NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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Course Descriptions

Safe Learning Environments for GLBTQ

EDUC 600

The purpose of this course is to offer educators with information about GLBTQ (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender & questioning) population and how to create a safe and welcoming learning environment for the students, staff, families and allies.


  • Examine self-biases and institutional heterosexism regarding GLBTQ population.
  • Understand a brief history of GLBTQ.
  • Explore school and district structures and law in regards to GLBTQ persons.
  • Understand the difference between gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning persons and sexual identity formation models.
  • Recognize at-risk behavior and how bullying directly impacts GLBTQ persons.
  • Participate in a Safe Space Training session.
  • Provide support for GLBTQ students, staff, families, and allies.
  • Focus on creating welcoming and safe learning environment for all students and their families at elementary, middle, and high school levels.

Required Student Resources:

Participants need to have or set up a Google Chrome Account - we can do this the first day of class if needed.  Computers are necessary for face-to-face and for on-line work. 

All materials will be provided by the instructor.