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Graduate Certificate in Social Justice Education

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The Social Justice Education graduate certificate is a college-wide endeavor and is offered by College of Education faculty. The certificate focuses on the principles of social justice education that promote equitable, sustainable, and transformative change in various formal and non-formal educational settings, and across all age groups. The aim of the certificate is to provide an opportunity to engage in thoughtful, rigorous and sustained inquiry into social justice education and the complex relationships between educational, cultural, economic, political and social structures and educational policies and practices. The foundation for the certificate is critical pedagogy, which refers to both the theory and practice of social transformation that links education to social justice. Critical pedagogy involves joint engagement between educators and learners to bring about social justice by enacting change (Thompson, 2015).

The Social Justice Education graduate certificate will provide an interdisciplinary experience that is appropriate for students from a range of academic programs, such as social work, family studies, agricultural education, counseling, advising, curriculum and instruction, educational leadership, women’s studies and sociology. It is also highly relevant to professionals in a variety of fields, such as teachers, adult educators, nurses, social workers, therapists and counselors, agriculture educators, higher education faculty, school administrators, community workers, international service volunteers, clergy, mental health practitioners, and many more.


Application and Admission Requirements

Students New to K-State Graduate School
  1. Students seeking this certificate must submit a Graduate School application indicating the field of study will be the Social Justice Education Graduate Certificate program.
  2. In addition to the Graduate School application and documents required by K-State Graduate School, applicants need to complete the SJE Certificate Application Form (PDF) and submit it, along with a current resume, to the SJE coordinating group in the College of Education at sjegradcert@k-state.edu.
 Students Already in a Master's or Doctoral Degree Program at K-State
  1. The Social Justice Education Graduate Certificate is available to students admitted to the Graduate School who maintain both good academic standing in the Graduate School and a 3.00 GPA. Applicants need to complete the SJE Certificate Application Form (PDF) and submit it, along with a current resume, to the SJE coordinating group in the College of Education at sjegradcert@k-state.edu.

Tuition

Please see K-State Global Campus Tuition and Fees


Scholarships

The College of Education is pleased to announce the availability of Social Justice Education Graduate Certificate Scholarships. The $500 scholarship is provided for students who have been accepted into the SJE certificate program and who are enrolled in the first required course, DED 820, Foundations of Social Justice Education: Research, Theory and Practice, an online course. The scholarship is available for certificate students who are on campus and for whom the added expense of taking one online course would be financially difficult. The scholarship is meant to defray this added expense. 

Criteria for the scholarship:

  • Applicant must be enrolled in DED 820, have good standing in the course at the 20th day;
  • Applicant must be accepted into the Social Justice Education Graduate Certificate Program and must have agreed to be in the program;
  • Applicant need not be an education major to apply.

Application process:

Scholarship applicants are requested to complete the SJE Scholarship Application Form (PDF). Enrollment, course standing, and program acceptance will be verified by the SJE program assistant.

Selection process and notification:

Scholarship recipients are selected by the SJE Steering Committee, which estimates that 2 – 3 scholarships will be awarded for summer and fall semesters, when DED 820 are offered. The total number of scholarships awarded will be based on available funds. Not all applicants will receive awards.

Other scholarships available:

The K-State Global Campus provides scholarships for online coursework. Please see K-State Global Campus Financial Aid and Scholarships for more information.


Curriculum

The program involves a 15-hour sequence:

  • DED 820 Foundations of Social Justice Education: Research,
    Theory and Practice 
    (3 credit hours, online)
  • Electives from approved K-State list (9 credit hours, online or face to face)
  • DED 880 Reflective Practice in Social Justice Education
    (3 credit hours, online)
DED 820 (required)

Offered online only in the summer.

This course introduces the concept of social justice education (SJE) and focuses on the various theoretical lenses from which SJE can be viewed. The course introduces the principles of social justice education that promote equitable, sustainable, and transformative change in various formal and non-formal educational settings across the lifespan. The course integrates theoretical and practical aspects of social justice in local, national and international settings such as K-12 formal education, higher education, adult education, community development, and family education, agricultural education, and many more.

