Social Justice Education Ed.S.

The education specialist degree (Ed.S.) in Social Justice Education is an option for students who would like to pursue an advanced degree beyond a master's, without the dissertation component of the doctorate. The Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree is an advanced terminal degree in the U.S. that is designed for individuals who wish to develop advanced knowledge and theory beyond the master's degree level, but may not wish to pursue a degree at the doctoral level. The Ed.S. provides an intensive, cohesive program of professional development for educational specialists beyond the master's level. The Ed.S is a minimum of a 30-credit-hour program of study beyond the master's degree. All 30 credits must be taken at the university within a four-year period, and at least 15 credits must be taken in the College of Education. A minimum of 18 credits used toward fulfillment of the requirement must be at or above the 600 level.

Those who complete the Ed.S. program in Social Justice Education go on to work as consultants, educators, and leaders in the field. Students also have the option to apply for the Ph.D. program after they have started the Ed.S. and transfer credits from their Ed.S. program of study if they are accepted. Students plan their course of study with their advisors.

Admissions

The Social Justice Education admissions committee wants to know about your interest in social justice education and to understand how your prior personal, educational, and professional experiences have prepared you for graduate work in social justice education. Please be succinct yet specific about your interest in social justice education and the ways in which SJE can support your future plans and professional goals. Your personal statement will doubly serve as a writing sample (no more than 3 pages).

Application Timeline

Applications are due by January 2. Decisions will be made in March/April for admissions the following September. There are no mid-year admissions.

Prerequisites

Applicants are expected to show evidence of applied social justice experience, at least one semester of which is supervised. Examples might include classroom teaching, peer education programs, mediation teams, residence assistants, or community outreach programs. Applicants may also have certification in teaching, school counseling, and special education or school administration. Evidence of at least one full year's work experience in a social justice-related area beyond the bachelor's degree is strongly preferred.

Application Materials

  • Online Application
  • Personal statement describing the applicant's prior experience with social justice education, professional objectives relevant to social justice education, and a description of what they hope to achieve through completion of the program
  • Official transcripts
  • Full résumé
  • 3 letters of recommendation (at least one faculty member)

For more information, please contact Judy Pierce at judithpierce@educ.umass.edu or (413) 545-3610.