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Culturally Responsive Instruction: Elements of Success
EEND and MSED-692

  • Template 2015
  • Section TMPL
  • 1 Credits
  • 07/22/2015 to 07/22/2115
  • Modified 08/15/2023

Mission Statement

As a Catholic university rooted in the liberal arts, we are a welcoming community of learners challenged by Franciscan values and charism, engaged in a continuous pursuit of knowledge, faith, wisdom, and justice, and ever mindful of a tradition that emphasizes reverence for creation, compassion and peacemaking. We strive for academic excellence in all programs, preparing women and men to contribute to the world through service and leadership. 


Introduces the elements of culturally responsive pedagogy and how to use these elements to address the instructional needs of the diverse student population.  Candidates will learn how to create a student-centered, collaborative environment that promotes student achievement.


College of Education Mission

The mission of the College of Education is to prepare competent and caring educators who understand students, serve the community and develop professionally to become ethical decision-makers and leaders.

Understanding Students

Candidates will develop an understanding that Culturally Responsive Teaching “is a pedagogy that recognizes the importance of including students’ cultural references in all aspects of learning (Ladson-Billings, 1994). Candidates will learn that Culturally Responsive Teaching involves several elements: a culturally competent teacher, a culturally responsive classroom environment, and culturally responsive pedagogy.

Serving the Community

Candidates will learn how to effectively use cultural diversity to create student-centered instruction that takes into account students’ families and neighborhood. Additionally, Candidates will learn how to bridge cultural differences through effective communication, both student to student, and school to parents.

Finding Our Professional Selves

Candidates will develop an understanding of the importance of Culturally Responsive Instruction when creating instructional plans for all students, as well as a culturally responsive environment. Candidates will have the opportunity to apply new knowledge of Culturally Responsive Instruction to classroom activities, lesson plans, and curriculum. Candidates will also demonstrate the ability to communicate their ideas about Culturally Responsive Instruction by interacting with colleagues in a professional manner.


Access to standards referenced in this section can be found HERE

By the conclusion of the course, each participant will be able to do the following:

  1. Recognize the elements of culturally responsive education and its implementation (CREDE 1,2,4; NBPTS 1,2,3,4,5).
  2. Recognize how culturally responsive education impacts student achievement (CREDE 3; NBPTS 1,2,3,4)
  3. Describe the characteristics of culturally competent teachers (CREDE 3,4,5; NBPTS 1,2,3,4,5)
  4. Develop a culturally responsive classroom environment (CREDE 3,4,5; NBPTS 1,3,4,5)
  5. Apply knowledge of culturally responsive instruction by modifying current lesson plans to reflect culturally responsive elements (CREDE All, NBPTS 1,2,3,4)
  6. Apply knowledge of culturally responsive instruction to design culturally responsive pedagogy for the classroom (CREDE All, NBPTS All)


Candidates will respond to weekly discussion prompts.

  • Course outcomes 1,2
  • Standards CREDE 1,2,3,4; NBPTS 1,2,3,4,5

Culturally Responsive Professional Growth Goals
Candidates will create professional growth goals for themselves based on the findings of their Culturally Responsive Teacher Survey.

  • Course Outcomes 2, 3
  • Standards CREDE 3,4,5, NBTS 1,2,3,4,5

Culturally Responsive Environment Activities
Candidates will analyze and collect 4 activities that will assist teachers in creating a culturally responsive environment within their classroom.

  • Course outcomes 2,3,4
  • Standards CREDE 2; NBTS 1,2,3,4; CREDE 3,4,5; NBTS 1,2,3,4,5; CREDE 3,4,5; NBTS 1,3,4,5

Develop a Culturally Responsive Lesson Plan
Candidates will develop a lesson plan or revise an existing lesson plan to incorporate culturally responsive elements as outlined in the Culturally Responsive Lesson Plan Descriptors from The Center for Strengthening the Teaching Profession.

