Multicultural Education

Graduate Certificate, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)

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Program Overview

The 12-credit graduate certificate in Multicultural Education (ME) is housed in the Department of Teaching and Learning and coordinated through the Cultural Studies, International Education, and Multicultural Education (CSIEME) program. Students in the certificate will develop academic preparation in multicultural education in order to build/improve their capacity for working well/effectively with diverse populations, including diverse PK-12 student populations and their families. The certificate is aligned with the six points of consensus regarding multicultural education established by the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME). See also, Certificate Overview. Certificate Overview.

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Master's and doctoral students enrolled in various disciplines, as well as current administrative professionals who already possess an undergraduate degree and have 1-2 years' full-time work experience, will particularly benefit from this certificate.

Though the graduate certificate in ME targets full- or part-time graduate students who have completed an undergraduate teacher education licensure program, and/or an alternative route to licensure program, students need not be licensed to take the certificate, but should be aware that this is not a licensure program.

While it is generally best for students to apply to and enter a certificate program first, and then apply to and enter the degree program that houses that certificate, it is also allowable for students to do the opposite. Accordingly, students who may already be in a CSIEME degree program who now want to complete this certificate program can do so, however, they can only "share" credits between this certificate and the CSIEME degree program, if they complete both together, or complete this certificate first and then the degree. Students may not return after earning a graduate degree and use their degree courses/credits toward earning a graduate certificate.

Certificates will be awarded upon the student's successful completion of the certificate requirements.

Admission & Application Requirements

Qualified students must apply for admission to the Graduate College via the online application. All minimum Graduate College requirements MUST be met. Additionally, ME certificate applicants must also complete and submit a résumé/vita and a 250-750-word personal statement detailing their interest in the ME certificate.

Applications for admission into the graduate certificate in ME may be submitted at any time during an academic term and are accepted three times a year as follows: for a Fall admission by June 1, for a Spring admission by November 1, and for a Summer admission by March 15. Applicants, domestic and international, apply for admission through UNLV's Graduate College Admissions "Gateway." To gain login access to the Gateway, applicants must create an account.

Additional information about what you will be required to submit through the Gateway system is available on the UNLV Graduate College Admissions page and the UNLV Graduate College page.

Certificate Requirements

(12 credit hours) - See also, Graduate Catalogue. Enrollment may be limited based on class size. Students must earn a B or better in all courses.

Required Courses: 12 Credits

  • CME 705 Multicultural Education (3 credits)
  • CME 735 Multicultural Curriculum Transformation (3 credits)
  • CME 745 Theory and Research in Multicultural Education (3 credits)
  • CME 765 Analysis of the School-to-Prison Pipeline (3 credits)

For Additional Information or Questions Contact

Dr. Norma Marrun Dr. Norma Marrun, Co-Coordinator, Graduate Certificate in Multicultural Education
Dr. Christine Clark Dr. Christine Clark, Co-Coordinator, Graduate Certificate in Multicultural Education