This Equity Certificate program is fully online. The vision of the Equity Certificate program is to prepare equity-focused 21st Century teacher leaders and school leaders who can engage school communities in meaningful ways to positively affect the achievement of students from diverse cultural contexts and from marginalized populations 

Course delivery: Online – Synchronous 

Curriculum Plan

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After completing the NCCU Equity Certificate Program, candidates will: 

  • Engage in Critical Self-reflection related to racism, bias, privilege, colorism, #LivingWhileBlack, and racial identity development 
  • Examine accepted societal viewpoints, assumptions, and beliefs that perpetuated inequity in the past and perpetuate inequity and privilege in the present. 
  • Discover the practices of principals that lead schools where Black and Latinx students are  successful 
  • Become familiar with the practices of effective teachers of Black and Latinx students 
  • Be able to provide Equity Professional Development 
  • Be Trained to lead Equity Panel discussions 
  • Learn best practices for leading academic affinity and scholar support programs 
  • Devise strategies for becoming active proponents of equitable learning environments 
  • Conduct Equity Audits 

This certificate prepares equity-focused 21st Century teachers and school leaders who can engage school communities in meaningful ways to positively affect the achievement of students from diverse cultural contexts and from marginalized populations, lead equity professional development and conduct equity audits. 


See estimated online tuition rate per credit hour 

Online Estimated Tuition costs for In-state students in Fall 2021: 

  • $778.92 for each 3 credit course x 4 =$3115.68  

Admit Terms and Admission deadlines (Fall, Spring and/or Summer):

  • Students that hold a degree in any discipline are eligible to enroll in the Certificate program.
  • Students seeking to complete graduate work in the School of Education must be formally admitted to the School.
  • Applicants must hold a degree (or the equivalent to a U.S. Bachelor’s degree) from an accredited institution.
  • 2.7 GPA overall at the undergraduate level (3.0 GPA in the undergraduate major required)
  • 3.0 GPA at the graduate level

Upon completion of a certificate program, please confirm with the program coordinator for the awarding of a credential or certificate.

Application Deadline:

  • Fall – July 1st
  • Spring – November 1st
  • Summer – April 15th


Dr. Dionne V. McLaughlin

Phone: (919) 530-6620


Program Summary