The reflective Master of Education program of study in Social Justice Education prepares education professionals to develop, implement, and assess social justice curricula and interventions in formal educational settings. It provides graduate coursework and opportunities for reflective practice for educational professionals who teach at all levels of the educational system, preschool through college.
The Master's program of study in Social Justice Education focuses on the intersection of dominance, power relations, and diversity issues in curricula, co-curricula and schools. All Master's students are expected to develop the following areas of knowledge and skill:
Master's students in the program of study have the opportunity to acquire experience in the design and delivery of long- and short-term social justice education classes. Other practicum experiences are available in higher education and K-12 urban and local school settings.
Social Justice Education Master's graduates are directors of women's centers; faculty and staff of development programs, disability services, and other formal support organizations; program staff at universities; staff with Residence Life programs; and teachers of K-16.
The faculty seek applicants with demonstrated prior experience in teaching, supervision, or professional development of teachers, teacher education, educational administration, student affairs programming, school guidance and counseling, and college residential education. Applicants to the Master's program of study in Social Justice Education are expected to show evidence of applied social justice experience, at least one semester of which is supervised. Examples might include peer education programs, mediation teams, residence assistants, or community outreach programs of study. Evidence of at least one year's prior experience working in a Social Justice Education related area is expected. All applicants to Social Justice Education graduate degree programs (Master's and Doctoral) are expected to have prior experience working with socially and culturally diverse groups, experience working as change agents, and demonstrate reflective practice with a commitment to social justice. We recruit to assure social and cultural diversity within our program of study.
Admission requirements include an applicant's professional experience, perceived fit with program of study content and orientation, grade point average of 3.0 or higher, personal statement, and letters of recommendation.