M.Ed. On Campus

Education - Equity and Cultural Diversity

24 months
1184 USD/credit 20128 USD/year
1184 USD/credit 20128 USD/year
466 USD/credit 7922 USD/year
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The Master of Education - Equity and Cultural Diversity at James Madison University provides current educators or other professionals programming in educational theory and practice that emphasize diversity.


About this Education - Equity and Cultural Diversity Degree at James Madison University

Core courses examine educational research, learning theory, curriculum development and contemporary issues in education, enabling participants to critically analyze policies, practices and procedures in American K-12 schools with an understanding of the cultural, social and political context of these institutions.

The cultural diversity core courses emphasize language diversity and explore the intersection of language and culture in theory and practice. Understanding second language acquisition, socio-cultural variables that impact student learning and factors that shape immigrants' learning experiences will aid participants in creating effective school programs and educational services to meet the needs of culturally diverse individuals. 

The cultural diversity core includes a 45-hour practicum at the College of Education Career Development Academy assisting and interacting with first generation immigrant adult learners and their family members. To provide some flexibility in meeting individual candidate goals, the program also offers electives to be selected by the student with adviser approval. These courses must aid the candidate in his/her understanding of diversity. By giving candidates course options, the program of study can be shaped to assist candidates in multiple career options such as diversity leadership positions in academic institutions, public schools, and federal and state agencies.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Inquiry in Education 
  • Learning Theories and Practice 
  • Curriculum Theory and Issues 
  • Changing Contexts of American Schools 
  • Concepts of First and Second Language Acquisition 
  • Assessment and Curriculum Development in English as a Second Language 
  • Immigration and Education 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


34 SCH



On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Professional resume
  • Two-to-three page written statement (double-spaced) describing the applicant’s professional background, educational issues that the applicant would like to address in the program and long-term professional goals
  • Two Professional Reference Letters
  • Video upload answering the following: 1) Briefly describe why you are interested in the JMU M.Ed. in Equity and Cultural Diversity program, 2) What are your career aspirations upon completing your master's degree?, 3) What strengths will you bring to our program?
  • Informal interview (in person, Skype, OR phone) with at least one of the program’s faculty members to ensure the applicant understands the goals and requirements of the M.Ed. 
  • Undergraduate grade point average of 3.0
  • GRE General Test or Miller Analogies Test is required for all students who do not meet the following condition: an undergraduate GPA of 3.0

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    20128 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1184 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    20128 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1184 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • In-State

    7922 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 466 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Harrisonburg

1050 - 1715 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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