The online Social Justice Education (SJE) graduate certificate in Teaching for Diversity seeks to extend the goals and outcomes of the existing SJE graduate programs by offering a select set of courses (15 credits) online as a coherent certificate program in Teaching for Diversity. The purpose of the certificate is to provide educators and student services professionals with basic foundational and applied knowledge and skills in Social Justice Education. Students will learn to develop, facilitate, teach, and assess social justice education curricula in their professional contexts.
The goal of the 15-credit online certificate in Teaching for Diversity is to respond to the increasing need to prepare educators and educational leaders to intentionally plan, deliver, and assess curricula addressing social justice issues in schools, colleges and universities, and in community organizations.
Want to learn more about the graduate certificate program? Sign up for a virtual information session for a chance to speak with faculty and other prospective students over Zoom. The times listed are U.S. East Coast.
- Monday, March 27 at 4pm
- Monday, April 24 at 5pm
- Monday, May 15 at 4pm
For more information, please contact the certificate program director, Dr. Nina Tissi-Gassoway, SocialJusticeCert@umass.edu
Summer 2023 Course Offerings
Summer registration begins Monday March 13. Academic calendar.
Teaching and Facilitation for Social Justice Education
Fall 2023 Course Offerings
Spring registration begins Wednesday April 19. Academic calendar.
Liberatory Pedagogies for Social Transformation
Curriculum Design for Social Justice Education
For sample syllabi and course projections, contact Dr. Nina Tissi-Gassoway, SocialJusticeCert@umass.edu
You can refer to the academic calendar for important semester dates including registration and add/drop.
Instructions for Enrolling in Classes in SPIRE
- Create a student record. (You should not need to do this step if you took a course in the previous semester) Go to spire.umass.edu. On the right hand menu, under Apply/References click on Non-Degree Enrollment Application and fill out the form there. You will receive an email with your NetID and password (this may take up to 3 days.)
- Create an enrollment appointment. Once you have received your NetID and password you can create an enrollment appointment by logging in to SPIRE (spire.umass.edu) with the NetID and password you received. Once logged in, navigate to Main Menu > Enrollment > Summer/Wntr/Non-degr Enroll Appt and follow the instructions. (It can take up to one day for SPIRE to recognize your NetID, so if you do not see these navigation options try the next day.)
- Register for classes. The enrollment appointment should be available immediately. Register for the class by logging in to SPIRE (spire.umass.edu) and navigate to Main Menu > Enrollment > Add Classes.
Questions about how to register? Contact UMass University Without Walls at firstname.lastname@example.org, 413-545-3653 or 800-922-8211.
Tuition and Fees
University Without Walls (Univiversity+ or UWW/CPE) at UMass Amherst administers registration and payments for the graduate certificate.
- Tuition is currently at $631/credit.
- Tuition for each 3-credit course is $1893 plus applicable fees.
- Total tuition for the 5-course program is $9,465.
- There is also a $60/semester registration fee each term.
*Figures applicable as of Summer 2023 and may increase each term. Please check the course for specific costs.
Contact the Bursars Office at email@example.com or call 413-545-0337 for questions about tuition, fees, payments, and discounts.
Eligible Massachusetts state employees receive a 50% discount on tuition for Continuing & Professional Education courses. For more information on tuition waivers, talk to your HR or union representative.
Financial aid is not available for certificate programs.
We admit students to the program on a rolling basis.
Degree Requirements and Required Application Materials
To apply to the certificate program you must hold at least a baccalaureate degree. Many applicants will have a master’s or doctoral degree, as well.
You may take a course (EDUC 691E or EDUC 648) before you officially apply to the program.