Culturally Relevant Pedagogy

Develop the skills to use culturally relevant pedagogy as a lens to reflect personally on your practice, analyze systemic issues that perpetuate the disparities, and practice having the honest and compassionate dialogue that can positively impact students.

Program Overview

Understand how differentiation and engaging curriculum supports cultural competency and increases student engagement. Learn the impact of sociopolitical consciousness when teaching children and their role in the development of critically conscious students. Engage in activities to practice “interrupting” those practices and policies that seek to impede the support of marginalized students. Gain strategies to have compassionate dialogue using the RIR (Recognize, Interrupt and Repair) Protocol.

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Approximately 15 hours

Up to 6 months to complete coursework

Estimated Tuition


Ways to Learn




Graduate Level Professional Development Credit

Key Features

Online and self-paced   |   Dedicated mentor    |    Interactive assignments

Real-world case studies   |   Create an action plan    |    Earn graduate level professional development credits

Upon successful mastery of this course, you will be able to

  • Build capacity to work effectively with students of color, thus eliminating the racial achievement disparities that exist in schools
  • Understand culturally relevant pedagogy as a tool to reflect personally on teaching practices and analyze the systemic issues that perpetuate achievement disparities
  • Improve communication to strengthen capacity to have honest and compassionate dialogue in order to positively impact students’ learning experiences
  • Reflect on the effectiveness of your current role in and approach to students’ learning experiences

Course Topics:

  • Culturally relevant pedagogy
  • Supporting academic achievement 
  • Cultural competency 
  • Understanding what culturally responsive educator means
  • Sociopolitical consciousness 
  • Cultivating sociopolitical consciousness 
  • CRP as a lens for equity 
  • Culturally responsive learning environments

Who Should Enroll?

  • PreK-12 teachers
  • Teacher candidates
  • School administrators
  • Para-educators    

Earn your credit in 3 simple steps

Step 1
Register online.

Step 2
Complete the course.

Step 3
Receive credits and obtain an official transcript.



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This course is offered through University of Massachusetts Global’s School of Extended Education in partnership with Epoch Education

Epoch Education

What are Graduate-level Professional Development Credits?

Graduate-level professional development credits are not part of a degree program but instead are primarily used for professional advancement such as salary increment steps and recertification. Students should seek approval from appropriate district officials before enrolling in these courses.

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