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Culturally Responsive Teaching
The Culturally Responsive Teaching certificate at Minnesota State University-Mankato is ideal for students wishing to develop an expertise in teaching students of various cultures without wishing to earn a full master’s degree. The program is aimed at current teachers who want to increase classroom performance. Students can gain leadership skills in this specific area and thus earn their certificate by taking three courses from the Educational Studies: K-12 and Secondary department. This program is fully online and is designed for busy individuals to complete on their own time at their own pace while maintaining a full-time job.
The courses are research-based and standards-aligned, and they are designed to respond to the current needs within the educational system. There are three courses involved in the certificate. Partnering for Student Success focuses on those involved in educating children that are diverse. Students will study culture and other factors within the community and how they influence learning. The class Culturally Responsive Teaching uses intercultural, experimental activities to look at personal worldviews and how they impact curriculum choices. Finally, Content Area Literacy for English Learners focuses on interactions between literacy in first and second languages within the classroom.
A certificate typically takes one year to complete as classes are not always offered each semester. Students can also take single classes in order to increase their skills in a certain area. Once a certificate is earned, students may decide to continue onto a Master’s degree in Teaching and Learning, which requires eight additional courses as well as a final paper, project, or thesis.
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