Curriculum and Pedagogy for Social Justice Certificate

Degree Requirements: 18 Credit Hours

Program Description

The Curriculum and Pedagogy for Social Justice Certificate consists of six graduate level education courses designed to provide educators with the theoretical foundations, historical knowledge, practical experience, and supportive infrastructure needed to become reflective practitioners who successfully integrate social justice education into their classrooms. This graduate certificate can be completed as a stand-alone program or along with any of the Master’s degrees offered in the College of Education. An underlying assumption of this graduate certificate is that educators who engage in social justice education will be able to identify dehumanizing sociopolitical conditions that undermine good teaching and academic achievement and will actively engage in pedagogical practices to alter those conditions to educate all students to reach their highest potential.

Admission Requirements

  1. Completed requirements for a Bachelor’s degree in an institution accredited by proper regional accrediting association or an equivalent at a recognized national or international university.

  2. Present a cumulative 3.0 (4.0 scale) grade point average or higher on all undergraduate and graduate work combined.

  3. Submit a personal statement of career goals, purposes, and objectives, approximately 500 words that identifies the applicant’s reasons for pursuing certificate program.

Program of Study

The Graduate Certificate program requires a total of 18 credit hours. There are five required courses and one elective course. All of the courses are online except for the two capstone courses which are hybrid. The courses are rotated on a three-semester cohort model that begins in the Fall and ends with two capstone courses in the Summer.

Credit Hours
Required Courses
EDUF   8631Foundations for Social Justice Education3
EDUF   7235Multicultural Education 3
EDUC   8230Curriculum Design and Evaluation 3
EDUC   8632Curriculum and Pedagogy for Social Justice3
EDUC   8633Social Justice Inquiry3
Choose one of the following:3
Critical Issues in Literacy Education with Diverse Populations
Understanding Diverse Students through Case Study
Total Credit Hours18

Course Rotation


READ   8530 Critical Issues in Literacy Education with Diverse Populations (3) or

EDUF   7230 Understanding Diverse Students through Case Study (3)


EDUF   8631 Foundations for Social Justice Education (3)



EDUF   7235 Multicultural Education  (3)

EDUC   8230 Curriculum Design and Evaluation  (3)



EDUC   8632 Curriculum and Pedagogy for Social Justice (3) (Capstone Experience)

EDUC   8633 Social Justice Inquiry (3) (Capstone Experience)

After earning the certificate, students who complete this non-degree program in good standing (cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0) may wish to apply to the following related degree or certificate programs: 

  • Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students Certificate Program
  • Curriculum Studies, Ed.D.
  • Educational Leadership Ed.D.
  • Master of Arts in Teaching M.A.T.
  • Master of Education M.Ed.


Graduate Academic Services Center
P.O. Box 8083
Statesboro, GA 30460
(912) 478-8664
Fax: (912) 478-5093

Program Directors

Dr. Sabrina Ross
Department of Curriculum, Foundations, and Reading
P.O. Box 8144
Statesboro, GA 30460
Phone: (912) 478-0696
Fax: (912) 478-5382

Dr. Ming Fang He
Department of Curriculum, Foundations, and Reading
P.O. Box 8144
Statesboro, GA 30460
Phone: (912) 478-1546
Fax: (912) 478-5382