School of Education at Iowa State University

Why you should consider this program

Social and Cultural Studies of Education faculty and students focus on issues around diversity, equity and social justice in schools and communities. We draw on strong interdisciplinary theoretical frameworks connected to anthropology and sociology, which allow us to make sense of how educational inequities in U.S. schools and society are reproduced or interrupted through particular approaches to teaching and learning. 

We use a variety of interpretive methodologies to examine how these approaches shape the cultures of schools and classrooms. In doing so, we explore the interrelationship of discourses in society, schools and classrooms, as well as their interactions with home and community knowledges. Masters students have the opportunity to be involved in research, teaching, and engagement with a view to preparing teachers to act as conscious, affirming, constructivist change agents.

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 9,549 $ 45,589 $ 0 + You receive additional benefits.
Out of state $ 22,861 $ 58,901 $ 0 + You receive additional benefits.
* Net cost is equal to tuition/fees minus fellowship value. For some universities, the fellowship value includes non-tuition/fee benefits such as health insurance or housing—see the first point below for more details.

Where the cost savings value of the Coverdell Fellowship comes from

100% tuition and fees waiver, and a 20 hour/week graduate assistantship

Fellowships awarded per year (average)


Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 8,762

Application fee waived?



The Coverdell Fellows Program in Social and Cultural Studies of Education would provide experiences for work around these issues in the specific contexts of two urban elementary schools, their associated community-serving organizations, and broader neighborhood contexts. The goal of such work would be to enhance awareness of the ISU 4U Promise (an elementary school program partnership with Iowa State University), build strong relationships with youth and families, and develop and facilitate programming to enhance socio-academic outcomes to promote college access.

Jobs for program alumni


Other details

Program length

2 years

Application requirements

Online graduate school application, current resume, 3 letters of recommendation, official transcripts

Admissions process

Statement of intent

Program begins

Mid August or early January

Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



Anne Foegen, Professor, School of Education

1730D Lagomarcino Hall
Ames, Iowa 50011