Educational Studies & Leadership

MPS Social Justice Educational Studies

MPS Social Justice Educational Studies

Because we live in a world where difference is not only undeniable but matters in crucial ways, there will always be a need for compassionate educators who can facilitate equitable teaching and learning across our differences and cultivate just relationships. The Social Justice Educational Studies program at SUNY New Paltz prepares professionals in education, activist and human services fields to be leaders in their workplaces and their communities.


What Does Justice Mean for You?

This program brings together students and professionals with a range of backgrounds and work experiences, from education and human services to activism and advocacy. Our students, faculty and alumni represent different communities, but are united by a common commitment to practices that promote social justice and combat the forces that divide us.


New Name, Same Commitment to Equity

The MPS in Social Justice Educational Studies inherits a decades-long history and mission from the SUNY New Paltz Humanistic/Multicultural Education community. This has always been, and remains, a tight-knit program where alumni become part of something bigger: a network of passionate graduates who hold leadership positions at schools and universities, care programs and advocacy organizations throughout the Northeast.


Apply What You Learn, in the Real World

Opportunities abound for students to use their knowledge and skills in their lives and work. The program supports internships, offers options for fulfilling requirements through study abroad experiences, and convenes an annual conference that attracts educators and students from across the region for deep conversations about the most pressing issues in social justice education today. We host an annual Multicultural Education Conference each year attended by hundreds of educators from the area.


Many Ways to Be an Educator

This program offers pathways to help every student meet their goals. Maybe you’re already in an education or human services position and want to add new transformative practices to your work. Are you already a classroom teacher, but need your professional state certification? We can help with that, too. Our program advisors can give you everything you need to know to design a track that’s right for you!


Program Information

Dr. Shannon McManimon, Associate Professor

Department of Educational Studies and Leadership


The application deadline for the spring 2023 semester is November 15, 2022. Note that we will contact you about an interview after receipt of your materials.


For Graduate Admissions Information, Contact

Graduate Admissions Office

1 Hawk Drive
Hopfer Admissions Center 102
SUNY New Paltz
New Paltz, NY 12561-2443