MA Human Rights Education

The Master of Arts in Human Rights Education (HRE) Program provides a unique opportunity to understand and address deep-rooted social and educational inequities through the lens of critical Human Rights Education.

"Human Rights Education is both a lens through which to observe the world and a methodology for teaching and leading others" (Amnesty International).

bajaj_talkDr. Monisha Bajaj (pictured), experienced and well known scholar in globalization, peace, and human rights education, joined the HRE faculty in January 2014. Photo by Shaked Uzrad.

The MA in HRE Program consists of 30 credits; see the HRE Program Structure.

Rooted in the practice of critical pedagogy, this program provides a dynamic learning community where students benefit from rigorous learning experiences both in the classroom and in community.

Designed to support teachers of kindergarten through college, as well as educators working in non-formal settings such as community organizations, Human Rights Education is dedicated to promoting the human rights principles and positive value system that are set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Transformation is an essential element of HRE empowering people to make changes in their own lives, as well as in their families, communities and institutions around them.

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Distinctive Program Features

  • The only opportunity in the US to receive a Master’s degree in Human Rights Education.
  • Rich in-class learning experiences with expert faculty blended with opportunities for practical work in schools and community organizations in the Bay Area.
  • Pedagogy aimed at addressing inequities based on race, class, gender and nation.

Two renowned human rights educators teach the IME summer course Tools for Human Rights Practice.

Felisa Tibbitts, Ph.D., is Founder and Senior Advisor of Human Rights Education Associates (HREA), an internationally recognized organization that supports human rights learning and the training of activists and professionals. She is also Lecturer at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Charlie Clements, is Executive Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, an Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, and a faculty member of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. Dr. Clements' career in NGOs focused on advocacy, human rights, and humanitarian assistance.

"The Human Rights Education program has improved my life personally and professionally not only as a full time high school teacher but also as a daughter, sister, friend and community member. After every HRE class, I am energized and supported with new skill sets and knowledge that has immediately made an impact on my community.

I am amazed at the opportunity I have, not only to rigorous coursework, but to fully immerse myself in a program that helps guide me to becoming my best self. It is about honing in on my capacity and agency to create opportunities, take action, and to pay it forward for others. This program truly honors the creative visionaries who are building a world where human rights are known, respected, honored and practiced."