The HGSE Ed.M. is built on a strong foundation of comprehensive knowledge that will give you the capacity to drive change across the education sector. Through our four Foundations courses — How People Learn; Evidence; Equity and Opportunity; and Leading Change — you will gain core skills central to the profession of education. With innovative instructional approaches and tools, these foundational courses will foster discussion and analysis of complex education issues and enable you to apply your learning to real-world scenarios.
You will build on these foundational experiences as you progress toward your master’s degree and develop personal and professional pathways that align with your chosen area of impact. Through our Foundations, you'll build knowledge in critical areas in education, insights from developmental self-work, and interpersonal skills that will help you communicate, collaborate, and engage in dialogue with fellow cohort members who bring different backgrounds and perspectives to HGSE.
All students working towards an Ed.M. degree are required to take the Foundations courses, which consist of 12 of the 42 credits needed to graduate. Individuals in the residential Ed.M. program will commence their foundational studies with How People Learn, an online course that runs June–July and requires a time commitment of roughly 15-20 hours of work per week. The three other Foundations courses are anticipated to take place primarily on campus in August. Students enrolling in the residential Ed.M. program should plan to be in the Cambridge area by August 1 to attend these required classes. The timing of the Foundations courses for the online Ed.M. program is still being determined.
An overview of HGSE's Foundations courses
Meira Levinson, Faculty Co-Lead of Equity and Opportunity