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The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Human Sciences: Certificates:
Graduate Certificate in Engaging Culturally Diverse Learners

This program is not currently accepting new students. Current students must complete their programs of study in accordance with Walden’s Time-to-Degree Completion policies.

Today’s classrooms serve students and families of great diversity. So it is essential that teachers develop self-awareness and knowledge with regard to the complex influences of culture, language, and life experiences and explore the nature of diversity in today’s society and in today’s schools.

The courses in this certificate program offer teachers opportunities to explore current theories, research, and effective practices related to student diversity. Teachers study ways to meet student needs through models such as the Universal Design by Learning (UDL) and Differentiated Instruction (DI) as well as how to integrate technology to customize instruction. Teachers also have hands-on experiences in building a repertoire of research-based strategies for diverse learning environments. The goal of the certificate is for teachers to develop an approach that is appropriate for their students.

Note on Endorsement, Licensure, or Certification

This program does not lead to an endorsement, certification, or licensure. Walden makes no representation, warranty, guarantee, or commitment that successful completion of this program or coursework for graduate credit within this program will permit a graduate to obtain state certification or licensure.

The graduate degree program and coursework within the program in which you are enrolling may be accepted by many states toward upgrading or renewing a license or obtaining a salary increase (depending on state or district policy). Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement. Walden enrollment specialists can provide guidance on program requirements; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand and comply with all state and school district requirements.

Certificate Requirements

  • 12 total semester credits


  • Students may take this as a non-degree course.
  • Students may take this as a non-degree course.
  • Students may take this as a non-degree course.
  • Students may take this as a non-degree course.

Course Sequence

The recommended course sequence is as follows:

Semester Course Credits
Semester 1

EDUC 6650 - Enhancing Learning for Diverse Populations

3 semester credits

EDUC 6732 - Differentiated Instruction

3 semester credits
Semester 2

EDUC 6714 - Reaching and Engaging All Learners Through Technology

3 semester credits

EDUC 6657 - Creating an Effective Classroom Learning Environment

3 semester credits