The curriculum for the Equity Educator Certificate Program has been carefully designed by research-informed and world-class faculty experts.

Relational Classroom Management

Dr. Alan Green with Dr. Xiomara Mateo-Gaxiola

There is a widespread need to address low levels of student engagement in urban class­rooms, particularly among racially, economically and culturally diverse students. This course empowers educators to effectively teach an increasingly diverse student body by cultivating meaningful relationships with students. The course builds educators’ ability to plan and implement methods for connecting with all students, increasing student motiva­tion, reducing behavior problems and improving academic achievement by fundamen­tally changing teacher to student, student to student and student to teacher relationships and engagement.

Pedagogical Strategies for English Learners

Dr. Eugenia Mora-Flores

This course focuses on pedagogy for English learners’ academic literacy instruction, which is at the core of academic achievement. The course demonstrates intentional pedagog­ical practices and enhanced learning experiences that guide English learners to succeed in content comprehension and in critical and creative thinking to close achievement gaps. Educators examine the diversity of language learners and the unique and complex needs of this growing population. The course provides practical strategies for differentiat­ing instruction and support for ELs to meet the rigors of 21st century literacies and aca­demic demands.

Facilitating Learning for Speakers of Non-Standard English

Dr. Uju Anya

This course prepares K-12 educators with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to under­stand the linguistic and cultural background of academic English learners and promote their academic language proficiency and achievement. Educators will become fluent with strategies that increase students’ academic literacy and provide them with the con­text and strategies to access core content. The course offers a useful perspective on cul­ture, language, and the linguistic mastery and dexterity necessary for academic success. It empowers educators to engage an increasingly diverse student body more effectively through linguistically and culturally responsive pedagogy.

Differentiation: What, How and Why?

Dr. Sandra Kaplan 

This course builds knowledge and skills in practical approaches to designing instruction that meets a wide variety of learners’ needs and cultivates meaningful engagement in the classroom. Educators will develop approaches to designing and implementing differentia­tion strategies in response to student needs, interests and abilities, by modifying curriculum, instruction and classroom environment.

Continuing Education Units

Upon completion of a course you can receive a continuing education unit transcript.

Equity Educator Full Continuing Education Unit Transcript

A transcript for 18 Continuing Education Units (4.5 CEUs per course) will be issued by USC Rossier School of Education to participants who complete all four online courses successfully, including the Mid-course Application Project and Capstone Project.

Equity Educator Partial Continuing Education Unit Transcript

A transcript for 3 Continuing Education Units will be issued by the USC Rossier School of Education to participants for each online course that they complete. Participants are not required to complete the Mid-course Application Project and Capstone Project to earn the partial CEU transcript.

Contact Information

Kate O’Connor
USC Rossier School of Education
Office of Professional Development Programs

3470 Trousdale Parkway, WPH 504
Los Angeles, CA 90089

Call (213) 821-5504 if you have questions.