MA in Teaching for Social Justice

K-12 teacher licensure from a social-historical perspective

Now accepting applications for Winter 2017. Applications due December 5, 2016.

The MA in Teaching for Social Justice 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.

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.


The master's program in Teaching for Social Justice focuses on understanding and integrating social justice content and a pedagogy that meets the needs of all learners. This program produces teachers and leaders in education who engage to restructure contemporary systems. 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. Participants in the program include educators, activists, para-professionals, and others who enjoy working with children and youth and who are working for a better world.


Janaki Natarajan

Program Director, MAT-SJ

Janaki holds an Ed.D. in Sociology of Education from Harvard University. Her work embraces more than four decades of teaching and research, including extensive work in China, India, and Tanzania.

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How do I get more information?

To learn more about the MA in Teaching for Social Justice program, email Kara Hamilton, admissions counselor for education programs, or call (888) 258-5665 x506. 


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.


In the MAT-SJ program you will learn new paradigms for a democratized, cooperative classroom through both your immersion in school and your weekly graduate seminars. Beyond pedagogical excellence, you will inspire your students to learn new knowledge and skills from diverse perspectives. Rigor, compassion, and a global view fuse to generate critical thinking.

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 mathenglishscience and social studies for middle and secondary schools.

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. One or two days a week you will attend seminars with a diverse cohort of fellow graduate students led by faculty members who join content area expertise with teaching for social justice.

Program features include:

  • Faculty, mentor teachers, and classmates provide three circles of support to MAT-SJ students.
  • In one year, students earn both a master’s degree and K-12 licensure in endorsement areas within the K-12 spectrum.
  • Current best pedagogical practices.
  • Beyond pedagogy, students examine education policy, literacy development, and strategies for all learners.
  • The immersive nature of the curriculum builds relationships that continue throughout your career.

How do I apply to the MATS 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 Don Parker, Admissions Assistant. 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 School
    28 Vernon Street
    Brattleboro, VT 05301
  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 May 1 for a fall start or December 1 for a winter start.