Post-Bac Certificate in Teaching the Holocaust and Prejudice Reduction


Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
Option:  Teaching the Holocaust and Prejudice Reduction


Main Campus (Union, NJ)


Fall:        August 1
Spring:   All applicants are encouraged to apply for fall admission


This four-course, 12 credit certificate is designed for teachers and other educators in K-12 schools and responds to New Jersey's mandate to teach about Holocaust, genocide, and prejudice in New Jersey public schools. The first two courses are taught both at Kean and at local school districts and are also electives in the Kean University Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies program.


  • Official transcript from the college/university where undergraduate degree was obtained
  • Professional resume/CV
  • Personal Statement
    • Applicants are asked to respond in the online application to the following statement :

      Please share your motivation for continuing studying these topics through the Advanced Seminar courses.  How will you use your learning in your teaching or education work?  Please describe one specific topic from both EMSE 5342 and 5343 that you would like to explore in more depth in the seminars and how this will impact your teaching.

  • Official TOEFL or IELTS score reports


All applicants to this program must speak with Dr. Adara Goldberg PRIOR to applying.  Applicants should email or call Dr. Goldberg for application instructions and for application fee waiver information, as this program waives all application fees.  Failure to contact her prior to submission can result in the disqualification of your application and/or the inability to have your application fee waived.  No refunds are able to be given if the application is submitted without the fee waiver.


Teaching the Holocaust (3 credits) EMSE 5342 (Fall)

This course is designed to prepare K-12 teachers in New Jersey to teach the Holocaust in accordance with the mandate of the State Legislature in 1994. This course will balance historical information with Holocaust teaching pedagogy. Participants will look to first understand the Holocaust and its lessons themselves, and then find instructional methods to support their students in doing the same. Strategies for teaching the subject at all grade levels will be explored and age appropriate curricular materials will be examined and developed.

Teaching Prejudice Reduction (3 credits) EMSE 5343 (Spring)

This course is designed to prepare K-12 teachers in New Jersey to teach prejudice reduction. Among the topics examined during this semester will be race, ethnicity, multiculturalism, the nature of prejudice, discrimination, stereotyping, bullying, and scapegoating. Teaching strategies which aim to reduce the role of prejudice in students' lives today and in the future will be extensively emphasized.

Advanced Research Seminar in Teaching the Holocaust (3 credits) EMSE 5348 (Fall)

This seminar is designed to bring together graduate students who have taken EMSE 5342 and wish to pursue an in depth examination of critical issues in Holocaust education. In addition to this examination, the course is primarily a research seminar, and participants will be engaged in independent study for the purpose of designing and implementing courses of study for their students and their districts. The seminar meetings will provide an opportunity for educators from diverse districts to network and share successful strategies and curricular materials.

Advanced Research Seminar in Prejudice Reduction (3 credits) EMSE 5349 (Spring)

This seminar will continue the collaboration begun in EMSE 5348 and focus on a critical examination of multicultural education in our schools. Participants will examine recently published works and courses of study. The primary outcome of this course will be the development of a teachable curriculum for students or a professional development program regarding an issue of diversity or prejudice reduction for staff.



Program coordinator

Holocaust Resource Center
T. 908.737.4633


Updated 7/3/18