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216. Education Policy and Practice
This course will explore education policies and their relationship to sociological patterns of
school resegregation, the rise of credentialism, the end of educational expansion, and inequality
of educational opportunity. Students in the course will be introduced to the history of
policymaking in education beginning with the education reform policies of Horace Mann.
Students will also examine demographic data on educational attainment, analyze the policies
that alleviate or reinforce educational inequality, and describe what assumptions lie behind
current reform ideas. We will evaluate the dynamics of current debates by referencing the long-
standing tensions among the different purposes of schooling we have in our nation. Same course
as POL 216. (Social Science)

230. Exceptional Learner
An introduction to understanding the diversity of learners in K-12 classrooms and how
differentiated teaching methods and materials are essential to create a more inclusive and
equitable environment for all students. The major focus of the course will be identifying the
strengths and challenges of students to increase engagement and raise achievement through
varied approaches to teaching culturally and linguistically diverse learners and students with
documented needs. Fifteen hours of observation-practicum in the schools. Students must
provide their own transportation. No S/U option. (Social Science)

240. Education and Culture
This course explores the influence of social issues such as discrimination, diversity, equity,
racism, sexism, homophobia, and ethnic and socioeconomic pluralism in American schools. The
goals for this class are to understand and be sensitive to the values, beliefs, lifestyles, and
attitudes of individuals and the diverse groups found in a pluralistic society and to translate
knowledge of human relations into attitudes, skills, and techniques that will support favorable
learning experiences. Through critical analysis, this course reveals ways in which dehumanizing
biases may be reflected in instructional materials, methodologies, media, and everyday
encounters, and students learn how these interactions may influence classroom dynamics and
student learning. This course also counts towards the GSS major. No S/U option. (Social

260-265. Topics in Education
In-depth study of selected topics in the field of education. No S/U option. See Topics Courses.

270. Comparative Education in Belize
This is an off-campus course offered on San Pedro island in the country of Belize. Students
spend time in the local schools interacting with students, parents, teachers and community
members. Study includes analysis of the island’s various cultural groups including Mestizzo,
Mayan, Hispanic, Garifuna and Creole populations. Students are introduced to the basic
principles of qualitative and ethnographic research for the purposes of completing a qualitative
research project based upon their off-campus experience. Prerequisites: Writing course, EDU
215 and 240. (Social Science)

280/380. Internship: See Additional Academic Programs, All-College Independent Study
Courses 280/380.

301. Secondary Curriculum and Instruction
This course is designed to provide secondary teacher education candidates with an opportunity

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