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; Leading Change; Evidence; and Equity and Opportunity — 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.
Timing and Credits
All students working toward an HGSE Ed.M. degree are required to take Foundations courses, which fulfill 14 of the 42 credits needed to graduate. These courses begin in June.
- All Ed.M. students will commence their foundational studies with How People Learn (4 credits), an online course that runs June–July and requires a time commitment of approximately 15 hours per week, including assignments. The course is designed for flexible asynchronous progress within each week-long module, but also features numerous optional opportunities for synchronous engagement.
- For residential Ed.M. students, Foundations will continue with Leading Change (2 credits), Evidence (4 credits), and Equity and Opportunity (2 credits) 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.
- Students enrolling in the online Ed.M. program will participate in the remaining Foundations courses throughout the two-year program.
- All Ed.M. students, will finish their Equity and Opportunity Foundations experience with an elected course (2+ credits), which will take place during fall, winter, and/or spring terms when electives are available.