NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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K-12 Professionals

Understanding Culture and Race

EDUC 600




Instructor: Sophia Thwaites

Grading: Letter

Monday, August 25, 2014 - Friday, December 12, 2014

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

Course Fee: $145

Class Offered Through Knowledge Delivery Systems

Course Description:

As the nation's population shifts toward a strongly multiracial and multicultural composition, teacher effectiveness  can improve significantly  from gaining insight and staying up-to-date on the latest research on "best practices" in teaching in a culturally diverse environment. This course explores how culture shapes both students and educators and gives expert guidance on learning how to interpret, understand and incorporate insight into cultural diversity in the classroom. Teachers will learn how to best navigate through and even avoid misunderstandings and misinterpretations that can easily happen in a culturally diverse environment and will gain greater awareness about how cultural differences can affect their own behavior, discipline decisions and assessments of student ability and potential.


After completing this course, educators will know:

  • Culture and its effects in the classroom.
  • Racism and its effects in the classroom.
  • Critical cross-cultural communication skills.
  • Tools and skills necessary to be an effective educator in intercultural contexts.

Student Learning Outcomes:

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

  • Employ cultural competence in their teaching practice.
  • Meet students’ needs as determined by their worldviews.
  • Recognize and counter racism and its impact in the classroom.
  • Communicate effectively with all their students.

About The Instructor

Sophia Thwaites
Sophia Thwaites

Sophia Thwaites earned her M.A. in Education with a Social Studies concentration from Teachers College, Columbia University, New York. She earned her B.A. in History from University of Florida.




**Registration Instructions:

Register for this class through KDSi. Effective January 1, 2015 the cost of this course will be $199.00.

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. 

A minimum $20 processing fee will be assessed per person for cancellations received after the start of the course. Refunds are not issued after the start of the course or after access to the course has been provided.

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