Critical Literacy & Social Justice

M.A. in Education

Undergraduate Program Graduate Program Concentration Focus Online Hybrid

The Master of Arts degree program provides teachers and others in the education profession with skills in critiquing current school programs from a social equity and social justice perspective.

Contact Us

Program Coordinator
Esmeralda Cortes

Faculty Contact
Tamara Collins-Park, Ph.D.

Program Overview

The program is designed to:

  1. Develop school-wide curriculum change focusing on critical literacy.
  2. Focus on the integration of language, culture, and codes of power as part of the development of school programs.
  3. Examine curriculum from a constructivist perspective that recognizes the voices of students, community and teachers as one learning community who inform curriculum and program design.
  4. Introduce participants to the concepts and the authors of critical pedagogy; a theory of education that gives professionals the opportunity to reflect on their own educational beliefs, practices, and processes in the context of standard curriculum, high stakes testing, and curriculum reform.
  5. Gives teachers the voice and tools to reflect upon their teaching methodology vis-a-vis their student's critical thinking;
  6. Promote equality and social justice through action research within the school and community.
For individuals interested in applying the concepts of critical theory in their work in curriculum change, school reform, or student, parent and community advocacy. Students who choose this option take their 30 units within the Department of Dual Language and English Learner Education.
For individuals interested in the principles of our program and in further development of specific subject competencies in other discipline areas (i.e., Reading, Educational Leadership, Spanish, Math, Linguistics, International Program in Mexico, etc).

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Prospective Students: Contact the Department of Dual Language and English Learner Education to be forwarded to the graduate advisor