The Culturally Inclusive Educator Certificate Program

The Culturally Inclusive Educator Certificate is a five-course program developed by faculty for faculty to explore the domains of culture, strengthen and enhance intercultural knowledge, and provoke creative ideas for engaging students from diverse cultural backgrounds. 

The Certificate is designed for busy faculty. Participants can expect approximately 1-2 hours of work per week beyond the classroom/online instruction. Hillsborough Community College (HCC) faculty who complete the Certificate program will enjoy a competitive advantage when applying to lead study abroad programs; compiling tenure and/or post-tenure portfolios; competing for mini-grants; and requesting support to attend international education conferences. 

Course Descriptions and Learning Outcomes

The following five courses comprise the Certificate:

Course 1 (face-to-face) “Intercultural Context”

This course provides an introduction to the exploration of cultural values and how they intersect within the academic environment. The course will examine cultural domains and how they may impact communication and behaviors in the classroom. The course will explore strategies and activities for moving students through the stages of intercultural sensitivity within the classroom.

Course 2 (on-line) “Understanding Students in Transition”

This course explores the experience of international students in their transition to post-secondary academic life. Participants will learn about trends in international student demographics and motivations for pursuing education abroad. Upon completion of the course, participants will have developed a framework of actions they can take to provide appropriate support for students in transition.

Course 3 (on-line) “Intercultural Communication”

This course explores the connection between culture and communication for educators and trainers. Participants will explore barriers to intercultural communication through case studies, writings, and film. The course will enable participants to understand their interpersonal communication techniques, facilitate dialogue between students, and provide responsive resolutions to cultural communication conflict in the classroom.

Course 4 (on-line) “Supporting Language Acquisition"

This course supports language acquisition of English language learners in the classroom. Participants will acquire the fundamentals in second-language acquisition theory and the development of realistic language-learning goals for students. Participants will identify useful language-related resources for learners, discern the challenges faced by second-language learners, and design activities that incorporate opportunities for planning and practicing language.

Course 5 (face-to-face) “Intercultural Curriculum”

This course explores methods for developing curricula and teaching practice within a global perspective. Participants will explore how their teaching and learning can integrate the social, economic, environmental, and political aspects of our world no matter what the subject content.

Inaugural 2016-2017 Cohort Faculty

Name HCC Campus Discipline
Brown, Emily Dale Mabry  English for Academic Purposes
Gold, Andrew Dale Mabry  Business--Entrepreneurship
Koo, Bibi SouthShore Nursing
Lahrach, Mustapha SouthShore Biological Sciences
Lynch, Suzanne  Dale Mabry English
Meek, Travis Dale Mabry Humanities/Art History
Melendez, Joana Plant City Biology
Shuler, Bryan Dale Mabry Humanities
Todd, Rebecca Dale Mabry  Anthropology
Thomas, Kristine SouthShore Biological Sciences