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 and learning strategies.
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.
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.
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.
Students can start the Certificate in Culturally Responsive Practice in spring or summer terms.
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.
Students examine the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and the related frameworks of Differentiation and Universal Design for Instruction. Students experience features of UDL in their assignments, including universally designed online 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 improve learning for all learners in both K-12 and postsecondary settings.
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.
Examines culturally inclusive pedagogy and dimensions of multi-cultural education. Exploration and examination of the theoretical frameworks of multicultural education; develop skills to create and support culturally inclusive teaching and learning communities. Examine and identify the relationship between culture and learning.
* Tuition rates are for the 2020-21 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.