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Social Justice in the Classroom*



This course is designed to provide educators with the foundational knowledge they need to begin using anti-bias education as a means to create socially inclusive environments within their school communities. This course is designed to help teachers navigate areas of social comprehension that are critical to the growth of our students and school communities. You will learn to design curriculum, using the Teaching Tolerance Social Justice Standards,  that builds and deepens your student's social awareness and compassion. Participants will have the opportunity to integrate the Social Justice Standards into existing material or use them to create new and innovative educational experiences.

This course will focus on building a learning environment that embodies the goals necessary for teaching social tolerance. You will learn to create a classroom that is free of prejudice and teaches children to celebrate the diversity of those around them. You will learn to design opportunities for your students to recognize and appreciate both their own identities and the identities of their peers. You will learn valuable strategies for exposing your students to the need for social justice and the deep impact their actions can have on the world around them.

Throughout the course you will spend time reflecting on your own views of bias, stereotypes, discrimination and inclusion. Self reflection is a crucial step in our ability to realize the need for anti-bias education and it will inspire you to take innovative steps toward doing so. You will also analyze the actions and steps you and your school community are taking to create inclusive and respectful learning environments. You will leave the course having learned to use the goals of Teaching Tolerance to build upon those actions to solidify a socially responsive culture within your school community.


Madonna University EDU 5830.50 • Notre Dame College ED 551J

The required text for this course is Being the Change: Lessons and Strategies to Teach Social Comprehension, by Sara K. Ahmed.  ISBN 978-0325099705.


Graduate participants earn 3 semester hours of graduate credit and will receive a transcript from one of our partner institutions below. Professional development participants will receive a certificate of completion for 45 hours of professional developments credit for face-to-face classes and 60 hours of professional development credit for online classes.

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Important Information

Online 3-graduate credit courses are 13 weeks in length.

On-site weekend courses are held Friday evening from 6:00pm-9:00pm and Saturday/Sunday, 8:30am-5:30pm.

Weekday courses are Monday-Friday from 8:00am- 6:00pm.

It is the responsibility of the student to check with their state, county, district, or school to ensure that all requirements are being met by the course you're taking.  

Check the Partner Universities page for specific university information as well as course numbers which are specific to the university partner. 

Students are required to purchase their own textbook, the information for which can be found here. If no book is required it will be specified on the list. We have copies of many of the textbooks should you wish to purchase directly from TEI. 

Professional development (PD) participants receive a certificate of completion from TEI for 45 hours of PD credit for face to face classes and 60 hours of PD credit for online classes. These certificates are mailed within one week of the end of the class and reflect the course title, dates of attendance, and credit hour information. 

Student Academic Integrity
Participants guarantee that all academic class work is original. Any academic dishonesty or plagiarism (to take ideas, writings, etc. from another and offer them as one's own), is a violation of student academic behavior standards as outlined by our partnering colleges and universities and is subject to academic disciplinary action.