  • Course outcome 5
  • Standards CREDE 1,2,3,4,5; NBPTS 1,2,3,4

Institutional Policies

Students should use the MyUSF portal as the first resource for guidance and support on items such as student complaints, safety, security and transportation questions, contact information for various USF departments, student support services such as counseling and academic resources. Information on these resources can be found in the For Students section of the MyUSF portal.

  • A complete listing of university policies and procedures can be found in the University of St. Francis Catalog and Student Handbooks. Students are expected to follow all policies in the USF Catalog and Student Handbook, both of which can be found in the student portal.
  • Students are expected to be familiar with and follow the various procedures and guidelines regarding USF’s COVID-19 Response, including the USF Preparedness Plan and other materials incorporated in the Saints United resource hub (
  • Policies not covered in this document will be handled in accordance with the USF Catalog, Student Handbook, and Program Handbook as applicable.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity requires that all academic work be wholly the product of an identified individual or individuals. Collaboration is only acceptable when it is explicitly acknowledged. Ethical conduct is the obligation of every member of the University community, and breaches of academic integrity constitute serious offenses. Since a lack of integrity hinders the student’s academic development, it cannot be tolerated under any circumstances. Violations include but are not limited to: cheating, fabrication, facilitating academic dishonesty, plagiarism, and denying others access to information or material. See the University of St. Francis Catalog for further clarification and information on grievance procedures.

Services and Accommodations for Students with Disabilities (ADA)

The University strives to be in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA). A student who requires special accommodations or arrangements due to a disability should contact the Office of Accessibility Services. This contact preferably should occur no later than the first week of classes. Early contact before the semester starts is encouraged to allow sufficient time to provide accommodations. Extra time is needed for some types of accommodations such as sign language interpreters or special text formatting. Should a need arrive after the start of a semester; the student is encouraged to contact the Office of Accessibility Services as soon as possible. Note that accommodations are not retroactive. Each case will be reviewed on an individual basis to determine reasonable and appropriate accommodations.

USF is committed to ensuring the full participation of all students in its programs, regardless of the course format. If you have a documented disability and need a reasonable accommodation to participate in a course, complete course requirements, or benefit from the University’s programs or services, please contact the Office of Accessibility Services at 815-740-3631 or [email protected] . The Office of Accessibility Services is located on the third floor of Tower Hall in room N320. Consultations are welcome; please contact the Office of Accessibility Services for an appointment.

Technology Support

If you are experiencing any difficulty using Canvas or need technical assistance, you have several options to receive support:

  1. 24x7 Live Canvas Support. Canvas has a 24 hour support by clicking on ? Help while in Canvas. You can Chat with Canvas Support, Report a Problem, or call the Canvas Support Hotline. If you experience technical difficulties or have a question about Canvas, you can receive support 24 hours a day seven (7) days a week through the Canvas help menu. From the help menu; select Report a Problem to send an email support request, select Chat with Canvas Support (Student) for a “live” text-based click-to-chat session, or to speak to someone directly use the toll-free number listed under the Canvas Support Hotline (Student). NOTE: Responses to Canvas’ email based Report a Problem request system will go to your USF email account, NOT your personal email.
  2. Online Self-Service Help Resources. A student user guide and other resources for solving issues related to Canvas can be found at
  3. You can phone the Technology Support Center for personal help at (815) 768-8324 or (866) 337-1497 (toll-free) between 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM Central Standard Time, Monday through Friday or fill out a Technology Support Center ticket and select Canvas/Online courses as the component.

For any technical support issues that are not related to Canvas, you can also contact the USF Technology Support Center (TSC). You can reach them via:

Academic Support Services

The Academic Resource Center (ARC) located in Room N316 in Tower Hall (815-740-5060 or [email protected]) offers various types of academic services.  Online and distance learning students can contact ARC for appropriate resources.  ARC serves students who need tutoring in many areas of study including writing and math.  Library services include a number of online services and full text databases.  Call the Library at 815-740-5041 for additional information.  If you need academic-related resources or assistance, please contact the Academic Resource Center.