Master's 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 settings. It uses and generates research and theory to understand the sociocultural and historical contexts and dynamics of specific manifestations of oppression. These include, but are not limited to, racism, classism, 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, and youth and community-based research and practice.

The goal of SJE concentration is to prepare educational leaders who can promote social diversity and social justice in educational 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.

Graduates are employed in formal and informal educational settings such as anti-bias education programs, youth-based organizations, as classroom teachers in public and private schools, and as educators and student affairs practitioners in university and college settings.

Program of Study

Ten (10) required core courses totaling 31 credits

  • Three (3) courses in the Social Justice Education Foundational Core
  • Five (5) courses in the Social Justice Education Pedagogy Core
  • Two (2) courses in the Social Justice Education Specialization

Two (2) elective courses toward specialization totaling 6 credits

The total number of required credits to degree is 37.

M.Ed. candidates are required to take two graduate level electives (inside or outside of the College of Education) in consultation with the faculty advisor to support their program of study. Students take courses in Afro-American studies, anthropology, women, gender and sexuality studies, sociology, psychology, higher education, international education, and teacher education and curriculum studies. At least one of these electives will be site specific (K-12 and/or higher education) in a formal or an informal educational setting.


For more information contact:

 Judy Pierce
Department Administrator


Associate Core Faculty: Dr. Korina Jocson and Dr. Ximena U. Zúñiga