Multicultural Education Course Descriptions

EDUC 500: Foundations of Education
This course looks at the social and philosophical foundations of education from a distinctly Christian point of view. It aims to give a historical perspective to modern education by an in-depth study of significant contributors to educational theory.

EDUC 501: Issues in Special Education
This course is designed to provide a full overview of the historical analysis of Special Education: classifications/definitions and patterns of behavior, description of assessment and intervention strategies, legislation and litigation, outside forces that influence Special Education, and an introduction to the people in Special Education and their relationship to the system. Students will concentrate on their particular area of education as it relates to Special Education. Students will complete 10 logged hours of field experience.

EDUC 512: TESOL Methods with Field Experience
This course provides an overview of the full range of the methodology for teaching English as a Second Language (ESL), especially appropriate for the K-12 classroom teacher who has non-English speaking students in the classroom. It provides students a thorough understanding of the nature of teaching and learning ESL or EFL. It examines the basics of teaching ESL or EFL history, theories, models, techniques, and applications. It aims to enable students to incorporate the appropriate ESL or EFL strategies in their teaching and adapt their materials and instructional methods to meet English language learners’ needs and accommodate their learning styles. Course topics include techniques and strategies for improving second language learners’ listening, speaking, reading, writing, and communication skills, the role of the teacher, the needs of the learner, language testing and assessment, materials design, use of new technology in language teaching, and the development of lesson plans, including the selection and uses of texts and other materials. The course is designed as a laboratory experience, using multiple constructivist techniques and strategies of instruction. Students taking this course are required to complete a 10-hour field experience. This field experience will include both observation and engagement with English Language learners. Students are also expected to engage in extensive reading, research, class discussion, written reflection, and self-evaluation through dialogue, group projects, and field work.

EDUC 517: Multicultural Education
This course is designed to enable students to examine and survey various anthropological, historical, sociological, and political perspectives on multicultural education and apply relevant theories and principles to educational practices in different educational settings: general education, ESL, and EFL. It equips students with the knowledge, skills, and cultural competencies that enable them to facilitate learning among students from various linguistic and cultural backgrounds. Students are expected to develop an in-depth understanding of multiculturalism at an individual and societal level and to raise their own sensitivity to issues that affect diverse cultural and linguistic groups. Students will be able to explore and analyze the issues of language, culture, ethnicity, racism, diversity, multicultural education. It also enhances students’ ability to develop culturally responsive lessons plans that include strategies for teaching and assessing multicultural and multilingual language learners. The course is designed as a laboratory experience, using multiple techniques and strategies of instruction. Students are expected to engage in extensive reading, research, class discussion, written reflection, and self-evaluation through dialogue, group projects, and field work.

EDUC 535: Urban Education
This graduate seminar is designed to enable students to examine major issues in urban education from historical, political, economic, and social perspectives. Students read, research, and critique commentaries on some of the enduring concerns affecting urban communities and schools, explore contemporary impediments to educational equity, and discuss solutions posited by leading scholars in the field.

EDUC 545: Education in a Global Context
In this graduate seminar students will explore important concepts and trends affecting educational leadership as globalization accelerates. The course will focus on three strands of educational disciplines relevant to globalization: global education, international education, and comparative education. From the perspective of global education, students will critically examine the effects of globalization on education and explore various possibilities to reach the global community. From the perspective of international education, students will assess various internationalizing efforts in curriculum and institutional reform. From the perspective of comparative education, students will compare various educational systems from the world utilizing case studies from the anthropological, sociological, and educational literature.

EDUC 582: Methods of Classroom Management
Classroom management techniques for pre-service and in-service teachers. Emphasis will be placed on inclusive techniques utilizing various strategies and specific interventions from the strategies, therapeutic and preventive measures will be examined.

EDUC 606: Multicultural Literature and Curriculum
This course is designed for education majors and graduate students interested in teaching literacy in our culturally and linguistically diverse school populations as well as teaching homogeneous groups the importance of multicultural literature. Emphasis will focus on the theoretical framework for an integrated view of culturally relevant pedagogy and culturally responsive teaching. Students will review the multicultural literature for youth and children. Attention will be given to the linguistic differences as they relate to the socio-cultural environment and instruction. Students will apply reader response theory and participate in grand conversations about multicultural literature. Students also will create a repertoire of culturally relevant literature and strategies for their teaching experiences.

EDUC 617: Advanced Seminar in Multicultural Education
This advanced graduate seminar is designed to help students explore in depth a focused topic of multicultural education and its implication on curriculum development. Students will read and critically examine anthropological, sociological, historical, political, and educational perspectives on the topic. While the basic framework of the course remains the same course to course, the focus of each course will change to cover a wide range of multiculturally related topics and to maximize the expertise of a course instructor. Possible topics for this course include Global Perspectives on Race and Ethnicity; Multicultural Approaches and Critical Theory; Gender Equity Curriculum; Language Diversity, Identity, and Politics; Religious Diversity and Education; Race, Class, and Politics in America; Immigration and Education; and Legal Issues in Multiculturalism. Students are allowed to repeat the course once to earn up to 6 credits. (Prerequisite: EDUC 417 or 517)

EDUC 686: Austic Spectrum Disorders with Field Experience
This course is directed towards those students who wish to be certified in Special Education. It will be an overview of the characteristics and learning traits, classification systems, assessment strategies, approaches and interventions related to students with autism. Emphasis will be placed on the different disorders on the spectrum including Asperger’s Syndrome. Students will be given the tools needed to work with families and agencies to develop a comprehensive program that meets the individual needs of their students. Students will have a 20 hour field experience in a facility that services students on the Autism Spectrum.

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