Community-engaged education bridges the divide between academia (PK–16) and activism by exploring how schools and communities can partner with one another for mutual benefit. The Master of Arts program in Community-Engaged Education & Social Change trains educators who understand the critical intersections across learning, teaching, and local community.
Designed for students interested in nonprofit, educational, and public-service careers, this experiential degree program allows you to participate in community-campus partnerships to exercise alternative and critical pedagogies. The program’s unique curriculum offers opportunities for important self-reflection and newfound awareness of local knowledge, assets, and alternative education projects. The program also examines current scholarship on the process of community-building and social change through texts, guest speakers, and community internships.
One of the only Education master’s programs in Southern California that addresses civic engagement, social change, and activism.
You will work with the director of the program to tailor your program emphasis around your unique interests and goals. Students have used the program to focus on various interests, including women’s health, LGBTQ+ rights, youth mentorship, refugee resettlement, and undocumented students.
At the end of the program, you will engage in a hands-on practicum experience.
Graduates of the program will be prepared to work in a variety of nonprofit and educational organizations that promote and support relationships between the community and formal/non-formal educational entities.
Available to undergraduate students at the Claremont Colleges, the program’s Accelerated Degree option saves students time and money by letting undergraduates take courses applicable to both the bachelor’s and master’s degree.
Program At a Glance
32 units or
Accelerated Program: 12 units (Claremont Colleges) and 20 units (CGU)
ESTIMATED COMPLETION TIME*
Full-time: 11 months
Part-time: Varies by number of units taken per term
*Actual completion times will vary and may be higher, depending on full- or part-time course registration, units transferred, and time to complete other degree requirements.
Fall | Spring | Summer
MA in Community-Engaged Education & Social Change
Race & Racism in Education
Broadens student understanding of the foundations of racial inequities in education and how racism has shaped students’ educational experiences and outcomes.
Prison Education: Community-Based Education & Social Change
Provides students with an opportunity to create and facilitate curriculum based on their own critical pedagogies within the educational setting of a local men’s prison.
Critical & Asset-based Theoretical Frameworks
Focuses on asset-based frameworks to examine the experiences of underrepresented and marginalized communities in K-12 and Higher Education.
Current & Critical Issues in Schools and Communities: A Capstone Course
Studies the sociological, historical, political, legal, and philosophical bases of American education, philanthropy, and movement building, and examines the principles, problems, and practices influencing schools, communities, and public services.
Community Partnerships & Relationships for Social Change
Examines how the larger social structures that schools are embedded in and how these structures impact students and families whose children attend these schools.
Community-based Participatory Research: Focus on Transformative Movement Organizing
Provides an introduction to community-based participatory research methods (CBPR), such as participatory observation, archival research, interviews, focus groups, and the means by which students can engage in research design, data collection, and analysis in collaboration with community partners.
Accelerated Degree Option
Undergraduate students from the Claremont Colleges can petition to transfer in up to 12 units of “community-engaged themed” coursework from the Claremont Colleges. Credits are applied to the CEESC’s “Programmatic Choices” (and thus are not used in lieu of CEESC required courses). Students must have earned a B or better in the class for it to be transferable. Petitions related to transferable courses are reviewed by the dean of the School of Educational Studies and/or the coordinator of the CEESC program.
Faculty & Research
Clinical Assistant Professor
Critical mentoring; critical youth work; non-profits and social enterprises; diversity and equity; non-profits and philanthropy; youth-serving non-profits; culturally sustaining pedagogy; abolitionist teaching; Black Feminism in education; learning and teaching
International and Comparative Education; Economics of Education; Teacher Quality, Teacher Policy, and Teacher Distribution; Education Policy across the Americas; Bilingual Education Policy and Practice
Highly effective teachers in Los Angeles area; effective teaching methods; students, schools and poverty; differences between Judeo Christian and secular thought; Mother Teresa (worked with her in 1996)
Equity and diversity issues in higher education; theory and practice in student affairs; college student development; access and retention; first-generation college students; Asian American and Pacific Islander populations; minority serving institutions
Educational inequality; diversity and inclusion; STEM education and workforce; college access and success; sociology of education; educational psychology; educational evaluation and policy analysis; quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods; health disparities