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
  • Two professional letters of recommendation using the 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 the successful completion of the following courses:

CBE Required Coursework

Required Core Classes
EDA 515Comm & Schools: Partnerships3
EDK 500Intro to Research in Education3
EDA 501Adv Social Fndations of Ed3
EDC 505Learning Theories and Practices3
Issues of Practice6
Select 2 of the following courses: (Courses can be substituted with consent of advisor.)
Child Maltreatment and Trauma
Constructivist Education
Grant Writing & Management
Issues of Theory6
Select 2 of the following courses: (Courses can be substituted with consent of advisor.)
Lang,Clture,Litrcy&Power in Ed
Seminar in Critical Pedagogy
Public Pedagogy
Multicult Ed in US Classroom
Issues of Research3
Select one of the following courses: (Courses can be substituted with consent of advisor.)
Quantitative Research Methods
Qualitative Research Seminar
Action Research
Seminar and Research Project
EDK 680Individual Res in Education3
Total Credit Hours30

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