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Ximena Zúñiga, Concentration Chair

 

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Department of Student Development (SD)
Social Justice Education Concentration

SJE Graduate Certificate in Teaching for Diversity

This Social Justice Education (SJE) Graduate Certificate in Teaching for Diversity is a 15 credit program for graduate students who teach (or desire to teach) undergraduate diversity courses. It consists of five courses (15 credit) on SJE content and curricular knowledge and pedagogical skills for effective SJE teaching.

The Graduate Certificate is offered by the SJE concentration, a graduate program (masters and doctoral) that specializes in SJE practice, theory and research. This Certificate offers a modified exposure to SJE, designed for graduate students matriculated in other graduate programs.

The Certificate consists of

• Two core SJE courses (6 cr.),

• Two electives in SJE or selected from cross-campus content courses that focus on SJE approaches and topics (6 cr.), and

• A supervised SJE teaching practicum that applies SJE content and pedagogy to the design, implementation and evaluation of a teaching experience with college students or with youth in formal and non-formal educational settings.

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 or working with youth in formal and non-formal educational settings.

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, Religious Oppression) (SJE faculty, Fall semester ONLY)

•One of the following: EDUC 624 (3 cr., Fall), 648 (3 cr., Fall 2015), EDUC 627, Fall (4 cr.). [Certificate students are encouraged to take one of these courses as the 2nd core, and at least one other as the 1st elective. All courses are described at www.umass.edu/sje/courses.html]  

[Certificate students are encouraged to take one of these courses as the 2nd core, and at least one other as the 1st elective.]
 
(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 (Zuñiga -- Fall) EDUC 609, Multicultural Group Processes (Jackson); EDUC 601, College Student Development Theory (Kimball); EDUC 614, Access and Equity in Higher Education (Wells); EDUC 626, Social theories in Education (Kamat) EDUC 793D, Globalization and Education Policy (Kamat);

 (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.  We are currently offering ONLY one supervised practicum option:

EDUC 692B: Practicum: Dialogue facilitation across differences (prerequisite is EDUC 795E). (A graduate Practicum that provides mentorship and coaching for graduate instructors to facilitate undergraduate semester-long courses focusing on critical dialogue across differences about issues of race, ethnicity or gender, 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 or working with youth in formal and non-formal educational settings

*Graduate students in Teacher Education, Counseling Education, Special Education and School Psychology 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, Religious Oppression) (SJE faculty, Fall semester ONLY)

•EDUC 746 (3 cr.), Social Justice Education with Youth in Educational Settings. (Spring semester, described at www.umass.edu/sje/courses.html) Prerequisites: Educ 691E, 624 and 627. 

(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) (Fall semester, described at www.umass.edu/sje/courses.html), or

o EDUC 648, Historical and Pedagogical Foundations of Social Justice Education (prerequisite 691E) (Fall 2015 semester; 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 supervised independent study practicum.

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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