Doctoral Degree: Social Justice Education Concentration

Social justice education (SJE) is an interdisciplinary concentration of study with a focus on social diversity and social justice as they apply to formal and informal educational systems. It uses and generates research and theory to understand the sociocultural and historical contexts and dynamics of specific manifestations of oppression in social systems. These include but are not limited to racism, classicism, ableism, sexism, heterosexism, religious oppression, classism, heterosexism, racism, religious oppression, transgender oppression and youth oppression. SJE brings together faculty and students with interests in issues of social diversity inclusion, equity, social justice, critical theories, cultural studies, ethnic studies, feminist studies, critical pedagogies, critical methodologies, dialogues across differences, youth and community-based research and practice.

The goal of the SJE concentration is to prepare scholars and educational leaders who can promote social diversity and social justice in education settings through the development of theoretical and practical knowledge, empirical research, and the use of effective social justice education practices.

It engages students in the 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, and equitable.

Students are experienced educational professionals, such as classroom teachers, school counselors, staff development professional, education administrators, student affairs programmers, special educators, youth cultural workers, or college residential educators. They work closely with a faculty guidance committee to plan a course of study that leads to the successful completion of the doctoral degree. Graduates are employed as university faculty, education leaders and administrators in a variety of educational settings including private and public schools, non-governmental organizations, K-12 and youth-based settings, and university and college settings.

Program of Study

Credits Required: 60 credits

Course Number

Course Title

Credit Hours

Foundational Core Courses*: 5 courses in SJE content and research

15

EDUC 624

Contemporary and Historical Constructions of SJE

3

EDUC 648

Historical and Pedagogical Foundations of SJE

3

EDUC 797C

Alternative Paradigms: Critical Research in Education

3

EDUC 893C

SJE Doctoral Proseminar (must be taken each year the first 2 years)

6

Theory Courses**: 2 courses required towards specialization

6

ANTHRO 597CR

Critical Race Theory

3

EDUC 601

College Student Development Theory

3

EDUC 622

Theories of Educational Equity

3

EDUC 626

Social Theories in Education

3

EDUC 692K

Foundations/Theories of Learning

3

EDUC 692SS

Critical Theories in Social Justice Education

3

HUMDEV 660

Theories of Human Development

3

PSYCH 690B

Improving Intergroup Relations

3

PSYCH 891A

Self and Identity

3

WGSS 791B

Feminist Theory

3

Research Methods***: minimum of 4 courses required (2 must be quantitative)

12

EDUC 555

Introduction to Statistics and Computer Analysis I

3

EDUC 619

Introduction to Qualitative Research

3

EDUC 652

Mixed Methods

3

EDUC 656

Introduction to Statistics and Computer Analysis II

3

EDUC 661

Quantitative Research Methods

3

EDUC 671

Survey Research Methods

3

EDUC 718

Action Research in Schools

3

EDUC 771

Applied Multivariate Statistics I

3

EDUC 772

Applied Multivariate Statistics II

3

EDUC 794D

Critical Discourse Analysis

3

EDUC 797A

Qualitative Data Analysis

3

EDUC 797C

Alternative Paradigms: Critical Research in Education

3

EDUC 815

Ethnography (2 semesters)

3

EDUC 871

Design and Evaluation of Educational Programs

3

EDUC 888

Participatory Action Research Methods

3

Elective Courses****: 3 courses required towards specialization

9

EDUC 609

Multicultural Group Processes

3

EDUC 614

Access & Equity in Higher Education

3

EDUC 615E  

Race, Class and Gender in Higher Education

3

EDUC 627

Curriculum Design and Facilitation in SJE

3

EDUC 646

Leadership for Curriculum and Instruction

3

EDUC 691E

Social Justice Issues in Education

3

EDUC 697A

Women in Higher Education

3

EDUC 717

Research in Higher Education

3

EDUC 722

Research on Teacher Education

3

EDUC 746

SJE with Youth

3

EDUC 755

Current Methods and Programs in Urban Education

3

EDUC 791E

Theory, Practice and Research on Intergroup Dialogue

3

EDUC 791M

SJE classroom teaching in higher education

3

EDUC 797K

SJE with College Students

3

Dissertation Credits

18

Minimum Total Credits

60

Prerequisite, Concentration or Other Requirements:

* Five (5) core courses for all entering doctoral students to be completed in the first two years of study; core courses contribute to the development of foundational knowledge in social justice education content and research for entering doctoral students including the development of competency in at least three social justice issues.

** Two (2) theory courses toward area of specialization. One of these courses should be taken outside the college. Additional courses may be counted as theory courses if they meet the requirement of a theory course and are approved by the doctoral program guidance committee. These courses are selected in conjunction with the doctoral advisor & guidance committee.

*** Four (4) Research Methods courses are required at minimum including EDUC 797C, Alternative Paradigms: Critical Research in Education. Of these 4 courses, 2 courses must be in quantitative methods. This list includes possible research courses to be selected in conjunction with the doctoral advisor & doctoral guidance committee. Additional courses may be counted as research courses if they meet the requirement of a research course and are approved by the doctoral program guidance committee.

**** Additional courses may be counted as elective courses if they meet the requirement of an elective course and are approved by the doctoral program of study guidance committee.

Contact

For more information contact:

Dr. Korina Jocson
Email: kjocson@umass.edu

Associated Core Faculty: Dr. Antonio Martinez and Dr. Ximena U. Zúñiga