Concentrations (12 hrs) can be taken anytime throughout the program.

ELED 6260: History and Psychology of Racism  (3)
Offered in Fall and Summer | No prerequisites

The history and psychology of race and racism is examined, and an analysis of how racism manifests and is sustained by individuals living within systems of power and privilege (micro and macro levels) is explored.  An in-depth examination of unconscious racial bias, awareness of privilege, and the impact of ideologies that sustain racism, including colorblind ideology and meritocracy is conducted.  Course readings allow students to individually build a knowledge base and develop multiple perspectives.  Research methods for the psychology of racism are reviewed as a basis for interpreting research results.  Notion of Whiteness as normative in the United States is investigated.  How those notions of race and racist beliefs and practices exist in the U.S. (politics, education, psychological perspectives) are included.  Students consider various approaches to race/racism that ground race in biology, heredity, genetics, culture, or social identity. 


ELED 6261: Racial Identity  (3)
Offered in Spring  | No prerequisites

The examination of (a) how individuals construct and maintain their sense of themselves as raced beings within historical and ideological constructions of race, and (b) personal- and societal-level consequences of such identities.  A review is included of essential theories pertaining to racial and ethnic identity in the U.S. and practical applications related to understanding how racial and ethnic identities play a meaningful role in the human experience and in schools and classrooms.


ELED 6262: Race in Education and Schooling  (3) 
Offered in Summer  | No prerequisites

Analyzes schooling and education from a historical, sociological, political, economic, and contemporary perspective with institutional racism at the center.  By examining schooling and education from these perspectives, investigations of urban schools occur to understand how these schools were formed based on White supremacist ideologies.  Contributions to the movement of improving schools for students of color is discussed.


ELED 6263: Anti-Racist Activism in Education  (3) 
Offered in Summer  | No prerequisites

Examination of the long and inspiring history of anti-racist movements and resistance to racist practices and policies among both people of color and white people throughout American history.  The characterizations and impetus for contemporary anti-racist movements, particularly the role of social media as a vehicle for organizing momentum and disseminating information are explored.  Analyzes how systems, including education, can organize for lasting social change in effort to create a more equitable and just society.


Note: This concentration leads to the North Carolina Licensure if the student successfully completes all of the related licensure requirements