Multicultural Education Graduate Certificate

Winona State is all about improving the world. That begins with improving ourselves and our interactions with others who are culturally different from us.

That’s why we created the Multicultural Education Certificate Program (MECP).

The MECP will teach you how demographic characteristics and cultural experiences impact both your perspective of the world and your interactions with others.

In this program you will: 

  • Learn about the theories of Multicultural Education
  • Complete the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI)
  • Create an Intercultural Development Plan (IDP) to enhance your intercultural competence
  • Analyze a specific cultural community, organization, or social phenomenon through ethnography
  • Learn about the various levels of discrimination that impact certain populations
  • Present your research at a professional venue associated with your area of study or career field

Completely Online

Coursework is delivered entirely online through asynchronous classes, meaning you complete coursework on your own schedule.

You’ll do a mix of individual work and research projects.

Learn more about the required courses for this program.

Customized Pathways

Tailor your MECP education to your personal and career goals through 3 pathway options.

You can complete just a few classes or earn a 12-credit certificate as a graduate student or as a working professional.

The full certificate can be completed in 3 semesters beginning in the summer.

Don’t want a MECP certificate but still want to take classes part of the program? No problem.

You can take up to 3 classes from the MECP and apply those credits as electives to several of WSU’s graduate programs.

If you decide to start with an upper-level class first to fit your schedule, our faculty will personally work with you to ensure you understand the foundational concepts before your first day.

This pathway is a great option if you’re a self-starter and want to customize your educational experience.

With this pathway, you’ll complete all 4 classes totaling to 12 credits and earn a graduate certificate.

You won’t just learn the lingo and theories. You’ll also put together everything you’ve learned and done—from data collection to analysis—through a final research project.

Whether you’re now entering the workforce or returning to it, you’ll walk away from this program having explored an equity issue and presented your scholarly findings to a professional audience.

If you want to learn how to work more effectively with diverse clientele in your field, this is the pathway for you.

From education, health, and law enforcement to non-profit, business, and industry, your company can contract with WSU to provide this in-demand training to their working professionals.

Earn a non-credit Multicultural Education Certificate through Adult & Continuing Education.

Research Opportunities

You’ll have the chance to research an equity issue relevant to your area of study or career field and present your scholarly findings at a professional conference.

Your research project can focus on an equity issue facing clientele who differ by any of the following demographics:

  • Ethnicity
  • Race 
  • Socioeconomic status 
  • Gender 
  • Sexuality 
  • Religion 
  • Language 
  • Physical or cognitive ability 
Contact the Education Studies Department
Dr. Nicholas Wysocki
Multicultural Education Certificate Program Coordinator, Professor


Email Nicholas Wysocki
Rhea Walker
Department Chair, Professor

Helble Hall 204


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Karen McCormick
Office Manager

Helble Hall 215


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