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Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning College of Education and Human Development University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus

  • Minneapolis, MN
    location
  • Public
    type
  • Urban
    setting
  • 50%50%
    student ratio
  • 14
    total students
  • Not Reported
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • Not Reported
    fall application deadline
  • 84%
    acceptance rate
  • 1 Degree
    degrees/awards offered

Overview

The Master of Arts Program in Multicultural College Teaching and Learning at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Through its Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning, the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities offers a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree program in Multicultural College Teaching and Learning that focuses on multicultural educational theories and the application of these within an increasingly diverse higher education landscape. The program's cohort format facilitates collaborative learning, mutual academic support, and long-lasting personal connections and professional networks.

Its curriculum integrates students' diverse backgrounds, professional experiences, and personal interests, thus allowing them to create courses of study that fit their academic and professional goals. The curriculum also covers several areas including multicultural student development, undergraduate classroom research, diversity and higher education, universal design, multicultural education andpedagogy, and assessment of undergraduate learning.

As a result, program participants graduate equipped to support and facilitate student achievement in multicultural institutions. They obtain rewarding positions in a number of areas including learning assistance programs, student affairs, multicultural student affairs, multicultural student development, higher education teaching, and summer bridge programs.

M.A. in Multicultural College Teaching and Learning Curricula

Students in the M.A. in Multicultural College Teaching and Learning degree program can select a Plan A or Plan B option.

Plan A includes a minimum of 34 credits: 15-18 credits of core courses including 6-9 credits of a practicum and internship, 6 credits of elective courses, 3 credits of research design course, and 10 thesis credits.

Plan B consists of at least 30 credits including 15-18 credits of core courses including 6-9 credits of a practicum and internship, 6 (or more) credits of elective courses, 3 credits of a research design course (optional), and 3 credits for a capstone seminar.

Core Courses

Core courses include "Multicultural Teaching and Learning in Diverse College Contexts" and "Supervised Practicum in Multicultural Postsecondary Teaching and Learning." Additional courses include "Action Research Methods to Improve College Teaching and Learning" and "Multicultural Theories of College Student Development Applied to Teaching and Learning."

"Supervised Internship in Postsecondary Teaching and Learning," "Capstone Seminar" (Plan B only), and "Thesis Credits in Multicultural College Teaching and Learning" (Plan A only) are also core courses.

Student Research

Both the Plan A master's thesis and Plan B capstone project options allow students to thoroughly examine topics that reflect their academic and career interests. It also helps them strengthen skills pertinent to their professions such as analytical, critical thinking, leadership, problem solving, and research skills.

The Plan A master's thesis involves conducting original research to create a paper that includes 5 chapters -- introduction, methodology, results, analysis, and conclusion -- and a literature review.

The Plan B capstone project involves using research tools, theories, and concepts to develop a proposal, carry out the project, and write a brief reflection paper. Potential projects include developing an evaluation or a course, curriculum, workshop, or training module; preparing and submitting a journal article; and creating a literature review that highlights gaps in research.

Diverse Faculty

Graduate students learn from a diverse group of faculty members who teach and research with undergraduates.Their classrooms are spaces where they apply cutting-edge pedagogical strategies. They are also excellent advisers and instructors who take personal interest in their students.

For example, Bob Poch, Ph.D, Research Fellow and director of graduate studies, combines his background in history and higher education public policy with his research by focusing on the early civil rights movement in the United States (with particular focus on the period 1930-1954) and how public policies were influenced and formulated to create greater access to educational opportunity. Dr. Poch recently won the Morse-Alumni Undergraduate Teaching Award, the highest teaching honor at the University of Minnesota.

In another example, Assistant Professor Tania Mitchell, Ed.D., is a scholar-practitioner with experience in academic affairs, admissions, student activities, teaching, and residential life. Her research focuses on service learning as a tool to explore civic identity, community practice, race and racism, social justice, and student learning and development.

Innovative Faculty Research

Through their research, faculty members explore ways higher education institutions can increaseaccess to and achievement in higher education programs, particularly for under-represented students. They also introduce new ways of thinking to best practices in assessment, curricular models, instructional design, and pedagogy.

Current projects include conducting college-based classroom research with diverse undergraduate students, designing college-level curricula and pedagogy, and examining factors that affect student learning and development outcomes in post-secondary education.

Costs and Financial Assistance

Costs to attend the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities include tuition, general fees, service and usage fees, and college fees. The university offers graduate students federal loans and work study programs and university-sponsored assistantships, fellowships, grants, and traineeships.

It also has reciprocity agreements with the states of North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin as well as the province of Manitoba, Canada. Reciprocity tuition rates are lower than non-resident tuition rates for other states and countries.

The department of postsecondary teaching and learning offers one fully funded graduate assistantship each year. Those who apply before the December 1st deadline will receive priority consideration for this assistantship.

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Undergraduate Multicultural Teaching and Learning

Through its Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning, the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities offers a 12-credit, post-baccalaureate, certificate program in undergraduate multicultural teaching and learning. Its curriculum consists of 3 core courses and 1 elective course.

Core courses include "Increasing Access and Success in Undergraduate Classrooms," "Multicultural Teaching and Learning in Diverse Postsecondary Contexts," and "Multicultural Theories of College Student Development Applied to Teaching and Learning."

The University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Established in 1851, the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities is 1 of the largest public research universities in the country. It offers nearly 70,000 students more than 330 bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs in practically every field -- from law to liberal arts, medicine to business, and science and engineering to architecture.

The university's main campuses are located in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, in the Midwestern region of the United States.

Known as the Twin Cities, the area is one of the nation's most dynamic and diverse metropolises. Thus, students have access to arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations; government agencies; world-renowned health centers; and multi-national corporations.


Location & Contact

Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning

College of Education and Human Development
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus

178 Pillsbury Drive, SE
206 Burton hall
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States

Dr. Amy Lee

Chair

Dr. Rhiannon Williams

Graduate Recruitment Coordinator

Email: pstlinfo@umn.edu


Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Multicultural College Teaching And Learning Master of Arts (MA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 7
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees 3
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Not reported
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Not reported
    • Distance learning programs available? Not reported
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported

Admissions

84% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 19
    • Accepted 16
    • Acceptance Rate 84
    • Enrolled 10
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $75
    • Application Fee - International $95
    • Electronic applications accepted? Not Reported
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesNot Reported
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesNot Reported

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *Not Reported
    • Out-of-state tuition *Not Reported
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year feesNot Reported
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableResearch Assitantships, Teaching Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students14
    • Female Percentage50%
    • Male Percentage50%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students14
    • Part-time Percentage57%
    • Full-time Percentage43%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino23%
    • Black / African American31%
    • White / Caucasian31%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native8%
    • Asian8%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown-1%

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty20
    • Full-time Percentage100%
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Female Percentage55%
    • Male Percentage45%

Research

  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchDiversity and equity in postsecondary education, teaching and learning in higher education, instructional design for diverse learning environments, developmental education, multicultural education, first-generation college students
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last year$148,917


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