Reimagining Education Advanced Certificate

Prepare to Reimagine

The Teachers College, Columbia University Reimagining Education for a Racially Just Society Advanced Certificate Program provides foundational skills and strategies for educators, policy makers and advocates to foster racial equality in schools. This 10-credit program provides flexible professional development while serving as bridge to further graduate education, including a Masters of Education or a doctoral degree program. The coursework is designed and taught by Teachers College faculty—leading experts on a wide array of issues related to racism within the field of education—from multiple departments who will share their unique multidisciplinary expertise.


The Curriculum

Summer Course

Three Credits: In person*, as part of the four-day Reimagining Education Summer Institute (choose one)

  • Reimagining Education for Teaching and Learning in Diverse Schools
  • Reimagining Education: Equity, Race, and Pedagogical Practices
  • Reimagining Education for Social Change: Public Pedagogy in the Digital Age

Fall Course

Three Credits: Online

  • Understanding Race Education: From Racial Hierarchy to Racial Literacy

Spring Course 

Three Credits: Online

  • Anti-Racist Curriculum, Pedagogy, Leadership and Policy

Summer Course

One Credit: Online or in person*

  • Capstone Project**

**Upon completion, participants are encouraged to attend and present their work at the Reimagining Education Summer Institute at no cost.

*During these unprecedented times, it's important to remember we're in this together. Teachers College remains open for business, though virtually right now. If you still have a dream to further your education and your career, we are still here for you.

Why Reimagine?

Over half of students entering Kindergarten are students of color, yet racial hierarchies still plague our education system in a way that perpetuates inequality from generation to generation. The time for racial equality and equity in education is beyond overdue. Our faculty and students reimagine education to be an engine of opportunity for all students. In order for education to be an engine of opportunity, racial injustices within schools must be rigorously addressed. The Teachers College, Columbia University Reimagining Education for a Racially Just Society Advanced Certificate Program gives educators, policy makers, and advocates the tools to work towards racial equality and equity in schools.

  • Key Takeaways
    • Become an agent of change in reducing racial disparities within our educational system
    • Learn how to recognize, respond to, and counter inequality related to race and cultural orientations
    • Develop equity pedagogy practices that foster racial and cultural literacies
    • Become a leader among educators who value the multiple understandings of racially, ethnically, and culturally diverse learners

Prepare To Apply Yourself

Not only will the Reimagining Education Advanced Certificate Program enrich your mission to foster racial justice in education, the program may be used as a bridge to master’s and doctoral programs. Students with at least a bachelor’s degree who are passionate about realizing a racial and economic equitable society are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please contact us if you have any questions. We are excited to assist you on your journey to create change.


To request disability-related accommodations, please fill out the Accommodations Request Form or contact the Office of Access and Services for Individuals with Disabilities (OASID) at, (212) 678-3689, (646) 755-3144 video phone, as early as possible.


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