M.A. in Education: Equity and Social Justice Concentration

The Equity and Social Justice Education M.A. program addresses current issues centered around race, culture, language, ethnicity, ability, and gender diversity in education. The program focuses on the theoretical, historical, and political perspectives of race, class, gender, language, and sexual orientation as they apply to the theory and practice of education. In so doing, equity and social justice become key end goals for the educational process.

A major component of this program is social activism. The program focuses on theoretical, historical and political perspectives of race, class, gender, language, and sexual orientation as they apply to the theory and practice of education. The pedagogies and teaching philosophies modeled in the classes are facilitative, interactive and participatory utilizing critical thinking, critical reflection, demonstrations, simulations, dialogue, and other methods of instruction to gain insight into issues related to equity and social justice.

Students pursuing this degree are interested in social change that will not only affect the educational direction of our schools (both, public and private) but will also impact policy changes necessary to the pursuit of equity and justice in all sectors of society. Career opportunities may include but are not limited to advanced study (Ph.D. or Ed.D.) in higher education, research work, non-profit work, specialists within public school systems, or community-based work. This program does not offer a teaching credential; therefore, if students are interested in teaching in public schools, they must obtain a teaching credential in either multiple or single subject areas.

Contact an Advisor*

ELSIT Advisors
Advisor Last Name of Student Email
Dr. Deborah Curtis A-I curtis@sfsu.edu
Dr. Helen Hyun J-Q hhh@sfsu.edu
Dr. Ming-Yeh Lee R-Z mylee@sfsu.edu

*Dr. Doris Flowers is currently serving as Interim Associate Dean, and is not available to serve as an advisor this academic year.

Degree Requirements

Core Courses and Degree Requirements
Core Courses: Select 18 units of the following: Units
ISED 715: Race, Class, and Gender in Education Policy (Spring) 3
ISED 716: Intersections of Race and Language in Education (Spring) 3
ISED 717: Fundamentals of Social Justice Education (Fall) 3
ISED 736: Leadership and Policy for Community and Non-Formal Education (Spring) 3
ISED 738: Critical Theories and Pedagogies (Spring) 3
ISED 739: Education and Community Development: Equity and Diversity (Fall) 3
ISED 747: Culture, Language, and Society in Education (Fall) 3
ISED 748: Culture, Cognition, and Power Issues in Education 3
Research Methods (3 Units) Units
ISED 797 (Fall, Spring) 3
Electives on Advisement (6 units) Units
Electives may be selected from ELSIT, Ethnic Studies, Women and Gender Studies, Sexuality Studies or other related disciplines upon approval by the program advisor.  
Culminating Experience (3 Units) Units
ISED 895: Field Study (Fall, Spring) OR  
ISED 898: Master's Thesis (Fall, Spring)  

Admission to Program

Entry into the program is open to applicants with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and a 3.0 grade point average in the last 60 units of college course work.

How to Apply

Please review the Graduate Application Procedures for Admission.


If you have questions about the admissions process please contact the ELSIT Department at (415) 338-1653 or email us at elsit@sfsu.edu.