Diversity and Equity Master of Education Programs California

Diversity and Equity MEd

Grapple with Real-World Issues Facing Educators

Overcoming issues of educational inequity and the challenges of an ethnically and often linguistically diverse student population become increasingly important to schools each year. Nowhere are the challenges more compelling than in the K-12 student population in inland Southern California, where the University of California, Riverside, is located.

UC Riverside’s, MEd with a Diversity and Equity emphasis is excellent preparation for those who seek to bring the best educational practices to a variety of public and private settings: K-12 public and private schools; university programs, museums and other institutions serving the educational needs of the community. Through the master’s program you will explore educational theory and empirical research findings to arrive at sound classroom practices that will enhance learning and provide a welcoming, nurturing educational environment for all students.

Highlights of the Diversity and Equity MEd Program

  • Prepare for a career in a leadership position in a public or private educational institution dealing with issues of student diversity and educational equity.
  • Complete this master’s program in one year (full-time) or two years (part-time) taking courses that meet in the late afternoon or evening to accommodate the schedules of working professionals.
  • • Receive credit for up to nine units of 400-level UCR Extension certificate courses toward the minimum 36 units required by completing one of the four approved Extension certificate programs:
  • Begin the program without having to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  • Complete a final written capstone project addressing a specific concern or issue regarding diversity and educational equity in classrooms, programs, schools, districts, or at the state or federal level.

Career Prospects for Education Administrators

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, education administrators at various levels earn a mean annual salary of $83,170. Positions for school administrators across the elementary, middle and high school levels are expected to grow by 6 percent between 2012 and 2022.

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Alumni Testimonials

“I attended UCR for my MEd to develop a more nuanced and informed understanding of the issues of equity and access in our school system. The program not only gave me this new informed perspective, but also furthered my academic acumen and enhanced my own work with disadvantaged student populations.” -Carlos Gonzalez, Director, UC Riverside MESA Schools Program