Gender Diversity in Children and Youth

This certificate provides comprehensive graduate continuing education coursework specific to understanding the scope of gender diversity, the intersectional challenges faced, and the need for educators and other professionals working in the youth-serving roles to be both allies and advocates for the elimination of arbitrary and destructive gender role stereotypes.

Application Timeline
Applications are due September 6th. 

Application Requirements

  1. Application form
    Lewis & Clark uses an online application. You will be able to upload your essay and resume. 
  2. Application fee
    A $50 nonrefundable application fee is required and is payable with a credit card or electronic check. Fee waivers are available to alumni and employees of Lewis & Clark. Participants in special service programs are also eligible for a fee waiver. Go to this page for information about the fee waiver process.
  3. Personal Essay
    Applicants are required to write two essays. These essays are an opportunity for you to share with us why graduate studies at Lewis & Clark will help you realize your goals. The essays are submitted electronically as part of the online application.

    Essay 1 — Describe your existing awareness, understanding or expertise regarding gender expansive, transgender, nonbinary or queer identity and expression. (250 words max)

    Essay 2 — Describe your goals in pursuing this certificate program. (500 words max)
  4. Official Transcripts
    Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States (the college or university must be regionally accredited at the time of enrollment and when the degree was conferred) or the foreign equivalent. Official degree posted transcript from the institution where you earned your undergraduate degree is required. Official transcripts for any post-baccalaureate credits earned should also be provided. Failure to submit official copies of all transcripts may result in the withholding of your application for consideration. Transcripts stamped “Issued to Student” will not be considered official

    Graduates of a non-U.S. university system are required to provide officially evaluated and translated copies of their college transcripts. Official evaluations and translations are done by outside agencies. Information regarding three such agencies can be found by going to International Applicants.

    How to Submit Transcripts
    Lewis & Clark will accept paper or e-transcripts ordered directly from the post-secondary institution you attended. Transcripts cannot be uploaded via the online application. Transcripts must be mailed or emailed directly from the institution to the Graduate Admissions office. 

    Have transcripts sent to:

    Graduate Admissions Office
    Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling
    615 S Palatine Hill Road MSC 87
    Portland, OR 97219

  5. Grade Point Average (GPA)
    All applicants must hold a minimum 2.75 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in their undergraduate degree. Applicants who have completed graduate studies must hold a minimum 3.0 GPA. Applicants who do not meet the minimum 2.75 GPA in their undergraduate degree will be required to submit a low GPA statement.
  6. Resume
    Submit a current professional resume listing positions that you have held for three months or longer including your current position. Your resume should list the names and contact information for three references.