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Equity Certificate for School Leaders

The Equity Certificate for School Leaders is a yearlong program that prepares school leaders, teachers, and administrators to be equity leaders in their schools and districts. Educators in this certificate program work as a team and focus on developing culturally responsive and anti-racist teaching and leading practices focused on equitable systemic change. The program intends to challenge educators to commit to creating equitable and inclusive school environments, especially for students and families of color.

Program of Study               

The Equity Certificate for School Leaders is an 8-credit course of study that provides collaborative learning sessions in a cohort-based model. Participants meet on campus, at the Center for Equity & Inclusion, and at their own school sites to plan transformative system change.               

Program Goals and Objectives                          

  • Build a strong community of support, passion, and urgency for equity            

  • Develop equity leadership vision and skills                                        

  • Engage in the personal development work needed to connect and lead in diverse settings                    

  • Deepen group facilitation skills and ability to situate students and adults as learners                     

  • Expand their roles as educators to include a collaborative learning orientation with colleagues, an authentic connection to community, and see themselves as creators of social change
  • Create equitable systemic change at their sites (and track, measure, and show growth)

Certificate Program Courses

8 semester hours, distributed as follows:

EDAD 670: A Foundation for Racial Equity (2 cr)
EDAD 671: Understanding Cultural Frameworks and De- Centering Dominant Culture (2 cr)
EDAD 672: Facilitating Learning in Diverse Communities (1 cr)
EDAD 673: Engaging and Empowering Our Families (1 cr)
EDAD 675: Leading for Equity-Building Inclusive School Systems and Creating Systemic Change (2 cr)

Full course descriptions are available in the online course catalog.

All courses in the certificate program can be applied toward graduate degrees if they are taken for degree-applicable credit. Continuing education (non degree-applicable) credit is also available for anyone not working toward a degree.

Certificate Admission Information

Candidates apply to this certificate program as a part of district approved teams. Please contact certificate program advisor Professor Dawn Montgomery for more information.

Tuition and Fee Information

Candidates become a part of this certificate program as a part of district approved teams. Please contact certificate program advisor Professor Dawn Montgomery for more information.