American Unversity - School of Education, Teaching, and Health Diversity Curriculum Components and Experiences Course Number and Title Course Description EDU-205 Schools and Society FA4 A multidimensional view of schools, teachers, and students. This social and intellectual foundation course serves as a basis for studying contemporary education and the issues of racism, sexism, finance, governance, innovations, and the social context of American education. The course includes lectures, discussion groups, cooperative learning, Internet activities, and independent projects. Usually offered every term. EDU-212 Introduction to Sign Language An introduction to American Sign Language (ASL) with a particular focus on deaf culture, history, folklore, anthropology, and sociology. Usually offered every fall. EDU-280 Social Justice and Urban Education This course provides an analysis of the nature and impact of race and class on social justice issues in urban education. Emphasis is placed on how urban schools have served as vehicles of oppression and opportunity for social groups in our society. Students also consider the political ideologies, theories, classroom properties and structures within these spaces. The class uses a critical pedagogy framework to analytically interrogate the relationship between education and social justice and to critically unpack the theories and practices within urban education. EDU-285 Education for International Development FA3 The conserving role of education as a socializing agent and the liberating role of education as an engine of change. Special attention is given to the multiple roles of education in social, economic, political, and human development in the developing world. Usually offered every term. EDU-321 Field Experience: Observation and Analysis (1) Observation and analysis of diverse school settings, examining philosophies, curriculum, and teacher and administrator roles, using informal and formal means of data collection with particular emphasis on classroom interactions. Usually offered every term. EDU-419 Children's Literature: A Critical Literacy Perspective Critical exploration of picture books and adolescent literature with a focus on using children's literature to explore issues of social justice and equity. Meets with EDU-619. Usually offered every term. EDU-420 Psychology of Education Surveys the research literature on learning theories and human development with an emphasis on the role of educators. Includes focus on issues and theories related to multicultural education, special education, evaluation, memory and cognition, and instructional design. Usually offered every term. EDU-492 Service Learning in Teacher Education (1) May be repeated for credit. Students participate in school and community organizations and agencies. Exploration of the principles of service learning and application of classroom theory in the community. Special attention is paid to providing equitable learning environments. Students must complete a minimum of 40 hours in the community placement and attend three on-campus seminars. Usually offered every term. May be taken pass/fail only. EDU-499 Student Teaching Seminar in Professional Practice (12) Enrollment in this seminar is required in the semester students are completing their student teaching requirement. The class meets weekly for students to discuss their teaching experiences and to assist them in developing ideas and strategies to improve their classroom effectiveness. Preparation of a reflective case study and completion of a professional portfolio and an on-line journal are required. Usually offered every term. May be taken A-F only. Prerequisite: successful completion of relevant methods courses and practicum, satisfactory academic and professional performance as defined by the Teacher Education Committee and permission of the director of teacher education. EDU-502 Methods of Managing Students with Behavior Disorders Psycho-educational methods of understanding and managing inappropriate classroom behavior. Techniques such as groups, problem solving, role playing, and videotape analysis of behavior. Usually offered every fall and summer. EDU-520 Reading, Writing, and Literature across the Curriculum The focus of this course is on exploring and analyzing theories, models, and strategies for teaching reading, writing, and literature across the curriculum and how to integrate these in the content areas. Also addresses ways of supporting diverse learners throughout the course. Usually offered every spring. EDU-521 Foundations of Education Exploration of philosophical, sociological, and political foundations of American education and inquiry into the role schools play in cultural production, maintenance, and transformation and what this means for diverse learners of all ages. Includes an examination of law and policies that affect children and families. Usually offered every term. EDU-541 Foundations of Special Education for Exceptional Children This survey course examines students with diverse learning needs and effective programs designed to provide equitable education for all students. Exceptionalities of students with regard to cognitive, behavioral, and psychological/social differences are the focus of study. Usually offered every term. EDU-545 Overview of All Exceptionalities: The Arts in Special Education This is an experiential course to expose students to a variety of exceptional conditions and to teach them about the experiences of children and adults with exceptionalities. Students learn to program for success through a panoply of art forms, by building on the abilities, strengths, and interests of students with exceptionalities, systematically programming academic material into arts activities, and teaching socialization and life skills. Usually offered every fall. EDU-565 Gender and Cultural Diversity in School Combining both historical perspective and contemporary knowledge and skills, this course investigates the impact of bias in school. From the earliest colonial schools to contemporary classrooms, bias, selectivity, and access have been pervasive educational barriers. The course discusses both past issues and current challenges, bridging disparate groups and interests, and searching for commonalities and differences among racial, gender, class, ability, and ethnic concerns. Students undertake a social science investigation to add to the understanding of educational equity. Usually offered every fall. EDU-598 Comparative and International Education Introduction to the historical context and underlying theories of comparative and international education. An investigation and comparison of education systems and educative processes across societies and regions. Emphasis is placed on how educational policy, practice, capacity, governance, and institution building, and practice are shaped by the contexts in which they are embedded. Includes globalization, access, equity, equality opportunity, and capacity building. Special emphasis is placed on education in low-income countries. Current issues in the field are also examined. Usually offered every fall. EDU-605 Methods of Psychoeducational Assessment for Learning Disabilities and Emotional Disturbance