Director: Dr. Michael Ndemanu

The Graduate Certificate in Diversity Studies addresses issues pertaining to race, ethnicity, class, gender, and sexual orientation in an increasingly pluralistic society. The 15‐credit program is designed for teachers, administrators, policy makers, and health and human services personnel.

Due to the increasing diversity of the United States, many educators and human services professionals are advocating additional professional development in diversity studies. This program will target practicing teachers, administrators, health care professionals, and social workers as well as those who are currently engaged in graduate studies. Students will develop skills in both theoretical and practical elements of diversity training.

Applicants pursuing only a certificate program will be admitted as non‐degree students. A student who completes a certificate, however, can apply these hours to a degree‐granting program upon receiving departmental approval. For non‐degree seeking students only 9 hours can later be applied to a degree program. Students must become degree seeking before they take the remaining 6 hours for those hours to apply.  An applicant must complete an application from the Department of Educational Studies and provide two copies of official transcripts from the institution granting the baccalaureate degree and each institution attended for undergraduate and graduate work.

Standards for admission:

A. Hold an earned bachelor’s degree from a college or university that is accredited by its regional accrediting association.
B. Satisfy one of the following:  

An undergraduate cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale (all undergraduate course work, including work completed prior to the baccalaureate degree, is used to calculate GPA).

A cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the latter half of the baccalaureate.

Students who do not meet these criteria may be considered for admission a the discretion of the Department of Educational Studies chair

C. A student who is currently enrolled in a graduate program of study leading to a degree, who wishes simultaneously to pursue this graduate certificate, must complete the appropriate application, available from the Department of Educational Studies.

D. Graduate students enrolled only in certificate programs may not hold graduate assistantships.

E. Students may be enrolled full‐or part‐time in the certificate program.

F. Completion of a graduate certificate does not guarantee admission into a graduate degree program.


Students must earn a C (2.0) or better grade in each course and a 3.0 GPA in the program.


Core courses:
EDMUL 660 Multi Clt Eth 3
EDMUL 670 Multrl Minor 3

3 hours from:
EDFON 631 Philosophy Ed (3) or
EDFON 641 Hist. Amer Ed (3) or
EDFON 651 Ed Sociology (3) 3

3 hours from: 
EDFON 610 Wmn Gndr Ed (3) or
EDFON 620 Foundations (3) or
EDFON 621 Educ Ethics (3) 3

3 hours elective: 
EDFON From List Above (3) or
EDMUL 690 Indpen Study (1‐3) 3

For  more information contact Dr. Michael Ndemanu, Director of the Certificate in Diversity Studies.