Culture and Change in Institutions Graduate Certificate Program
The Culture and Change in Institutions Graduate Certificate program is designed for local professionals working in a variety of educational environments, including health and social service organizations, P-12 schools, community colleges, universities, and non-governmental organizations. The program requires completion of four (12 semester hours) of graduate courses. Some courses are offered online, but most courses are face-to-face to facilitate development of local network and community of learners. The twelve credit hours earned in the certificate program may be applied toward the Master’s programs in Educational Theory and Social Foundations (ETSF) or the Doctoral degree in Educational Foundations (FOED, FEPE, FEHE, FEES); however, an admissions application to these programs must occur separately. To be applied toward the doctoral degree the certificate courses must be taken at the doctoral (7000 or 8000) level.
This certificate provides students with the concepts, skills, and values to recognize and use culture more effectively in their professional practices as agents in institutional settings. Courses in the certificate program foster awareness and understanding of culture and power, and also deliver practical strategies and techniques for individuals working in institutional settings to contribute to dynamic institutional culture that extends access and privilege to individuals from all cultural backgrounds and supports enactment of our national democratic values. The Certificate in Culture and Change in Institutions aligns with Standards for Academic and Professional Instruction in Foundations of Education, Educational Studies, and Educational Policy Studies.
The application process for the Certificate Program is entirely completed online. The following are minimum application requirements for admission consideration to the Culture and Change in Institutions Graduate Certificate. The University of Toledo application requirements and other relevant information are available on the Graduate Studies website.
Candidates admitted to the program must have the following:
- A baccalaureate degree from an accredited four-year institution.
- An overall grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.7 or higher on a 4.0 scale in all undergraduate work.
- Two recommendation letters, which may come from such sources as the undergraduate major adviser, current employer, religious or other organization leader, school principal or others who are knowledgeable about the applicant's ability to engage in graduate work in the desired program.
- A statement describing the prospective graduate student’s background and goals as well as the importance of the degree in achieving those goals.
- The program has selective admissions and may admit a limited number of graduate students. Thus, meeting all formal criteria does not guarantee admission.
- All graduate degree-seeking applicants must apply for admission to the Certificate program prior to graduation.
To earn the certificate, students are required to complete 12 semester hours of required course work from the following choices. Courses are regularly scheduled, including summer distance learning versions of some, to enable students to complete the certificate in four consecutive semesters, taking one course per semester, or two consecutive semesters, taking two courses per semester, and courses may be taken in any order:
|Select four of the following:||12|
|Group Processes In Education|
|Multicultural Non-Sexist Education|
|Intergroup And Intercultural Education|
|CULTURAL PERSPECTIVES IN LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT|
|Education And The Democratic Ethic|