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Degrees Available at SIUE

  • Master of Science in Education

Why Learning, Culture, and Society/Diversity and Equity in Education?

The primary purpose of the program is to develop capacities of educators and other professionals to support cultural diversity and culturally responsive learning and living. This interdisciplinary program emphasizes the cultivation of dispositions, attitudes, knowledge, and skills that are critical to teaching diverse students in today’s schools and working in any other settings where diversity is both present and valued.

Here's what the program can do for you:

  • Help you enter and succeed in a wide variety of careers and occupations in various settings including educational institutions, social services, human resources, corporate/public administration, and other fields with increasing demand for diversity skills
  • Act as a steppingstone to a doctoral program in social foundations of education, educational policy and related areas.
  • Enhance your understanding of the intersection of diversity and education, including the needs of English language learners
  • Enhance your understanding of the ways diversity operates in different settings and of how diversity is portrayed in popular culture

For educators in P-12 settings, the program can:

  • Help you learn how to engage and increase academic performance of ALL of your students, including students of color, economically disadvantaged students, and students who are English language learners

  • Help you learn how to enhance student skills in areas such as empathy and respect

  • Help you to develop your capacity to be effective as a teacher of diverse students

Program Highlights 

  • Interdisciplinary (courses are taken in multiple departments and schools across the University)

  • 30 credit hours

  • Select from three areas of emphasis: cultural diversity, English as a second language, Gender and Education

How to Apply  

This program is open to enrollment at any time during the school year. Interested individuals are encouraged to look at the How to Apply information on our website ( or to contact the program director, Dr. Jennifer Logue ( or graduate recruiter, Angie White ( 

Admission Requirements 

The requirements for admission to the graduate program in Learning, Culture and Society/Diversity and Equity in Education are a bachelor’s and a GPA of 3.0 or above during the last two years of undergraduate work.

Graduation Requirements 

To complete the degree, students will complete a final project. The final project may either be an action or traditional research project.

Contact Information 

Dr. Jennifer Logue
Department of Educational Leadership
Campus Box 1125
Edwardsville, IL 62026-1125

Jennifer Logue, Ph.D.,
2009, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Laurel Puchner, Ph.D.,
1998, University of Pennsylvania

Tianlong Yu, Ed.D.
2002, State University of New York at Binghamton

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