The Graduate Certificate in Multicultural Education (GCME) targets full- or part-time graduate students who seek academic preparation in multicultural education in order to build/improve their capacity for working well/effectively with diverse populations.
There are two options in this certificate: one is a non-recertification option, the other is a recertification option. Both options target full- or part-time graduate students who have completed an undergraduate teacher education licensure program, and/or an alternative route to licensure program, in which multicultural education coursework (or related content (e.g., cultural diversity, cultural competency, etc.) was not a significant part of the program to build/improve their capacity for working well/effectively with diverse PK-12 student populations and their families.
The difference between the non-recertification and recertification options is one course; certificate students who do not want or do not yet have a Nevada teaching license, or who have been licensed teachers in the state of Nevada for less than 5 years, will take the CME 600 core multicultural education course, and those who have been licensed for 5 years or more and need to fulfill the state relicensure requirements will take the CME 610 core multicultural education course for teacher relicensure [students should opt for CME 610/the recertification option in consultation with the Nevada Department of Education and based on when they need to renew their license]. Through passage of AB234, all state licensed teachers are required to take 6 additional graduate credits after 5 years of teaching to qualify for licensure recertification. Of these 6 credits, 3 must be in multicultural education; accordingly, the Graduate Certificate in Multicultural Education is also a pathway for in-service professionals opting to pursue that licensure recertification to secure one of the course requirements for it.
Though the GCME targets full- or part-time graduate students who have completed an undergraduate teacher education licensure program, and/or an alternative route to licensure program, students need not be licensed to take the certificate but should be aware that this is not a licensure program.
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Plan Admission Requirements
Applications available on the UNLV Graduate College website.
All applicants must review and follow the Graduate College Admission and Registration Requirements.
Qualified students must apply for admission to the Graduate College via the online application. All minimum Graduate College requirements MUST be met. In addition to the Graduate College requirements, GCME applicants must also complete and submit a résumé/vita and a 250-750 word personal statement detailing their interest in the GCME.
Applications for admission into the Graduate Certificate in Multicultural Education are accepted for any term. Acceptance may be limited based on course enrollments.
Students are accepted into a certificate program as described in the Graduate Catalog. The faculty and corresponding sub-disciplines and sub-plans within the described programs are subject to change at any time.