Cultural Competence Certificate Program

Pacific University offers a 10-credit certificate program for teachers, instructional assistants, counselors, and community members who want to learn more about developing their personal cultural competence as well as enhancing the cultural competence of educational institutions.

What is Cultural Competence?

Cultural competence is a developmental process that evolves over an extended period. Both individuals and organizations are at various levels of awareness, knowledge and skills along the cultural competence continuum. (adapted from Cross et al., 1989)

Students may join the program at any point. Foundational courses introduce the concepts of cultural competence, the history of oppression in schools, understanding acheivement gaps, and working with speakers of other languages. Beyond Fear, Guilt, & Anger: Moving Toward Cultural Competence explores deeply personal issues of racism and prejudice. Students may choose between Cultural Competence for Young Children, which includes strategies for working with our youngest students, or Teaching About the Holocaust.

The final course in the program is a 90-hour practicum where participants apply their knowledge and skills while working in a diverse educational setting.

This certificate program is designed for the following.


Section Cultural Competence Certificate Requirements Credit Hrs
EDUC-540 Language Policy in ESOL Education
EDUC-564 Cultural Competence for Young Children (K-3)
EDUC-569 Teaching About the Holocaust (4-12)
EDUC-562 Foundations of Cultural Competence
EDUC-563 Beyond Fear, Guilt, & Anger: Moving Toward Cultural Competence
EDUC-655 Practicum in Cultural Competence

Please note: The current program involves a small online component; however, we are planning to offer more courses via distance learning in the future.

For More Information

Contact Person: Diana Watkins, Associate Director of Graduate & Professional Admissions
Phone: 503-352-1435 or 877-722-8648 ext. 143

Contact Person (Eugene): Nancy Meltzoff
Phone: 541-485-6812

Contact Person (Forest Grove): Catherine Kim
Phone: 503-352-1459