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.

In the College of Education, Health, and Human Services, there is an ongoing effort to connect community organizations with education and health and human services. 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, and 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 from an accredited institution
  • 3.0 (B) undergraduate/graduate grade point average or better
  • Three professional letters of recommendation using required form
  • Statement of purpose

The university’s academic policies for graduate students apply.

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
EDA 521Comm Based Edu Seminar 11
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
EDB 583Program Evaluation3
or EDK 623 Quantitative Research Methods
or EDK 625 Qualitative Research Seminar
Seminar and Research Project
EDK 680Individual Res in Education3
Total Credit Hours28

EDA 521 is a 1 credit hour course and must be taken 3 times over 3 semesters, for a total of 3 credit hours.

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.

Learning Goals

  1. Have the skills necessary to develop, implement and evaluate informal educational experiences
  2. Establish and sustain collaborations with schools and other community groups
  3. Identify and write grants to support the development of educational programs
  4. Use and conduct research to support the development and implementation of educational programs