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Media & Education, M.A.

The M.A. program in Media & Education reinvents the profile of educators, storytellers in schools, the media industry, and society.

This program is a first of its kind partnership between the Department of Teaching and Leadership and the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, combining the resources, faculty, and legacies of both renowned Schools. Media & Education graduates are experts in the complex synergies between media and education in our culture, on the leading edge of production, analysis, and innovative application of media in diverse environments. You’ll master the process of critical thinking through provocative research, multimedia creations, thought-provoking films, challenging and honest conversations in colloquia, and interdisciplinary investigations. This program does not lead to certification, but is instead a deeper dive into both theories and practices of media. Current certified teachers looking to enhance their classroom practices should consider the C.A.S. in Media & Education.

Why Media & Education at Syracuse?

  • Complete your degree in an intensive residency over just one calendar year.
  • A Combination of coursework, project learning, and faculty expertise in media and education that uniquely prepares graduates to teach with media, teach about media, and create media for educational settings.
  • Deconstruct the narratives on identity, popular culture, and democracy, and the historical and current representations of those topics in the media.
  • Engage in conventional and unconventional storytelling by mastering storytelling techniques in a particular area of interest, and using storytelling as a tool for exploration, analysis, and expansion of knowledge.
  • Graduates produce work with the assumption that the world, media, and education are multicultural, multiracial, and global.
  • Take part in School of Education short-term study abroad programs around the world. Through the Himan Brown Fellowship, School of Education students are also eligible for exclusive funding to support study abroad experiences.
  • This program is for professionals interested in the art of visual and digital storytelling, and the analysis of media in educational settings, including:
    • 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.

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:

  • Educators interested in media production, development of media literacy programs, or enhancing classroom teaching
  • Content producers and media directors for educational television, not-for-profit organizations, or charitable foundations
  • Directors or media integration specialists for after school programs, libraries, social service agencies, and nonprofits
  • Curriculum development and consultant positions in publishing, television, or higher education.

Program Contacts

Jeffery Mangram, Associate Professor
jamangra@syr.edu|315.443.3293
Jeffery Mangram
Jeanne Schmidt, Administrative Assistant
jmschmid@syr.edu|315.443.1468
Jeanne Schmidt
Speranza Migliore, Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment
smiglior@syr.edu|315.443.2505