Earn a Certificate in Diversity, Equity & Inclusivity

The Diversity, Equity & Inclusivity (DEI) Graduate Certificate Program is designed to foster the skills educators need to respond to the realities, demands and challenges of educational spaces while keeping a focus on equity, social justice, diversity and accessibility.

Why Stonehill?

  • Certificate program offered fully online
  • Experiential learning via internship, research, partnership and community opportunities
  • Social justice mission to foster graduates who think, act and lead with courage
  • Accessible and well-resourced campus
  • Faculty with well-established expertise in the field

Curriculum Keeps Inclusivity at the Center

Stonehill's graduate study in diversity, equity and inclusivity include unique and effective courses, programs and opportunities that foster innovation, transformation and leadership. Our curriculum keeps inclusivity central to how we prepare educators for schools, classrooms and community settings.

The 15-18-credit Diversity, Equity & Inclusivity Graduate Certificate features a selection of courses designed to prepare educators to create classroom environments that encompass a range of student needs and are rich with differences.

This course introduces students to the reality of schools as diverse spaces encompassing a range of student needs, and examines efforts to ensure equity in education. Issues of race, class, culture, language, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, and ability will be discussed and examined, especially how they intersect to reproduce inequality. Students will reflect on individual beliefs in relation to social justice education and democratic education and examine unintended consequences of policy/practice that create or perpetuate inequitable environments and opportunities in schools. Strategies for promoting educational equity and inclusivity will be discussed.

This course will examine intersectionality and the complex racial, gendered and class-based dimensions that perpetuate inequitable environments and opportunities in schools. We will explore critical race theory (CRT) and its theoretical relevance as a framework to examine and challenge disparate educational opportunities for students of color. The course will offer an examination of the policies, procedures and structures that perpetuate disproportionality and overrepresentation. This course will analyze assumptions about race, gender and class, as well as how these dynamics unfold in US schools through political, sociological, theoretical and pedagogical lenses.

This course examines disability through the lens of democratic education. The concepts of equity, ableism and “othering” will be examined through philosophical educational theories to unpack pervasive disagreement about the best methods for improving outcomes for students with disabilities. The course will explore repositioning schools as democratic spaces where diversity and individuality can be enhanced and better understood. Theories of democracy and democratic education will be explored as a means to a more socially just orientation of disability. 

This course examines the complexities of gender, identity, expression and sexual orientation in schools, as well as how their interrelated dynamics and complexities have unfolded over the history of US schools to the present day. It will also explore the concepts of identity development and school structures that disenfranchise non-binary and LGBTQA+ students, and will examine constructions of gender identity, sexuality and equality as well as binary/nonbinary conceptions. Inclusivity and exclusion will be looked at through an examination of gender models, perpetuation of stereotypes and implicit biases. The course analyzes key conceptual and methodological frameworks of gender, class, sexuality, power and intersectionality.

This course focuses on race, religion, culture and language through the lens of social justice education. It will unpack bias and explore the diverse ways in which power and traditional structures intersect with different cultural, social and religious practices. We will examine strategies for designing and creating safety in classrooms, schools, educational spaces and communities that honor students’ cultural backgrounds and lived experiences. The course will explicitly examine privilege, equity and cultural responsiveness in educational spaces.

Internship experience (optional).

Studying Inclusive Education at Stonehill

Stonehill College offers graduate certificate, master's degree, and licensure and non-licensure program options in inclusive education-related areas.

Schools today must strive to be inclusive environments, and teachers in our program are prepared to be leaders in creating equitable spaces where difference is valued.

Graduate Education at Stonehill

Stonehill College's graduate education programs in inclusive education aim to prepare knowledgeable, reflective, caring and flexible educators who embrace learning, scholarship, community and advocacy in their work. Social justice and democratic education is at the center of our work and underpins all programs, courses and experiences. We believe education can disrupt systems and processes that perpetuate injustice and inequity and embrace diversity and individuality as strengths.

We advance our mission by modeling the creation of democratic spaces in the graduate classroom that reflect equitable, accessible and inclusive learning environments where students' voices and perspectives help to shape the construction and the provision of their learning.

Three tenets guide our program philosophy:

  • Social justice education
  • Democratic education
  • Anti-oppressive education

Program Outcomes

Our graduates

  • Foster care, connection and community with students, colleagues and families
  • Promote inclusivity, diversity and equity in educational spaces
  • Work to disrupt systems that perpetuate oppression and inequity
  • Embrace teaching practices that foster social justice and democracy
  • Lead by holding high academic standards for all learners
  • Elevate student voices and perspectives in education
  • Act purposefully to continue to learn and contribute to the profession

Rigorous Academics and the Support to Succeed

Stonehill's graduate teacher education programs in inclusive education recognize the challenges graduate students face in prioritizing work, family, personal and graduate school commitments. Our Graduate Student Support, Access and Success (SSAS) Framework is designed to support students' success from program start to finish.

Specifically, this approach provides:

  • A proactive vs. reactive framework for supporting graduate students’ variable needs within their program
  • Clear benchmarks for assessment of candidate readiness
  • Indoctrination to the field and to the profession

From the admission process to graduation, students have a clear understanding of both expectations and the support available to help them achieve their goals.

Contact Information

Melissa Ratliff

Melissa Ratliff

Dean of Graduate Admission
Admission

Meet the Director

Elizabeth Stringer Keefe

Elizabeth Stringer Keefe

Associate Professor of Education, Director of Graduate Education