Teaching for Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity in the Classroom Series

Online Self-Paced , Independent Study

Cultivate Understanding and Respect in the Classroom

The Teaching for Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity in the Classroom Series courses promote positive change and personal growth for K-12 educators that want to learn how to celebrate diversity, and also strategize how to promote inclusivity, equity and anti-racism in the classroom. These courses provide educators with skills and strategies on how to create a culturally inclusive classroom, while teaching students to value inclusion and promote cultural respect and tolerance within their daily lives.

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity Challenges Teachers Face & How to Tackle Them

Recognizing and celebrating diversity in the classroom can pose a challenge to educators, but it also creates a wonderful opportunity to teach students about equity and inclusivity. To implement a curriculum that focuses on all of these concepts, and overcome the challenges associated with these lessons, schools should focus on creating professional groups/communities that work together to make their school better.

One of the best ways to constructively contribute to these initiatives is by re-educating oneself about proper teaching diversity strategies. Taking any one of the courses offered in this series would give you as an educator valuable resources and knowledge to help improve inclusivity and equity within the school community. 

Schedule & Fees

Courses – Enroll in One or More

Course Date Units Price
Be on My SIDE: Educating for Social Justice, Inclusivity, Diversity and Equity [EDU-X741P] Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled 2 $307
Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled
2
$307
Online Self-Paced
CJ Moloney

This is a 2-unit online course for K-12 educators to address their role as allies, advocates and catalysts for positive change in the classroom to promote social justice, inclusivity, diversity and equity

Once you have enrolled in your course, log in to your account to access the course Welcome Letter, which includes directions on how to access the Online Orientation and your online course.

Teaching for Joy and Equity in the K-12 Classroom [EDU-X714S] Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled 3 $489
Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled
3
$489
Online Self-Paced
Lauren Wilensky

This is a flexible and convenient online self-paced course that provides professional growth for educators, available for three units and focuses on designing curriculum to enhance student learning.

Once you have enrolled in your course, log in to your account to access the course Welcome Letter, which includes directions on how to access the Online Orientation and your online course.

Culturally Relevant and Responsive Teaching [EDU-X772K] Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled 2 $307
Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled
2
$307
Online Self-Paced
Amy Triba

Culturally Relevant and Responsive Teaching is an 2-unit online professional growth course that promotes multicultural education to benefit all students

Once you have enrolled in your course, log in to your account to access the course Welcome Letter, which includes directions on how to access the Online Orientation and your online course.

Introduction to Restorative Practices [EDU-X735R] Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled 3 $489
Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled
3
$489
Online Self-Paced
Shannon Perez

This is an online 3-unit course for educators that focuses on restorative practices, an alternative to traditional discipline and classroom management to cultivate a better classroom management, create positive peer mediation practices and to build community.

Once you have enrolled in your course, log in to your account to access the course Welcome Letter, which includes directions on how to access the Online Orientation and your online course.

Read, Empower, Act, Discover Part I/Diversity and Inclusion – Case Studies on Diversity and Social Justice Education [EDU-X773MA] Start now, you have 270 days to complete this course once enrolled 1 $129
Start now, you have 270 days to complete this course once enrolled
1
$129
Independent Study
CJ Moloney

Read Empower Act Discover (R.E.A.D.) consists of one-unit independent study courses designed for educators based on the book Case Studies and Social Justice Education by Paul Gorski and Seema Pothini

Once you have enrolled in this course, you may access Course Instructions upon logging into your account.

Read, Empower, Act, Discover Part I/Diversity and Inclusion – Culturally Responsive Teaching and The Brain: Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor Among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students [EDU-X778MA] Start now, you have 270 days to complete this course once enrolled 1 $129
Start now, you have 270 days to complete this course once enrolled
1
$129
Independent Study
Eric Ginsberg

Read Empower Act Discover (R.E.A.D.) consists of one-unit independent study courses designed for educators based on the book Culturally Responsive Teaching and The Brain: Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor Among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students by Zaretta Hammond

Once you have enrolled in this course, you may access Course Instructions upon logging into your account.

Read, Empower, Act, Discover Part I/Diversity and Inclusion – For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood…and the Rest of Ya’ll Too: Reality Pedagogy and Urban Education [EDU-X759MA] Start now, you have 270 days to complete this course once enrolled 1 $129
Start now, you have 270 days to complete this course once enrolled
1
$129
Independent Study
Eric Ginsberg

Read Empower Act Discover (R.E.A.D.) consists of one-unit independent study courses designed for educators

Once you have enrolled in this course, you may access Course Instructions upon logging into your account.

