Social Justice and Diversity Education (Certificate)


Social Justice and Diversity Education, Cert



Students who pursue this 15-credit certificate will broaden and deepen their professional knowledge of diversity dynamics in education. The courses leading to the certificate focus primarily on issues affecting immigrant communities, migrant families, and multicultural education in both school and community settings.

This graduate certificate will appeal to students with a keen interest in diversity, as well as the social and cultural foundations of education, particularly involving social justice issues affecting minoritized populations. Coursework prepares professionals to take on the leadership challenges of creating welcoming learning communities by addressing issues of equity and inclusion at all levels of formal schooling.

Course List
Course Number Course Name Credits
Choose 2 (6 credits) from the following courses options:
TEAC 861 Education for a Pluralistic Society: Foundation and Issues 3
TEAC 862 Seminar in Democratic Education 3
TEAC 944 Seminar in Curriculum Studies 1-3
Choose 3 (9 credits) from the following Course options:
TEAC 807A Equitable Practices in Mathematics Education: Identity, Access, & Equity in Mathematics Education 3
TEAC 807B Equitable Practices in Mathematics Education: Teaching Mathematics for Social Justice 3
TEAC 807C Equitable Practices in Mathematics Education: Mathematics Classroom Discourse 3
TEAC 811 Reading Processes and Practices 1-6
TEAC 813J Intercultural Communication 3
TEAC 815 Studies in Dual Language Education 3
TEAC 833B Comparative Education: Special Topics/Travel Study 3-9
TEAC 838 Linguistics in Language and Learning Contexts 3
TEAC 840 Culture and Schooling 3
TEAC 840M Language and Power 3
TEAC 887 Effecting High School Improvement 3
TEAC 908J Critical Conversations in U.S. Teacher Preparation Policy and Practice: Teacher Education To What E 3
TEAC 921D Seminar in Literacy Studies: Language, Culture, and Education 1-9
TEAC 930M Introduction to Multimodal Textual Analysis 3
TEAC 936 Seminar in College Teaching 1-3
TEAC 949B Critical, Anti-colonial, & Decolonizing Theories in Education 3
Total 12

Graduate Admission Requirements

  • Application for Admission with $50 non-refundable application fee.
  • One set of transcripts.
  • If the student’s native language is not English, verification of English proficiency is required.
  • If International: upload copies of all college- or university-level transcripts or mark sheets (records of courses and marks earned), with certificates, diplomas, and degrees plus certified English translations.

    * Official documents are required from all students who are admitted and enroll. Photocopies of certified records are not acceptable. International students enrolled in other U.S. institutions may have certified copies of all foreign records sent directly to the Office of Graduate Studies by their current school’s registrar office.

  • If applicant is not a US citizen and expects an F or J visa: financial information.
  • Applicants must also fulfill any additional requirements the department specifies at the time of application.

Major Admission Requirements

  • Statement of Interest in pursuing the SJADE certificate
  • Resume
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher

Admission Deadlines

October 1 for Spring, February 1 for Fall

NOTE: When sending TOEFL scores, our institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed

Graduate Chair

Jenelle Reeves

Support Staff

Kate Rask

Tuition & Fees

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