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Diversity Issues in Higher Education Graduate Certificate

Your ability to support cultural diversity — in the classroom and on campus — helps students prepare for a diverse workforce in which they recognize and value people of different backgrounds and with different perspectives. Learn to promote inclusivity in the post-secondary environment. At the University of Central Missouri, we offer a Diversity Issues in Higher Education graduate certificate to teach you to understand diversity and recognize privilege to help advance social justice among your students.

Enhance your standing as an educational leader and get prepared to implement change for the greater good on college campuses.

A flexible graduate certificate designed for educational leaders

We know you have a busy schedule, which is why we make it as easy as possible to earn your Diversity Issues in Higher Education graduate certificate from UCM. 

You’ll take classes online at your own pace, completing as many per semester as your schedule allows. With the ability to finish the certificate in as few as two semesters, you’ll soon be ready to advance inclusivity within your area of influence and ensure the welfare of your students.

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Complete the grad certificate online

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Small classes enable personal attention

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Complete in two to four semesters

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Get hands-on or real-world experience

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Customize the curriculum to your goals

What you will study

Learn how to appeal to a diverse college classroom — while being mindful to include all students — through these courses for UCM’s Diversity Issues in Higher Education graduate certificate:

  • Adult Education and Training: We’ll explore aspects of adult education, theories of student development and training environments to help set the stage for the rest of your coursework.
  • Diverse Student Populations and the College Experience: Examine the relationship among diverse student populations and the college culture and environment and their impact on each other.
  • Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education: Consider the complexities of diversity from the perspective of an educational leader in higher education.

You’ll also choose an elective course specific to your work or an area of interest. UCM’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) faculty will work with you to understand your goals, so they can help tailor your coursework to best fit your needs.


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  • Learn to create inclusive environments in Missouri’s most extensive Career and Technical Education program, offering unparalleled resources and the flexibility you need to complete the Diversity Issues in Higher Education graduate certificate on your timeline.


Unique learning opportunities in diversity issues in higher education

Discover ways to improve individual classrooms, larger campuses and society as a whole through hands-on learning, campus activities and community organizations as part of UCM’s Diversity Issues in Higher Education graduate certificate:

  • Complete an internship: Use your elective to get an in-depth view of how to support diverse student populations. You may provide support in an institution’s diversity office, multicultural center or women’s center, as examples.
  • Put your learning to practice: Engage in projects that allow you to reflect on your own bias before you bring all your lessons together to improve a policy or practice of your choice on a college campus. You’ll research its history — examining how it’s unjust and how it can become more inclusive — and propose action to advance social justice.
  • Join a student organization: You may choose to participate in an industry association such as the Missouri Community College Association (MCCA) or the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) for networking with other higher education professionals who may also be passionate about inclusivity.


What can you do with a graduate certificate in Diversity Issues in Higher Education from UCM?

With your Diversity Issues in Higher Education certificate, you’ll be well prepared to pursue your passion for helping students be successful — no matter their culture or background. Colleges and universities will recognize the value you place on diversity and in creating inclusive classrooms and environments. Your credential and training can serve as professional development or help you stand out as you apply for any job in higher education, from adjunct or faculty instruction to staff or administrative leadership positions.

Get faculty support for your career or professional development goals

UCM’s CTE faculty want to understand your goals for pursuing this graduate certificate in order to guide you toward the right classes for your development or career. Do you desire a job supporting cultural diversity on a college campus? Use the interactive tool below to explore your possibilities.




Financial assistance options for your Diversity Issues in Higher Education graduate certificate

Fulfill a passion for helping others — and be recognized for your inclusivity — when you complete the University of Central Missouri’s Diversity Issues in Higher Education graduate certificate. To help you realize these benefits and get the training you need, UCM offers some of the nation’s most affordable tuition rates. As a top-ranked university by LendEDU for low student debt, we also provide access to degree-seeking students to finance your education, such as loans, work-study opportunities and scholarships.

How to know if scholarships are available to you

If you’re also pursuing a graduate degree at UCM, such as our MS in Career and Technology Education or EdS in Professional Leadership: Adult, Career and Technical Education, program-specific scholarships may be available to you. You can learn more by using the UCM Scholarship Finder.


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Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this certificate, you will understand the concepts of diversity, inclusive excellence, and privilege

  • Recognize and comprehend the complexities of diversity and privilege as they pertain to educational leadership.
  • Have developed the ability to assess dynamic situations with regard to and concern for social justice and the welfare of students.
  • Understand self in the context of diversity awareness.
  • Be aware of the impact campus climate and privilege can have on students in higher education.
  • Understand how to promote inclusive excellence within one’s sphere of influence and understand how the changing student demographics require an inclusive environment to promote excellence in all facets of education.


CSPA Graduate Assistantships

Get Ready for a Great Experience!

Working with committed staff, you will find that diversity and creativity are not only welcomed, but encouraged. The close working relationships between and among students, student services faculty, professional staff, and administrators promote an environment in which students are mentored, challenged, and offered a broad spectrum of experiences to create themselves as the outstanding professionals they seek to become.


Admission requirements

Admission to Graduate Studies

To submit your application, go to our online graduate admissions application form. You must pay a $30 non-refundable application fee and arrange for official transcripts from all colleges or universities you have attended to be sent to UCM Graduate Studies. You may also print a hard copy of the Graduate Application and mail it to:

UCM Graduate Studies
P.O. Box 800
Ward Edwards 1800
Warrensburg, MO 64093

Requirements for admission to graduate study include:

  1. Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution (2.70 GPA is required)
  2. Application on file prior to registration
  3. Official transcripts of previous college work

After admission to the Graduate School, your application is then forwarded to the CSPA program. Additional documents required by the program include:

  1. Two current letters of recommendation
  2. Current resume
  3. Autobiographical statement of purpose in pursuing graduate work

These items must be sent electronically to

Standards and Practices

Our CSPA Program follows the standards and practices of the following organizations:



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