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Educational and Professional Practice, Multicultural and Anti-Racist Education, Ed.D.


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EdD in Educational & Professional Practice: Multicultural and Anti-Racist Education
Location: 
AU Online
Credits for Degree: 60 semester credits
Standard Mode of Instruction: Low-residency
Standard time to completion: 36 months

Program Overview

The Ed.D. program is designed to prepare change-oriented professionals who use educational practice in the service of more just and inclusive schools, organizations, and communities. Through a transdisciplinary curriculum that includes shared seminars in a diverse learning community, and individualized work within the chosen specialization, students will enhance their ability to address issues of equity, ethics, and social justice.

Students specialize in one of the following transdisciplinary areas of inquiry: Critical Pedagogy; Environmental and Sustainability Education; Humane Education; Multicultural and Anti-Racist Education; Social Justice Leadership; Waldorf Education; or Self-Designed.

The specialization may be composed of seminars and individualized study. Students may also choose to take courses in other Antioch programs and to transfer in credits from previous graduate work, pursuant to program requirements. Each student’s dissertation topic will fall within the chosen specialization.

The program’s culminating project will be a Practice-Based Dissertation that establishes students’ standing among scholar-practitioners who seek workable solutions to complex issues in schools, communities, and national and global settings.

Multicultural and Anti-Racist Education Specialization

The specialization in Multicultural and Antiracist Education affords students the opportunity to address issues of difference and social justice in educational systems, organizations, and communities, with an eye on interrogating and dismantling oppressive systems and practices in education. The specialization brings together theories and arguments from two approaches that have some been in critical discourse with one another in terms of focus and strategies. Scholars and practitioners of multicultural education aim to produce culturally responsive environments in which high levels of academic achievement are accessible to all students. As proposed by leading theorist James Banks, multicultural education’s dimensions include content integration, knowledge construction, bias reduction, equity pedagogy, and the development of an empowering school culture enabling students from diverse groups to experience equity in their educational experiences. Those who design and study school curricula address such issues as racism, sexism, classism, linguicism, ableism, ageism, heterosexism, religious intolerance, and xenophobia.

Anti-racist education directly confronts racist social structures and practices, aiming to address the roots of institutional racism within the structure of educational systems. Teachers bring issues of race and racial discrimination to the forefront in classroom teaching. In this specialization, students will examine advantages and critiques of both multicultural and antiracist education, deciding for themselves which theoretical and practical arguments and commitments best resonate with their social change educational practices.

The specialization may be composed of seminars and individualized study. You may also choose to take courses in other Antioch programs and to transfer in credits from previous graduate work. Each student’s dissertation topic will fall within their chosen specialization.

Current Tuition and Fees

University Tuition and Fees  

Specialization Courses (12 Semester Credits)


Foundations


(Students take the Foundations course for their chosen specialization; 3 semester credits)

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