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Program Coordinator:
Dr. Chaunda L. Scott
495B Pawley Hall
(248) 370-4171
cscott@oakland.edu

Graduate Certificate in Human Diversity Inclusion and Social Justice

Program Overview

The Graduate Certificate in Human Diversity Inclusion and Social Justice is associated with the Master of Training and Development program housed in the School of Education and Human Services. The goal of the program is to provide useful diversity management policies and practices that can be utilized in a variety of organizational settings. It aims to address organizational expectations, linking diversity and inclusion goals to organizational objectives. It also seeks to enhance participants’ cultural and professional competence through knowledge and experience in promoting an ongoing commitment to professional development and mastery.

There are currently no other graduate certificate programs in the state of Michigan quite like this. This program provides an opportunity for students to customize human diversity and social justice learning by allowing them to select approved graduate elective courses that are aligned with their graduate studies, career field and future career interests.

Admission Requirements

The following documents are required to apply:

  • an official transcript for undergraduate and graduate coursework showing a bachelor’s degree in an academic discipline that is from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative grade point average of a B or better
  • a formal statement consisting of 1,000 words detailing work and life experiences and career goals that has led to the applicant’s desire to pursue the program
  • two recommendations from individuals who can attest to the quality and scope of the applicant’s academic and professional ability
  • a current resume

After documents have been reviewed and approved, applicant will be invited for an interview with the graduate certificate coordinator. Shortly following this interview, applicants will be notified by email regarding the status of the application.

Students who qualify for admission to the certificate program must complete four approved graduate level courses totaling 16 credits with the grade of B or above.

Course Requirements

The required core courses for this four-course program are:

  • HRD 6140 – Introduction to Human Diversity Inclusion and Social Justice – which is the first course graduate students will take in this certificate program.
  • EL 6160 - Human Diversity Inclusion and Social Justice Capstone Seminar - will be the last course graduate students will take in this certificate program.

The remaining two elective courses can be selected from one of the five interdisciplinary academic departments below with guidance from the program coordinator.

Department of Counseling

  • CSN 5060 Diversity and Social Justice Issues – Fall Term Year One
  • CSN 5060 Diversity and Social Justice Issues – Winter Term Year Two

Department of Human Development and Educational Studies

  • SE 4401/5510 – Introduction to Students with Special Needs – Fall Term Year One
  • SE 6559 – Overview of Autism Spectrum Disorder – Fall Term Year Two

Department of Organizational Leadership

  • EL 6900 – School, Special Topics: Women & Gender Issues in Higher Education – Winter Term Year One
  • EL 6681 – Higher Education and Educational Equity - Fall Term Year Two

Department of Teacher Development and Educational Studies

  • TD 5102 – Issues of Equity in the Classroom – Winter Term Year One
  • EST 6100 –Diverse Learner and the Curriculum - Fall Term Year Two

Department of History

  • HST 3715/5510 – African Cultural History – Winter Term Year One