2020-2021 Graduate Academic Catalog

Graduate Certificate in Family and Community Engagement in Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Education 12 credits

Teacher collaboration with parents, families, and community members has long been understood as beneficial to the academic advancement of all students, but especially emerging bilinguals, also known as English Learners (ELs). This four-course certificate will strengthen teachers' knowledge of applied linguistics, second language acquisition, and culturally responsive teaching in relation to their understanding of the role of families and communities in schooling.  A critical lens is used to examine existing barriers and impediments to effective parent, family, and community engagement in schools. Teachers in the program apply an ecological model in which families and communities are centrally involved in the various aspects of school life.

Program Prerequisite: Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university

Program of Study

Courses may have prerequisites for registration; please check course descriptions before registering. 

Required Courses

EECLD 6001Culturally Responsive Teaching


EECLD 6002Essential Linguistics: What Every Teacher Needs to Know about Language


EECLD 6003Family and Community Engagement


EECLD 6004First and Second Language Acquisition and Oral Development