Judith Herb College of Education

Certificate in Culture and Change in Institutions

The Graduate Certificate in Culture and Change in Institutions program is designed for professionals working in formal and informal educational environments, including P-12 schools, community colleges, universities, social service agencies, and other organizations. Courses in the certificate program foster awareness and understanding of culture and power, and also deliver practical strategies and techniques for individuals working in institutional settings to contribute to dynamic institutional culture that extends access and privilege to individuals from all cultural backgrounds and supports enactment of our national democratic values.

The program requires completion of four graduate courses (12 semester hours). All courses are offered face-to-face, scheduled at the end of the work day to accommodate fulltime employees; some are also offered online (distance learning). Students may opt to take one or two courses per semester, and may later apply the 12 credit hours earned toward Master's or Doctoral programs in Educational Theory and Social Foundations (ETSF, FOED, FEPE, FEES); admission applications for certificate and degree programs are filed separately.

The program employs the interdisciplinary framework of the Social Foundations of Education. It aligns with Standards for Academic and Professional Instruction in Foundations of Education, Educational Studies, and Educational Policy Studies (http://www.unm.edu/~jka/csfe/standards_intro.html).

All certificate students are matched with a graduate faculty advisor to develop a meaningful plan of study, choosing four courses from the following, each of which draws upon research and methods from the social sciences and humanities:

TSOC 5100/7100 Network Theory and Educational Reform
TSOC 5210/7210 Social Justice in American Society
TSOC 5230/7230 Critical Responses to Deculturalization
TSOC/EDP 6150/8150 Cultural Perspectives in Learning and Development
TSOC 6320/8320 Education and the Democratic Ethic

Courses are regularly scheduled to enable students to complete the certificate in four consecutive semesters, taking one course per semester, or two semesters, taking two courses per semester, and courses may be taken in any order.  Students seeking admission to the Certificate program will need to file an online application through the College of Graduate Studies at http://apply.utoledo.edu.  This is a stand-alone certificate, meaning students do not need to be enrolled in any other graduate program to enroll for the certificate; however, students may earn the certificate as part of a Master's or Doctoral degree as well.

Applicants for admission to the Certificate program are required to submit:

  • Transcript showing earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited four-year institution and GPA of 2.7 or higher on a 4.0 scale in all undergraduate work
  • Two recommendation letters, which may come from such sources as the undergraduate major adviser, current employer, religious or other organization leader, school principal or others who are knowledgeable about the applicant's ability to engage in graduate work in the desired program
  • A brief statement describing student’s background and goals as well as the importance of the certificate work toward achieving those goals

For more information or assistance in applying, please contact Dr. Lynne Hamer, program coordinator, at 419.530.7749 or email lynne.hamer@utoledo.edu, or contact the College of Graduate Studies at 419.530.4723 or email grdsch@utoledo.edu

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Last Updated: 6/27/22