Education and Equity Certificate

Description
The Education and Equity Graduate Certificate Program is designed to help educators develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to more effectively educate and advocate for children and families from under-served populations. It also identifies educators as experts in this field for current and future employers and provides them a platform for providing their expertise in this area with colleagues. Further, the program is designed to help educators create a more equitable educational system and larger society.  The certificate is intended for graduate education students; but students in any college may take an individual course as an elective.
The Education and Equity Graduate Certificate Program encompasses the Liberal Arts mission of Georgia College as it addresses a regional need in Georgia schools to improve the educational practices for our most marginalized students.  It also reflects the GC mission of valuing diversity and inclusivity as a means to advance excellence. 

Certificate Admission Requirements

  • Admitted to the university as a graduate student in education
  • Submit official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • Submit verification of immunization (pdf)

Courses
The three-course certificate includes the following:

  • EDFD 5001 School Improvement and Equity
    • As the first course in the program, the purpose of this course is three-fold:1) to equip students with the knowledge, skills and dispositions to reflect on and better understand their perspectives on culture/diversity and its role in educational and societal structures and practices; 2) to equip students with the knowledge of the need for school improvement; 3) to equip student with the knowledge, skills and dispositions to reflect of the connections between school improvement and equity and introduce methods for addressing these equity issues.
  • EDFD 5002 Schooling and Historical Inequity
    • The purpose of the second course in the program is two-fold:1) to equip students with the knowledge and understanding of the historical roots of inequality in the education of students of color and the impacts of it on the individual, community, and the society; 2) to equip students with the knowledge, skills and dispositions to function as culturally responsive educators and leaders both within the school and the larger educational community.
  • EDFD 5003 Teaching Marginalized Students, Practicum
    • The purpose of the final program course is two-fold:1) to equip students with the knowledge, skills and dispositions to research, plan and implement an “Equity Work Sample” in their own classroom; 2) to complete a clinical practice experience focused on educational improvement and equity in an educational setting, and then to reflect on this process.

Dismissal Policy
Students are required to maintain a 3.0 GPA during the three-course series that comprise the certificate program. If a student's GPA falls below a 3.0, he/she may petition to stay in the certificate program for one semester. If, at the end of the semester on probation the student's GPA is still below a 3.0, he/she will be dismissed from the certificate program. Any student who plagiarizes work will fail that course (receive an F) and be referred to the Judicial Council for a violation of Georgia College's Honor Code.

Exit Requirements
At the completion of the three-course certificate program students who have met all requirements of the three-course series will be eligible to receive the certificate in Education and Equity.