Multicultural Education Course Descriptions
EDUC500 - 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.
EDUC512 - 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 ten 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.
EDUC513 - Teaching Foreign Language
This course is designed to introduce students to the prominent theories and applied research in the field of second and foreign language. It aims to promote students’ knowledge and skills of teaching language courses at the K-12 level. Students will learn traditional and innovative classroom techniques and strategies for teaching listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Discussions center on 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 expected to engage in extensive reading, research, class discussion, written reflection, and self-evaluation through dialogue, group projects, and field work. The course should only be taken by students who plan to teach French or Spanish.
EDUC517 - 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 lesson 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.
EDUC521 - Statistics
This graduate level course is designed to introduce students to basic statistics for the behavioral sciences. The focus is on the use of statistics as a tool for conducting research. The emphasis is on how to use statistical methods for research, reasoning, and everyday problem solving. Topics include descriptive and inferential statistics, probability, sampling, hypothesis testing, correlation and regression. Students will develop abilities and skills needed to choose appropriate statistical techniques for a variety of research problems, accurately calculate, interpret, and write up results according to American Psychological Association (APA) guidelines.
EDUC535 - 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.
EDUC545 - 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 perspective of comparative education, students will compare various educational systems from the world utilizing case studies from the anthropological, sociological, and educational literature.
EDUC635 - Research Design
This graduate level course is designed to introduce students to the knowledge base, processes, experiences, and skills involved in designing and conducting research studies in education and the social sciences. The course will provide a survey of quantitative, qualitative and mixed research methods, as well as opportunities for students to critically examine research studies employing a variety of such methods. Students will apply course content toward the conceptualization and completion of an empirical study on a selected topic.
EDUC610 - Student Teaching
Observation and teaching in an approved classroom with guidance and evaluation. At least twelve weeks of full-time student participation is required. Students must apply for student teaching at least two semesters in advance.
EDUC620 - Practicum
This is a seminar to synthesize the academic disciplines and relate them to the development and learning of the pupil in school and focus on the needs of the student teacher. It offers opportunities to gain skill, insight and perspective in the relationship of theory to practice in the teaching-learning process. To be scheduled concurrently with student teaching.
EDUC640 - Thesis/Project
A thesis/project is intended to help students conclude their graduate education with a professionally useful and meaningful culmination. Students will work closely with a self-selected advisor to choose from one of the following options: a traditional thesis, a publishable academic journal article, a curriculum unit, an administrative action plan, an instructional technology project, or another significant multicultural project. Student and advisor will work together to set deadlines and meeting times, create a list of readings, and work toward the completion of the mutually agreed upon thesis or project which has a strong multicultural component, meets their professional needs, and satisfies the educational goals of the Loeb School of Education.