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 & State University as it addresses a regional need in Georgia schools to improve the educational practices for our most marginalized students. It also reflects the GCSU 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)
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 & State University's Honor Code.
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.