College of Education Electives (6-9 credit hours)

The courses listed here are approved for electives for the SJE certificate. In addition, there may be other courses that students may take, with permission of their certificate advisor, that are offered in the College of Education.  We have chosen to include on this list the more generic courses that would be appropriate for students working across the K-20 and adult education spectrum as well as across both formal and informal educational settings. These are a mix of face-to-face and online courses, and are subject to change.  For information about each course, please consult the graduate catalogue. Some prerequisites may be required.

  • EDACE 750 Women, Education, and Work
    3 credit hours, face-to-face, on sufficient demand
  • EDACE 818 Social Foundations of Adult Education
    3 credit hours, online, fall/spring/summer
  • EDACE 822 International Adult Education and Literacy
    3 credit hours, online, spring/summer (even years)
  • EDCEP 830 Diversity in Higher Education
    3 credit hours, online, summer
  • EDCEP 851 Multicultural Aspects of Academic Advising
    3 credit hours, online, fall/spring
  • EDCEP 951 Multicultural Counseling
    3 credit hours, online, summer
  • EDCI 720 ESL/Dual Language Methods
    3 credit hours, face-to-face & online, fall/summer
  • EDCI 740 Culture and Language in Classroom Practice
    3 credit hours, face-to-face & online, spring
  • EDCI 755 Multicultural Issues in Teaching
    3 credit hours, online, fall
  • EDCI 786 Meeting the Needs of All Students
    1-3 credit hours, online, fall/spring/summer
  • EDCI 910 Multicultural Curriculum Programming
    3 credit hours, face-to-face, fall/summer
  • EDLEA 801 Ethical Dimensions of Leadership
    3 credit hours, online, fall (even years)
  • EDLEA 834 Strategies for Educational Change
    3 credit hours, online, summer
  • EDLEA 845 Leadership for Diverse Populations
    3 credit hours, online, summer
  • EDSP 710 Education of Exceptional Individuals
    3 credit hours, face-to-face, fall/spring/summer
  • EDSP 853 College Students with Special Needs
    3 credit hours, online, on sufficient demand
Electives from Other Colleges at K-State (0-3 credit hours)

One course from a college other than the College of Education may be part of the certificate program. This list contains possible options for the elective; however, there may be other courses that students may take, with permission of the certificate advisor. This list is subject to change. For information about each course, please consult the graduate catalogue. Some prerequisites may be required.

  • WOMST 551 History and Politics of Family Violence
    3 credit hours, intersession
  • WOMST 605 Women’s Studies Practice/Applied Social Change
    3 credit hours, occasionally offered
  • DAS 590 Applied Nonviolence
    May be listed as WOMST 799 Independent Study
    3 credit hours, online
  • PSYCH 556 Multicultural Psychology
    3 credit hours, fall/spring
  • PSYCH 563 Gender Issues in the Workplace
    3 credit hours, fall
  • ANTH 685 Race and Culture
    3 credit hours, sufficient demand
  • SOCWK 580 Women’s Perspectives on Peace and War
    2-3 credit hours, intersession
  • SOCIO 541 Wealth, Power and Privilege
    3 credit hours, spring
  • SOCIO 633 Gender, Power, and Development
    3 credit hours, sufficient demand
  • SOCIO 635 Sociology of Human Trafficking
    3 credit hours, summer
  • SOCIO 851 Social Change
    3 credit hours, spring-odd years
  • SOCIO 933 Gender and Society
    3 credit hours, spring-odd years
  • GERON 777 Public Policy: Economic and Social Impacts on Older Adults
    3 credit hours, fall
  • CNRES 752 Culture and Conflict
    3 credit hours, fall
  • CNRES 761 International Conflict and Trauma
    3 credit hours, spring
DED 880 (required)

Offered online only. Offered spring semester online only.

Student-conceptualized and -implemented theory-to-practice social justice education projects serve as the capstone or culmination of the graduate certificate, with projects presenting powerful opportunities for students to foster social change and positively impact the communities in which they work. Final projects will be presented at an annual virtual conference.


Program Contacts

This program was developed by faculty team from across the College of Education, thus many faculty could answer questions about the program. Questions may be sent to sjegradcert@k-state.edu.

The certificate program is managed by a coordinating group. Primary contacts are Marcie Lechtenberg, Ph.D., LMFT, College of Human Ecology marriage and family therapy program, mlechten@k-state.edu, and Dr. Susan Yelich-Biniecki, assistant professor in the adult education program (Department of Educational Leadership), susanyb@k-state.edu.