Social Justice and Diversity Education, Graduate Certificate

Graduate Certificate in Social Justice and Diversity Education

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

  • Fully Online
  • 15
  • $357.00
  • $750.00

Program Overview

The online Social Justice and Diversity Education, Graduate Certificate is designed to broaden and deepen student’s professional knowledge of diversity dynamics in education. 

Students choose this program to: 

  • Learn how to create welcoming learning communities. 
  • Address issues of equity and inclusion at all levels of formal schooling.  
  • Expand knowledge of the social and cultural foundations of education. 

The courses leading to this certificate focus primarily on issues affecting immigrant communities, migrant families and multicultural education in both school and community settings.  

Career Outlook: According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of education, training and library occupations is projected to grow at a rate of 5%, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Enrollment across all levels of education is projected to increase, therefore it will be necessary to have individuals who can create inclusive classrooms.  

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A Bachelor's degree

  2. 3 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. A written personal statement

    Personal statement of interest in pursuing the certificate

  4. Official transcripts from all previous schools

  5. Resume

To apply to this program:

  1. Complete and submit the online application for Graduate Studies
  2. Pay the $50 application fee

Courses You’ll Take

Course Information

Students choose two of the following courses: 

  • TEAC 861 Education for a Pluralistic Society: Foundation and Issues
  • TEAC 862 Seminar in Democratic Education
  • TEAC 944 Seminar in Curriculum Studies

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
TEAC 861Education for a Pluralistic Society: Foundation and Issues3
Educational practices and policies for people from historically oppressed groups in the United States Foundation of multicultural education. Discussion of contemporary educational issues within the context of multicultural and cultural diversity. Critique of curricular materials and resources promoting a multicultural perspective.
TEAC 944Seminar in Curriculum Studies3
Critical examination of issues in curriculum development with an analysis of research and literature on the subject.
TEAC 862Seminar in Democratic Education3
Introduction to the field of democratic education; explores the relationship between democracy and schooling; examines purposes of schools, ideology and curriculum, the relationship between social class and citizen-production in schooling, as well as the role of discussion, deliberation, and trust in democratic schooling.

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
SPCH 854PIntercultural Communication3
Study of communication across cultures.
TEAC 833BComparative Education: Special Topics/Travel Study3 - 9
Investigates origins, goals, organization, challenges, and accomplishments of various countries' school systems with intentional comparisons to American practices. The 'B' format focuses on a single country (plus the U.S. for comparative purposes) and includes overseas travel-study (e.g., to South Korea, South Africa, or Chile) and visits to schools in the visited countries.
TEAC 838Linguistics in Language and Learning Contexts3
Discusses the relationships among language and learning, educator and learner discourses, and knowledge and action in connection to sociolinguistics, educational practice, and professional development. Introduction to English language morphology, syntax, phonology, semantics, and pragmatics as well as the language of schooling, its linguistic as well as socio-cultural and cognitive features. Addresses issues of diversity and social justice in education.
TEAC 840Culture and Schooling3
Description and explanation of cultural values as they relate to education.
TEAC 840MLanguage and Power3
Designed for students interested in the relationship of language and power, discourse, knowledge and action both in social theory and in educational practice and across a variety of institutional, community, and individual settings.
TEAC 887Effecting High School Improvement3
The relationships and interactions among the high school student, a teacher, and the curriculum to the issues of school district, higher education, philanthropy, state department of education, and federal involvement in high school improvement efforts. The imperative and challenges for improving high schooling for all students.
TEAC 921DSeminar in Literacy Studies: Language, Culture and Education1 - 9
Research in literacy and schooling.
TEAC 936Seminar in College Teaching1 - 3
Overview of teaching in post-secondary settings.
TEAC 930MIntroduction to Multimodal Textual Analysis3
Empirical and theoretical research into the sociocultural problems and the lived experiences of people across educational, family and community settings.
TEAC 811Reading Processes and Practices1 - 6
Overview of reading processes and programs with attention to strategies for comprehension and word identification, approaches, and materials. A. Teaching Reading B. Special Topics in Reading C. Response to Intervention - Reading
TEAC 908JCritical Conversations in U.S. Teacher Preparation Policy and Practice: Teacher Education to What E3
Explore teacher education in the United States through examining media artifacts, analyzing select books and readings, and engaging in activities and discussion. Study key issues in teacher education, the current context for teacher education in the U.S., the historical development of teacher education, agendas for reform, alternative pathways to teaching, and external and internal critiques of university-based teacher education. Engage in ongoing discussion to determine the quality of teacher education programs and develop policies at the state and national level to support high quality teacher preparation.
TEAC 815Studies in Dual Language Education3
The foundation, theory, and practice of teaching dual language learners.

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours


Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours

About Faculty

University of Nebraska online courses are taught by expert faculty who embody the qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Students learn from faculty with a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are published researchers in their fields. NU faculty who teach online do so in a way that optimizes learning within the online modality and because technology enables students to access education they may otherwise may not be able to pursue.

Application Deadlines
  • Fall SemesterFeb 01
  • Spring SemesterOct 15