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Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Credits:
    32
  • Degree:
    Masters of Education with Concentration

Program Description

Tailor a program of graduate study to your interests and professional goals. Whether you’re looking to develop your professional knowledge or prepare for a career transition, the degree in interdisciplinary studies offers the opportunity to select courses in any or all academic disciplines. This program also includes an independent learning project, in which you’ll research and write about a topic that supports your post-graduate endeavors and personal growth.

What Is Interdisciplinary Studies?

The Interdisciplinary Studies program enables you to customize your own course of study in consultation with a faculty advisor. You will be expected to articulate a rationale for each course selected, and your faculty advisor will meet with you to assess your progress in meeting your program goals as part of a formative evaluation process. While the interdisciplinary studies degree will prepare you for a wide range of careers, please note that this program is not an option for attaining licensure.

Cambridge College Interdisciplinary Studies Master’s Degree Program Highlights

The degree in interdisciplinary studies offers maximum flexibility to chart your own academic course. Likewise, Cambridge College 

offers maximum flexibility to pursue your master’s degree in your own way, and at your own pace. Benefits of our program include:

  • Strong academic guidance. In addition to regular meetings with your faculty advisor, the interdisciplinary studies degree includes professional seminars in which you’ll have the chance to integrate your learning from classes, workshops, and experience. The seminar also supports work on your independent learning project—from identifying topics, to guiding the research and writing, to completion.
  • Personalized skill development. The interdisciplinary studies curriculum is designed to help you develop skills that fit your specific goals and apply your learning in the process. This includes an independent learning project, in which you’ll have the opportunity to research a topic of your choice and communicate your findings in writing.
  • Flexible course options. Offering convenient day, evening, weekend, and online class options designed for adult learners, Cambridge College gives you the flexibility to earn your master’s in interdisciplinary studies while balancing time at work and home.
  • Exceptional value. Cambridge College is one of the most affordable four-year private nonprofit colleges in the United States, giving you greater value for your education. In addition to providing low tuition, we offer a wide range of scholarships and other financial aid opportunities to make earning your master’s degree even more affordable.
  • Great location. All Cambridge College classroom locations are close to major highways and public transportation, and/or provide free parking for students throughout the year.

Cambridge College is one of the most ethnically diverse colleges in the United States. That means you’ll work with other adult learners from all over the world, gaining diverse viewpoints and enriching every aspect of your educational experience.

Interdisciplinary Studies Learning Outcomes

In addition to developing competencies in the subject area(s) of your choosing, the degree in interdisciplinary studies will prepare you to:

  • Integrate information from interdisciplinary perspectives.
  • Demonstrate advanced cultural competence.
  • Demonstrate advanced critical thinking skills in social, professional, and cultural contexts.
  • Appreciate and enjoy questions, ambiguity, and paradox.
  • Interrogate world views and become cognizant of ethical dimensions of human systems, institutions, issues, and dilemmas.

Jobs for Interdisciplinary Studies

 

Our graduates pursue a wide variety of jobs that involve a significant element of educating. They work in schools and colleges, nonprofit organizations and human services, the criminal justice system, corporations, and religious organizations. Examples of specific interdisciplinary studies jobs include:

  • Tutors and teachers
  • Personal, academic, and athletic coaches
  • Actors
  • Family advocates and mediators
  • Clergy
  • College faculty and administrators

The interdisciplinary studies degree features classes such as:

  • Professional Seminar: Education
  • Graduate Level Writing for Social Science Research: Writing Your ILP
  • Human Brain, Human Learning

Download the Interdisciplinary Studies master’s degree program sheet.

Interdisciplinary Studies Scholarships and Financial Aid

You may qualify for grants, scholarships, loans, and other types of financial assistance to help pay for your master’s in interdisciplinary studies. Learn more about applying for financial aid at Cambridge College.

Many companies also offer tuition assistance programs that can help to pay for education. Find information about getting your company to help.

