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Multicultural Education Certificate Program

Coursework

This Multicultural Education Certificate Program (MECP) requires 4 courses (A total of 9 credit hours) – these courses are to be taken in a sequential order with each course serving as prerequisite for the next course in the sequence.

  • MECP 500: Foundations of Multicultural Education (3 credits) – Fall
  • MECP 510: Home, Community, and Work Analysis (2 credits) – Spring
  • MECP 520: Systems of Discrimination and Social Justice (3 credits) - Summer
  • MECP 530: Professional Presentation of Research (1 credits) – Fall

(Note: A new cohort would also start in Fall)

All courses are offered at the University Center Rochester (RCTC). The first course, MECP 500, will be offered this Fall from 6-8:50pm on Wednesday evenings. Each course in the program will be offered in a hybrid format of one week face-to-face, and the next week will be a research focus outside of class. Courses will move to Tuesday evenings starting in the Spring 2017 semester with the same hybrid format intended to appeal to working adults.

Course Descriptions

Foundations of Multicultural Education is the first course in the Multicultural Education Certificate program. This course is intended to provide participants with an understanding of the five Dimensions of Multicultural Education, most importantly the dimension of Empowering School Culture. Participants will discuss the application of this ideological dimension to their respective education, health, law enforcement, social service, faith, non-profit, arts, military, business and industry sectors in southeast Minnesota. Participants will come to understand how their own demographic characteristics and cultural experiences impact their work with clientele in said sectors through the assessment and discussion of their own Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) results. Finally, participants will shape their Intercultural Development Plan (IDP) through the use of the IDP template as well as ongoing discussions with identified cultural brokers. 

Home-Community-Work Analysis is the second course in the Multicultural Education Certificate program. This course is intended to provide participants with an understanding of the principles and techniques of ethnography. Participants will engage in an ethnographic analysis of a specific cultural community (or communities), organization, or social phenomenon within their respective education, health, law enforcement, social service, faith, non-profit, arts, military, business and industry sectors in Olmsted and Winona Counties. Participants will construct a Demographic Profile of this cultural community as well as select “cultural brokers” who will help them identify the strengths and challenges present in said community. Participants will complete the Winona State University Institutional Review Board proposal as a culminating requirement of this course. 

Systems of Discrimination and Social Justice is the third course in the Multicultural Education Certificate program. This course is intended to provide participants with an understanding of the levels of discrimination that impact clientele in their respective education, health, law enforcement, social service, faith, non-profit, arts, military, business and industry sectors in Olmsted and Winona Counties. Participants will identify respondents and conduct interviews with both these individuals and “cultural brokers” within their respective sectors. Participants will engage in ethnographic data collection, data analysis, and “member checking” in order to both learn more about their own socially constructed privileges and identify ways to engage in collective efforts for social justice. This data analysis and collective efforts will constitute the Results and Discussion sections of their Research Papers. 

The Professional Presentation of Research is the final course in the Multicultural Education Certificate Program. This course provides participants with the opportunity to develop a research presentation to be delivered to a professional audience in their respective education, health, law enforcement, social service, faith, non-profit, arts, military, business and industry sectors. Participants will identify sector-based professional organizations as well as upcoming opportunities to present said research. Participants will choose a presentation format, develop strategies to present their research in a succinct manner, and make decisions about presentation delivery.