Curriculum and Pedagogy for Social Justice Certificate (Online)

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. Complete requirements for a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution 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/or graduate coursework.

  3. Submit a personal statement of  purpose, not to exceed 500 words, that identifies the applicant’s reasons for pursuing graduate study and how admission into the program relates to the applicant's professional aspirations.

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.  The courses are rotated on a three-semester cohort model that begins in the Summer and ends with two capstone courses in the Spring.

Credit Hours
Required Courses 15
Curriculum Design and Evaluation
Curriculum and Pedagogy for Social Justice
Social Justice Inquiry
Multicultural Education
Foundations for Social Justice Education
Choose one of the following:
Understanding Diverse Students through Case Study
Critical Issues in Literacy Education with Diverse Populations
Total Credit Hours18

Course Rotation



EDUF   7235 Multicultural Education  (3)

EDUC   8230 Curriculum Design and Evaluation  (3)



EDUF   8631 Foundations for Social Justice Education (3)


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

EDUF   7230 Understanding Diverse Students through Case Study (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 students are advised by their program. Graduate students should reach out to their graduate program director for information regarding the structures in place to facilitate advisement. For more information visit the Graduate Academic Advisement catalog page.

Graduate students can also contact the Jack N. Averitt College of Graduate Studies for more information about their program director.
Phone: 912-478-COGS (2647)