Community Based Education

The Masters of Arts in Community Based Education program is designed to serve two related professional fields:

  1. individuals working with, and for non-profit organizations engaged in educational outreach and
  2. urban teachers who are working to build connections with the community as part of implementing place-based education strategies.

With the development of the new College of Education, Health, and Human Services, there is increased activity in connecting with community organizations as the focus of convergence of education and health/human services has become a core principle of CEHHS. The program will develop leaders who understand how issues of equity and diversity impact both schools and communities. Graduates will be equipped to act as leaders capable of transforming communities engaging local citizens, developing and enacting educational experiences that empower children, youth and adults.

Admission Requirements & Application

Eligibility for regular admission includes:

  • Completed application form
  • $60.00 application fee
  • Official transcript(s) from each college/university attended
  • Completion of a bachelor's degree
  • 3.0 (B) undergraduate/graduate grade point average or better
  • Three letters of recommendation using required form 
  • Statement of purpose

Individuals who wish to apply for this program may initiate the application process online at:

Transfer of Credit

A limit of six (6) credit hours can be transferred from a non-University of Michigan school and 15 credit hours of University of Michigan credit that are applicable to the program of study and approved by the program coordinator. Only graduate course credit hours with a grade of B or better (3.0 on a 4.0 point scale) and earned in the five year period prior to acceptance into the program will be considered for transfer. Transfer credits may be requested only after admission to the Master of Arts in the Community Based Education program and successful completion of eight (8) credit hours of letter-graded program coursework. A Request for Transfer of Credit form and official course descriptions and course syllabi must be submitted. Non-letter grades, e.g. pass-fail or satisfactory/unsatisfactory are not eligible for transfer credit. Courses cannot be transferred for credit if: a) they were not graduate level courses; b) they were already applied in whole or in part toward a degree; c) they were taken more than five years before beginning the EDET program; or d) a grade below B  (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) was earned. Enrolled students must obtain prior approval of the program coordinator to elect classes off campus.

Time Limits

All coursework toward the master's degree must be completed within five (5) consecutive years from the date of first enrollment in the Graduate School.

Program of Study

The Master of Arts in Community Based Education (CBE) is a 30 credit hour degree program. A minimum cumulative GPA of B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) must be maintained to continue enrollment in the program. The CBE requires successful completion of the following courses:

CBE Required Coursework

Required Core Classes
EDA 515Comm & Schools: Partnerships3
EDA 520Community Action: Detroit3
Issues of Practice
Select 2 of the following courses:6
The Human Learner
Adult Lrning:Theory & Practice
Child Maltreatment and Trauma
Fund Accounting
Strategic Comm for Admin
Issues of Theory
Select 2 of the following courses:6
Adv Social Fndations of Ed
Public Pedagogy
Multicult Ed in US Classroom
Issues of Research
EDK 500Intro to Research in Education3
EDK 823Quantitative Research Methods3
or EDK 825 Qualitative Research Seminar
Seminar and Research Project
EDA 521Comm Based Edu Seminar1
EDK 680Individual Res in Education3
or EXPS 620 Action Research
Total Credit Hours28

Contact the Office of Student Success at 313-593-5090 for additional information or consult the College of Education, Health, and Human Services web page at:

CHE 101     Intro to Health Education     3 Credit Hours

This course is designed to introduce students to the field of community health education. Students will explore the theoretical and practical issues of health education and will identify and apply health education principles to health challenges facing individuals, groups and communities.

CHE 201     Medical Terminology     3 Credit Hours

This course will focus on an in-depth presentation of medical language to serve as a solid foundation for students interested in health care, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, physical therapy, or related careers. Medical terminology for both health and disease is presented in relation to human structure and function. Understanding of the course content builds a framework by introducing the key terms as they are applied to specific body systems.

CHE 401     CHE Methods     3 Credit Hours

This course is designed to prepare students with skills necessary to implement health education programs within the context of community health settings. Emphasis will be placed on a variety of community health education methods and strategies including but not limited to educational presentations and material development, mass media and media advocacy, legislative action and involvement, community organization, and working with groups.

Prerequisite(s): CHE 101 and CHE 201 and EDC 400

Can enroll if Class is Junior or Senior
Can enroll if College is Education, Health, and Human Services

CHE 402     Internship CHE     3 Credit Hours

CHE 402 Internship in Community Health Education is designed to provide opportunities for students to develop, enhance, and assess health education skills and competencies in the direct application of community health education. Students will observe an academically prepared health educator within a health service agency/organization and be directly involved in the delivery of health education and will reflect on learning experiences and discuss health education issues within the seminar sessions.

Prerequisite(s): CHE 101

Can enroll if College is Education, Health, and Human Services


An asterisk denotes that a course may be taken concurrently.

Frequency of Offering

The following abbreviations are used to denote the frequency of offering: (F) fall term; (W) winter term; (S) summer term; (F, W) fall and winter terms; (YR) once a year; (AY) alternating years; (OC) offered occasionally