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, 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.
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