Each course you take examines multiple theoretical perspectives, themes of equity and social justice, a focus on the needs and experiences of low-income urban children and youth, and implications for leadership within and outside of educational settings. You'll study education advocacy, organization and leadership theory, the politics of education, participatory action research, and demographic analysis, and pursue additional study based on your chosen focus: leadership, politics, or advocacy.
Fieldwork and Internships
As part of your graduate studies, you will participate in an internship in community-based advocacy organizations, schools, or policy centers. Thirty-nine percent of our graduates’ internship placements resulted in a paid position within the organization.
The curriculum offers flexibility in creating a program of study that you and your advisor can tailor to fit your professional goals and interests. You can choose to study full time or part time; full-time students can complete the degree in three semesters.