2021-2022 Graduate Course Catalog 
    May 21, 2024  
2021-2022 Graduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Media & Education, MA (Not admitting students)


Jeffrey Mangram Co-director, M&E; Program Coordinator, Social Studies Education, jamangra@syr.edu, 315-443-3343

Michael Schoonmaker, Co-director, M&E; Chair, TRF, msschoon@syr.edu, 315-443-2150

NOTE: Program is no longer accepting applications. 


This program brings together the fields of media and education, and is offered jointly by the School of Education and the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. Using broad definitions, we see media as an umbrella term for a range of forms that communicate to a public and we define education as occurring in both formal settings like schools and informal arenas like popular culture. This program addresses media production and analysis in relation to visual storytelling, combining an analysis of core issues in education with visual storytelling creation and production skills. The program will also speak to the cultural terrain of how people both make and make sense of media.

Student Learning Outcomes in Media and Education

Students in the Media & Education Master’s program are expected to achieve the following educational goals:

  • Explain foundational history, theories and research around the convergence of media and education.
  • Explain and critically assess the legal, cultural, institutional and ethical dimensions of education and media.
  • Propose and produce an independent media production project that will address an educational issue.
  • Explain and use conventional and emerging visual media and demonstrate skill in storytelling.
  • Assess the literature of the fields of Media and Education to develop a media project that contributes knowledge to the convergence of these fields.

Program Requirements

The MA degree explores areas such as:

  • Media Education: educating teachers of media, including media literacy educators, community college professors, or those with an interest in film including licensed/certified K-12 teachers, in short those who want to bring the art of visual storytelling to educational settings.
  • Youth Development: addressing the field of education that takes place outside schools. It includes youth development community projects and youth media organizations.
  • Media Literacy: teach future educators of media literacy from a cultural studies perspective, which includes a tripartite focus on the text, the audience, and the political economy.
  • Leadership in the Field: propelling some students to move on to doctoral studies and further research in the academy.


The MA program will follow Syracuse University’s general guidelines for admission to graduate study. That is, applicants must present respectable evidence of excellence with depth and dimension in their records. The review committee expects to admit students with an exemplary transcript, extraordinary letters of recommendation, a personal statement that reflects potential growth, and a demonstrated experience in education and/or media studies.

Financial Support:

The program will draw upon traditional graduate assistantship awards and scholarships. Furthermore, numerous scholarships are awarded to students whose backgrounds may have placed them at a disadvantage in academic and professional fields.


Note: This program requires full time study except for the second summer session which requires only 3 credits.

First summer - Summer Session II Summer Institute (7 Credits):

Fall Semester (13 Credits):

The visual media electives expose students to both old and new visual media, focusing in both courses on storytelling skills. The educational courses engage students on how educational projects are culturally situated. The colloquium during this semester emphasizes the development of an idea for the capstone project.

Cultural Foundations Elective - (3 credits) One course from:

Public Communications Elective - (3 credits) One course from:

NOTE: Students are invited to petition public communications electives not on this list along with a rationale for using them in their program of study.

Spring Semester (13 Credits):

  • 1 credit(s)
  • Spring semester colloquium focuses on the research and design of the summer capstone projects.

  • 3 credit(s)
  • Pro-seminar covers the perspectives of Media and Education professionals. Students will develop the theoretical groundwork and documentation for their capstone projects. This covers legal issues in media education including copyright issues related to use of media in schools and education law relating to media and education

Visual Media Elective II - (3 credits) One course from:

For their visual media elective, students may enroll in any of the courses listed under Visual Media Elective-I listed above, or the following courses if they have the necessary prerequisite.

Summer Session I Finish (3 Credits):

Total Credits: 36

Transfer Credit:

Decisions made on a case-by-case basis up to a maximum of 6 credits.

Satisfactory Progress:

3.0 (B or better) average in all program courses.