Critical Research Academy Program Information

Program Description

The program will provide candidates with a core set of experiences leading to candidates having these competencies:

  • Design and implement an effective literacy program for students, including older beginner or struggling readers and writers;
  • Demonstrate expertise in working with English language learners and other students who may be marginalized because of ethnic, racial, and/or cultural differences;
  • Demonstrate a critical reading of the professional literature and its instructional implications (and misapplications);
  • Engage in teacher inquiry;
  • Collaborate with other professionals to design opportunities for equity in literacy learning;
  • Organize and implement equitable literacy experiences, including professional development for teachers; and
  • Understand the politics of literacy and be prepared to take appropriate action to ensure a just and equitable society.

Program Themes

Given the philosophy and learning outcomes described above, the following four themes will be integrated throughout the Master's Degree program:

  • Classroom research/teacher inquiry with an emphasis on qualitative research design and methods;
  • Reading and writing across cultures and curricula;
  • Learners from diverse linguistic, racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds; and
  • Leadership and the politics of literacy.


With a deep understanding and interest in creating empowering interdisciplinary curriculum and pedagogy, the Critical Research Academy aims to prepare teachers with the intercultural and interpersonal communication skills needed to lead and teach in a culturally, politically, and linguistically diverse community.

Goals of the Program

  • Integrate the work for the Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and the Master of Arts Degree in a cohort program (while most students are admitted to the combined credential/MA program, a number of MA only candidates are admitted annually);
  • Support the work of teachers in urban schools and districts as they work to create empowering and democratic curriculum and learning environments for students;
  • Build collaborative capabilities among teachers and students within schools and across the profession;
  • Integrate research, theory and practice throughout the program;
  • Provide a collegial cohort program of support for students and faculty; and
  • Build teachers' capabilities to analyze, critique, influence, and develop equitable and empowering educational policies.

Program Cohort

30 applicants are selected for admission to a cohort program each year. Candidates combine the work for the MA in Education with the requirements for the Multiple Subject which are spreadout a two year timeline. Only one cohort is admitted each year in the Fall.