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University of Massachusetts
College of Education
Graduate School


Contact Information:

159 Hills South
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003

Student Development Department Office:
413-545-2231, 413-545-3610

Ximena Zúñiga, Concentration Chair

Brenda Juarez, Graduate Admissions Coordinator


College of Education
Department of Student Development (SD)
Social Justice Education Concentration

The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Social Justice
(CAGS) 30 credits

The CAGS is designed to meet the needs of educational professionals who work with youth in educational settings or at the university level (school administrators, counselors, teachers, student affairs professionals, for example), who have completed a master’s degree, and wish to pursue advanced graduate work beyond the masters degree. The goal of the CAGS program is similar to the masters, in that it prepares reflective practitioners who can demonstrate competency in the skills; awareness and knowledge needed to plan, implement, and evaluate effective social justice education programs. CAGS students teach one-credit undergraduate social justice education courses as part of their practicum experience.

A typical program of study for the CAGS resembles the masters in reflective practice.


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