can formulate strategies for effecting social and educational justice.
Students can construct complex written arguments related to social and cultural issues in education.
Students can produce sophisticated academic writing related to the social and cultural analysis of education.
Students can engage in critical dialogue related to educational policies, practices, and pedagogies.

Which department am I in?

College of Education

Study options

Full Time (33 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$15,408.00 per year
Application deadline

Expected April 2022

Start date

22 August 2022


College of Education

California State University, Long Beach,

1250 Bellflower Blvd,



90840, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have completed a baccalaureate degrees.

For international students

Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
Minimum 3.00 overall grade point average in last degree (not credential or certificate) earned from an accredited institution of higher education. Applicants whose overall GPA is less than 3.00 but meet the University minimum GPA requirement and who present compelling evidence of academic and professional potential either through recent academic performance and/or experiential background, may be considered for admission at the discretion of the program admission committee.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): Paper-based 550; Internet-based (iBT) 80

IELTS 6.0 each sub-section

Pearson Test of English 58

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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