NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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K-12 Professionals

Becoming a Culturally Responsive Teacher

EDUC 600




Instructor: Sophia Thwaites

Grading: Letter

Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

Partner Course Fee: $295

Partner Class Offered Through Knowledge Delivery Systems

Course Description:

How do you reach students who are culturally and racially different from you? This course provides thought-provoking background and practical suggestions for teachers seeking the answer to this question. Participants explore their own assumptions about race, class, and culture; and learn strategies for creating classrooms that are culturally inviting to all. Classroom footage illustrates principles of Culturally Responsive Teaching, including affirming students’ cultural connections, stressing collectivity as well as individuality, and managing the classroom with firm, consistent, caring control.


After completing this course, educators will know:

  • Culturally competent behaviors, beliefs, and attitudes;
  • The direct relationship between teachers’ level of cultural competence and students’ level of achievement;
  • How issues of privilege and social dominance impact student success and engagement;
  • Seven principles of culturally responsive teaching;
  • Eight foundational principles on which a culturally responsive classroom is based.

Student Learning Outcomes:

After completing this course, educators will apply the following skills:

  • Assess their own practices related to the seven principles of culturally responsive teaching;
  • Use the perspectives and lived experiences of their diverse students as springboards to greater engagement, motivation, and success;
  • Create a professional vision incorporating key concepts and personal reflections from this course.

Required Reading:

We Can’t Teach What We Don’t Know, Gary R. Howard, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2006.

**Registration Instructions:

Register for this class through KDSi. NOTE: Upon registration, you have 2 months for course completion. Although many of our courses are approved for both 1 and 3 graduate professional development credits, participants can only receive credit for one version of each course. 

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