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Multicultural Education program graduates apply culturally appropriate practices in instruction and curriculum.
Multicultural Education (K-12)

This certificate program is designed to assist educators in learning to understand their students' cultural identities, recognize the environments from which their students come, relate to the parents and communities of all students and apply culturally appropriate practices in instructional strategies and curriculum development.

As you complete the Teacher Education program at the University of St. Thomas you will:

  • Gain the knowledge and skills to have a positive impact on students in the K-12 classroom
  • Become part of a supportive network of fellow students, alumni and faculty that will inspire and sustain you throughout your career
  • Learn from expert faculty currently active in the K-12 classroom who are here to help you shape your path to your own classroom

What you can earn

  • Certificate


Where you'll learn

  • On-campus (St. Thomas)




When you can start

  • Fall semester begins: September 3, 2014



Questions about this program

Ea Porter is an Administrative Assistant for the Teacher Education program in the College of Education, Leadership and Counseling at the University of St. Thomas.

Ea Porter

Enrollment Advisor



Program Details

For the Certificate

This course provides an advanced level of theoretical understanding of the relationship between race, power and education. This course explores various theoretical frameworks that provide various and different lenses to examine the impact of race on education in the U.S. In this course, students will examine race inequalities and divisions within the educational institutions, educational policies and practices. By examining major traditions within education and race theories, students will grapple with the ways in which they variously understand conceptions of race oppression, whiteness, racial identity formation, and social transformation in relation to education and schooling. The course focuses on the historical foundations of race relations interconnected to gender and class relations as these inscribe the schooling process.

This course is about the theory and practice of multiculturalism as applied to the school/community relationship. It assumes that this relationship is dialectical: the fate of one is tied to the fate of the other. Without a multicultural perspective, however, this relationship is doomed to fail. Therefore, this course will explore ways in which the community can be conceptualized as, and become, a rich multicultural resource for schools, as well as how a multicultural school can become a resource for the advancement of the community. This course will examine and apply strategies for investigating community resources, research existing school/community relations, and explore alternative models of community/school relations from a multicultural perspective.

This course examines pedagogy through multicultural dimensions. Students will study how classroom teaching and learning are embedded in the context of a multicultural school system, administrative structure, and school culture. Based on understanding of relationships between culture and learning styles, language, and communication, students will explore and develop culturally responsive pedagogy and anti- racist practices. This course, as the capstone course in the Certificate in Multicultural Education, will provide students with the opportunity to develop an integrative project that encompasses and expresses the major skills and knowledge developed throughout the certificate program. Projects may include website development, curriculum development, demonstration of successful multicultural teaching practices, research, or school policy analysis or development.

3 credits determined in cooridanation with your academic advisor (CIED 500-999, SPED 500-999)

TOTAL 12 Credits

Rosemary Barreto is the department assistant for the Teacher Education program at the University of St. Thomas.

Rosemary Barreto

Department Assistant Teacher Education (651) 962-4420
MOH 305 | Opus Hall

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Kate Caffrey

Director, Tutor Mentor Program Teacher Education (651) 962-4438
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Seehwa Cho, Ph.D.

Associate Professor Teacher Education (651) 962-4434
MOH 312 | Opus Hall

Jan Frank, Ph.D., is the department chair of the Teacher Education program at the University of St. Thomas.

Jan Frank, Ph.D.

Associate Professor Teacher Education (651) 962-4446
MOH 306 | Opus Hall

Carole Koch is the assessment coordinator for the Teacher Education program at the University of St. Thomas.

Carole Koch

Assessment Coordinator Teacher Education (651) 962-4468
MOH 311 | Opus Hall

John Melick is the director of Field Experiences & Clinical Practice in the Teacher Education program at the University of St. Thomas.

John Melick

Director of Field Experiences & Clinical Practice Teacher Education (651) 962-4424
MOH 310

Debbie Monson, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Teacher Education program at the University of St. Thomas.

Debbie Monson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor Teacher Education (651) 962-4443
MOH 304 | Opus Hall

Jeanne Mortinson, Ed.D., is the director of the Collaborative Urban Educator (CUE) program in the School of Education at the University of St. Thomas.

