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Multicultural and Equity Studies in Education

The PhD in Multicultural and Equity Studies in Education is a research-intensive degree for students interested in the critical study of multiculturalism, diversity, and their possibilities for creating more equitable contexts for education and research.

The Multicultural and Equity Studies in Education program is preparing me for my aspiring career as an academic/social activist/educator in many ways. The exposure, interactions, and mentorship with leading scholars in their respective areas of study is invaluable. The sharing of experiences and knowledge that happens in the classroom is also extend in research apprenticeships and other mentorship opportunities. The area of study also allows you to explore your specific interest so that you can better market yourself once you enter the job market.

Luis F. Macías
PhD student, 2016 – expected graduation
Multicultural and Equity Studies in Education

Overview

Doctoral students in Multicultural and Equity Studies in Education (MESE) carefully study the ways that identity (race, class, gender, ethnicity, sexualities, disabilities, languages, immigration status, etc.) have structured and marshaled to create inequality in teaching learning and educational research. Students explore these context from social, historical, cultural, transnational and global perspectives.

Faculty and students in MESE are concerned with social justice in education. This requires the sort of in-depth examination of racism, sexism, ableism, homophobia, xenophobia and their intersections that multiculturalism in our global society requires.

Students in the program will learn from faculty who are experts in educational equity. Their expertise ranges in issues including:

  • Critical race theory
  • Critical multiculturalism
  • Critical teacher education
  • Drama as critical inquiry
  • Sociocultural theory
  • Disabilities studies
  • Social studies education
  • Black feminist theory
  • Teaching for social justice
  • Immigration studies
  • Latino critical race theory
  • Epistemological studies of education
  • Qualitative research
 
Students can enhance their doctoral experience in MESE by combining their studies and interests in diversity, equity, access, social justice and culturally responsive relevant and sustaining pedagogies across disciplines.

Career Paths

Students with PhDs in Multicultural and Equity Studies in Education go on to become scholars, researchers and professors at colleges and universities throughout the United States.

Program Requirements

Deadline to apply: December 1
Program start: Autumn semester
Prerequisites: Master’s degree
Minimum semester hours to degree completion: 80 (up to 30 credit hours can transfer)
Coursework: Multiculturalism, social justice, educational theory, qualitative research
Minimum course requirements: 2 core courses (8 hours), 3 research courses (9 hours), 8 specialization courses (24 hours), apprenticeship (6 hours), dissertation (6 hours), breadth requirement (3 hours)
Other requirements: Research apprenticeship, candidacy exam, dissertation
Academic opportunities: Graduate associateships, scholarships, university fellowships

Faculty

Tami Augustine, Clinical Assistant Professor
Dean Cristol, PhD, Associate Professor
Brian Edmiston, PhD, Professor
Patricia Enciso, PhD, Professor
Diana Erchick, PhD, Professor
Sarah Gallo, PhD, Assistant Professor
Valerie Kinloch, PhD, Professor
Timothy San Pedro, PhD, Assistant Professor and MESE Convener
Binaya Subedi, PhD, Associate Professor
Cynthia Tyson, PhD, Professor

Affiliated Faculty
Mollie Blackburn, PhD, Professor
Caroline Clark, PhD, Professor
Hea Jin Lee, PhD, Associate Professor
Elaine Richardson, PhD, Professor
Tiffany Wild, PhD, Assistant Professor

Contact

T&L Academic Services
614.292.2332
tl-academicservices@osu.edu