The Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Others Languages (TESOL) program, housed in the International and Multicultural Education Department, is dedicated to understanding formal and informal education within its sociocultural, linguistic, and political contexts around the world. Based on principles of equity, social justice, and human rights, the program critically addresses the realities of schools and communities in the United States and internationally. The MA TESOL is a practitioner-oriented degree providing a comprehensive coverage of linguistic theory and practical application. Students also learn to examine the intersections of language, culture, power, and inequality. Our program equips students with the knowledge and strategies they need to be highly effective social justice language teachers, leaders, and practitioners across various learning contexts in the U.S. and abroad.
The School Counseling/Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential program prepares counselors to address the social, cultural, emotional, and academic needs of children and youth in urban and diverse schools. The program seeks to improve the human condition by training counselors to become social justice agents of change who promote equitable conditions inside and outside of schools. We promote systemic change — in response to rising caseloads — educating candidates how to respond to students at a group level. Our curriculum focuses on policy development, systems change, program evaluation, and data analysis in order to effectively implement programmatic changes that serve large numbers of students. It’s an innovative approach to school counseling, and it makes our graduates very attractive job candidates, evident in our 99% job placement rate over the last 6 years.
Students in the Master of Arts in Teaching: Urban Education and Social Justice (MAT: UESJ) program will explore critical, transformative pedagogies as a part of their preparation to teach in urban schools. The MAT: UESJ curriculum focuses on the complex learning strengths and needs of urban students from diverse cultural, educational, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Candidates will learn through a combination of coursework, fieldwork, action research, and professional development activities.