Equity and Excellence in Education


The Post-Baccalaureate Equity and Excellence in Education Certificate Program is designed to provide educators with skills and perspectives on the challenging work of becoming culturally responsive practitioners.  This five-course, 15-credit, graduate certificate was originally developed by McDaniel in partnership with Montgomery County Education Association (MCEA) and Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS).  The program brings together educators to study theory, research, and the practice of teaching and leading for equity in districts, schools, and the classroom.  The program also addresses the complex issue of access to educational opportunities for all students, particularly students from marginalized groups.

Equity and Excellence in Education Course Catalog »

Who can benefit from the EEE Program?

• Practicing PreK-12 educators

• Teachers seeking Equity leadership roles

• Curriculum developers and supervisors

• Instructional leaders

• School and district administrators

• Counselors

This graduate certificate is available through school district partnerships with McDaniel College. The program is also offered completely online.  

To bring this program to your school district or request information about the online program, contact Melissa Thomas at mthomas@mcdaniel.edu

Program Outcomes:

Candidates in this program -

‐ Utilize the foundations of culturally responsive teaching and social justice education to acquire competencies needed to teach more effectively in classrooms with diverse populations.

‐ Become change agents in their own school settings, working to create a more equitable environment for students and families of diverse backgrounds.

‐ Expand their capacity as culturally responsive educators who challenge marginalizing cultural norms and institutional racism in curriculum, pedagogy, and learning environments.

‐ Develop ways to champion culturally responsive teaching within their own organizations and promote systemic change in public schools and the communities in which they work.

‐ Grow more skilled in creating and influencing education policies that positively affect both classrooms and communities.

‐ Use their knowledge about the socio-historical context that perpetuates inequities in schools and classrooms to make informed decisions, to confront stereotypical thinking, and to facilitate perspective changing.


Why McDaniel

• Experience a learning community within your program tailored to the needs of your district.

• Build capacity for equity through culturally responsive teaching and collaborative problem solving.

• Learn and apply instructional decision-making in professional learning communities.

• Develop an understanding of critical race theory to examine the impact of race and ethnicity on public school curriculum and pedagogy.

• Understand how curricular and pedagogical choices can reproduce inequalities or promote success for all students.

• Receive a special discounted cohort tuition rate through the partnership with your district.

Admissions Requirements

• Completed application for graduate study

• Submit the non-refundable application fee

• Official transcripts verifying completion of an undergraduatedegree from a regionally accredited college or university.

This program is currently offered through partnership with area school districts and online.  If you would like to bring the program to your district, please contact Melissa Thomas at mthomas@mcdaniel.edu


Melissa Thomas, Program Coordinator


1. How do I apply? 
Visit the How to Apply page for application procedures and forms.

2. Is this a certification program?
No, those who successfully complete the program will receive a post-baccalaureate certificate but this does not lead to an MSDE endorsement.

3. Can anyone enroll in this program?
Open enrollment for online courses is available. Or, the program is offered through partnership with local school districts which is not open to the general public. If you wish to bring the program to your district, contact Melissa Thomas at mthomas@mcdaniel.edu.

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Summer Term 2019 course listing now available »

Upcoming Information Sessions

Carroll County Public Schools: April 17, 2019

  • Focuses on key areas such as: Foundations of Social Justice Teaching, Race and Ethnicity in American Education, Culturally Reflective Instruction, Leadership for Equity and Excellence, and culminates with the planning and development of an action research project.
  • Credits can be extended into the M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction, the M.S. in Elementary Education, or the M.S. in Secondary Education.