Anti-Racism, Graduate Certificate

Anti-Racism, Graduate Certificate
12 Credit Hours
Admits: Fall & Summer
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Program Tabs


The Graduate Certificate in Anti-Racism provides a coherent curriculum that draws from four content courses addressing race and racism in professional or organizational spaces. The Certificate caters to individuals interested in an advanced degree that provides an understanding of education in urban environments with a focus on race, racism, and anti-racism. The certificate will demonstrate that students have completed coursework enabling them to become justice-oriented change agents in the organizations in which they work. All coursework is 100% online. 

The four courses will address different foci and content, yet all have the aim that students will uncover the underlying social, economic, psychological, and political conditions that disproportionately and inequitably channel advantages and opportunities to particular racialized groups while denying them to others.

The certificate is appropriate for educators in public and private settings, administrators in non-profit settings, counselors, religious/spiritual entities, local, regional and state government employees, and others interested topics of equity.

The program is 100% online and designed to be flexible for working professionals hoping to continue their education.

Learn More From Our Students

Evan Willis and Beth Caruso describe their experiences in the Graduate Certificate in Anti-Racism program.


Application Deadlines: 

  • August 1 (fall)
  • May 1 (summer first half term)
  • June 15 (summer second half term)

Admissions & Requirements:

  • Complete the Graduate School Admission Application.
  • A bachelor’s degree from a university accredited by a US Department of Education-recognized institutional accreditor.
  • A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75.
  • Copies of unofficial transcripts from all academic coursework beyond high school.
  • A statement of purpose.

The certificate requires 12 credit hours of coursework. 

Students may complete the certificate in multiple ways:
1) Complete the courses over two summers:

  • ELED 6260: History and Psychology of Racism (3) (First Half Summer Year 1)
  • ELED 6261: Racial Identity Dev. (3) (Second Half Summer Year 1)
  • ELED 6262: Race and Education in Schooling (3) (First Half Summer Year 2)
  • ELED 6263: Anti-Racist Activism in Education (3) (Second Half Summer Year 2)

2) Recommended path for students pursuing the certificate while concurrently enrolled in the MEd in Urban Education:

  • ELED 6260: History and Psychology of Racism (3) (Fall Year 1)
  • ELED 6261: Racial Identity Dev. (3) (Spring Year 1)
  • ELED 6262: Race and Education in Schooling (3) (Fall Year 2)
  • ELED 6263: Anti-Racist Activism in Education (3) (Spring Year 2)
Course Descriptions 

ELED 6260: History and Psychology of Racism

The history and psychology of race and racism will be examined and an analysis of how racism manifests and is sustained by individuals living within systems of power and privilege (micro and macro levels) will be explored. An in-depth examination of unconscious racial bias, awareness of privilege, and the impact of ideologies that sustain racism, including colorblind ideology and meritocracy will be conducted. Course readings will allow students to individually build a knowledge base and develop multiple perspectives. Research methods for the psychology of racism are reviewed as a basis for interpreting research results.  Notion of Whiteness as normative in the US will be investigated. How those notions of race and racist beliefs and practices exist in the US (politics, education, psychological perspectives) are included.  

Learning Outcomes: Self-reflect on personal contributions to racism and examine institutional racism.  

ELED 6261: Racial Identity Development

The purpose of this course is to examine (a) how individuals construct and maintain their sense of themselves as raced beings within historical and ideological constructions of race, and (b) personal- and societal-level consequences of such identities.  This course includes a review of essential theories pertaining to racial and ethnic identity in the United States and practical applications related to understanding how racial and ethnic identities play a meaningful role in the human experience and in schools and classrooms.

Learning Outcomes: Report on personal racial identity development.

ELED 6262: Race in Education and Schooling.

This course will analyze schooling and education from a historical, sociological, political, economic, and contemporary perspective with institutional racism at the center.  By examining schooling and education from these perspectives, investigations of urban schools will occur to understand how these schools were formed based on White supremacist ideologies. Contributions to the movement of improving schools for students of color will be discussed.

Learning Outcomes: Develop an educational plan for a school environment to dismantle racism. 

ELED 6263: Anti-Racist Activism in Education. 

The purpose of this course is to examine (a) the long and inspiring history of anti-racist movements and resistance to racist practices and policies among both people of color and white people throughout American history, (b) explore the characterizations and impetus for contemporary anti-racist movements, particularly the role of social media as a vehicle for organizing momentum and disseminating information, and (c) analyze how systems, including education, can organize for lasting social change in effort to create a more equitable and just society.

Learning Outcomes: Restorative Justice project in which students will develop an anti-racist vision and plan for change within education institution. 


*Rates are subject to change*


  • $288.82 per credit hour
  • $3,466.00 est. program cost

Outside of NC Non-Resident:

  • $536.98 per credit hour
  • $6,444.00 est. program cost


  • $1,098.21 per credit hour
  • $13,178.00 est. program cost