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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

EXimena Zúñiga, Concentration Chair



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

Careers in Social Justice Education

Graduates of the SJE Masters, Ed.S., and Doctoral concentrations find professional positions in a variety of education-related fields. Graduates who have previous certification as K-12 teachers, counselors, or administrators often return to these or other positions in K-12 education after completing their graduate work.

Other students in the program without previous K-12 certification who are interested in careers in K-12 education can take the required coursework during their course of study that enables them to earn certification.

Graduates of the doctoral program find university faculty or professional staff positions in teacher education and other education related fields, such as staff and faculty training and development.

Graduates of the masters and doctoral concentration also find positions in higher education in student affairs, residential life, and in administrative positions. SJE graduates serve as directors of disability services, LGBT resource centers, Hillel Centers, multicultural conflict resolution teams, diversity and multicultural affairs offices, and women's centers.

Graduates of the SJE concentration are employed in local, state, and national advocacy or education programs, as well as in nonprofit organizations that focus on issues of diversity and social justice.

Graduates of the SJE concentration also work with educational and private sector organizations as diversity and social justice specialists either as independent consultants or as full-time employees.

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