Introduction to MCE01


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Introductory video

Course Description

Educators in Australia are increasingly engaging with more ‘culturally diverse’ student bodies. This course gives an introduction to the area commonly termed ‘multicultural education’. Through considering what is meant by the term culture and how dominant cultures operate to reinforce existing cultural norms participants will come to understand that culture is something that everyone has. The implications of this for culturally diverse student populations and educators in culturally dominant spaces are explored. This course is appropriate for teachers in schools and higher education, community-based educators. 

Course Objectives

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Participants will gain an understanding of the idea of culture and what it means to be multicultural and how that pertains to education
  • Participants will understand the normalising role of a dominant culture in relation to multicultural education
  • Participants will be able to analyse a physical locale for the manifestations of culture and consider what this means for multicultural education

Australian Professional Standards for Teachers Links

1.3 - Students with diverse linguistic, cultural, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds

4.1 - Support student participation

6.2 - Engage in professional learning and improve practice

6.3 - Engage with colleagues and improve practice

6.4 - Apply professional learning and improve student learning

7.1 - Meet professional ethics and responsibilities

7.3 - Engage with the parents/carers

7.4 - Engage with professional teaching networks and broader communities

Professional Development Certification

If you require a certificate of completion for this course to show as evidence for professional development, please email  In order to receive a certificate of completion, participants must have completed all activities associated with the course.  Successful completion of this course will equate to six (6) hours of professional development.

References & further reading

Course notes download

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