Equity, Diversity and Inclusive Education Master of Arts Degree

The Master of Arts Degree in Equity, Diversity and Inclusive Education (EDIE) program examines the literature and best practices of serving students in a diverse society.  The program serves as an effective forum for exploring the ideas, experiences, and issues encountered by those to serve in their pursuit of supporting the needs of students and families in the school community.  Guided by seven core competencies -  Equity, diversity, inclusion, cultural, community, structural and justice - the program is designed to allow students to share experiences and explore issues through a cohort model.  The opportunity to engage with experienced professionals provides an added dimension to the learning experience in the initial years of teaching service.  

The goal of the Master of Arts in Equity, Diversity and Inclusive Education degree is to prepare teachers to serve, to lead, to teach at-risk youth in diverse cultural settings and challenging schools.  


  • Examine the needs of schools and communities that face the challenges of opportunity gaps, inadequate resources, poverty, language barriers, and diverse cultural settings.

  • Focus upon effective practices from the real world context of teaching in multicultural school systems.

  • Develop a community of practice that includes preparation for development from Scholar to Action Researcher to Leader.

  • Become a practitioner  who employs transformative methods to build sustainable systems for equity.

  • Participate in a plan of study that engenders practices that promote social justice and equity.

  • Create project work that focuses on engaging and meeting the learning needs of at-risk urban youth.

  • Demonstrate the ability to meet the National Association of Multicultural Education standards for curriculum.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What does this degree allow you to do?

  • Become an effective leader who employs transformative instructional practices that focus on engaging and meeting the needs of those you serve. .

  • Become a model professional who demonstrates effective strategies that close opportunity gaps and meet organizational  goals in an ever evolving fast-paced society.

  • Become conscientious of the structural antecedents that impact race, culture and community response as well as the appropriate responses for addressing these inequities. 

What are the unique features of Touro's Equity, Diversity & Inclusive Ed. program?

  • Touro recognizes the prior graduate work you did to become credentialed.  With a valid California Teaching Credential, you may transfer in up to 12 units of prior work. .

  • Cohort model used with strong support network and accessibility to instructors.

How long does the program take?

  • Three semesters to complete 18 units and 5 semesters to complete the 30 units. 

How much does it cost?

Can you transfer credits to the program?

  • Up to 12 credits can be transferred, upon program approval.

Location of classes?

  • Classes are held either at the Mare Island campus or online with synchronous face-to-face meetings as a core part of the online program. .

When do classes meet?

  • Classes generally meet once per week on a schedule determined by the cohort members and program faculty.  Seminar courses have additional individualized sessions. 

Credential Completion Option  -To participate in this program option, candidates must have earned at least 12 semester units of teacher licensure coursework recognized by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing as applicable toward a credential. If eligible, those units may be applied toward the degree.


9 Units in Equity, Diversity & Inclusive Education:

EDUC 700: Educational Equity for All Students

EDUC 717: Cultural Issues and Competence in Educational Pedagogy 

EDUC 782: Cultivating Community: Advocacy in Urban Leadership

9 Units of Research:

EDUC 710: Introduction to Research for Educators

EDUC 716: Reading/Writing Educational Literature

EDUC 795: Master’s Thesis/Project Seminar



Ijeoma Ononuju, Ph.D.. 

Assistant Professor, & Coordinator of EDIE