2019-2020 Graduate Academic Catalogue 
    May 18, 2024  
2019-2020 Graduate Academic Catalogue [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Curriculum and Instruction for Social Justice, MA

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Requirements for the Major

The Curriculum and Instruction for Social Justice program encompasses courses from a variety of education specialties, examining the field of K-12 education, teaching, and the impact on society. This Master of Arts degree is comprised of 33-36 credits, dependent on the area of concentration or track selected. The Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age and Teaching English Language Learners concentrations are comprised of 33 credits. The Educational Leadership concentration is comprised of 36 credits. The Thematic track is 33 credits.

The program is designed to help students understand the broader field of education, critically analyze it, and consider it as an instrument of positive change by studying social, cultural, philosophical, and historical issues in and about education within a rapidly changing global society. Grounded in social justice theories and informed by current understandings of learning, graduates will appreciate the rich assets within marginalized communities that can be harnessed to enhance the lives of students and empower communities, while understanding how dominant structures and institutions have been created resulting in adverse purposes. Coursework will challenge students' assumptions about the field of education, teaching, learning, and curriculum. It will encourage students to think creatively and critically about education's past and present inequities, its current place in society, and provide visionary possibilities for greater equity in our globalized society.


Students may select an area of special interest and five courses from the following suggested choices to provide a focus in an area of study. Alternatively, students may work with their advisors to choose a specialized, thematic collection of courses.

Teaching English Language Learners (15 credits)

Students choosing the TELL concentration will become more proficient in working with the growing student population for whom English is a second or third language, as well as those professionals who work with children and young adults who are English language learners. The program assists teachers and other school professionals to develop practical skills and theoretical knowledge necessary for effective expertise in bilingual teaching, learning, and assessment within K-12 education. It will also benefit reading specialists and special educators.

Educational Leadership (18 credits)

Students who choose the Leadership concentration will experience a unique blend of theory and practical application geared toward individuals with a passion for leading and facilitating student achievement and teacher performance. Focused on the National Standards for Educational Leadership and the Maryland Instructional Leadership Framework, Loyola's leadership concentration is ideal for aspiring educational leaders who want to make a difference on a large scale and serve the mission of improving the education of all students, including those who have been traditionally underserved.


Thematic (6 credits)

Offering flexibility, the student will work with an advisor to choose one course from each of the groups below.

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