Course Description

Credit Validation for American Educators Association of Okinawa Participants Only

Diversity, equity, and cultural competence (DECC) is integral to being a skilled and informed educator. In today’s global and interconnected society, educators must constantly grow in their ability to teach culturally diverse students and groups. In the Exploring and Unpacking Bias course, educators will explore their personal biases. They will then create an infographic and a presentation that illustrates various types of bias in education, the impact of these biases have on students, and what can be done to disrupt bias in classrooms, schools, and districts.

Course Details

Number of Units: 2.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for Federal Education Association (FEA) school-level Human Civil Rights Faculty Representatives.

Prerequisites: Students enrolled in this course must be active members in good standing of FEA with access to National Education Association (NEA) professional development resources.

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What You Will Learn

  • Develop a clear definition of implicit and explicit bias, along with examples that demonstrate how these biases can affect educational outcomes
  • Review relevant research on the impact of bias in educational settings, including studies on the experiences of marginalized groups such as students of color, LGBTQ+ students, and students with disabilities
  • Reflect on biases and how they may influence interactions with students and families
  • Gain strategies for recognizing and interrupting biased behavior, including specific actions educators can take to create more inclusive and equitable learning environments
  • Discuss how to engage with students and families to identify and address bias in the classroom, school, and district
  • Consider the potential challenges and barriers that educators may face when trying to disrupt bias, and strategies for overcoming them
  • Support and resources for educators as they work to implement these strategies in their own educational settings


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Credit Validation

The University of San Diego’s Division of Professional and Continuing Education offers graduate-level extension credit for work completed in trainings, workshops, conferences, induction, credentials, and other professional development programs not offered directly by USD. Complete one of the above and a member of our division will help you earn credit for your hard work and dedication to continuing your education.

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Earn credit for your previous work in trainings, workshops, and conferences through a simple process.

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Many receiving institutions may accept credits towards degree programs, giving you a head start in earning a graduate degree.