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Dr. Brenda L. Cain

Dr. Brenda L. Cain, Adjunct Instructor

"Major components [of the course] are: to explore personal biases and methods of overcoming them, explore the basic principles underlying multicultural education, and to develop appropriate strategies for teaching, leading, and other functions of the school and its community."

Degrees Held:

  • PhD, Teacher/Adult Education, University of Minnesota, 1984
  • MS, Educational Leadership, Wichita State University, 1974
  • BS, Elementary Education, Pittsburg State University, 1964

Career Highlights:

  • Awarded Professor Emeritus, Friends University, 2014
  • Director of Elementary Education for Topeka Public Schools
  • Teacher, curriculum consultant, and principal of Wichita public schools

In which online degree program do you teach?

Master of Science in Educational Administration, Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction - NBC Concentration, Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction.

Which classes do you teach online?

  • ED 835: Cultural Influence and Educational Practice
  • ED 535: Cultural Awareness for Educators

What types of projects can your students expect in these courses?

Their projects will primarily reflect personal and professional growth in the understanding of culture.

What do students learn in your classes? What is the expected outcome?

This course is designed to prepare students to effectively educate culturally, ethnically, racially different, and differently– abled students. Major components are: to explore personal biases and methods of overcoming them, explore the basic principles underlying multicultural education, and to develop appropriate strategies for teaching, leading, and other functions of the school and its community.

What advice would you give to those considering this online degree program?

Students must be self-directed, disciplined, and have a passion for the intended work.

What is the value of this degree?

A degree offers greater opportunity to work in the educational arena.

Why did you start teaching?

It is all I ever wanted to do.

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

Anything by Malcolm Gladwell.

Tell us something that your students might find interesting about you.

I began college as a music major and still have a love of music.

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