COE: EdD: Social Justice in Education
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Everyday Politics of Racial Injustice in Schools

The Social Justice in Education Learning Community is a distance learning program (100% online) that will explore the everyday politics of racial injustice and the myriad of ways to remedy such circumstances. We will draw inspiration from Robin Kelly (Freedom Dreams, 2003): “What are today’s activists dreaming about?” The learning community will be drawn from “today’s activists,” whether they’ve considered themselves such or not.

The themes for the learning community will be:

  1. The learning community, through counter-public modeling, will investigate the deliberations needed to enlist co-conspirators to this enterprise.
  2. Members of this learning community will learn to exhibit the “radical hope” necessary to carry realized decision of racial justice to fruition.
  3. Third, this learning community will deeply examine critical counter-storytelling (through the means of autoethnography) to build the “Black study” theorizing necessary for such an endeavor.
  4. The myriad of ways in which Black humanity is routinely denied in Black classrooms. Thus, this learning community will perform “radical dreaming” toward embodied humanity that was a staple of Black classrooms of the past. In this way, we can collectively revive the DuBois’ “New Dawn” of learning possibilities for self-deterministic Black students and their teachers.
Who should apply?

The co-directors of this learning community welcome adult learners from non-traditional as well as traditional educational backgrounds to apply to this program.

Doctor of Education, Educational Practice (EdD)


 Students seeking the Ed.D. degree are expected to meet the Graduate School’s relevant practitioner doctoral degree requirements and procedures.

Degree requirements

1. Learning Community of Practice Seminars15-20
EDUC 7600
Learning Community of Practice I
EDUC 7610
Learning Community of Practice II
EDUC 7620
Learning Community of Practice III
EDUC 7630
Learning Community of Practice IV
EDUC 7640
Learning Community of Practice V
EDUC 7650
Learning Community of Practice VI
2. Laboratory of Practice
EDUC 7889Laboratory of Practice3
3. Required Common Courses
EDUC 7215Data Analysis for Educational Practitioners3
EDUC 7395Research and Technical Writing for Educational Practitioners2
EDUC 7615
EDUC 7625Building Socially Just and Ethical Educational Communities3
EDUC 7710Research Methods and Design for Educational Practitioners 3
ED REM 7781Qualitative Methods in Educational Research I3
4. Tools Courses
EDUC 7310Integrating Technology in Learning for Educational1
EDUC 7325Grant Writing for Educational Practitioners1
5. Specialization30-60
Courses in an area of specialization (can include Master’s or Education Specialist work)
6. Dissertation in Practice
EDUC 7998Dissertation in Practice Research8

 Total: minimum 80 hours, post-bacclaureate

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Thomasina F. Hassler, Ph.D.
Assistant Teaching Professor