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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Educational Leadership Certificate
There has never been a time when educational leaders well versed in diversity, equity and inclusion are in higher demand.
Saint Joseph’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in Educational Leadership Certificate provides the skills and resources necessary for leaders in education to create a supportive and inclusive environment for students and colleagues. You will be equipped with the skills necessary to provide a safe and and equitable culture for all, regardless of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability, age, marital status or class.
Offered in a hybrid format with one in-person class followed by asynchronous instruction, you will learn the following:
- Interdisciplinary leadership theory
- Global perspectives on leadership
- Create an effective learning environment
- Social justice leadership conversations
- Community-engaged leadership
The DEI in Educational Leadership Certificate is designed for:
- Current Interdisciplinary Doctor of Education Leadership (IDEPEL) students who seek to augment their EdD degree
- Non-IDEPEL students who only wish to take the four courses for the certificate
- Non-IDEPEL students who wish to complete the IDEPEL EdD after the four-course DEI in Educational Leadership Certificate, with the four courses counting toward EdD degree completion
What Sets Our Program Apart
Most diversity, equity and inclusion certificates are offered in a non-credit online or seminar-style format as part of a school’s executive education portfolio. Saint Joseph’s University’s unique Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Educational Leadership Certificate program is unique in that students can apply the courses from this certificate toward an Interdisciplinary Doctor of Education Leadership, presenting a unique opportunity for students to differentiate themselves in an increasingly competitive workforce.
We’ve designed our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Educational Leadership Certificate in a hybrid format. Students will attend one on-campus night course followed by asynchronous, online work the rest of the week. Created with the working professional in mind, flexibility and choice are built-in so you can balance work, family and all the other commitments of a busy life.
Saint Joseph's educational leadership faculty are experts in their fields, bringing theory, practice and relevance to the classroom. Our small, dynamic classes allow for discussion, reflection and collaboration.
What Can You Do With A Certificate In Diversity, Equity and Inclusion In Educational Leadership?
A certificate in diversity, equity and inclusion in educational leadership will provide you with the skills necessary to be an equity-oriented leader across K-12 and higher education. Students have gone on to pursue roles as:
- Assistant Superintendents
- Administrative Supervisors
- Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officers for K-12 School Districts
- DEI Consultant
- DEI Non-Profit Professional
- Vice Presidents/Directors in Higher Education (student life, office of institutional effectiveness, office of diversity, equity and inclusion)
Affordable tuition options start at $1,133 per credit (2023-2024).
*This rate applies to all students accepted by Saint Joseph's University after June 1, 2023. Tuition and fee rates for students accepted prior to June 1, 2023 differ. Pricing does not include room and board, health insurance or any professional, clinical or transportation fees. Visit our Tuition & Fees page or contact us for more information.
Financial aid may be available to you to help offset the cost of your degree. Explore your options on our Financial Aid page.
Have you completed a year or more of service with a recognized service organization? You may be eligible for our mission discount.
Alumni of Saint Joseph's are eligible to receive 10% off the cost of this program through our alumni discount.
Check with your employer to see if they are an Edcor or a Bright Horizons EdAssist member, which may entitle you to a discount on graduate programs.
Note: discounts cannot be combined.
Saint Joseph's is a Yellow Ribbon School that accepts GI education benefits. Our Office of Veterans Services can help you access and understand your benefits.
Saint Joseph’s University is approved by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Education and is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, that assesses institutions for the highest available form of accreditation.
Why Study a Certificate in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Educational Leadership in Philadelphia?
With 218 schools and 118,053 students, Philadelphia offers a wide range of schools seeking educational leaders with backgrounds in diversity, equity and inclusion. Additionally, Saint Joseph’s School of Education and Human Development has a long-standing relationship with Samuel Gompers Elementary School, a K-8 school in Wynnefield, Philadelphia located next to Saint Joseph’s Hawk Hill campus. Faculty and students collaborate with the school year-round on in-class and extracurricular programming, ranging from education to health and wellness initiatives. Existing grant projects include enhancing the school’s sports and science programs and creating a volunteer recruitment and management system.
To be considered for admission you must have a master's degree and have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
- Apply online.
- Submit official college transcripts from all colleges attended.
- Submit a personal statement.
- Submit resume.
- Submit two letters of recommendation.
Visit our Graduate Admission Information page to learn more about admission requirements, key deadlines, additional requirements for international students and how to submit your application.
Graduate applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. New students may enroll in courses during the fall term only.
- Fall: August
This program accepts candidates from around the world. If you’re applying as an international student, you must provide proof of English Language Proficiency and Certification of Finances along with your application. Check the Graduate Admission page for more information about the application process and additional requirements for international students.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Address the significant and growing demand for leaders in K-12, higher education and clinical education-related settings to be able to participate in and facilitate conversations across differences in educational leadership contexts
- Provide strategic advancement opportunities for students preparing for careers in educational leadership
The director of diversity and inclusion is responsible for ensuring an organization’s hiring and employee-related policies are fair, inclusive, and promote diversity. A diversity and inclusion role allows a person to work at all levels of personnel within an organization. In an educational setting, the DEI director implements and oversees the institutions goals regarding diversity, equity and inclusion goals throughout the curriculum and programs for students, staff, faculty and parents.