Kent State University ADED Program's Social Justice Mission

Commitment to Diversity

Diversity is valued at Kent State University as a universal approach to increasing the quality of education. It is an education grounded in equity, justice, and integrity that creates and sustains an environment conducive to the success of all. In keeping with the values of our college and school, the Adolescent and Young Adult Education Program (ADED) is committed to processes of social justice, inclusion, and to diverse ways of knowing and being. Discrimination due to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, genetic information, age, military status, or identity as a disabled veteran or veteran of the Vietnam era, recently separated veteran, or other protected veterans is therefore unacceptable and may be subject to disciplinary action.


How Social Justice is Embedded into our ADED Program

Freshman Year

First Year Experience Community Organization Field Placement

Sophomore Year

ADED 20000: Topics in Social Justice in Teaching and Learning

PLEASE NOTE: Students are required to complete Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification (BCII) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) background checks and submit the results to authorized personnel at their assigned school-agency before the first day of the semester in which student teaching internship will take place.

This course examines social justice issues that are central to teaching and learning across all educational contexts. Students consider topics such as race, poverty, social class, LGBTQ youth and colleagues, socially responsive teaching, and youth placed at risk as they intersect with K-12 educational settings.

This course has a field experience to document some of the knowledge, skills, and dispositions for social justice in educational contexts learned throughout this course. Students participate in collaborative inquiry as they reflect on issues of equity.

Students should obtain a Background check and fingerprinting prior to taking this course so that they are able to participate fully in the field experience. Background check results are eligible for ONE calendar year. When filling out your application, the Ohio BCII code on the application will need to be: “non-teaching position 3319 39B1”. Students should indicate on the form that “results” are sent to directly to them. Please do not have the results sent to KSU. Background checks and fingerprinting can be done in the Instructional Resource Center.

Junior Year

ADED 32142 -  30-hour Urban Secondary School Field Placement

ADED 32277 - Proyecto Raices

MCED 40007 - Juvenile Detention Center

Senior Year

ADED 42292 - Practicum

ADED 49525 - Inquiry: Social Justice Colloquia

The social justice colloquia have been part of the ADED program since 2012. This presentation from the 2015 OCTEO conference (PDF) outlines the nature of this work.

Currently, the topics of the ADED Social Justice Colloquia are:

  • Race
  • Poverty
  • LGBTQ Issues in Schools
  • Culturally-Relevant Pedagogy
  • Differentiated Instruction and Special Education
  • Human Trafficking
  • Working with Families
  • English Language Learners


Social Justice in Education Resources

Books, Activities, and Lessons for Promoting Social Justice
Resources by Subject Area


Resources for Social Justice Topics