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Post Masters Certificate Program in Multicultural Education

Post Masters Certificate Program in Multicultural Education

Program Overview
Certificate Sponsors - The Educational Studies Department
Structure of the Program
Application and Admissions Policies and Procedures
Course Descriptions 

Program Overview

Our schools are becoming more diverse and not all students are achieving to their fullest potential. Many educators feel the need for additional professional development in diversity education.

Responding to this need, the Educational Studies Department of the State University of New York at New Paltz offers a post-masters Certificate Program in Multicultural Education. This 15-credit program is designed for elementary, secondary and special subject teachers, as well as school guidance counselors and administrators who are interested in enhancing their cultural competencies in multicultural education.

Designed for teachers who already have their masters degree, this certificate program enables educators to understand the ways in which race, gender, class, language, sexual orientation, religion, and physical/learning disabilities influence them as professionals, their students, and the educational process. In addition, it provides educators with the knowledge and skills needed to culturally-responsive teaching and leadership, and approaches for creating socially-just educational settings.

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Certificate Sponsors - The Educational Studies Department

The Educational Studies Department, which is comprised of the Humanistic/Multicultural Education Program, the Special Education Program and the Educational Foundations Unit, is uniquely qualified to offer this Certificate in Multicultural Education. All three units have a long history of offering a range of relevant multicultural courses, both theoretical and practical, from which students can choose in developing their plan of study for this 15-credit program. In additon, their certificate program draws on the resources of the Second Language Education Program in the Secondary Education Department.

Structure of the Program

Students complete 15 graduate credits of course work, in a non-matriculated status, which include a 3-credit introductory course, 9 credits of electives, and a 3-credit capstone course, and must achieve a 3.0 cumulative grade point average. At the completion of the Program, a Certificate in Multicultural Education will be granted by the State University of New York at New Paltz.

Introductory Course (3 credits)
Issues of Sexism and Racism in Education (EDS581)

Electives in Multicultural Education (9 credits)
Students choose 3 courses from among the following:

Theoretical
Issues in Multicultural Education (EDS537)
Issues of Literacy for Diverse Learners (EDS549)
Teaching Students from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds (SPE572)
Leadership in Education and Human Services (EDS753)

Practical
Cooperatively Stuctured Learning (EDS545)
Helping Skills in Social Context (EDS548)
Girls, Women and Education (EDS582)
Expressive Arts, Leadership and Change (EDS550)
Teaching in the Inclusive Classroom (SPE565)
Teaching English as a Second Language (SED573)

Capstone Course (3 Credits)
Applied Practice in Multicultural/Social Justice Education (EDS793)

Note: Graduate courses taken prior to admission to the Certificate Program or not listed above cannot be applied to students' plans of study for this program. All graduate courses will be taken at SUNY New Paltz.

Application and Admissions Policies and Procedures

The entrance requirements for the Certificate in Multicultural Education are:

1. Evidence of interest in multicultural/social justice education

2. A Masters degree in Education from an accredited institution with at least a 3.0 grade point average.

Applicants will submit:

1. An official graduate transcript

2. Two letters of recommendation from school district officials, administrators, or colleagues

3. A 2-3 page personal essay describing your current educational initiatives in multicultural/diversity education and/or your goals for future endeavors for fostering greater appreciation of diversity in your classroom and school.

The completed application packet including application form, references, official transcript, and the essay must be submitted to the Graduate Office. Application deadlines are November 1 for spring admission and April 1 for fall admission.

Upon receipt of a completed application, the applicant will be contacted to schedule an interview with Dr. Nancy Schniedewind or Dr. Terry Murray to complete the application process.

Course Descriptions

EDS581  Issues of Racism and Sexism in Education
An examination of personal and institutional racism and sexism and strategies for creating multicultural and gender-fair curricula, classrooms, and schools.

EDS537  Issues in Multicultural Education
This course examines the way that racial and cultural differences shape the purposes and practices of education. It examines the social foundations of multicultural education, with particular attention to inequalities among racial and cultural groups.

EDS549  Issues of Literacy for Diverse Learners
Explores issues in the sociocultural, moral, political, historical, and developmental dimensions of literacy. Students consider how classroom practices for secondary students relate to theories of learning, to first- and second-language acquisition, and to literacy development. This course presents a broad view of literacy as a form of communication.

SPE572  Teaching Students from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds
This course examines the academic and social challenges education poses faced by students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Methods for implementing culturally relevant instruction and programs for all students will be discussed.

EDS753  Leadership in Education and Human Services
This course examines a variety of theoretical models of leadership and personal leadership styles. Students develop skills in areas of planning, staff evaluation, and development, personal goal setting, conflict resolution and supporting diversity.

EDS545  Cooperatively Stuctured Learning
This course focuses on methods to make teaching and learning cooperative in heterogeneous groups and diverse educational settings. It examines the implications of cooperation and competition for schools, organizations and society.

EDS548  Helping Skills in the Social Context
This course focuses on interpersonal and organizational applications of the helping process. The political and social context of helping in a multicultural society are explored. Through reflection, practice and feedback, students develop communication, counseling and crisis intervention skills.

EDS582  Girls, Women, and Education
This course examines female experiences in educational institutions from early childhood through graduate school. Students analyze curriculum materials, classroom interaction patterns, organizational/social factors, and methods for creating gender-fair multicultural classrooms.

EDS550  Expressive Arts, Leadership and Change
The expressive arts can be utilized in envisioning and leading change initiatives that address social justice issues in schools and community organizations. This reflective and experiential course will explore practical, arts-based teaching and learning strategies.

SPE565  Teaching in the Inclusive Classroom
Examines a variety of issues and strategies related to educating learners with disabilities in general education classrooms. It also is designed to provide students with an understanding of the nature and needs of exceptional children and youth from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

SED573  Teaching English as a Second Language
Procedures and material for teaching English to native speakers of other languages.

EDS793  Applied Practice in Multicultural/Social Justice Education
This course provides an opportunity to apply knowledge and skills for teaching diverse students to one's educational setting. Emphasis will be on developing a curriculum or program to foster increased educational equity or social justice.

For Program Information Contact

Professors Nancy Schniedewind and Terry Murray
Department of Educational Studies
1 Hawk Drive
South Classroom Building, Suite 150
SUNY New Paltz
New Paltz, NY 12561-2442
(845) 257-2831, 257-2827, or 257-2828

For Graduate Admissions Information Contact

The Graduate School
1 Hawk Drive
Haggerty Administration Building, 804
SUNY New Paltz
New Paltz, NY 12561-2443
(845) 257-3286