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Graduate Certificate in Culturally Responsive Teaching

When students’ cultures and prior experiences are integrated with classroom instruction, new information becomes relevant and meaningful. 

The Culturally Responsive Teaching program at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota provides educators with foundational theory and research, as well as proven, practical strategies to enhance instruction for all learners. Intentional work on awareness, sensitivity, and professional disposition are embedded throughout the program. Curriculum is delivered in a blended model, combining the benefits of face-to-face instruction with the flexibility of online learning.

Continue With the M.A. in Education

Those wishing to complete the M.A. in Education degree may do so with an additional 18 credits. Courses for degree completion address topics such as educational theory and research, assessment, ethics, and child development. The culminating activity is an action research project where you will implement practical educational strategies that ensure the success of all learners.


Upon completion of the program, graduates are expected to be able to do the following:

  • Evaluate beliefs that shape, inform, and guide their perspectives and practices
  • Understand and value students’ cultural and educational experiences to inform teaching and learning
  • Integrate the principles of culturally responsive teaching to create an inclusive, safe learning environment
  • Embed the principles of culturally responsive teaching into instructional and assessment plans
  • Identify and evaluate rich, relevant resources to support student learning

Hear from current students and instructors about the value of the Culturally Responsive Teaching Certificate from Saint Mary's.

Gainful Employment

Effective July 1, 2011, the U.S. Department of Education requires institutions with nondegree programs defined as “Gainful Employment programs” to disclose certain information about these programs. Read the report.

From Start to Finish

  • You can earn your Graduate Certificate in Culturally Responsive Teaching in two and a half semesters.
  • A cohort model allows for a small team of students to collaborate in convenient locations across the Twin Cities metro area. Additional online instruction and activities supplement these face-to-face interactions. Cohorts begin throughout the year. 

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Applicants must submit the following:

  1. Completed application form with the nonrefundable application fee (fee not required for alumni or students seeking readmission or veterans and active military personnel), and
  2. An official transcript issued to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota from the institution posting the applicant’s completed bachelor degree and other relevant transcripts documenting program prerequisites and potential transfer credits. (An official transcript is one that is sent to the university by the credit-granting institution. Transcripts from countries other than the U.S. must be evaluated by a university accepted evaluation source, such as World Education Services, Educational Credential Evaluators, Educational Perspectives, or One Earth International Credential Evaluators and be deemed equivalent to accredited U.S. university standards).
  3. A reflective essay which includes the following:
    • brief description of the applicant’s background, training, and experience; and
    • statement indicating the career goals of the applicant and his or her reasons for seeking admission to the program; and
    • description of the areas the applicant considers to be his or her strengths and areas in which the applicant wishes to develop greater strengths and abilities; and
    • personal information the applicant wishes to share.
  4. Two letters of recommendation that verify professional and/or volunteer experience and academic ability; and
  5. A current résumé listing educational background and work experience.
  6. Applicants with international transcripts may require an English language proficiency exam (TOEFL, IELTS, PTE or MELAB accepted.)

Please Note: Application materials should be sent to the attention of the Office of Admission on the Twin Cities campus.

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
Office of Admission
2500 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404


This program is offered at our Twin Cities, Apple Valley, and Oakdale locations and regional cohorts.

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Michelle Dougherty, M.A.

SGPP Admission - Enrollment Counselor Graduate School of Education

LaSalle Hall-TC Campus, LSH112

Campus Box: # 28

(612) 728-5122


Teresa Taylor, Ed.D.

Culturally Responsive Teaching - Adjunct Instructor, GSOE - Program Director, Culturally Responsive Teaching

Martin DePorres Hall-TC Campus, MDP150

Campus Box: # 28

(612) 238-4573

Teresa Taylor Ed.D.
Julie Kirsch

Program Coordinator, Master of Arts in Education

Martin DePorres Hall-TC Campus, MDP

Campus Box: # 28

(612) 728-5181

Michelle Wallin

Graduate School of Education - Coordinator

Martin DePorres Hall-TC Campus, MDP

Campus Box: # 28

(612) 728-5107

Michelle Wallin
Kari Anderson Suggs, M.A.

Culturally Responsive Teaching - Adjunct Instructor

Kari Anderson Suggs M.A.
Robert Crump, M.B.A.

Joan Hernandez Lindeman, M.A.

Joan Hernandez Lindeman M.A.
Murphy Pizza, Ph.D.

MA in Human Development Program - Adjunct Associate Professor

Yvette Pye, Ph.D.

Ed.D. in Leadership - Core Associate Professor

Brother Louis Hall, BLH226

Campus Box: # 28

(612) 728-5139

Yvette Pye Ph.D.
Diana-Christine Teodorescu, M.A.

MA Organizational Leadership Program - Adjunct Associate Professor

Brother Louis Hall, BLH211

Campus Box: # 28

(612) 238-4510

Richard Webb, M.Ed.

Culturally Responsive Teaching Program - Adjunct Instructor

Richard Webb M.Ed.
Anna Young, M.Ed.

GCRT Culturally Responsive Teaching - Adjunct Instructor

Anna Young M.Ed.
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