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Cultural Competency in Art Education

Syllabus Cultural Competency in Art Education (2021)

Course Title: Cultural Competency in Art Education

Semester Credit Hours: 3

Course Code: AOEU ARE540/Morningside EDUC500 AOE040

Prerequisites: None


This course is worth three semester credit hours and will run for eight weeks. Participants will be invited to the course two days before the scheduled start date, giving them time in advance for organization and planning. Official interactive learning will begin on the first Monday of the month in which the course runs.


Instructor details and contact information are listed in the course announcements on the course landing page. Office hours are available by appointment only.

Course Description

Cultural competence, or the ability to understand, communicate, and effectively interact with people across cultures, is the cornerstone of effective educational practice. In this course, students will explore the meaning of culturally responsive teaching as it relates to brain research, teaching methodologies, and classroom management. Students will analyze each of these concepts to help teachers bring about awareness in their art curriculum design and instruction and reach every student to help them achieve their highest potential.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Define culture and culturally competent education and distinguish between the four practice areas of culturally responsive teaching. (AOEU 1D)
  • Identify and characterize multiple factors – such as race, gender, socio-economic status, mass media, and culture – that influence one’s perception of self and others and that may also impact learning in the art room. (AOEU 1D, 5A, 6A, & B, 13A, 15A) (PLO 4, 5, 6, 7)
  • Build and apply the skills, knowledge, and capacity of culturally responsive teaching to impact student achievement in the art room. (AOEU 5A & D, 6A & B)
  • Promote authentic engagement and rigor (expansive learning, high intellectual performance, and self-determination) among culturally diverse students through the application of neuroscience research. (AOEU 5A & D, 6A, B, & C)

Required Materials

Purchase: Culturally Responsive Teaching & The Brain by Zaretta Hammond (2015)

Additional Materials

  • Computer with basic audio and video output equipment
  • Internet access (broadband recommended)
  • Basic computing skills (see AOEU’s Technology Requirements)
  • Access to AOEU’s online learning platform, Brightspace, to view course content, submit assignments, and engage in discussion (provided)
  • Word-processing platform (Microsoft Office, Pages, Google Docs)

Course Schedule

See the online course calendar in the LMS for specific due dates.

WeekActivityTopicPoint ValueEstimated Workload Hours Per Week
Week 1Discussion BoardDescribe your experience with cultural competency in the classroom30
Week 1AssignmentCreate an infographic representative of your surface, shallow, and deep cultural traits5019 Hours
Week 2Discussion BoardApply Hammond’s “Brain Rules” to your classroom practice30
Week 2AssignmentCreate a visual representation of the brain’s regions and systems along with the culturally responsive brain rules OR Research peer-reviewed articles to write a paper synthesizing the components of the culturally responsive brain5027 Hours
Week 3Discussion BoardShare your takeaways about mindfulness, social interaction elements, and the deficit thinking paradigm30
Week 3AssignmentComplete the Mindful Reflection Protocol and describe the culturally responsive tools you can use to troubleshoot classroom management challenges through a culturally responsive lens5016 Hours
Week 4Discussion BoardMake connections between resources: find commonalities between the video and Hammond’s text concerning relationship-building in a culturally responsive classroom30
Week 4AssignmentDescribe how a teacher you had OR how you have applied the rapport+appliance=cognitive insight formula in the classroom5017 Hours
Week 5Discussion BoardDescribe the distinction of a learning partnership through an alliance as it relates to your current practice with all students30
Week 5AssignmentCreate a visual representation of neuroplasticity in the brain5020 Hours
Week 6Discussion BoardDescribe how you can implement culturally responsive teaching while scaffolding knowledge retention30
Week 6AssignmentDevelop a culturally competent lesson plan5017 Hours
Week 7Discussion BoardDescribe your art room’s physical or virtual space as it connects to culturally competent teaching30
Week 7AssignmentCreate an enhancement plan or a professional development plan for teaching cultural competency5024 Hours
Week 8Discussion BoardConsider key takeaways from this course25
Week 8AssignmentFinal Portfolio of course-created artifacts505 Hours
Total635145 Hours

Evaluation Method

Participants are expected to submit all activities by the due dates and progress through the course content in numerical order. All activities, including discussion board posts, peer responses, and assignments, are evaluated by the instructor using a rubric.

Participant grades are always available in the online grade book inside the LMS. It is the participant’s responsibility to check the online grade book frequently and contact the instructor with questions.

Discussion Boards

Participants interact, collaborate, and share information on discussion boards. Each participant posts an initial contribution, addressing required discussion board questions, and reads and responds to peer posts as required. Participants have two days after the discussion board due date to read and respond to each other’s posts. All discussion boards are evaluated by the instructor using a rubric.


Assignments are completed by course participants, addressing required criteria detailed in the course. All assignments are submitted to the instructor inside the LMS. All assignments are evaluated by the instructor using a rubric.


At the end of this course, participants will create a final portfolio of coursework that demonstrates a holistic view of learning.

Course Policies

It is important for participants to review all of AOEU’s Course Policies. Contact your instructor with questions.

Drop Policy

Students are eligible to drop a course and receive 100% tuition refund at any time before 11:59 p.m. Central Time (UTC-5) on the seventh day of a course. See AOEU’s Transfer, Withdrawal, and Tuition Reimbursement policy.

Withdrawal Policy

Students are eligible for a 100% tuition refund at any time before 11:59 p.m. Central Time (UTC-5) on the last day of the course. Withdrawal requests made after 11:59 p.m. Central Time (UTC-5) on the seventh day of the course will be documented as a formal withdrawal (W) on the student record. Withdrawal requests after 11:59 p.m. Central Time (UTC-5) of the course end date will not be accepted. See AOEU’s Transfer, Withdrawal, and Tuition Reimbursement policy.

Late Work

Participants are expected to submit all activities by the due dates. All submissions are time stamped in the LMS. Weekly assignment extensions must be preapproved by the instructor. Unexcused late work will result in a point deduction in accordance with the grading rubric. See AOEU’s Course Progress Policy.

Grading Scale

Letter GradePercentageGPA

See AOEU’s Grading Policy

Academic Integrity

The Art of Education University believes academic integrity is essential in order to maintain the validity of all grades earned and to protect the integrity of the university and all of its students and graduates. Therefore, AOEU adheres to the highest standards when it comes to scholarly work.

All work submitted and/or presented by students must be original and must properly cite all outside inspiration. Original cited work includes, but is not limited to, individual and group assignments in written, oral, and electronic forms, as well as any artistic creations. See the Academic Integrity Policy.

Americans with Disabilities Act

The Art of Education University is committed to providing applicable provisions for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. To receive disability services at The Art of Education University, the student must submit an Accommodation Request Form for review. The Dean of Student Services and Head of Compliance will review all applications and respond privately. See the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) policy.


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