Explore our Graduate Certificate in Engaging Culturally Diverse Learners
In today’s diverse classrooms, educators need to understand the complex influences of culture, language, and life experiences and appreciate the learning opportunities these offer.
The Graduate Certificate in Engaging Culturally Diverse Learners provides opportunities to explore theories, research, and effective practices related to student diversity. Apply models such as Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and differentiated instruction as you build research-based strategies that integrate technology and as you tailor your instruction to create diverse, effective learning environments.
After the first course, you can take one course at a time, earn your degree faster by taking two courses at once, or choose a combination of the two throughout the program to fit your changing needs.
- 12 total semester credits
This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-646-5286.
Credits earned from this certificate program may be applied toward Walden’s MS in Education. The number of credits you can transfer will vary, depending on the specialization you choose.
Enhancing Learning for Diverse Populations
In this course, education professionals explore the value of linguistic and cultural diversity and the powerful learning opportunities it affords today's classrooms and schools. They examine their attitudes, beliefs, and biases regarding linguistically and culturally diverse students, families, and communities, and they learn approaches for working together to ensure high levels of learning for all students. Through real-world observations, they assess strategies for ensuring equitable access to high-quality learning experiences. Education professionals also explore effective practices, such as cultural responsiveness, anti-bias curriculum, differentiated instruction, and academic vocabulary development. (Prerequisite(s): Endorsement candidates must complete special education endorsement courses and receive a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher prior to moving into MS in Education courses.)
|(3 sem. cr.)|
The practice of differentiating instruction is a way for educators to meet diverse learning needs and preferences without having to individualize instruction for every student. In this course, education professionals learn how to differentiate five instructional elements—content, product, process, affect, and learning environment—according to students' interests, readiness, and learning profile. They explore flexible grouping and managing the differentiated classroom. Using their classroom curriculum, they plan and implement differentiated lessons and align them to important learning goals, essential questions, and formative and summative assessments while ensuring that their instruction includes meaningful applications of knowledge. Education professionals also learn how to draw on resources, such as staff, community members, and educators to support the "whole" child in the learning process.
|(3 sem. cr.)|
Reaching and Engaging All Learners Through Technology
Education professionals in this course learn to apply various technologies to enable and empower learners with diverse backgrounds, learning preferences, and ability levels. They employ digital-age solutions for differentiating instruction to meet varying needs, including assistive technologies that facilitate learning in students with special needs, programs that support English-language learners, and projects that engage and motivate gifted students. Through this course, they learn to harness the power of leading-edge technologies to increase learning and achievement for all students.
|(3 sem. cr.)|
Creating an Effective Classroom Learning Environment
Education professionals have the opportunity to learn to create safe, supportive, and respectful learning environments that promote social-emotional development, self-responsibility, and character, in order to optimize learning for all students. They can learn how to foster a sense of community in the classroom and develop positive relationships with and among students. Skills and strategies for managing dynamic and flexible classroom structures and for teaching conflict resolution are presented. Educators are also provided with strategies for building positive relationships and engaging in effective communication and problem solving with parents and families. (Prerequisite(s): Endorsement candidates must complete special education endorsement courses and receive a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher prior to moving into MS in Education courses.)
|(3 sem. cr.)|
Tuition and Fees
|Curriculum Component||Requirements||Cost||Total *|
|Tuition||12 total semester credit hours||$580 per semester hour||$6,960|
|Technology Fee||Per semester||$210||$420|
|Transfer up to 6 credits||$3,690|
|Total with Maximum Transfer Credits†||$3,690|
The tuition reflects the minimum time to completion. Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-646-5286.
*Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included and may cost between $400 to $600.
†Maximum transfer credit total includes reduction in technology fee as related to reduced number of courses over time.
A bachelor’s degree is required for admission to a graduate certificate program. Exceptions and other requirements may apply, depending on individual programs. Consult your Walden Enrollment Specialist about admission requirements for specific certificate programs. Call 855-646-5286 in the United States or see a list of international toll-free phone numbers.