2014-15 Catalogs

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

The 12-credit Certificate of Graduate Study in Culturally Responsive Practices is offered through the School of Education and Human Development is designed to accommodate individuals who wish to obtain a basic background in culturally responsive practices in education and human development, especially: teachers, educational technicians, counselors, and leaders in education.

Program Requirements (12 credits)

Students are required to select at least one School of Education and Human Development (SEHD) course from the list below to ground their understandings in pedagogical practices.
     EDU 559 Aspects of Reading for Multilingual Learners
     EDU 562 Linguistics and Cultural Diversity in the Classroom
     HCE 507 Spirituality and Religion in Counseling
     HCE 612  Multicultural Counseling: Social & Cultural Foundations of Helping Diverse Families
     HRD 545 Gender and Learning
     HRD 643 Multicultural Adult Development
     HRD 646 Global Perspectives of Adult Education and Practices
     HRD 699 Independent Study (open to matriculated students only)
     SED 540 Learners Who are Exceptional in General and Special Education

Other courses as approved by program advisor

Students may choose from the following USM courses, offered outside of the School of Education and Human Development.

American and New England Studies
     ANE 638 Reading the Cultural Landscape
     ANE 641 Environment and Culture

Leadership Studies
     LOS 661 Ethical and Spiritual Dimensions of Leadership
     LOS 670 Leadership Study Abroad (6 credits)

Muskie School
     CPD 602 Sustainable Communities

Occupational Therapy
     OTH 507 Social Issues and Ethics

Social Work
     SWO 501 Multicultural Social Work
     SWO 502 Critical Thinking about Human Behavior I
     SWO 583 Social Work with Immigrants, Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Criteria for admission include successful completion of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university. To earn a certificate, students must complete 75 percent of the required coursework at USM, and earn a grade of B (3.0) or better in each course.

Application Deadline


  • Candidates should submit all application materials to the USM Office of Graduate Admissions, P.O. Box 9300, Portland, ME 04104-9300 by the application deadline.
Application must include:
  • A submitted online graduate certificate admission application; including a $25 non-refundable fee
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, excluding the seven campuses of the University of Maine system. A transcript is official when it comes directly from the institution. If an applicant is submitting an official transcript, it must be in a sealed envelope from the institution indicating that it is an official document. If the envelope has been opened prior to arriving at the Office of Graduate Admissions, it is no longer considered an official transcript;
  • Current resume; and
  • Personal statement.

Applications to the certificate program will be reviewed periodically by an admissions committee during the academic year. This committee will include members from Multicultural Education Programs, including the diversity scholars, Counseling, and Adult and Higher Education coordinator, and members of the departments within the School of Education and Human Development. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.