Equity Education Certificate
Our Equity Education Certificate is designed to develop teaching practices in ethics,
equity literacy, culturally relevant/sustaining pedagogy and critical studies in education.
You will learn how societal inequities can impact teaching and learning in schools. Also, you will learn about scaffolding curriculum and pedagogy to meet the needs, interests, skills and abilities of diverse learners within their sociocultural, political and community contexts. Ultimately, our Equity Education Certificate program will prepare you as an educator and citizen to be an agent of transformative, social change in schools and communities.
This certificate program is not exclusive to School of Education students. Learn more.
- LTFL 102 Ethics, Education, and the Teaching Profession
- LTFL 203 Social Justice in Community-Engaged Educational Settings with Field Placement
- GFDE 503 Curriculum for Social Change
- LTEL 201 Meeting the Needs of English Language Learners
- GCNE 549 Multicultural Issues and Strategies in Counseling
- EDUC 421 Equity Education Capstone
Program Level Goals
- The Equity Education Certificate will open up enrollment opportunities for all undergraduate students at Duquesne University.
- The Equity Education Certificate will create pathways for students considering graduate degree programs in the School of Education.
- The Equity Education Certificate will foster intergenerational learning across departments; and between undergraduate and graduate-level degree programs.
Academic and Professional Competencies
The academic or professional competencies on which our program focuses (e.g., the specific knowledge, skills and abilities the program will help learners to develop) are the following:
You will learn how to:
- Acquire skills in moral and ethical deliberation
- Develop critical knowledge, particular to students' rights, opportunities, and resources related to their vulnerable status in schools.
- Develop culturally competent, responsive, and sustaining practices for diverse learners
- Learn the practice of critical self-reflection for self-correction
- Develop competencies in cultural critique of systemic inequities to create empowering and transformative practices in diverse K-12 school and community settings
Benefits and Opportunities of the Program
- K-12 schools, nationally and locally, are increasingly diverse. Subsequently, culturally relevant and equity-minded skillsets are indispensable to pedagogy, curriculum, instructional practice, policy, and community engagement. Our certificate program is a School of Education endorsed, micro-credential, acknowledging said earned skillsets, attractive to employers in diverse learning settings. Upon completion of the program, the certificate will be noted on your baccalaureate transcript.
- Our certificate program enables education majors to obtain credit from three existing courses (out of six offered), foundational to all undergraduate degree programs in the School of Education.
- Undergraduate students outside the School of Education have an opportunity to earn an added credential to their professional skillset.
- Students will have an opportunity to take two graduate courses offered in the program, during their junior and senior year. This structure introduces students to courses in our graduate curriculum--potentially encouraging future graduate enrollment opportunities. If applicable, these graduate courses can count toward a graduate degree program.
- This program fosters an interdisciplinary learning environment. Different education majors from different departments in our School of Education and other majors from different schools, across the university, can apply to this program.
This certificate program is housed in the School of Education, however, it is open to all undergraduate students interested in working with youth in educational and community settings. It is open to any undergraduate student who maintains a 3.0 GPA and meets eligibility criteria as reflected in the application process. This is a School of Education-endorsed certificate.
Our Equity Education Certificate program will prepare you as an educator and citizen to be an agent of transformative, social change in schools and communities.
Educational Foundations and Leadership
Required Credit Hours