Teaching and Leading for Diversity, AC

Our advanced certificate program in teaching and leading for diversity is for you if you are interested in issues of diversity, multiculturalism and social justice. Our program focuses on the growing demand by educators for the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to address and embrace cultural diversity among students, one of the most important issues for educators in the 21st century.

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Why Teaching and Leading for Diversity at UB?

The features of our program include:

  • focusing on the growing demand by educators for theoretical knowledge and practical skills
  • learning how to understand and respond effectively to the ever-growing diversity of students
  • raising cultural awareness and intercultural competence through tolerance and sensitivity

Program Overview

 Academic credential granted Advanced Certificate (AC)
Credits required for completion 18
Time to completion 2 full-time semesters
Course delivery On campus
  • Teacher
  • Education professional
Application deadline

Priority Deadlines

Fall: Feb. 1, then rolling

Spring: Nov. 1, then rolling

Program Coursework

Required Course (3 Credits)

  •  LAI 567 Improving Intercultural Interaction in Multicultural Classrooms

Elective Courses (15 Credits)

Foundations of Diversity and Social Change (Choose Minimum One)

  • LAI 573 Technology as a Social Practice
  • LAI 588 Gender and Education
  • LAI 663 Vygotsky's Educational Theory
  • LAI 664 Bakhtinian and (Neo-Bakhtinian) Perspectives on Language, Literacy and Culture (for doctoral students only)

Intercultural Communication and Cultural Identity (Choose Minimum One)

  • LAI 512 Readings in Literature
  • LAI 518 English Education Advanced Composition: Writing Cultural Stories
  • LAI 574 Teaching the Exceptional Learner in the Regular Education Classroom
  • LAI 580 Literature for Young Adults
  • LAI 581 Linguistics in Second Language Education
  • LAI 598 Intercultural Experience and Education

Diversity in School Practices (Choose Minimum One)

  • LAI 511 Diversity in Early Childhood/Childhood Education
  • LAI 523 Social Studies Curriculum
  • LAI 537 Language Diversity and Literacy
  • LAI 563 Language, Literacy and Culture/
  • LAI 592 Foundations of Bilingual Education: Policies and Practice

Application Requirements

Submit your completed online application, which includes:

  • Application fee: A $50 non-refundable application fee, submitted electronically through UB's ePayment system.
  • Unofficial transcripts from all colleges attended. (UB transcripts are automatically submitted for current UB students and alumni.)
  • Contact information for two individuals who will each be asked to provide an electronic recommendation letter.

Former/Maiden Name: Please provide us with your former/maiden name if you have one. When requesting transcripts, please ask the sending institution to indicate your current name and former/maiden name.

International Applicant Additional Requirements
  • Official original proof of your degree
  • A copy of your passport biographical page
  • Official test scores for either the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or PTE (Pearson Test of English) Academic. Test scores must be dated within two years of submitting your application.
    • TOEFL minimum score is a 250 for a computer based test, 600 for a paper based test and 96 for the Internet based test 
    • IELTS minimum score is 7.0 overall with no individual sub-score below 6.5
    • PTE minimum score is 55 overall with no individual sub-score below 50
  • Financial documentation — International graduate applicants must document their ability to pay for all costs incurred while studying in the U.S.
  • An official bank statement

All financial forms and supporting documentation with required signatures must be uploaded with your application, and must be dated within one year of your intended enrollment date.

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University Computing Standards

You are required to have daily access to a reliable broadband connection and a computer that meets university computing standards. You are also expected to have basic computer competency before beginning your coursework.