Are you looking to better integrate your students' cultures and prior experiences with your classroom instruction so that your teaching is relevant and meaningful? The Culturally Responsive Teaching Graduate Certificate program at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota provides educators with foundational theory and research, as well as proven, practical strategies to enhance instruction for all learners. You will become more aware of, and sensitive to, the needs of each individual student while developing a culturally responsive professional disposition. Curriculum is delivered in a blended model, combining the benefits of face-to-face instruction with the flexibility of online learning. The program is also offered in a fully online format. The graduate certificate in Culturally Responsive Teaching is only 15 credits and can be completed in less than one year.
Continue with the M.A. in Education
Those wishing to complete an M.A. in Education degree with Culturally Responsive Teaching specialization take 15 credits of culturally responsive teaching coursework plus an additional 18 credits of curriculum and instruction-focused classes. Master's courses address topics such as educational theory and research, assessment, ethics, and child development. Your final action research project will help you discover new ways to keep your teaching fresh and engaging.
Graduates of this program work with learners in a variety of educational settings. Although most are K-12 classroom teachers, some work within adult education programs, in early childhood settings or in juvenile corrections and support programs. This program does not lead to teacher licensure.
Routes to Completion
The credit amount varies depending on what pathway you choose to complete.
- Option One: 15 credits
Culturally Responsive Teaching Graduate Certificate
- Option Two: 33 credits
M.A. in Education with Culturally Responsive Teaching specialization
Gainful Employment Information
Effective July 1, 2011, the U.S. Department of Education requires institutions with non-degree programs defined as gainful employment programs to disclose certain information about these programs. Read the Culturally Responsive Teaching Graduate Certificate Gainful Employment Report: https://www.smumn.edu/gecrtcert
Offered at our Twin Cities campus and select off-campus locations as well as fully online, this program is designed with working, adult learners in mind. Blended courses typically meet one evening per week blended with online learning. You may also choose to complete the program fully online.
The Graduate Certificate in Culturally Responsive Teaching offers educators in all school settings the opportunity to work collaboratively with their colleagues to explore and integrate their students cultures and prior experiences into instructional design. The program provides you with foundational theory and research as well as proven, practical strategies to enhance instruction for all learners. Intentional work on awareness, sensitivity, and professional disposition are embedded throughout the program.
For more information and course descriptions, check out our course catalog.
Applicants must submit:
Completed application form
Non-refundable application fee
Official transcripts posting the applicant’s completed bachelor degree or an official transcript posting the applicant's completed master's degree
Other relevant official transcripts documenting potential transfer credits
International transcripts must be evaluated by a university-accepted evaluator
A reflective essay which includes a brief description of the applicant’s background, training, and experience, a description of the areas the applicant considers to be their strengths and areas in which the applicant wishes to develop greater strengths and abilities, and any personal information the applicant wishes to share
Two recommendations that verify professional and/or volunteer experience and/or academic ability
A current résumé listing educational background and work experience
Applicants with international transcripts may require an English language proficiency exam.
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- Start Date
- Fall Semester Term 1
- Fall Semester Term 2
The Saint Mary's Difference
The heart of Saint Mary's is its people — faculty, staff, and your fellow students — who become your companions and allies on your educational journey. Here, in an intense give-and-take setting, each of us discovers just how much we can learn. You'll find, in every one of our classrooms, a person-centered education focused on your growth, your potential — because we believe that everyone deserves the chance to make an impact, to change the world around them.