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School of Education to offer new Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction for Social Justice

| By Rita Buettner
A School of Education student tutors an elementary school student.

The Loyola University Maryland School of Education is launching a newly designed master’s degree option—the Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction for Social Justice—beginning fall of 2018.

This 33-credit program unpacks the field of K-12 education, teaching, and the impact on society. The program helps teachers and educators use instruction as an instrument of positive change by studying social, cultural, philosophical, and historical issues in education that have operated to marginalize some, while maintaining the status quo for others. 

“The curriculum and instruction degree has always been known as the master’s for teachers who want to stay teachers,” said Stephanie Flores-Koulish, Ph.D., associate professor and program director. “Our newly designed degree takes instruction to the next level—for educators and community leaders—and highlights social justice theories and how to enhance the lives of students and empower marginalized communities.”

Prospective students—including certified or non-certified teachers, educators and administrators, and community leaders—can choose from two options. Taking a thematic approach to the master's allows for flexibility in course electives, ranging from literacy to leadership to educational technology, while the Teaching English Language Learners (TELL) concentration helps those pursuing the degree become more proficient in working with the growing student population for whom English is a second or third language. Students may apply to begin in the fall or spring semester. 

“The program is an exciting reflection of the work the Loyola School of Education has done toward its Jesuit mission to prepare engaged educators who can bring about fundamental change by improving education for all children, especially those who suffer most from systemic inequities,” Flores-Koulish said.

For more information, go to Loyola’s Curriculum and Instruction for Social Justice program website.

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