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Curriculum and Pedagogy for Social Justice Certificate Course Descriptions

EDUF 8631Foundations for Social Justice Education
This course is a sustained inquiry into the historical and theoretical foundations of social justice education with a focus on connections between those foundations and contemporary struggles to overcome educational inequities. This course provides students with opportunities to learn about and reflect on theories and concepts related to social justice education and the application of social justice praxis within formal and informal educational contexts. A main objective of this course is to provide students with an accessible framework through which they can understand and disrupt interlocking systems of oppression and injustice within and beyond the formal educational environment that negatively impact the educational experiences and outcomes of racially, culturally, socioeconomically, and linguistically diverse learners. Prerequisite(s): Admission into the Curriculum and Pedagogy for Social Justice certificate program and permission of advisor and instructor.

EDUF 7235– Multicultural Education
Using an interdisciplinary approach, this seminar investigates underlying theoretical concepts and social assumptions that both inform and impede efforts in multicultural education.

EDUC 8230Curriculum Design and Evaluation
Examines multiple theoretical bases and practical processes by which curriculum planning, design and evaluation decisions can be made. Students will have an opportunity to devise and critique their own plans for developing curriculum projects using one or more of these planning perspectives and processes.

EDUC 8632Curriculum and Pedagogy for Social Justice
This capstone course synthesizes theory and research for social justice and provides a framework within which students can demonstrate their abilities to conceptualize a social justice curriculum to apply to their specific teaching contexts. It provides a synthesis of social justice education concepts and places emphasis on students’ abilities to develop theoretically sound and culturally sustaining curricula that are directly applicable to their diverse teaching contexts. Students who successfully complete this course will demonstrate sociopolitical consciousness in their curriculum development and will evidence through their curriculum design, an integrated understanding of the importance of community and other funds of knowledge, curricular knowledge, and ongoing professional development in fostering culturally sustaining and just curriculum and pedagogy for racially, culturally, socioeconomically, and linguistically diverse learners.
Prerequisite(s): Admission into Curriculum and Pedagogy for Social Justice certificate program and permission of advisor and instructor.

EDUC 8633Social Justice Inquiry
This capstone course provides a practical experience of exploring multiple forms of curriculum inquiries directly connected to personal and professional concerns in the daily realities the enrolled teachers encounter in schools, communities, and societies. It is an in-depth exploration of diversity and complexity of experience of individuals, groups, families, tribes, communities, and societies that are often at controversy, underrepresented, or misrepresented in the official narrative. The enrolled teachers will develop a plan of social justice inquiry that enables them to better understand and/or transform their teaching profession and work environments, and to envision curriculum inquiry innovations as ways to create equal opportunities to empower racially, culturally, socioeconomically, and linguistically diverse students to reach their highest potential in schools and societies. Prerequisite(s): Admission into Curriculum and Pedagogy for Social Justice certificate program and permission of advisor and instructor.

Elective Options

READ 8530– Critical Issues in Literacy Education with Diverse Populations
This course explores the contemporary critical approaches to literacy education research in a diverse society and globalizing world. This course will examine literacy and its impact on linguistically, socially, and culturally diverse students from a sociocultural and critical perspective.

EDUF 7230Understanding Divers Students through Case Study
This course utilizes case study approach to enhance educator’s understandings of the assets and needs of the culturally and linguistically diverse students with whom they work. A series of lessons will be developed and implemented to connect findings from the case study to current research. Prerequisite(s): Admission to College of Education Graduate Program.

Last updated: 4/17/2017

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