Read, Empower, Act, Discover Part I/Diversity and Inclusion – Hacking School Discipline: 9 Ways to Create a Culture of Empathy and Responsibility Using Restorative Justice [EDU-X779MA] Start now, you have 270 days to complete this course once enrolled 1 $129
Start now, you have 270 days to complete this course once enrolled
1
$129
Independent Study
Eric Ginsberg

Read Empower Act Discover (R.E.A.D.) consists of one-unit independent study courses designed for educators based on the book Hacking School Discipline: 9 Ways to Create a Culture of Empathy and Responsibility Using Restorative Justice by Nathan Maynard and Brad Weinstein

Once you have enrolled in this course, you may access Course Instructions upon logging into your account.

Read, Empower, Act, Discover Part I/Diversity and Inclusion – How to Be an Antiracist [EDU-X768MA] Start now, you have 270 days to complete this course once enrolled 1 $129
Start now, you have 270 days to complete this course once enrolled
1
$129
Independent Study
Eric Ginsberg

Read Empower Act Discover (R.E.A.D.) consists of one-unit independent study courses designed for educators based on the book How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

Once you have enrolled in this course, you may access Course Instructions upon logging into your account.

Read, Empower, Act, Discover Part I/Diversity and Inclusion – Practice What You Teach: Social Justice Education in the Classroom and the Streets [EDU-X780MA] Start now, you have 270 days to complete this course once enrolled 1 $129
Start now, you have 270 days to complete this course once enrolled
1
$129
Independent Study
CJ Moloney

Read Empower Act Discover (R.E.A.D.) consists of one-unit independent study courses designed for educators based on the book Practice What You Teach: Social Justice Education in the Classroom and the Streets by Bree Picower

Once you have enrolled in this course, you may access Course Instructions upon logging into your account.

Read, Empower, Act, Discover Part I/Diversity and Inclusion – The Racial Healing Handbook: Practical Activities to Help You Challenge Privilege, Confront Systemic Racism, and Engage in Collective Healing [EDU-X781MA] Start now, you have 270 days to complete this course once enrolled 1 $129
Start now, you have 270 days to complete this course once enrolled
1
$129
Independent Study
Eric Ginsberg

Read Empower Act Discover (R.E.A.D.) consists of one-unit independent study courses designed for educators based on the book The Racial Healing Handbook: Practical Activities to Help You Challenge Privilege, Confront Systemic Racism, and Engage in Collective Healing by Anneliese Singh

Once you have enrolled in this course, you may access Course Instructions upon logging into your account.

Read, Empower, Act, Discover Part I/Diversity and Inclusion – So You Want to Talk About Race [EDU-X775MA] Start now, you have 270 days to complete this course once enrolled 1 $129
Start now, you have 270 days to complete this course once enrolled
1
$129
Independent Study
Eric Ginsberg

Read Empower Act Discover (R.E.A.D.) consists of one-unit independent study courses designed for educators based on the book So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

Once you have enrolled in this course, you may access Course Instructions upon logging into your account.

Read, Empower, Act, Discover Part I/Community Connections – We Want to Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom [EDU-X776MA] Start now, you have 270 days to complete this course once enrolled 1 $129
Start now, you have 270 days to complete this course once enrolled
1
$129
Independent Study
CJ Moloney

Read Empower Act Discover (R.E.A.D.) consists of one-unit independent study courses designed for educators based on the book We Want to Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom by Bettina Love

Once you have enrolled in this course, you may access Course Instructions upon logging into your account.

Read, Empower, Act, Discover Part I/Diversity and Inclusion – White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism [EDU-X767MA] Start now, you have 270 days to complete this course once enrolled 1 $129
Start now, you have 270 days to complete this course once enrolled
1
$129
Independent Study
Eric Ginsberg

Read Empower Act Discover (R.E.A.D.) consists of one-unit independent study courses designed for educators based on the book White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

Once you have enrolled in this course, you may access Course Instructions upon logging into your account.

Learning Method Information

Online Self-Paced

Our online self-paced courses are similar to online fixed-date courses, but are designed to give you a six-month period from time of enrollment to complete all assignments. Like fixed-date courses, online self-paced courses are asynchronous, meaning that you can work on your assignments anytime; the difference being there are no assigned due dates in self-paced courses. Your instructor will provide feedback via written responses on your assignments and exams. Grades are based on completed projects, assignments and exams.

