McDaniel launches new graduate certificate program

September 23, 2011

McDaniel is offering a new graduate certificate in Graduate and Professional Studies in Equity and Excellence in Education. The first cohort of students begins the program on Oct. 1.

This new graduate certificate program consists of five courses equal to 15 credits in the theory, research, and practice of culturally responsive teaching. Developed in a formal partnership between McDaniel College, the Montgomery County Education Association (MCEA), and Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), the certificate addresses the multidimensional issue of equal access to educational opportunities for all students, particularly those identified within the “achievement gap” by President Obama and the U.S. Department of Education.

Courses include Foundations of Social Justice Teaching, Race and Ethnicity in American Education, Culturally Reflective Instruction, Leadership for Equity and Excellence, and Research and Action for Equity and Excellence.

Teachers in the program can build skills that effectively address the needs of diverse learners. Although some of what is taught deals with specific concerns of educators in Montgomery County, the certificate also focuses on general educational issues, and can easily be adapted to meet the needs of other educational jurisdictions.

“This certificate is as important for what it represents, as well as what it does,” says Henry Reiff, dean of Graduate and Professional Studies. “It demonstrates that working as partners, McDaniel and the school systems, can design and deliver coursework that empowers teachers to meet the needs of all students.

“Because all courses are available online, we see this becoming a national model endorsed by the NEA (National Education Association).”