Curriculum


Professional Seminar & Project
9
Credits

EED 800 Independent Learning Project

Professional Seminar I: Education
EED 691 2 credit(s)
The Professional Seminar is a signature element of the adult learning model at Cambridge College. It grounds learning in a cohort group of students with a faculty leader. The seminar is a forum for discussion of professional issues in education, such as what it means to be an educator today, and how educators can work in the organizational culture of schools and contribute to social progress. Students integrate their learning from classes, workshops, and experience. Transformed by reflection, readings, and discussion, students become reflective practitioners and lifelong learners. The seminar also supports students’ work on their independent learning projects, from identifying topics, to guiding the research and writing, to completion. The seminar leader approves the finished projects.
Professional Seminar II: Education
EED 692 2 credit(s)
The Professional Seminar is a signature element of the adult learning model at Cambridge College. It grounds learning in a cohort group of students with a faculty leader. The seminar is a forum for discussion of professional issues in education, such as what it means to be an educator today, and how educators can work in the organizational culture of schools and contribute to social progress. Students integrate their learning from classes, workshops, and experience. Transformed by reflection, readings, and discussion, students become reflective practitioners and lifelong learners. The seminar also supports students’ work on their independent learning projects, from identifying topics, to guiding the research and writing, to completion. The seminar leader approves the finished projects.
Professional Seminar III: Education
EED 693 2 credit(s)
The Professional Seminar is a signature element of the adult learning model at Cambridge College. It grounds learning in a cohort group of students with a faculty leader. The seminar is a forum for discussion of professional issues in education, such as what it means to be an educator today, and how educators can work in the organizational culture of schools and contribute to social progress. Students integrate their learning from classes, workshops, and experience. Transformed by reflection, readings, and discussion, students become reflective practitioners and lifelong learners. The seminar also supports students’ work on their independent learning projects, from identifying topics, to guiding the research and writing, to completion. The seminar leader approves the finished projects.
Theory & Practice of Education
2
Credits

Choose two 1-credit courses in Education: EED 590 or EED 591.

Preparing for Success
3
Credits
Graduate Level Writing for Social Science Research: Writing your ILP
EED 604 3 credit(s)
The Independent Learning Project (ILP) involves researching a topic and communicating the findings in writing. This course is designed to support the writing of social science research projects. It explores the following: determining the research statement, developing an outline and design, organizing information, and mechanically correct writing. The course covers both the “thesis-type” project and the “project-type” ILP as outlined in the Cambridge College ILP handbook. Enrollment limited to 20.
Foundation Courses
6 or more
Credits

Choose six or more credits (two courses)

Motivation and Teaching: Theoriesand Practices
EED 564 3 credit(s)
The strategies teachers use in many classrooms to reinforce learning are based on the theory, “If you learn this, then I will give you that.” Much of what is taught is reinforced by extrinsic rewards such as praise, kisses and hugs, or gold stars. However, many teachers feel frustrated because they want children to love learning and to see learning as a reward in and of itself. This course will examine current research and theoretical models which can help educators understand how to develop a child’s intrinsic desire to learn by satisfying certain needs we all have within us.
3/Strategies for Teaching Critical Thinking Across the Curriculum
EED 610 3 credit(s)
Critical thinking is approached through a holistic model that stresses creative and analytic strategies. Participants consider cognitive development issues informing the design of instructional materials and methods which promote higher-order thinking. Practical strategies for immediate classroom application are a priority. An open environment promotes collegial exchange that builds on professional experiences while cultivating new skills that engage students in active learning and independent thinking. (3)
Rereading Global Oppression: The Last 500 Years
EED 636 3 credit(s)
This course examines, from a systems perspective, the last 500 years of socio-political, psychological, cross-cultural, educational, religious, and economic dimensions of various world atrocities that have led to and continue to sustain current oppression of diverse peoples across the globe. It is designed to prepare learners to be knowledgeable about and to challenge individual, group, and institutional biases and how these contribute to discrimination and oppression. Equally important, this course will examine the adaptive strategies and strengths of oppressed/marginalized groups and will assist students in undrstanding the complex nature of their own personal values, beliefs, and behaviors that may limit their ability to practice effective methodologies in their schools, communities, and areas of work. Students critically analyze both written and visual texts that include but are not limited to documentaries, film, poems, novels, essays, trade cards, advertisements, etc. This course is both reading and writing intensive; written and oral work challenge learners to move beyond reflecting on personal experience alone to identify and challenge contemporary systems of oppression.
Human Brain, Human Learning
EED 647 3 credit(s)
This introductory course in brain-compatible teaching and learning will entail a review of some of the latest research findings from the neurosciences, cognitive psychology, information science, psychobiology and neurolinguistic programming. The goal of this course is to provide educators and trainers with the opportunity to learn about the role of the brain / mind in the learning process so that they will be able to read and understand current brain / mind research and apply some of the findings to their teaching practice. Some time will also be spent on accelerated learning techniques. The course would be appropriate for educators of all grade levels and subject areas as well as for corporate trainers and other trainers of adult learners.
MultiCultural Diversity Issues in the Workplace and Classroom
EED 705 3 credit(s)
This course studies (1) ethnic-cultural history, (2) prejudice, biases and value systems, and (3) the appreciation of diversity in professional skills and personal strengths. Students discuss teaching cultural diversity in various learning environments, and individuals’ power in realizing differences and similarities. Students explore ethnicity, race, gender and class from an historical and contemporary perspectives. The class looks at teaching styles and ways to manage culturally diverse classrooms. The importance of building students’ self-esteem and sensitivity to their varied learning styles are addressed. Students should come prepared with a brief overview of their ethnic/cultural history (e.g., photo albums, letters, journals, and family trees).
Elective Courses
up to 12
Credits

