Program Details

Designed to support teachers of early childhood through college, as well as educators working in non-formal settings such as community organizations, Human Rights Education (HRE) entails understanding the promise of rights guarantees and the gap between rights and actual realities.

Human rights education is a deliberate, participatory practice aimed at empowering individuals, groups and communities through fostering knowledge, skills and attitudes consistent with internationally recognized human rights principles.

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Courses examine the right to education, schooling with dignity and rights, and curricular efforts towards social justice and comprehensive human rights. Students engage with issues in local and global contexts, with emphasis on globalization, migration, social movements, and transnationalism.

Transformation is an essential element of HRE, and is done through a process of education that empowers people to make changes in their own lives, as well as in their families, communities, and institutions.

Program Delivery

The program follows a schedule of alternate weekend classes that convene nine times a semester (Friday evenings and all day Saturdays). See Teaching Weekend dates.

A hallmark of the Masters in Human Rights Education program is its flexibility to work with diverse students. Students can complete the coursework requirements in as few as 18 months (two academic year semesters plus the summer term) and can extend the program as long as needed (up to 5 years). Most students complete the Masters program in 2 academic years with summer coursework often included.

Course Details

The Master of Arts in Human Rights Education (HRE) consists of 30 credits. Requirements include 15 credits of core coursework, 9 credits of elective coursework, and 6 credits of Culminating Project. All classes are 3 credits, unless otherwise noted.

HRE Foundations Courses | 9 credits

  • IME 618 - International Human Rights Law for Educators (3)
  • IME 620 - Human Rights Education: Pedagogy and Praxis (3)
  • IME 621 - Human Rights Education: History, Philosophy and Current Debates (3)

HRE Topic Courses | 9 credits (select 3 of 4 courses)

  • IME 616 - Social Movements and Human Rights (3)
  • IME 617 - Tools for Human Rights Practice (3)
  • IME 619 - Gender and Globalization (3)
  • IME 640 - Immigration and Forced Displacement (3)

HRE Electives | 6 credits (select 2 courses)

  • IME 602 - Linguistic Rights and Bilingual Education (3)
  • IME 605 - Re-conceptualizing Multicultural Education (3)
  • IME 606 - Critical Analysis of Urban Schooling (3)
  • IME 612 - Critical Race Theory and Praxis (3)
  • IME 625 - Contemporary International Issues¬†(3)
  • IME 636 - Human Rights and Media¬†(3)
  • IME 637 - Critical Pedagogy (3)
  • IME 639 - Cross-Cultural Literacy (3)

Culminating Project | 6 credits

  • GEDU 603 - Methodology of Educational Research (3)
  • IME 649 - MA Thesis/Field Project (3)

Course descriptions are available in the catalog.