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Racial Justice

Racial Justice M.Ed. Program

This M.Ed. emphasis is designed for individuals who are interested in developing a critical lens to identify, discuss, and address racial issues and their intersection with other structures of power across the K-20 pipeline and in community-based educational contexts. Racial justice requires individuals and institutions to identify and act to disrupt racism embedded in systems. The emphasis provides students with rigorous theoretical and applied frameworks to understand the social, historical, racial, cultural, linguistic, gendered, and institutional factors impeding racial justice within educational spaces, as well as to learn approaches that foster a more racially just and culturally sustaining educational system.

Specialization Overview


Program Overview

  • Start Term: Fall only
  • Program Length: 1 year (9 months)
  • Units: 36-unit minimum/9 classes
  • Instruction: In-person on Riverside campus.
  • Schedule: Three classes per quarter; each class meets once a week 4-7pm (Monday-Thursday)

Program Cost

Estimated program cost is $17,440 (in-state)

Out-of-state/international tuition is an additional cost. See the fee schedule here.

UCR Extension Pathways

Did you know that your UCR Extension certificate is a direct pathway to a Master of Education degree from UC Riverside School of Education?

Credits you have already earned can be applied toward the M.Ed. Racial Justice program shortening your time to degree. Transfer 9 units/3 classes of the 400-level coursework from the following Extension certificate programs:

  • CLAD through CTEL
  • Education for the Gifted and Talented (GATE)




Students are required to complete a minimum of 36 units/9 classes in three academic quarters. After completing the coursework, students will complete a final analytical report addressing a specific concern or issue regarding diversity and educational equity in classrooms, schools, districts, community or non-profit organizations, or school policy at the state or federal level.

This program is available for Fall only admission.

Career Opportunities

Recent graduates are:

  • K-12 Teacher
  • Director UCR MESA Programs
  • Intern CSU STEM VISTA Program
  • Program Coordinator at Department of Education





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