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At its core, the certificate will help educators and other professionals deeply examine their own ways of thinking and actions that may better prepare them to improve student achievement.

Who is this program for?

This certificate program is designed for educators and other professionals interested in developing strategies that enhance instruction and improve education outcomes for all students, particularly students who maintain marginalized status and face disparities in their educational achievement.

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Degree Details


Tuition: $435/credit*

* Tuition rates are for the 2021-22 academic year. Additional fees and costs for course materials may apply. Total program cost and completion time varies depending on transfer credits and individual program plans. Tuition rates are subject to change.


How long will it take to complete the program?

Following a part-time schedule of one class per term, this 12-credit program can be completed in four terms, or just under a year and a half.

Course Descriptions

This program consists of four courses that examine demographic trends and achievement disparities, and offer 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.

Required Courses

EDU 6370 – Universal Design for Learning

Examines the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and the related framework of Culturally Responsive Practices. Students experience features of UDL in this course including universally designed learning modules, assigned resources in multiple formats, and choices for student-initiated projects. Students explore and apply a wide variety of technologies and strategies to remove barriers for all learners.

EDU 6570 – Developing Intercultural Competence

A critical examination of how power and privilege manifest in schools, communities and systems. Provides students an opportunity to explore beliefs, and biases as they relate to diverse issues and personal growth through completion of and examination of the IDI.

EDU 6580 – Culturally Inclusive Communities & Schools

Examines the contemporary contexts for culturally relevant pedagogies and defines culturally inclusive communities. Reflects on identities in community through intersectionality and trauma-informed practices. Engages in critical reflective experiences, focusing on observations and roles within communities. Utilizes an opportunity gap explanatory framework as a lens to reflect upon current and future opportunity- centered practices.

EDU 6590 – Critical Pedagogy: Teach and L

Admission Information

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Admission Deadlines

The Master in Education has a rolling enrollment process that allows an applicant to start at the beginning of any eight-week term. Please talk with your admissions counselor to obtain more specific dates.


New Students
  • B.A./B.S. degree from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum GPA of at least 2.8
Note: Meeting minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee admission.
Returning Students

A returning student is a student who was admitted and enrolled in a program at St. Scholastica but has been absent from the program for at least three continuous semesters, including summer. To return to the same program at St. Scholastica, a returning student must be in good academic standing and must apply for readmission to the College.

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Experienced, Dedicated and Distinguished Educators

Expect to be heard, to be challenged and to be involved. St. Scholastica faculty are world-class scholars and experts in their field who bring their deep experience to online and on-campus classrooms. Our values of community, respect, stewardship and love of learning reflect our faculty’s commitment to lifting up others and celebrating our common humanity.