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Ximena Zúñiga, Concentration Chair

 

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

SJE Graduate Certificate in Teaching for Diversity

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The Social Justice Education concentration is a graduate program of study that provides background and information on social justice topics, curricular design and facilitation skills.  It also offers practicum opportunities in which SJE graduate students gain supervision and experience in teaching UMA Gen Ed and departmental diversity courses.  It is the intention of this proposed Certificate to make available a modified version of this graduate education, within Social Justice Education (SJE), for graduate students matriculated in other graduate programs, who teach Gen Ed diversity courses offered by these other departments, and who are looking for a 15 credit Certificate to enhance and develop their foundational knowledge, and curricular and facilitative skills in SJE. 

This Social Justice Education (SJE) Graduate Certificate in Teaching for Diversity will be available to graduate students across campus that teach diversity courses.  It consists of a flexible five-course (15 credit) program of study focusing on the curricular knowledge and pedagogical skills needed for effective diversity teaching.  It is structured to complement departmental preparation of graduate students who serve as diversity-course TAs as well as pre- and in-service K-12 teachers, to strengthen their teaching of diversity and social justice courses in their own academic disciplines.  The focus of this Certificate is on social justice topics, and social justice curricular design and facilitation.

This Certificate is likely to be especially attractive to graduate students and TAs who are matriculated in graduate programs such as Afro-American Studies, Anthropology, the College Writing Program, Communication Studies, Education, English, History, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Women’s Studies, many of whom teach General Education and/or departmental major and/or elective courses that have a social justice orientation. This proposal is a non-licensure certificate.

The Certificate consists of

• Two core SJE courses,

• Two electives selected from a list of cross-campus content courses dealing with diversity and social justice academic content or departmentally-specific practica, and

• A SJE teaching practicum. In the practicum, graduate students will apply their social justice and diversity content knowledge and pedagogical skills to design and facilitate undergraduate social justice education weekend seminars.

This Certificate has two “tracks”,

• Track A is designed for graduate students teaching undergraduate diversity or social justice courses

• Track B is designed for graduate students preparing for K-12 teaching.

 

Track A: Graduate Students teaching undergraduate diversity courses

(1) The following two core SJE courses are required:

• EDUC 691E (3 cr.), Social Issues in Education (intensive weekend graduate seminars that introduce students to the experiential and interactive dimensions of social justice pedagogy, by focusing on one specific SJE issue such as Racism, Sexism, Heterosexism, Classism, Ableism, Antisemitism) (SJE faculty, Fall and Spring semesters)

• One of the following: EDUC 624 (3 cr., Fall, Zúñiga), 648 (3 cr. Spring, Juarez), EDUC 627 (3 cr. Mayfield). [Certificate students are encouraged to take one of these courses as the 2nd core, and at least one other as the 1st elective.] [Note: 627 is prerequisite to Reflective Practice practicum.]

[Certificate students are encouraged to take one of these courses as the 2nd core, and at least one other as the 1st elective.] [Note: 627 is prerequisite to Reflective Practice practicum.]
 
(2) Two electives, selected from a listing of departmentally based courses or practica with diversity or social justice focus.  The selection of the 2 electives is based on a student’s academic background and interests, and the available departmental courses or practica. (Certificate students may propose other course electives to the Certificate Advisor.)  The groups of courses bulleted below suggest ways that students might think about selecting their 2 departmentally based electives.  (These lists will be regularly updated in consultation with departments.)

• Graduate courses offered in Afro-American Studies, Anthropology, Communication Studies, English, History, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Women’s Studies. Examples include: PSYCH 891A, Prejudice and Stereotyping (Dasgupta) PSYCH 690W, Improving Intergroup Relations (Tropp) SOCIOL 792B, Gender Seminar (Misra) WGSS591A, African American Women in the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements (Varies)

• Graduate courses in Education*, such as: EDUC 624, 648, or 627 as listed above (as not taken as one of the two SJE core courses) EDUC 795E, Theory and Practice of Intergroup Dialogue (Zúñiga -- Fall) EDUC 609, Multicultural Group Processes (Jackson -- Fall) EDUC 698S, Social Justice Mediation (Wing -- summer) EDUC 626, Social theories in Education (Kamat) EDUC 793D, Globalization and Education Policy (Kamat)

o Note: In some cases, Certification students might want to develop a specific teaching practicum, based in their home department, as one of the two electives. This would enable participants to develop a practicum specifically tailored to the diversity course they are teaching within their own departments. It would consist of an independent departmentally-based teaching practicum developed in association with the teaching of an established undergraduate Gen Ed or other “diversity” course offered by the academic department, and focused on specific diversity or social justice education curricular and pedagogical components of that teaching. This practicum option would be developed and supervised by graduate faculty in the home academic department. (Possibilities explored so far, include College Writing Program, English, Higher Education, Psychology, Women’s Studies.) The Certificate student, his/her faculty supervisor for teaching, and the Certificate Advisor can develop this option. Proposals for practica to satisfy this part of the departmental elective will be reviewed for prior approval by the Certificate advisor.

