Educational Leadership, Policy & Social Justice

Concentration overview

Students pursuing the Educational Leadership, Policy & Social Justice concentration will examine ways in which public and private organizations contribute to educational policy and impact social justice and leadership. Understanding educational research, examining the roles and function of nonprofit institutions, and developing written and oral communication skills are key elements of this concentration that emphasizes a social justice perspective across educational contexts.  

This concentration aims to produce critically engaged educators and citizens who: 

  • Contribute in responsive and informed ways to the communities with which they work,

  • Serve as leaders and change agents in their respective fields, 

  • Apply research and professional knowledge to contexts and challenges of leadership, learning, and practice locally and globally, 

  • Dedicate themselves to continuous development of academic, practitioner, and community knowledge and skills. 

  • Connect to national and international learning communities to explore educational issues and build knowledge and capacity. 

  • Collaborate with local and global communities in examining and responding to educational challenges. 

  • Contribute to developing a citizenry well informed about complex educational issues.

Career Opportunities

Students have a variety of different career opportunities. Some examples are:

  • Family and community support
  • Education/youth based non-profits
  • Higher education
  • Educational programs in museums/science centers
  • Policy and legislation work
  • Graduate studies
  • And more...