Multicultural College Teaching and Learning

Important note: this program is no longer acccepting applications. Please refer to the M.A. in Higher Education or the Undergraduate Certificate in Multicultural Teaching and Learning.

Multicultural College Teaching and Learning (MCTL) program explores all aspects of how students learn and achieve in a college environment and how we get better at making the higher education experience more open, inclusive, accessible, and supportive. We examine topics in student development, the psychology of learning, and the roles that the staff, faculty, and community play in creating an environment conducive to success.

In this program, you will learn to apply current theory and practice related to access, persistence and student achievement to successfully address the changing needs of postsecondary education.

About our students

The teaching process in the MCTL program is intentional and life giving.

Joe Zerka
Multicultural College Teaching and Learning

Joe has been conducting focus groups for the President's Emerging Scholars (PES) Program with the intention to gain a better understanding on the support needed for first-generation students of color success. The focus on his Plan B paper will be retention and support for first-generation students of color pursuing their undergraduate degree.


This program is student-centered and self-directed based on your needs and learning goals. Working with your academic adviser, you will select courses from a wide array of options to explore themes relevant to you and your future academic and career aspirations.

All M.A. students in the Multicultural College Teaching and Learning program area gain the capacity to:

  • Understand and provide support for a diverse community of learners,
  • Design and implement action research projects to address obstacles or attend to student needs in the college setting, and
  • Reflect on your own practices as an educator or staff member, and make continual improvements to meet the needs of your learning community.


  • Academic adviser
  • Director of college access program
  • Director of training for equity and diversity programs
  • Director of peer tutor program
  • Director and staff at disability services offices


  • Plan A option: 34 credits (with master's thesis) completed in 2 years for full time students
  • Plan B option: 30 credits (additional coursework - no thesis) completed in 2 years for full time students
  • Curriculum
  • HE/MCTL course offerings


Jeremy Hernandez
Coordinator of Graduate Studies
612-626-9377 | herna220@umn.edu