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Educational and Psychological Studies

Graduate Certificate in Diversity

Description of Certificate

The Diversity Certificate Program is designed for teachers, other professionals and individuals concerned about diverse issues in education and who would like the opportunity to increase their own knowledge base so that they can independently contribute to adapting our institutions to accommodate the needs of all individuals and cultures.

The course work addresses diverse issues in education by social class, race/ethnicity/culture, gender, and exceptionality. Additionally, the courses define policy and practice problems associated with education and health/welfare in an increasingly pluralistic society.

Once completed, the certificate is notated on your transcripts, and a USF certificate of completion is awarded. The course work within the certificate and also be applied towards a masters or doctoral program within the College of Education, or as a cognate in Social Foundations for a doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction.

Entrance Requirements

Minimum Requirements

  • A Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree and the permission of the program coordinator.

The application form is available online through USF Innovative Education. To apply, please visit the Innovative Education website.

Diversity Certificate Courses

A total of 12 credit hours are required. There are (7) seven credit hours of required coursework:

  • EDF 6883 Issues in Multicultural Education (4 credits)
  • EDF 6705 Gender & the Educational Process (3 credits)


Select two courses, at least five (5) credit hours, from the following list:

  • EEC 6415: Diversity in Home/School (3 credits)
  • LAE 6316: Trends in Literature in a Diverse Society (3 credits) (may be listed as RED 6656)
  • FLE 6167: Cross Cultural Issues in Teaching ESOL (3 credits)
  • EGI 5051: Nature and Needs of the Gifted (3 credits)
  • MHS 6420: Multicultural Counseling with Diverse Populations (3 credits)*
  • SDS 6701: Issues in Diversity (2 credits)*
  • EMR 6052: Advanced Theory & Practice of Intellectual Disabilities (3 credits)*

*These courses have prerequisites and may not be available to all students.


For more information, please contact:

Lauren Braunstein
(813) 974-3246

Deirdre Cobb-Roberts
(813) 974-8119

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