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Grad Cert: Social Justice in Education Certificate

New Social Justice Graduate Certificate

The College of Education Certificate in Social Justice is organized to support the understanding, knowledge and skills needed to create a just and equitable society. The curriculum focuses on both institutional and personal processes, values, attitudes and behaviors that sustain injustice while encouraging the development of positive educational, familial, community-centric, and social group advocacy and action. Coursework for the certificate responds to these issues across our college offerings, from educational psychology to educator and counselor preparation to educational leadership. Indeed, this social justice focus can, in many circumstances, become the core of your graduate degree program.

The Graduate Certificate in Social Justice is an 18 credit hour program. To earn a certificate, one must a)complete 6 credit hours in the Foundations Choice Sequence, b) complete 12 credit hours in the Elective Choice Sequences, and as a capstone c) submit during the final semester of the program, for review by a faculty panel, an artifact/assignment from a Certificate course together with a written reflection that articulates in what ways it represents learning to become more culturally competent and socially just.

Graduate Certificate

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Marty Woytus & Susan Johnson

116 South Campus Classroom Building (SCCB)
p: (314) 516-5930

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The Graduate Certificate in Social Justice is an 18 credit hour program. To earn a certificate, one must a) complete 6 credit hours in the Foundations Choice Sequence, b) complete 12 credit hours in the Elective Choice Sequences, and as a capstone c) submit during the final semester of the program, for review by a faculty panel, an artifact/assignment from a Certificate course together with a written reflection that articulates in what ways it represents one's learning to become more culturally competent and socially just.

Foundations Sequence6
Select 2 of 3 courses
ED FND 6430
Ecological Context of Urban Education
TCH ED 6010
Examining History, Community and Social Justice in Education
TCH ED 6350
Gender, Language and Identity
Social Justice Electives12
Select four courses from the list of electives. The elective courses are organized into three categories: Social Justice and Action, Diversity, and Culture and Context. You may select your electives from any or all categories.
Social Justice and Action Elective Courses
CNS ED 6830
Counseling African American Clients
CNS ED 6840
Counseling Sexual and Gender Minorities
CNS ED 6850
Social Class and Poverty Issues In Counseling
TCH ED 6020
Teacher Action, Advocacy and Leadership
Or other approved elective
Diversity Elective Courses
CNS ED 6030
Foundations for Multicultural Counseling
ED FND 6430
Ecological Context of Urban Education 1
GS 4100
Introduction to Feminist and Gender Theory
TCH ED 6010
Examining History, Community and Social Justice in Education 1
TCH ED 6350
Gender, Language and Identity 1
Or other approved elective
Culture and Context Elective Courses
CNS ED 6220
Counseling Individuals with Disabilities
ED ADM 6200
ED ADM 6203
ED FND 6430
Ecological Context of Urban Education
ED REM 7712
Discourse Analysis in Education
ED TECH 6434
Technology and Privilege
Or other approved elective
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Matthew D. Davis, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Matthew D. Davis, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Foundations in the Department of Educational Services and Professional Programs at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Dr. Davis earned an interdisciplinary Ph.D., (curriculum & instruction, educational administration, history, and public affairs) at The University of Texas at Austin in 2000. His principal ...
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Virginia L. Navarro, Ph.D.
Associate Professor Emeritus

Virginia Navarro, Associate Professor in the Department of Educator Preparation, Innovation & Research at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, received her Ph.D. in educational psychology from Washington University in 1994. A former high school English and journalism teacher in both public and private schools, Dr. Navarro came to St. Louis from Chicago to complete a M...