Master of Arts
Gender Equity Studies
The Master’s of Arts in Education, Gender Equity Studies, offers a special study area in Women’s Studies and Education Issues. The training offers the opportunity to develop an understanding of the many political and social issues affecting women in schools.
The purpose of the training is to offer graduate students an opportunity to be change agents in educational systems and make a difference in the lives of students. Many of the graduate students who enter the program are K–12 teachers. Other students have backgrounds in various disciplines, including liberal studies, child development, communications studies, vocational education, political science and business administration.
Offering electives in other disciplines helps broaden the graduate student’s knowledge of gender equity issues and assists with the development of the student’s thesis research. Students graduate qualified to educate the academic community on numerous issues in relation to gender equity. One major factor which makes this training significantly unique from other Master’s is that it is the only Masters of Education within the entire 23 campuses in the California State University system that offers a Master’s Degree incorporating gender equity issues and Education.
Graduates are exceptionally qualified to train K–12 teachers, to practice gender equity techniques that can be used in the classroom. The training also prepares graduates to educate preservice teachers in the area of societal gender constructs within society and gender-fair teaching practices which as of 2001 is a California Teaching Standard requirement.
Currently, over half of the graduates are Kindergarten through 12th grade teachers. As social agents for change in the area of gender equity, these students apply directly the gender equitable teaching techniques in the classroom. These students also educate others in the area of education by being active in policy decision and role modeling gender fair teaching philosophies. Several graduates from the program have continued on to become Title IX compliance coordinators for their school districts. Other graduates have used their gender equity training by choosing nonbiased, gender inclusive textbooks and curriculum choices for their school districts.
Collaborative programs with schools: The K-12 training in several areas: Sexual Harassment, Creating a Positive Classroom Culture, Recognizing Women in History. Graduates have given presentations at local schools, in addition to contributing to and creating gender fair curriculum approaches.
Other areas where graduates are working and influencing societal gender constructs are: the California State Department of Education, Education Equity office, California Arts Council, Legislative Aide for Assemblywoman Rebecca Cohn, and Sacramento County of Education School Principal.
- the opportunity to take courses that focus on the role of women from the points of view of other University departments
- the opportunity to take courses that focus on the educational needs of ethnic and older women
- the opportunity to focus on the developmental needs of the young for a nonsexist education
- the possibility for internships with state and local governments and school districts
These opportunities reflect core goals:
- to add to the body of knowledge on gender issues within society and education
- to empower students as agents of change in the educational system and society
- to encourage graduates to share their expertise and mentor others with their education goals
- to help build relationships and networking bonds with others passionate about equity issues
- to open doors to career opportunities and financial gain for under-represented groups in non-traditional occupations
- to prepare graduates to educate the academic community in the area of gender constructs within society and its impact on the learner
- to offer training to educators in gender fair teaching practices
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