Equity in Education - One Year Certificate

The Equity in Education One Year Certificate is designed to meet the needs of the current and future education workforce, in which classrooms and learning environments are increasingly diverse. The Equity in Education One Year Certificate and guiding outcomes are in alignment with Raise Up-Oregon’s Early Learning System Plan and the Governor’s vision for equity, diversity, and inclusion in early learning throughout Oregon.

At the heart of the program is the commitment to preparing a future teaching workforce with knowledge and confidence in facilitating culturally responsive practices with children, families, and communities. Students who have this certificate will be more competitive in the hiring process because they will enter the workforce with training in equity and diversity. This certificate is viewed by employers, such as Head Start and Child Care Resources, as a critical component to the hiring of potential employees with this type of training.

Courses within the one year certificate will help students develop skills and dispositions necessary to recognize and develop inclusive and culturally conscious practices, which align with recommendations and guidelines from numerous professional organizations, such as the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the Oregon Department of Education-Early Learning Division, Teaching Tolerance, and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, which are dedicated to developmentally appropriate and culturally conscious practices in educational settings.

This one year certificate is designed for individuals who are seeking entry into the Early Childhood Education workforce in facilities such as Head Start and licensed/certified child care centers, students seeking a credential on their path to an AAS,  and/or working professionals who want a culturally competent credential to improve or enhance their skills and employability. Students considering the Early Childhood Development program at Southern Oregon University or the HDFS program through OSU may apply to program requirements. The Equity in Education One Year Certificate is a step along the pathway to the AAS in Early Childhood Education and it invites students to challenge systemic biases through culturally responsive pedagogy as it takes shape in early learning environments.

For details and course requirements see: Equity in Education - One Year Certificate of Completion (Online Catalog)

For more information, please contact Amy Howell, Program Director of Early Childhood Education.