Multicultural Education (071)

Shannon McManimon, (845) 257-2828, mcmanims@newpaltz.edu

The Office of Graduate & Extended Learning offers a post-master’s advanced certificate program in Multicultural Education. This 15-credit program is designed for childhood, adolescence and special subject teachers, as well as school guidance counselors and administrators who are interested in enhancing their cultural competencies in multicultural education.

Designed for professionals who already have their master’s degree, this certificate program enables educators to understand the ways in which race, gender, class, language, sexual orientation, religion, and physical/learning ability influence them as professionals, their students, and the educational process. In addition, it provides educators with the knowledge and skills needed for culturally-responsive teaching and leadership, and approaches for creating socially-just educational settings.

Admission Requirements                 Apply to a SUNY New Paltz graduate program

Applicants must submit:

  • Evidence of interest in multicultural/social justice education.
  • An official copy of all graduate transcripts indicating evidence of a master’s degree in education from an accredited institution with at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average.
  • Contact information for two school district officials, administrators, or colleagues who have agreed to provide a letter of recommendation.
  • A 2-3 page personal essay describing your current educational initiatives in multicultural/diversity education and/or your goals for future endeavors for fostering greater appreciation of diversity in your classroom and school.

Online applications must be completed by:

November 1st Spring admission
April 1st Fall admission

Upon receipt of a completed application, the applicant will be contacted to schedule an interview with Dr. Nancy Schniedewind or Dr. Shannon McManimon to complete the application process.

Curriculum Requirements / 15 credits

Introductory Course (3 Credits)
EDS581Issues of Racism and Sexism in Education 3
Multicultural Education Electives (9 Credits)
Select 9 credits from the following:9
Theoretical:
Issues in Multicultural Education
Issues in Literacy for Diverse Learners
Tchg. Learners of Culturally/Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds (3) Yearly
Leadership in Education and Human Service Settings
Practical:
Cooperatively Structured Learning
Multicultural Approaches to Helping
Exploration of Gender in Education
Teaching in Inclusive Classrooms
Teaching English as a New Language I
Capstone Course (3 Credits)
EDS793Ed Studies Selected Topics3
Total Credits15

Note: Graduate courses taken prior to admission to the Certificate Program cannot be applied to students’ plans of study for this program. All graduate courses will be taken at SUNY New Paltz.

Program Requirements

Students complete 15 graduate credits of course work which include a 3-credit introductory course, 9 credits of electives, and a 3-credit capstone course, and must achieve a 3.0 cumulative grade point average. At the completion of the program, a Certificate in Multicultural Education will be granted by the State University of New York at New Paltz.
Note: Graduate courses taken prior to admission to the Certificate Program cannot be applied to students’ plans of study for this program. All graduate courses will be taken at SUNY New Paltz.