Certificate in Culturally Responsive Pedagogy

Certificate in Culturally Responsive Practice

The Graduate Certificate in Culturally Responsive Practice provides educators and other interested professionals skills and strategies to harness the gifts that students and individuals bring to schools and organizations to create inclusive learning environments.

The Certificate includes a comprehensive set of courses that examine demographic trends and achievement disparities and offers research-based strategies that help meet the needs of a diverse student population. The coursework is flexible in that it also applies to other professionals seeking to expand their knowledge of equity, diversity, and inclusion to inform their practice.

At its core, the certificate will help educators and other professionals deeply examine their own ways of thinking and actions to make a positive difference in the lives of the people and students they work with.

This 100 percent online program provides opportunities for participants to examine the needs of a changing demographic K-12 student body, reflect upon current educational practices, examine systems of power and create culturally responsive best practice teaching, learning and leadership strategies.

This certificate consists of four courses that examine demographic trends and achievement disparities, and offers research-based teaching strategies that help meet the needs of a diverse student population.

All courses may be applied toward the Master of Education degree program to meet elective strand requirements. Application Priority Consideration

The application deadline for priority consideration for Fall term is August 1, Spring term is December 1, and Summer term is May 1. Review of completed application files will continue until all open seats for the program are filled.

Certificate Length

The 12-credit certificate is specifically designed to meet the needs of working adults with a convenient, 100 percent online format. By taking one course per term, you can earn your certificate in just over a year.

Admissions Requirements

The Certificate in Culturally Responsive Practice will consider applicants who:

  • Submit a completed Graduate Admissions Application form.
  • Have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Submit all official transcripts of baccalaureate and graduate coursework.
  • Have earned a minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.8.

Acceptance Categories

The Certificate in Culturally Responsive Practice graduate program grants acceptance in the following categories:

  • Full Acceptance: granted to those students who meet all admission requirements.
  • Provisional Acceptance: granted to those students who have not submitted all required materials but who otherwise have met the admission requirements. Students are allowed one semester to submit remaining credentials and are not eligible for financial aid until full acceptance.
  • Non-degree Acceptance: reserved for those students who wish to pursue courses for professional development but who do not wish to earn a degree or for those students who have course deficiencies that cannot be remedied within one semester. Students will be admitted to courses on a space available basis. No more than one-third of the semester credits taken in non-degree status can be applied toward a degree in the event that the student wishes to transfer to degree bound status. Students in this category are not eligible for financial aid.

Note: Meeting minimal entrance requirements does not necessarily guarantee admission. Exceptions to minimum criteria may be made at the discretion of the admissions committee. The admissions committee may choose to interview applicants.

Prerequisites

Students must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.

Required Courses

EDU 6370 ~ Universal Design for Learning - 3 cr.
EDU 6570 ~ Intercultural Development & Competence - 3 cr.
EDU 6580 ~ Creating and Sustaining Culturally Inclusive Learning Communities and Schools - 3 cr.
EDU 6590 ~ Critical Pedagogy: Teaching and Leading for Social Change - 3 cr.