Culturally Responsive Practices in Education and Human Development

Program Type
Certificate of Graduate Study
Certificate of Graduate Study
Mode of Study
In person

Tuition & fees

Costs include tuition & fees. See cost details

Credit hours

12 required credit hours. Most courses are equal to 3 credit hours. Browse course list

Program duration

Finish in as little as 1 year. Explore program requirements


Apply for fall, spring, or summer term. View application process & deadlines

Program Highlights

  • Obtain a strong foundation in culturally responsive practices in education and human development.
  • Take advantage of our flexibility for working adults by choosing to study part-time or enroll in evening classes.
  • Prepare for a future graduate degree: Apply course credits from your certificate toward a master’s program in our School of Education and Human Development, such as Teacher Leadership or Adult and Higher Education.
  • Study with expert faculty who engage in continuous scholarship.
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Career opportunities

Our program is designed for K-12 teachers, educational technicians, counselors, and leaders in education who want to build a foundation in culturally responsive practices in education and human development.

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Future degree planning

Interested in earning your master’s degree in Counseling in the future? The credits you earn through this certificate program can be applied to our Counseling MS. Some restrictions may apply.

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Program requirements

Program courses explore linguistics, counseling of multicultural families, and spirituality and religion. Our interdisciplinary program also integrates course offerings from Leadership Studies; Occupational Therapy; Social Work; and the Policy, Planning, and Management program in the Muskie School of Public Service.

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Dedicated and engaged faculty

All of our core faculty have doctorates in Counseling and our part-time faculty have years of practical experience in the field. Our faculty involve students in their research and presentations and work closely with them to develop a program of study tailored to their interests.

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Admission information: Certificate of Graduate Study Culturally Responsive Practices in Education and Human Development

Application deadlines

We accept applications on a rolling basis and review them continuously.

Application deadlineFall term startSpring term startSummer term start
All applicantsAugust 1December 15April 15

Criteria for admission include successful completion of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.

Applicants are required to provide the following materials:

General requirements

  • Application: Online application
  • Application fee:
    • In-state, out-of-state, and Canadian applicants: Free to apply
    • International applicants: Submit US $50 fee to apply
  • Transcripts: Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, excluding the seven campuses of the University of Maine System (UMS transcripts are accessible to USM). A transcript is official when sent directly from the institution.
  • Resume: Submit a resume or CV that outlines professional, volunteer, and community experience.
  • Students whose first language is not English may be required to take one of the following: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Pearson Test of English (PTE) or Duolingo. Applicants must submit official scores as part of the application process. See additional information regarding test scores and requirements.

Additional requirements

  • Personal statement discussing your reasons for pursuing graduate study, your professional goals, and how you think this program of study will contribute to these goals.

English proficiency test scores

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Where to send application materials

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