Ethnic Studies for Educators Foundations Certificate

Division: Social Sciences


The Ethnic Studies for Educators Foundations Certificate prepares students to utilize the core concepts, frameworks, and pedagogies of Ethnic Studies for application in K-12 classes with a focus on grades 9-12. Through an experiential and supportive learning environment with discipline experts, students apply the knowledge acquired throughout the certificate program and gain valuable practice teaching Ethnic Studies. In the culminating capstone course, graduates create their own Ethnic Studies course complete with content, lesson plans, and assessments. The Ethnic Studies for Educators Foundations Certificate program is designed to meet the growing needs of pre-service and in-service high school teachers who will be required to teach Ethnic Studies as a result of the new California high school Ethnic Studies graduation requirement. This certificate requires a total of 15 units. A grade of C or better is required for each course taken.

Required Courses (12 units)
ETHS 101 FAmerican Ethnic Studies3
or ETHS 101HF Honors American Ethnic Studies
ETHS 235 F Contemporary Social Justice Movements3
or ETHS 235HF Honors Contemporary Social Justice Movements
ETHS 210 FEths Studies Educators Seminar3
ETHS 211 FEths Studies Educator Capstone3
Restricted Electives (3 units)3
Introduction to African-American Studies3
Honors Introduction to African American Studies
Introduction to Chicana/o Studies (formerly ETHS 140 F)3
Introduction to American Indian Studies3
Introduction to Asian Pacific Islander American Studies3
Total Units15

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes

OUTCOME 1: Apply a critical Ethnic Studies pedagogical lens in the design of one Ethnic Studies course complete with readings, assessments, lesson plans, and other course materials.

OUTCOME 2: Develop a teaching philosophy and describe how it is shaped by Ethnic Studies frameworks and methods.