Diverse and Cross-Cultural Environments for Leaders Certificate

Program Overview

At PLNU, we are here for the same reasons you are: We truly believe in the power of education, and we care deeply about individuals — including you.

The Diverse and Cross-Cultural Environments for Leaders program will prepare you to be a more effective leader in an education environment, business, or nonprofit organization. This 15-unit course of study can serve as a concentration within a Master of Arts in Education with a specialization in leadership in learning or as a stand-alone added authorization.

In Diverse and Cross-Cultural Environments for Leaders, you will gain an in-depth understanding of complex cultural dynamics including race, gender, generation, religion, and socio-economic background. In addition, you will develop your ability to respond to the social, emotional, and academic needs of children, families, and community members, including military families, foster families, and those impacted by homelessness. You will learn from professors who have traveled to, worked in, and immersed themselves into a wide variety of socio-economic environments.
You don’t work in education because it’s easy; you do it because it matters. You want to be an educator who makes a difference in your students’ lives. That’s what we want, too.

Everyone you encounter here will share your goal of better serving your students, from your admissions counselor to your professors. Rest assured, PLNU’s School of Education will take a personal interest in you and care about your concerns, experience, beliefs, and goals.

Specialized to Your Interests

Learn to successfully serve specific populations and incorporate the latest, research-based and classroom-tested best practices in a highly focused program. Take certificates and added authorizations alone, in combination, or as part of a master’s degree to create your ideal combination.   

Convenient for Your Life

Our online and hybrid formats make these authorization and certificate programs work with your career and family obligations. Since PLNU is known for making education personal, you can be sure you will receive the attention and support you need.

Relevant to Your Needs

District partnerships ensure PLNU’s curriculum addresses current needs and topics facing educators. As a Christian university, PLNU equips you to integrate your beliefs, values, and goals with your teaching practice.

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We’re here to make the entire process a simple one. We’ll walk you through the application process, answer your questions, and get you one step closer to earning your degree.

Application Deadlines:

  • Summer 2017 Quad I – April 3, 2017
  • Summer 2017 Quad II – May 29, 2017
  • Fall 2017 Quad I – July 17, 2017
  • Fall 2017 Quad II – September 11, 2017

Not all programs offer entry for new students each quad. Check with your enrollment counselor for programs and start dates.

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The Selection Process

The educational context at PLNU will challenge you to live a full life that integrates the pursuit of knowledge with beliefs, values, and actions. While honoring diverse perspectives and beliefs, Christian values and principles are woven into the educational experience. We understand your application is not only a reflection of you as a student; it reflects you as a person. At PLNU, we holistically evaluate your academic history, work and life experience, background, and circumstances to determine admission into a graduate program. Your undergraduate GPA is an important piece of your application, but if you do not meet the minimum GPA requirement of a 3.0, you may still be eligible for admission based on your application package as well as the exceptions policy per your particular program.* Therefore, we strongly encourage you to contact your enrollment counselor, who will advise you regarding your qualifications and provide specific information about the admission under exceptions process.

To be admitted into PLNU's education program, you must have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution, as evidenced by an official transcript from an institution that indicates the completion of an undergraduate degree.

If you have any questions about your qualifications or the program in general, we encourage you to contact your enrollment counselor.

Application Checklist

Note: The application is completed entirely online with the exception of transcripts, which can be submitted electronically or directly to PLNU, and test scores, which should be submitted electronically.

  1. Submit an online application for admissions (including $50 non-refundable application fee, which is waived for PLNU alums, current or former military and their dependents, and PLNU employees).
  2. Submit official transcripts with proof of earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.

    Official transcripts must be sent to:
    Point Loma Nazarene University
    Office of Graduate Admissions
    3900 Lomaland Dr.
    San Diego, CA 92106

    Official electronic transcripts must be emailed to:
    gradprocessing@pointloma.edu
     
  3. Submit a personal essay, 2-3 pages in length and double spaced, that addresses the following topics:
    • Describe your professional career goals for the next five years.
    • Describe the variety of experiences that helped you determine these goals.
    • Explain what motivates you to work in California’s diverse schools.
    • Explain why you are applying to PLNU, a private Christian university.
  4. Provide two professional recommendations. You will be asked to register your recommenders by providing their names, titles, and email addresses.
  5. For credential seekers only: Submit basic skills exam (CBEST or equivalent) scores. This can be demonstrated by taking the CBEST exam
    • OR Multiple Subject CSET plus writing skills examination
    • OR CSU Early Assessment Program or the CSU Placement Examination
    • OR providing proof of a valid California teaching credential

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*Exceptions Policy: If you have below a 3.0 GPA in your baccalaureate degree, you will need to speak with your enrollment counselor for more information on the exceptions materials needed for your particular program.

Financial Aid and Student Support

We take seriously the role of providing you with financial, academic, and career support so you have the tools you need to be successful at PLNU and beyond. That’s why we offer a holistic support system that focuses on your unique experiences, particular needs, and personal and professional goals — resulting from our deep concern for you, our student.

With a focus on authentic relationships and personalized attention, our goal is to help transform you so you can follow your calling in your own career and life.

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Career Opportunities

This program is ideal for:

  • Teachers, counselors and other professionals who work in diverse community settings
  • Those who provide professional development to others in cross-cultural competence
  • Resource personnel at a variety of human services and health agencies