(3) An SJE practicum experience, in which graduate students teach or co-facilitate an undergraduate diversity or social justice course that exemplifies an inclusive curriculum and pedagogy for a diverse student body.  Options include:

EDUC 691G: Practicum: Reflective Practice (a graduate Practicum that provides the framework, mentorship and coaching for graduate instructors teaching undergraduate weekend seminars, through EDUC 392.  A structured opportunity to develop SJE curricular design and facilitation skills, and to practice SJE interactive pedagogies in EDUC 392 classrooms.) (Prerequisites 691E & 627) (Mayfield, Fall only). 

EDUC 692B: Practicum: Intergroup Dialogue (prerequisite is EDUC 795E). (A graduate Practicum that provides mentorship and coaching for graduate instructors to teach undergraduate semester-long courses on Intergroup dialogue, through EDUC 202 http://people.umass.edu/educ202-xzuniga/) (Ximena Zúñiga, Spring only).  Prerequisite is EDUC 795E, Theory and Practice of Intergroup Dialogue offered in the Fall which can be taken as one of the two electives.)

 

Track B: Graduate Students preparing for K-12 teaching

*Graduate students in Education (K-12) are encouraged to take the following 15-credit track:

(1) The following two core courses are required:

• EDUC 691E (3 cr.), Social Issues in Education (intensive weekend graduate seminars that introduce students to the experiential and interactive dimensions of social justice pedagogy, by focusing on one specific SJE issue such as Racism, Sexism, Heterosexism, Classism, Ableism, Antisemitism) (SJE faculty, Fall and Spring semesters)

• EDUC 746 (3 cr.), Social Justice Education in Educational Settings. The primary premise of this course is that formal and non-formal education settings are potential sites of youth empowerment and liberation. Education 746 is the first half of a year-long course sequence that focuses on social justice education (SJE) formal and non-formal educational settings including school based programs and community based youth centered settings. Its purpose is to develop a historical, theoretical, conceptual, pedagogical, scientific and curricular foundation for SJE formal and non-formal education, as well as prepare students for a spring semester practicum with youth in a variety of educational settings. During the fall semester, students examine systemic, historical and theoretical approaches to SJE in educational settings, with youth and in communities. Regardless of educational roles, students will conduct a series of observations in local educational or youth based settings. During the fall semester, students examine systemic, historical and theoretical approaches to SJE in educational settings, with youth and in communities. Students conduct a curricular analysis, design implementable work that may be delivered in their professional work with a youth or student population. Students will explore the relationships among state and federal education mandates, social justice education, and students’ academic, behavioral/motivational, and attitudinal outcomes. Fall only. Prerequisites: Educ 691E; may be taken concurrently.

(2) Additionally, students will take two electives, each of which must be approved by the students’ Certificate Advisor:

First Elective: Coursework related to historical and contemporary constructions of oppression and social justice in education. Recommended courses include:

o EDUC 624, Historical and Contemporary Constructions of Social Justice Education (prerequisite is 691E) (Z—Fall; described at www.umass.edu/sje/courses.html), or

o EDUC 648, Historical and Pedagogical Foundations of Social Justice Education (prerequisite 691E) (Juarez – Spring; described at www.umass.edu/sje/courses.html), or

o EDUC 626, Social Theories in Education (Kamat—Fall)

o An equivalent course related to historical or contemporary constructions of oppression in education.

Second Elective: A subject-matter and/or K-12 specific course related to diversity and/or social justice. Recommended topics include multicultural literature, special education, cultural studies, gender studies, etc.

(3) Students enrolled in Track B will conclude their certificate experience by designing, implementing, and reflecting upon a social justice oriented curricular unit through a practicum: EDUC 693N (3 cr., Spring only). Prerequisite EDUC 746.

Please contact Maurianne Adams (adams@educ.umass.edu) for further information.

Applicants will fill out an application form (from adams@educ.umass.edu), provide a letter of support from a faculty member in their home department, and describe the teaching to which they will apply SJE skills and frameworks. 

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