Department of Humanities and Social Sciences in the Professions

History of Education

About the History of Education Program

Study in the history of education is designed to prepare people for careers in teaching and administration at both the high school and postsecondary levels, in policy analysis, or in the management of nonprofit organizations, especially philanthropic foundations. Graduate students work closely with their advisors to plan a program that suits their interests and aspirations. They may focus their studies on the history of schools and colleges or other institutions and media of education, including the family, the press, and political or social movements. Often studies link the history of education and current issues of public policy. Course work usually includes studies in philosophy as well as in the history of education; much of it is done in the form of supervised independent study. Students are encouraged to enroll in courses throughout the University and to take advantage of New York City's abundant cultural resources.

Career Opportunities

Many graduates go on to executive positions in foundations or become educational consultants. Most graduates from the PhD program secure teaching positions in colleges and universities. The demand for professors of history of education has increased in recent years and is expected to continue to rise.

Requirements for the Master of Arts

Program Goals and Mission:

The program prepares students for careers in teaching and administration at both the high schools and postsecondary levels, as well as policy analysis, or the management of nonprofit organizations, especially philanthropic foundations.

Degree and Course Requirements:

The master's program requires 36 points that can be completed in two years of full-time study. Students take 18 points in courses in the history of education on such topics as past and present theories about the function of the school and the role of the teacher in the educative process, the place of the humanities and sciences in education, historical analyses and comparisons of leading educational theorists of the 20th century, and readings in the history of Western thought. In addition, students take 12 points in courses outside the history of education, which are selected in consultation with an adviser, and 6 points working on a final integrating paper, the topic for which will emerge from the student's program of study.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Requirements for Doctor of Philosophy

The PhD program requires 76 points beyond the baccalaureate for completion. Students may complete the program in three years of full-time study. In addition to 18 points in history of education courses, students take 16 points in history courses from the Graduate School of Arts and Science, 12 points in philosophy of education, 6 points in cognate studies, 6 points in foundations courses, and 6 points in research courses, as well as 12 points in content and dissertation proposal seminars.

Special Admission Requirements

In addition to the general requirements, successful candidates typically have a bachelor's degree in history or an equivalent academic background. Master's candidates must submit two letters of recommendation with their completed graduate application.

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Contact Information

For inquiries about the History of Education M.A. program, students should contact Jamie Baldwin, Senior Student Adviser, at