Social Justice Education (SJE) Graduate Certificate in Teaching for Diversity

The Social Justice Education (SJE) concentration offers theory, research, and exploration of social justice topics, curricular design and facilitation skills, with practicum opportunities for supervised teaching in a variety of  classroom settings.  This Certificate makes available selected components of the overall SJE concentration for graduate students matriculated in UMass Amherst  graduate programs and who want to develop foundational knowledge, and curricular and facilitative skills in social justice education.  

This is a flexible five-course, 15 credit certificate, with requirements and electives, needed for effective diversity teaching.

This Certificate has two “tracks”: Track A is designed for graduate students teaching undergraduate diversity or social justice courses on this campus; Track B is designed for graduate students preparing for social justice teaching in schools or related venues (such as after-school programs).

The Certificate consists of five courses (15 credits) as follows:

  • two core Social Justice Education courses,
  • two electives selected from a list of SJE, College of Education, and cross-campus content courses dealing with diversity and social justice academic content or departmentally-specific practica,
  • SJE teaching practicum (undergraduates on campus or students in schools or related venues).  In the practicum, graduate students will apply their social justice and diversity content knowledge and pedagogical skills to design and facilitate undergraduate social justice education weekend seminars, or schools-related diversity/social justice opportunities.  

Admission is available only to matriculated graduate students by application to the program. 

Contact information: 

Dr. Ximena U. Zúñiga