Jeanne Mortinson, Ed.D.

Director of C.U.E. Program Teacher Education (651) 962-4659
MOH 316 | Opus Hall

Robert J. Nistler, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Teacher Education program at the University of St. Thomas.

Robert J. Nistler, Ph.D.

Associate Professor Teacher Education (651) 962-4426
MOH 307 | Opus Hall

Amy F. Smith, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Teacher Education program at the University of St. Thomas.

Amy F. Smith, Ph.D.

Associate Professor Teacher Education (651) 962-4445
MOH 313 | Opus Hall

Muffet Trout, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Teacher Education program at the University of St. Thomas.

Muffet Trout, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor Teacher Education (651) 962-4424
MOH 303

Douglas F. Warring, Ph.D., is a professor in the Teacher Education program at the University of St. Thomas.

Douglas F. Warring, Ph.D.

Professor Teacher Education (651) 962-4877
MOH 314 | Opus Hall


Ongoing Professional Development
Whether networking with leaders in the field of education reform, acquiring new tools to identify early warning signs of mental illness in your classroom, or simply catching up on the latest offerings in children’s literature, annual events and conferences in the College of Education, Leadership & Counseling offer a variety of networking and professional development opportunities. Most events include a CEU component.

Community Partnerships

The College of Education, Leadership & Counseling takes pride in engaging in innovative partnerships with a variety of organizations. Students in the College of Education, Leadership & Counseling will find many opportunities for professional growth as a result of working these organizations. Partnership examples include the Northwest Suburban Integration District, Center for Academics and Sports, FAIR School and the Collaborative Urban Educators program. 


The Value of a St. Thomas Degree

Calculating the cost of your degree can be challenging, as every institution approaches it a bit differently. At St. Thomas, we list our tuition cost as cost per credit:

  • Each course can be 1-3 semester credits, but the standard course is 3 credits.  
  • A typical part-time student in our graduate programs takes 3-6 credits per term.
  • To view the total number of credits per program you can view the courses tab above.

It may be possible for you to receive some type of financial assistance. To learn more, please visit our Graduate Financial Aid page.

We offer our students much more than just a degree. We offer the chance to be a part of a personal and professional network like no other, which means your graduate education will enrich your life and career long into the future.


Education (M.A., Ed.S., Certificate, Licensure)

On-campus Tuition (per credit) $793.50
Books and materials
(estimate per course)
One-time application fee $50

1 | Meet the requirements:

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • A cumulative minimum undergraduate G.P.A. of 2.75 (4.0 scale) or the successful completion of a graduate level program from another institution

If you do not meet the above requirement(s), you may be eligible for special admission, which requires:

  • The GPA requirement for admittance to our Teacher Education master’s degree is 2.75 and above for full acceptance; 2.5-2.74 for conditional acceptance; and below 2.5 acceptance based on interview or review of materials by department chair. Please contact us if your GPA requires review.
  • The completion of a standardized test, such as the Miller Analogies Test (MAT), GRE, GMAT or LSAT
  • A possible interview with an admissions person/committee

2 | Submit the following application materials:

  • Application form and one-time $50 application fee
  • Two positive letters of reference from non-related individuals
  • Official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate work (unless that work was completed at the University of St. Thomas)
  • Personal statement
  • Transcript Review: All Teacher Education applicants seeking licensure must have a transcript review completed.  Official transcripts from all previous institutions are required.  There is a $25 fee per content area review.  Please contact the Teacher Education Department to request a transcript review form.  Email to  barr7879@stthomas.edu.

3 |  Submit the supplementary materials:

  • Initial Licensure:  MTLE Basic Skills required by the end of an initial teacher licensure candidate's first semester of coursework.
  • International Applicants:  (1) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) required for any candidate whose primary language is not English. (2) Transcript Review: All international transcripts must be reviewed by an accredited evaluation service to determine U.S. equivalency of the degree awarded and the institution awarding the degree. Applications will not be reviewed for admissions until the official review is submitted.


Application Deadlines:

  • For Fall Term: June 1
  • For Spring Term: Rolling
  • For Summer Term: May 1

When you can start

  • Fall semester begins September 3, 2014

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