How is the self-paced course structured? Like fixed-date courses, online self-paced courses are asynchronous meaning that you can work on your assignments anytime; the difference being there are no assigned due dates in self-paced courses. The content is divided into learning modules. Each module will cover one or more topics. Within each of the learning modules, you can expect the following components:

  • Module introduction that outlines what you can expect to learn in the module.
  • Required readings (textbook, articles, journals, websites, etc.) and presentations (audio and/or video).
  • Assignments (which may include: written assignments, quizzes, blogs, etc.) based on the readings and presentations.
  • Module conclusion to review the topics and what you should have learned.
  • Typically, there is a final project, paper, or exam due in the last module that culminates all of the topics covered in each of the learning modules. You’ll find that the design of the learning modules has a rhythm to help you manage your time in the course.

Independent Study

Independent Study Self-Paced: Independent study courses offer you flexibility and the ability to complete a course faster or slower than you would a traditional live course. In this online format, you may register at any time and you will have a set time period (typically 9 months) from the time of registration to complete your course. This convenient format is often helpful for:

  • Working professionals with tight schedules
  • Students who require a specific course to meet professional development or recertification requirements
  • Students living in remote locations
  • Students who cannot easily attend courses due to injury or illness
  • Students who are self-motivated and conscientious

What You Will Learn

Participants in the Teaching Diversity in the Classroom course series will be able to:

Who Should Attend

All educators, including teachers, counselors, administrators and others wanting to promote positive change within their lives (and their students) to promote equity, inclusivity and diversity.

benefits of usd’s teaching diversity in the classroom course series

Instructors

Professional development courses offered by the University of San Diego’s Division of Professional & Continuing Education are taught by faculty that possess a depth and breadth of academic and real-world professional experience.

Careers Outlook

Employment opportunities in the education field are expected to grow by almost 1 million new jobs by 2030 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). With so many new and emerging opportunities, schools are going to have to compete heavily to attract and retain the most talented educators.

This makes furthering your education and diversifying your business skillset all the more important. With expertise in a wide variety of business concepts, you will not only be well suited for many job roles, you will also be in demand by the employer of your choosing.

Industry Insights

10 %

Job growth

$57,220

Median salary


Career Opportunities

High School Teachers
Middle School Teachers
Elementary School Teachers

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I design a classroom for students with special needs?

Special needs” encompasses such a wide range of student abilities and challenges that no one space can accommodate all physical or behavioral needs. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) states that all public school classrooms must be ADA compliant, meaning that they must be accessible to wheelchair users and that teachers must make reasonable accommodations when it comes to technology tools. In general, best practices for classroom design apply to students of all abilities, such as minimizing distractions, making the space safe and comfortable, ensuring every student has access to the tools they need, and that the layout supports both independent and collaborative work.

How can I design my classroom on a budget?

Designing or redesigning your classroom does not require expensive materials or upgrades. Big box stores like Walmart and Target sell attractive, affordable classroom organization solutions, and Pinterest features hundreds of thousands of ideas for designing a classroom on a budget.

What if I need help enrolling in a course, or I need more information on a course?

If you experience issues enrolling, or have questions, complete our Contact Us Form or call our Enrollment and Student Services team between 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM (PST), M-F, at (619) 260-4585 or toll free at (888) 321-6658.

How do I request an Official Transcript?

Transcripts can be ordered online via your student account. For more detailed information, please visit the Student Transcript Request Page

What type of credit am I earning?

The credit earned is considered Graduate Level Extension Credit, in semester hours (1 semester hour= 15 contact hours). The credit earned is usually used for salary advancement, credential renewing and/or recertification. Graduate Level Extension credit is not usually transferrable towards a degree. Prior district approval is highly recommended and the responsibility of the student if using the units towards salary advancement, credential renewing and/or recertification.

I need more time to finish my Self-Paced course, what do I do?

Independent Study Self-Paced courses – USD allows 9 months from the date of registration to complete an independent study formatted course and submit all completed course work for evaluation.

Online Self-Paced courses – USD allows 6 months from the date of registration to complete an online self-paced formatted course and submit all assignments for evaluation within this period

If you need additional time and would like to make an extension request, contact us prior to your upcoming deadline at continuinged@sandiego.edu or call between 8:30AM – 5:00PM (PST), M-F, at (619)260-4585 or toll free at (888)321-6658 for a one-time extension. If an extension is granted, it is final.

Classroom, Online Fixed-Date, and Credit Validation formatted courses do not allow for any additional time to complete assignments.

Where can I get directions to my course classroom?

The address for classroom courses are provided at the section level detail on the course page. Once you know the address, we recommend you use Google Maps. Otherwise please contact the ESS during business hours of 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM (PST), M-F, at (619) 260-4585 or toll free at (888) 321-6658.

What are your registration/drop/refund policies?

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How can I receive a receipt for tax purposes?

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Can I be notified when a course section opens for enrollment?

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