The Certificate in Culture and Change in Institutions is designed for professionals working in a variety of educational environments including health and social service organizations, P-12 schools, community colleges, universities, and non-governmental organizations. 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 is a 12-semester hour program. Courses may be included as part of a master's program in theory and social foundations or a doctoral degree educational foundations. Coursework can be completed on campus or through a combination of on-campus and online courses.
Admission to the Certificate in Culture and Change in Institutions
In addition to admission requirements of the College of Graduate Studies, admission to the certificate program requires the following:
A baccalaureate degree from an accredited four-year institution
A well-written statement of purpose describing the student’s background and goals as well as the importance of the degree in achieving those goals
Two letters of recommendation regarding the prospective student's potential for doing graduate level work from professionals such as an undergraduate major advisor, current employer, school principal or others who are knowledgeable about the applicant’s ability to engage in graduate work in the desired program
The certificate program has selective admissions and may admit a limited number of students. Thus, meeting all formal criteria does not guarantee admission.
What to Submit with Your Application
Official transcripts from all institutions of higher education
Statement of purpose
Two letters of recommendation
Requirements for the Certificate in Culture and Change in Institutions
For the Certificate, students must complete the following program requirements:
A minimum of 12 semester hours of approved graduate course work
Completion of at least four of the following: EDP 6150/8150, TSOC 5100/7100, 5210/7210, 5230/7230, or 6320/8320
Courses may be included as part of a master's or doctoral degree program as approved by the student's faculty advisor. Master's level courses (5000/6000 level) may be included as part of a master's plan of study. Doctoral level courses (7000/8000 level) may be included as part of a doctoral plan of study.
All coursework and requirements of the certificate must be taken within a four-year period immediately preceding the date the degree is awarded.
Plan of Study
A plan of study identifying the courses for the certificate is required after 6 credit hours. The certificate plan of study must include the following within the 12 semester hour minimum:
- 12 credits of specialization in culture and change in institutions
Guide for Developing a Plan of Study
Below is a guide for developing a Plan of Study for the Certificate in Culture and Change in Institutions. Students should work with their faculty advisor to identify specific courses to fulfill program requirements.
|Specialization in Culture and Change in Institutions|
|Select four of the following:||12|
|CULTURAL PERSPECTIVES IN LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT|
|Network Theory and Educational Reform|
|Social Justice in American Society|
|Critical Responses to Deculturalization|
|Education And The Democratic Ethic|
2. Identify key concepts and values in democratic philosophy as articulated in multicultural, foundational works on democracy
3. Explain critical theories relevant to oppression, democracy, and liberation
4. Analyze and interpret everyday operations of agencies and institutions, including but not limited to schools
5. Reflect on ability to work for positive cultural change in institutions and identify barriers to actualizing that change
6. Interpret how systemic structures of oppression, democracy, and liberation occur across the spectrum of social institutions