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MA in Teaching For Social Justice

K-12 teacher licensure from a social-historical perspective

The Master of Arts in Teaching for Social Justice (MAT-SJ) is a collaboration between Marlboro College and Spark Teacher Education Institute. The program focuses on understanding and integrating social justice content, and a pedagogy that meets the needs of all learners. A full year school placement prepares our students practically and academically for the dynamic relationships of today’s K-12 environment. Licensed teachers are welcome to apply.

Impact and Opportunity

This program produces teachers and leaders in education who engage to restructure contemporary systems. Participants in the program include educators, activists, paraprofessionals, and more; in common they all share a love of working with children and a commitment to creating a better world. It provides experiential and theoretical preparation for transformative work in all aspects of education. Graduates go on to positions in education throughout the world equipped for the challenges of teaching and for their role as leaders and innovators.

About the Program

The MAT-SJ program provides an intensive one-year, field-based program leading to a Master of Arts in Teaching degree and a recommendation for teacher licensure. Students can earn endorsements in elementary education, and math, english, science, and social studies for middle and secondary schools. Students have the option of only earning a Master’s degree and opting out of teacher licensure. Licensed teachers are welcome to apply.

As an MAT-SJ student, you will spend a full year interning in a classroom, working side-by-side with a skilled mentor teacher, learning to integrate social justice and equity content into the mainstream curriculum. On Fridays and Saturdays you will attend seminars with a diverse cohort of fellow graduate students led by faculty members who join content area expertise with a critical analysis of the systems we work within.

Program features include:

  • Faculty, mentor teachers, and classmates provide three circles of critical feedback and support.
  • In one year, students earn both a master’s degree and K-12 licensure.
  • Current best pedagogical practices.
  • Beyond pedagogy, students examine education policy, literacy development, and strategies for all learners.
  • Access to a lifelong alumni community made up of fellow activists and practitioners.

How do I apply to the program?

The application process for this program has the following elements:

  1. The application
  2. Fill out this endorsement form
  3. Submit an essay of approximately three typewritten, double-spaced pages to graduate admissions. In your essay please describe and reflect on the following:
    • Your experiences with children of pre-kindergarten age through 12th grade. Please provide examples of your experience in developing relationships and working with youth, teachers, administrators, and families.
    • Special abilities, life experiences, and personal qualities you bring to the program and to teaching.
    • Self-Assessment:
      • Areas of strength in your knowledge and skills, and areas for further development.
      • Personal characteristics that will be an asset to you as a learner and a teacher, and those that may impede you.
    • Your experiences working with people who are different from you.
    • Your experiences as an advocate and/or an agent of change within a system.
  4. Two letters of recommendation
  5. Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts*
    *These can be sent to:
    Marlboro College Graduate & Professional Studies
    Office of Admissions
    PO Box A
    Marlboro, VT 05344
  6. Take the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (CORE) and have the results sent directly to Spark Teacher Education Institute (code R3797) and the Vermont Department of Education.

We maintain a rolling admission, but it is advantageous for candidates to complete applications by April 5 for a fall start or December 5 for a winter start.

Marlboro Awards

If you have taught for one year or more in an elementary, high school, or adult education setting—or if you’ve given a year of national service—you could be eligible for an attractive award to help pay for your MA in Teaching for Social Justice. Fill out our preliminary inquiry form to learn more about this opportunity.


Marlboro College Graduate and Professional Studies is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. (NEASC), which accredits schools and colleges in the six New England states.


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