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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.

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.

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


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

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.

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Michelle Dougherty, M.A.

SGPP Admission - Assistant Director of Admission

LaSalle Hall-TC Campus, LSH114

Campus Box: # 28

(612) 728-5122


Julie Kirsch

Program Coordinator, Master of Arts in Education

LaSalle Hall-TC Campus, LSH

Campus Box: # 28

(612) 728-5181

Kari Anderson Suggs, M.A.

Culturally Responsive Teaching - Adjunct Instructor

Kari Anderson Suggs M.A.
Joan Hernandez Lindeman, M.A.

Joan Hernandez Lindeman M.A.
Maria Le

Culturally Responsive Teaching - Adjunct Instructor

Yvette Pye, Ph.D.

Ed.D. in Leadership - Core Professor

Brother Louis Hall, BLH226

Campus Box: # 28

(612) 728-5139

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Diana-Christine Teodorescu, M.A.

MA Organizational Leadership Program - Adjunct Associate Professor

Brother Louis Hall, BLH211

Diana-Christine Teodorescu M.A.
Anna Young, M.Ed.

GCRT Culturally Responsive Teaching - Adjunct Instructor

Anna Young M.Ed.
De Zhang, Ph.D.

MA in ESL Program - Adjunct Associate Professor

De Zhang Ph.D.
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