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Programs of Study
Social Justice Education (SJE) is an interdisciplinary graduate program of study with a focus on social diversity and social justice education particularly as they apply to a diverse range of K-12 and higher education systems. The masters program of study emphasizes the development of expertise in designing and facilitating SJE in K-16 settings. The doctoral program of study focuses on the extension of theory and research related to SJE across educational contexts.
Core Program of Study
By the end of their first year of study, students enrolled in the SJE program typically select one of three overlapping areas of specialization, each of which includes additional coursework and practicum options. Current areas of emphasis include:
SJE With Youth in Educational Settings
Students emphasizing this strand focus on issues of social justice and social justice education in K-12 schools. In addition to taking core courses in SJE, students take Educ 746 (SJE With Youth in Educational Settings) and Educ 693N (Practicum: SJE With Youth in Educational Settings) during their second year of study. Students may choose to extend their study through a third-year co-enrollment in one of UMass' teacher licensure programs.
SJE in Higher Education
Students emphasizing this strand focus on incorporating social justice education into their future work as university educators. In addition to taking core courses in SJE and Higher Education, students have opportunities for supervised practicum teaching undergraduates in various course and workshop settings.
Students emphasizing this strand focus on intergroup dialogue as a method of promoting social justice. In addition to taking core courses in SJE, students will take Educ 795E (Theory, Research & Practice of Intergroup Dialogue) and Educ 692B (Intergroup Dialogue Facilitation) during their second year of study. Students may choose to participate in research activities associated with intergroup dialogue.