Promoting Social Justice

Read about COE programs designed to prepare professionals who will contribute to their communities in ways that promote a more just and equitable society. 

Strengthening commitment to social justice 

We recognize that outstanding education changes lives, families, and communities. COE programs are designed to prepare professionals who will provide outstanding educational services to all of the diverse populations of individuals they will have the opportunity to serve.

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Preparing for culturally competent practice

Native American scholars pose outdoors in group shotThe Department of Counseling and School Psychology (CSP) holds a mission of promoting social justice, equity, and culturally competent practice in preparing specialized personnel to provide counseling, psychological, and mental health services.  One project within CSP is The Native American and Indigenous Scholars Collaborative which supports the preparation of Master's level graduate students in school counseling and Specialist level graduate students in school psychology committed to serving Native American children with high incidence disabilities.

Promoting literacy for all 

The SDSU Literacy Center provides direct services to schools and the community designed to promote literacy for all. The center provides a variety of services including one-on-one, individualized tutoring in reading, writing, phonics, phonemic awareness, fluency, spelling, and comprehension strategies. The Center provides an excellent service to the community, while simultaneously providing outstanding training for SDSU students pursuing advanced degrees and credentials in reading.  

Increasing academic success for students of color

Professor André Branch, in the School of Teacher Education, has found that children’s sense of ethnic identity can be an important predictor of academic success for children of color. Ethnic identity is associated with the following school success factors: academic engagement, increased academic achievement, high school completion and college enrollment, scholastic persistence and motivation, and persistence through graduation.


The National Center for Urban School Transformation, a College of Education program, received the College Board’s 2015 Asa Hilliard Award for distinguished service to the nation’s students of color. 


Master of Arts Program - Critical Literacy & Social Justice

The Department of Dual Language and English Learner Education offers an M.A. Program that provides teachers and others in the education profession with skills in critiquing current school programs from a social equity and social justice perspective.  The program introduces participants to the concepts in critical pedagogy,  giving teachers the voice and tools to reflect upon their teaching methodology vis-a-vis their student's critical thinking, while promoting equality and social justice through action research within the school and community. Learn more about the M.A. in Critical Literacy & Social Justice.