Doctoral Degree: Social Justice Education Concentration

Social Justice Education is an interdisciplinary concentration of study with a focus on social diversity and social justice as they apply to formal and non-formal educational systems. It uses and generates research and theory to understand the sociocultural and historical contexts and dynamics of specific manifestations of oppression (e.g., ableism, classism, heterosexism, racism, religious oppression, transgender oppression and sexism) in social systems. It brings together faculty and students with interests in issues of social diversity and social oppression, inclusion, equity, social justice, critical theories, critical pedagogies, dialogues across differences, individual and collective empowerment, liberatory consciousness and practice, and research for social justice.

The goal of the SJE doctoral concentration is to prepare scholars and educational leaders that can promote social diversityand justice in educational settings through the development of theoretical and practical knowledge, empirical research, and the use of effective social justice education practices. The concentrationengages candidates in the study, interrogation and further theorizing of social justice issues and social justice education practices for the purpose of developing knowledge capable of fostering educational environments that are socially just, diverse, inclusive, equitable, and accessible to all members within given communities and contexts. Candidates are experiencededucational professionals – classroom teachers, school counselors, staff development professional, education administrators, student affairs programmers, special educators, youth workers, or college residential educators – who work closely with a faculty guidance committee to plan a course of study which balances academic and professional experiences relevant to successfully completing doctoral work. Graduates are employed in various roles including faculty and leadership and administration roles in a variety of educational settings including private and public schools, non-governmental organizations, university and college settings. For detailed information about the SJE doctoral concentration of study and admissions information go to the SJE concentration website. (Click here to link to more information about our Social Justice Education graduate programs of study)

Social Justice Education Website

Program of Study

The Program of Study for theSocial Justice Education Doctoral Concentration consists of:

Seven (7) required core courses totaling 21 credits:

  • Five (5) courses in the Social Justice Education Core
  • Two (2) courses in the Theory Core

Four (4) Research Methods courses totaling 12 credits

Three (3) elective courses toward specialization totaling 9 credits

With the required eighteen (18) dissertation credits, the total number of required credits is 60.

The required and elective courses that are eligible to fulfill the doctoral requirements can be found at the following link: Social Justice Education Graduate Program Curriculum Outline:

Contact Information

For more information about the Social Justice Education program, please contact:

Concentration Coordinator: Ximena Zúñiga (Professor)
Email: xzuniga@educ.umass.edu

Associated Faculty

Maurianne Adams (Professor Emerita),  Bailey W. Jackson (Professor Emeritus), Korina Jocson (Assistant Professor), Brenda Juárez (Assistant Professor), Antonio Martinez (Assistant Professor),  Ximena U. Zúñiga (Professor).