Counselor Education

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 and 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 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.

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

Muskie School
     CPD 502 Sustainable Communities

Occupational Therapy
     OTH 507 Ethics and Occupational Justice

Social Work
     SWO 501 Multicultural Social Work
     SWO 502 Critical Thinking about Human Behavior I

Applicant Qualifications

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: Rolling

Applications to the certificate program will be reviewed by an admissions committee during the academic year. This committee may include members from Multicultural Education Programs, 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.

Applicants are required to provide the following materials:

  • Application: Online Application
  • Application fee: $25.00 paid through the online application.
  • 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.
    • International College transcripts: In addition to an official copy of the transcript, an official evaluation of college-level transcripts from a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) approved transcript analysis agency is required
  • Resume: Submit a resume or CV that outlines professional, volunteer, and community experience.
  • Personal Statement
  • TOEFL or IELTS: Students whose first language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and submit official scores as part of the application process. See additional information below regarding test scores.

International Applicants

In addition to the standard application materials, international students must also provide the following materials:

  • College transcript evaluation: official course-by-course evaluation of college-level transcripts from a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) approved transcript analysis agency
  • Declaration of Finances form accompanied by the appropriate financial documentation
  • International students whose first language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and submit official scores as part of the application process. Only applicants with TOEFL scores of 79 or higher on the internet-based test 550 or higher on the paper-based test, or 213 or higher on the computer-based test; or IELTS scores of 6.5 or higher will be considered for admission to a graduate program.

Applicants whose first language is not English

Students whose first language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and submit official scores as part of the application process. Only applicants with TOEFL scores of 79 or higher on the internet-based test, 550 or higher on the paper-based test, or 213 or higher on the computer-based test; or IELTS scores of 6.5 or higher will be considered for admission to a graduate program.

Where to send transcripts and application materials

Official transcripts and other supporting documents can be sent to:

Application Processing Center
University of Maine System
P.O. Box 412
Bangor, ME 04402-0412

Colleges and universities that participate in electronic submission of transcripts can send official transcripts to edocs@maine.edu. Resumes, essays, and other documents can also be sent to edocs@maine.edu.

For a transcript or recommendation to be considered official, it must be sent by the institution or the person writing the recommendation.

Acceptance to a certificate program does not constitute acceptance to a master's or post-master's certificate of advanced study program. Applications for degree status must be made under separate cover.