NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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K-12 Professionals

The Culturally Competent Educator

EDUC 792 or 600




Instructor: Dr. Larry Napoleon

Grading: Letter

Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)

Instruction Mode: Correspondence

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $390

Partner Class Offered Through Learner's Edge

Course Description:

“Culture is part of everything that is taught and caught.”  With this, Nancy Gallavan guides you through the recognition of your own understanding of culture towards becoming a teacher who is able to meet the needs and goals of all his or her students.  Cultural Competence, like its predecessors Diversity and Multicultural Education, seeks to increase awareness of the variety of cultures represented in our classrooms today, to appreciate the backgrounds and contributions of all students, and to implore us to take responsibility for the awareness of cultures that all educators must possess.  Many teachers find themselves in classrooms that do not represent their personal experience; this course will encourage reflection on those experiences and use them to heighten teachers’ understanding of their role in a diverse classroom.  Through example and easy to remember tools, this course will show you how to  actively involve your students to promote academic excellence and cultural understanding.

Goals and Objectives:

As a result of this participation in this course, students should:

1. Understand how cultural competence is an evolving work-in-progress.

2. Recognize the power of past experience to create an understanding of culture.

3. Utilize ways to build on students’ cultural strengths in the classroom. 

4. Recognize and then revise teaching styles and curriculum that include bias or hidden agenda.

5. Analyze ways to strengthen both teacher and student cultural competence and increase student achievement.

Required Text/Reading:

Text(s):  Gallavan, N. (2011), Navigating cultural competence: a compass for teachers. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.   

Articles: (referenced in the study guide and posted on our website)
Howard, G.  (March, 2007).  Educational Leadership: “As Diversity Grows, So Must We.”  Pp. 16-22.
Krownapple, J., Kosi, R., Keeny, S. (November, 2010).  Educational Leadership: “Questioning Our Beliefs and Biases.”  Pp. 16-22. 

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