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Master's of Education (M.Ed.) in Social Justice Education
Social Justice Education is an interdisciplinary concentration of study with a focus on social diversity and social justice as they apply to formal and non-formal educational systems. It uses and generates research and theory to understand the sociocultural and historical contexts and dynamics of specific manifestations of oppression and (e.g., ableism, classism, heterosexism, racism, religious oppression, transgender oppression and sexism) and resistance to oppression in social systems. It brings together faculty and students with interests in theories and issues of social diversity and social oppression, inclusion, equity, social justice, critical pedagogy, dialogues across differences, critical service learning, youth empowerment, liberatory consciousness and practice, and research for social justice.
The goal of SJE master’s concentration is to prepare educational leaders that can foster participants engagement with social diversity and social justice in educational settings through well designed social justice education practices, including the development of educational materials and the effective design, delivery and evaluation of educational programs. The concentration engages candidates in critical analysis of social justice issues and social justice education practice, and uses inquiry based reflective practice methodologies to prepare social justice educators who can demonstrate competency in knowledge, awareness and skills to design, deliver and assess social justice education programs. Graduates are employed in a variety of formal and non-formal educational settings such as anti-bias education programs, youth based organizations, and as classroom teachers in public and private schools, and as educators and student affairs personnel in university and college settings.
EDUC 691E Social Justice in Education
EDUC 624 Contemporary and Historical Constructions of SJE
EDUC 648 Historical and Pedagogical Foundations of SJE
EDUC 691E includes a minimum of three social justice issues selected from among the following seven choices: Ableism, Religious Oppression, Classism, Transgender Oppression, Heterosexism, Racism and Sexism. Students are expected to take three social justice weekend seminars in the first semester and demonstrate knowledge in a fourth one. This course can be taken twice.
SJE Pedagogy (19 cr.)
EDUC 627 Curriculum Design and Facilitation in SJE
EDUC 609 Multicultural Group Dynamics OR EDUC 522 Self Awareness in SJE
EDUC 691G Reflective Practice in SJE
EDUC 692B Intergroup Leadership and Small Group Dialogue Facilitation
EDUC 7XX SJE Capstone Course
SJE Specialization (6 cr.)
EDUC 746 SJE with Youth in Educational Settings OR
EDUC 7XX SJE with College Students in Educational Settings
EDUC 698S Summer Internship in a Youth or College setting
Students are expected to complete a summer internship in a college or K-12 Youth serving site. This internship is arranged with the faculty advisor as an independent study practicum following a set of pre-determined basic guidelines.
Two Elective Courses (6 cr.)
At least one of these electives should support competency in research, program evaluation and/or assessment within area of specialization – SJE Youth in K-12 in Educational Settings or College Students.
A typical masters program of study might be as follows:
ED 691E Social Justice Issues in Education
Semester 2 (Spring of the first year)
ED 609 Multicultural Group Processes
Semester 3 (Fall of the second year)
ED 648 Historical and Pedagogical Foundations of SJE
Semester 4 (Spring of the second year)
TBD Elective or Summer Internship Practicum