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College Credit Plus Sociology: Diversity and Social Inequality Credential Program

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About the Credential Program in Sociology: Diversity and Social Inequalityphoto of students working on a project

The Diversity and Social Inequality certificate is a program of study concerned with the forms, consequences, and impact of diversity in modern society. Coursework will provide students with an appreciation of the social benefits that accrue from embracing diversity in all its forms as well as the ability to identify and evaluate individual, interactional, and structural factors that link many categories of difference to enduring forms of social inequality. The program is designed to allow qualified high school teachers to teach credit-bearing Introductory Sociology courses to college-bound students in Ohio high schools while providing a focused program of coursework that fosters specialized proficiency in the area of social diversity.

Admission Requirements and Process

High school teachers who wish to pursue the teaching credential/certificate must complete the following steps:

  • Apply through Wright State's Graduate School. The options for applying to the CCP certificate and credential programs are in the online application.
  • Submit proof of current Ohio AYA License in integrated social science.
  • Submit an official transcript showing the award of a master’s degree in any field, unless from Wright State.
  • Submit a statement of goals to be sought in the program, three letters of recommendation, and a writing sample.

The application form must be completed with all the required documents attached. The form when completed must be signed and dated. All application materials become the property of the Graduate School and cannot be returned.

Send application materials to:

Graduate School
344 Student Union
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy.
Dayton, OH 45435-0001

Program of Study

Students must complete the following program of courses (Three credit hours each, unless otherwise specified.)

Category A—SOC 6080 Teaching Introductory Sociology

A specialized independent study course in which students will a) be assigned to a designated (tenured) department member who will work with the applicant to design customized coursework related to the practice of teaching sociology and b) shadow another instructor/faculty member who is teaching an Introductory Sociology course. 

Category B—Three Courses from the following:

  • SOC 5600: Social Inequality
  • SOC 5610: Sociology of Gender OR SOC 6640 Gender and Sexuality Global Issues
  • SOC 5620: Race and Ethnicity
  • SOC 6600: Sociology of Sexuality OR SOC 6640 Gender and Sexuality Global Issues 
  • SOC 6300: Immigration

Category C—Two Courses from the following:

  • Any courses not taken under option B
  • SOC 5100: Family
  • SOC 5800: Demography
  • SOC 6310: Urban Sociology
  • SOC 6610: Gender and Crime
  • SOC 6800: Aging & HIV
  • SOC 6810: Health Care of Vulnerable Populations
  • SOC 6820: Gerontology
  • SOC 6090: Studies in Selected Subjects* (One–three credit hours)

    *Note: Choose only those 6090 courses that reflect the topic of diversity and social inequality.

Total 18 credit hours

Course Format

At least three category B courses will be offered by the department each academic year and/or intensively during summer. Some category C courses may be offered less frequently than once a year but a minimum of two will be offered annually. More category B courses can be taken if category C courses are not available.


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