The graduate certificate in diversity studies, ethical leadership, and social justice prepares students to become culturally and ethically proficient in working in many sectors in a pluralistic society. It focuses on enhancing the values of human diversity, equity, and inclusive praxis in schools and communities.

Given the multicultural nature of the United States, educators and professionals in different fields are expected to demonstrate high levels of cultural and ethical competencies to maximize learning outcomes by the end of the program. This certificate is ideal for:


This program is ideal for:

  • educators
  • administrators
  • health care professionals
  • social workers
  • counselors
  • anyone currently engaged in graduate studies

Thinking about a Graduate Degree?

This certificate is a great fit with our PhD in Educational Studies, and our EdD programs in Adult and Community Education. Credits taken for this certificate can be applied toward a masters or doctoral degree

Program Requirements

Through coursework, students enrolled in this certificate program will acquire both theoretical and applied skills in living and working with educational stakeholders in any pluralistic context.

Total Credits Required


Courses You May Take

  • EDMU 660 Multicultural and Multiethnic Education in American Schools (3 credits)
  • EDMU 670 Social and Cultural Minorities in American Education (3 credits)
  • EDFO 621 Education and Ethics (3 credits)

For a complete list of required courses, see the course catalog.

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What Can You Do with a Certificate in Diversity Studies?

A certificate in diversity studies will help you approach diversity-related issues in a number of industries, including:

  • education
  • administration
  • social work
  • counseling
  • health care
  • government
  • community service

Paying for Your Education

Graduate Assistantships

A graduate assistantship is an excellent opportunity to gain meaningful professional experience while helping cover the costs of your degree. Learn more.

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More Information

Do you want to learn more about our program or have questions about the application process or financial aid? We’re here to help! You may either request more information by completing our simple online form, or you may contact program director Dr. Michael Ndemanu directly by phone or email.

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