With approval of their seminar leader, appropriate dean, appropriate program chair and the IS program chair, students may take no more than:

  • Four 3-credit courses in any program outside the Interdisciplinary Studies Program
  • Two 3-credit independent studies courses
  • Two 1-credit courses

Program Chair

Core Faculty

Senior Instructor

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Admissions

  • Admission Test:

    No standardized graduate school tests required for admission into non-licensure programs.

  • Admissions Office:
    1-800-829-4723
  • Application Form:
  • Application Fee:
    $50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students; $100 for EdD)

School Requirements

See Admissions Requirements for School of Education

 

State Health Requirements

The Massachusetts Health Department and Cambridge College require the following of students in Massachusetts:

Immunizations – All students in Massachusetts are required to get certain immunizations before you can register for your first term. See form

Health Insurance – In Massachusetts, undergraduate students taking nine or more credits/term and graduate students taking six or more credits/term must enroll in the College’s health insurance plan. Students who have insurance with comparable coverage may request a waiver. See information and enroll or waive.

International Students 

International students are accepted at Massachusetts location only, and need to provide supplemental documentation:

  • Official demonstration of English language proficiency
  • Supplemental documentation for issuance of I-20
  • International transcripts, evaluated by an accepted evaluation service

Transfer Credit

Graduate program applicants, please complete the transfer credit request form if you wish to have prior course work evaluated for transfer. Learn more.

Undergraduate program applicants, once you are accepted, your official transcripts are evaluated for transfer credit.

 

Tuition

  • Credits:
    32
  • Cost per credit hour:
    $574
  • Application Fee:
    $50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students; $100 for EdD)
  • Health Insurance Fee:
    $3,415 - Required for Massachusetts students only. See waiver details on Tuition & Fees page.

Note: Rates are as of July 2019, and are subject to change without notice. Rates apply to all students, unless otherwise noted.

Financial Aid

Cambridge College offers financial aid to students in our degree programs who are enrolled at least half time. Undergraduate students must be enrolled in at least 6 credits each term. Graduate and doctoral students must be enrolled in at least 4 credits each term. Learn more

Grants, Scholarships and Loans

Cambridge College welcomes the opportunity to support your efforts to pay for college.  Federal, state and local resources in the form of grants, scholarships, loans and work-study, including Cambridge College Scholarships, are available to help defray the cost of tuition. Learn more

Getting Your Company to Help

Many companies have tuition assistance programs, designed to help their employees with their professional development. Learn more

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