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Cultural Proficiency Institute for Educators
Organizes and Promotes Cultural Proficiency through Training and Education
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Professional Certificate in Cultural Proficiency

Developed by San Diego State University’s College of Education and
presented through the College of Extended Studies

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Complete this certificate program in only one year!

Explore online courses exclusively for educators.

Culture shapes behaviors, values, and institutions — and everyone is influenced by norms and expectations.


Certificate Program Goals

  1. Develop and/or strengthen your skills, knowledge, and dispositions that lead to positive interactions with, and respect for students of different backgrounds.
  2. Develop culturally relevant teaching strategies that link learners’ prior knowledge, skills, interests, and backgrounds to challenging academic standards that students need to learn.Cultural Competence - Diverse Children
  3. Learn ways of engaging all students through rigorous and authentic learning experiences that prepare them for college, career, and life.
  4. Learn ways to develop supportive relationships with families and connections between their students’ home and the school.
  5. Learn ways to ensure equity of opportunity and achievement by providing personalized support services that support success for all students



1. Cultural Competence: A Field of Study

  • Define cultural competence and identify its components.
  • Move from being culturally unaware to being aware and sensitive to your own cultural heritage and to valuing and respecting differences and others’ cultures.
  • Become aware of your own values and biases and how they may affect others.
  • Identify positively with differences that exist between yourself and others in terms of race, gender, sexual orientation, and other socio-demographic variables.
  • Learn ways of interacting positively and constructively in environments that are highly diverse.

2. Cultural Competence: Building Cultural Knowledge I
3. Cultural Competence: Building Cultural Knowledge II

  • Gain specific knowledge and information about the history, experiences, cultural values, and lifestyles of various socio-demographic groups in our society.
  • Learn behavioral skills for working with people from different cultures.
  • Develop cultural competency skills to become more effective in responding to culturally and linguistically diverse communities.
  • Become aware of institutional barriers that prevent some culturally and linguistically diverse students and families from accessing services.
  • Gain knowledge of current policies, programs, and resources that impact the groups you serve.
  • Learn strategies to help students and their parents feel efficacious as they pursue academic success and success in the life as they navigate through institutional barriers, policies, programs, and resources.

4. Cultural Competence: Educators in a Changing World

  • Incorporate concepts of cultural responsiveness in the classroom through teaching, classroom structures and processes, and interactions.
  • Develop culturally relevant strategies for the classroom.
  • Apply culturally relevant and responsive strategies for planning and assessing classroom outcomes.
  • Exercise a variety of relationship building skills with students and their family members.
  • Develop and demonstrate teaching strategies that address the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse learners and ensure their success.


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Class Meeting Times


$564 per eight-week course (total certificate program cost: $2256)

Employer Billing

Select "3rd Party Billing" option at checkout if you would like to have your employer invoiced. You will be asked to provide: employer's contact information and documentation showing employer has agreed to pay for courses such as a purchase order or tuition assistance form.



Dr. Tanis King Starck
Assistant Dean, College of Education 


Registration Information

Registration now open! Space is limited. Classes are expected to fill quickly.

First class starts on Tuesday, August 27, 2018

Course No.
Course Title
Course DatesRegister
ED 0997Cultural Competency - A Field of StudyAugust 27 - October 19, 2018
Registration deadline:
September 4, 2018
Cultural Competence Certificate
ED 0996Cultural Competency - Building Cultural Knowledge IOctober 22 - December 14, 2018
Registration deadline:
Monday, October 29, 2018 
Cultural Competence Certificate
ED 0996
Cultural Competency - Building Cultural Knowledge IISpring 2019 semesterRegistration link
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ED 0996
Cultural Competency - Educators in a Changing WorldSpring 2019 semesterRegistration link
coming soon

For pre-registration please email Dr. Tanis King Starck at

Registration Issues

Contact the College of Extended Studies' Registration Office directly at or (619) 594-5152 for assistance.



Tanis Starck

Dr. Tanis King Starck

Assistant Dean, College of Education


Cultural Proficiency Institute for Educators