Master of Arts in Media & Education

The M.A. in Media & Education is a first of its kind joint venture between the School of Education and the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, combining the resources, faculty, and legacies of both renowned Schools.

This program is reinventing the profile of educators and storytellers in schools, media industry, and society. Media & Education graduates will be experts in the complex synergies between media and education in our culture, and will be on the leading edge of production, analysis, and innovative application of media in diverse environments.

The M.A. in media and education is for any professional interested in the art of visual and digital storytelling, and the analysis of media in educational settings. Individuals who would be a good fit for this program may include:

  • Students interested in enhancing their pedagogy with creative production and engagement of media.
  • Library Media Specialists who would like to learn about emerging media trends and techniques.
  • Current content or media producers looking to connect more meaningfully with contemporary audiences through emerging mass media channels.

What is the Media & Education Method?

 Exploring the status quo of the fields of media and education:

  • Deconstructing the narratives on topics such as disability, race, gender, class, identity, popular culture and democracy, and the historical and current representations of those topics in the media.
  • Mastering the process of critical thinking through provocative research, multimedia creations, thought-provoking films, challenging and honest conversations in colloquia, and interdisciplinary investigations.

Creating compelling media works:

  • Engaging in conventional and unconventional storytelling by mastering storytelling tools and techniques in a particular area of interest.
  • Using storytelling as a tool for exploration, analysis, and expansion of knowledge.

Reinventing the possibilities inherent in the convergence between media and education:

  • Providing spaces, through traditional and digital media, for individuals, cultures, and communities to tell their stories in meaningful and authentic ways.
  • Producing work with the assumption that the world, media, and education are multicultural, multiracial, and global.

What can I do with a M&E MA Degree?

Students in 21st century schools do not learn without mass media tools or content. It is imperative
that education professionals have a high degree of media literacy in order to connect with today’s
learners, and that media professionals have an understanding of the power media tools have in
education. An M.A. in media and education can shape a career for:

  • Current teachers and educators interested in media production, the development of media literacy programs, or enhancing their classroom teaching.
  • Content producers and media directors for educational television, not-for-profit organizations, or charitable foundations.
  • Directors or media integration specialists for afterschool programs, libraries, social service agencies, snd non-profits.
  • Curriculum development and consultant positions in publishing, television, or higher education.

Although those who are already certified as PreK-12 teachers may be among the applicants who wish to expand knowledge through these program, the program does not lead to teacher certification.

View the Master's in Media & Education brochure

Program Contacts

Jeffery Mangram
Program Coordinator

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