Develops the special educator's knowledge of critical issues and concepts in the use of standardized tests in psychoeducational assessment, theoretical and operational definitions of cognitive abilities and "intelligence" familiarity with a variety of achievement tests, and introductory practice in test administration and interpretation. Usually offered every fall. Prerequisite: EDU-645. EDU606 Theories & Methods in Diagnostic and Prescriptive Math Materials and methods for teaching mathematics to students with learning disabilities. Analysis of current reform models in curriculum, assessment, and instruction, including techniques of error analysis and flexible interviewing. Required tutorial experience. Usually offered every spring. EDU-607 Research Seminar in Special Education A case study approach using interdisciplinary research with focus on a specific child with learning disabilities. Includes interviews with professionals working with the child, review of confidential files, and research from contemporary journals on remediation suggestions summarized in a comprehensive report. Usually offered every spring. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. EDU-609 Effective Teaching for Diverse Students Through action research, students explore ways of organizing and managing classrooms to support diverse learners. Students engage in curriculum design and implementation across the curriculum, including instructional planning and using portfolios. The role that families, the community, and other professionals can play in assessment and curriculum planning are explored. Usually offered every fall. EDU-612 Equity and Educational Opportunity An inquiry into the meaning of educational equity, emphasizing equality of conditions and of outcomes and implications for education in different nations. Research perspectives on the relationships between social inequalities and educational opportunity relative to socioeconomic status, gender, and ethnicity, and the functions of schools as agents of cultural transmission. Usually offered every spring. EDU615 Education and Social Change This course assesses the broad social functions of education and the ways in which education advances social change as a transmitter of culture, agent for socialization and opportunity, and catalyst for individual and societal well being. Although the course emphasizes education and social changes in the United States, numerous comparisons are made to other societies and cultures. Usually offered every fall. EDU-618 Human Growth and Development across the Life Span Exploration of human development and relations across the life span, with an emphasis on health and care for children with diverse linguistic, cultural, and physical needs. Includes inquiry into social and cultural learning processes from birth through age eight. Usually offered every spring. EDU-619 Children's Literature: A Critical Literacy Perspective Critical exploration of picture books and adolescent literature with a focus on using children's literature to explore issues of social justice and equity. Meets with EDU-419. Usually offered every term. EDU-620 Theories of Educational Psychology and Human Development Surveys research literature in learning and human development with an emphasis on the role of educators as decision makers and change agents who are knowledgeable about diversity and multiculturalism. Emphasizes the role today's educators play on advancing knowledge about instructional technology, human relations, time management, principles of growth and development, and the processes of memory and cognition. Usually offered every term. EDU-624 Language, Schooling, and NationBuilding This course surveys comparative and international research on the links between language policies, language-in-education planning, and nation-building. It considers how minority or marginalized languages as well as language traditions assigned lesser prestige by national language policies influence school performance and affect classroom practices. It also examines themes of social cohesion and identity in multilingual societies. While emphasis is given to the study of low-income, or post-colonial, nations, the course also examines high-income, immigrant-receiving nations. EDU-634 Education and Public Policy Examines the major public policy issues in American education: equity, excellence and efficiency. Emphasizes theories and techniques of policy analysis, including implementation strategies, cost/benefit analysis, and evaluation. This course considers competing definitions of and orientations toward education policy and of specific stakeholder groups and historically tracing the development, implementation, and movement of policy in formal and informal education settings. Particular attention is paid to policy implementation and appropriation. Usually offered every spring. EDU-644 Language Development and Remediation How does one learn to use language to express thoughts and feelings? How does one teach a learningdisabled child to communicate effectively? This course discusses the developmental sequence of language learning, the nature of language disorders, diagnostic assessment of language disorders, and remedial techniques. Usually offered every spring. EDU-645 Learning Disabilities I This course examines neurological and developmental aspects of learning disabilities, and gives an overview of the field. The class examines emotional and social implications of learning disabilities, and how current brain research impacts teaching and counseling this population. Emphasis is on seeking the strengths, fostering the different intelligences, and addressing the weaknesses of children and adults with learning disabilities. Prerequisite: EDU-541 or EDU-545, or permission of instructor. EDU-646 Learning Disabilities II This course develops diagnostic capabilities in order to select and design materials and programs for children and youth with learning disabilities. It introduces diverse methods of teaching and studies in depth the special problems of adolescents and adults with learning disabilities. Postsecondary education, career awareness, and career development approaches and programs are represented. Counseling techniques for parents and mainstream teachers are also addressed. Prerequisite: EDU-645. EDU-647 Global and Multicultural Education This course deals with the role of American education in an interdependent world, examining both the multicultural character of American classrooms and the international dimensions of the American school curriculum. It explores such issues as ethnocentrism, empathy, and global awareness, including an analysis of educational materials and methods useful in treating these issues. A special emphasis is placed on developing skills for cross-cultural understanding and communication. Usually offered every spring. EDU-648 Education and Development: Sector Analysis Examines education as a social institution that both reflects and influences social, economic, and political life in nation states and globally. Emphasizes the role of education as an engine for change in the developing world. This course analyzes and compares educational systems by examining issues of structure, governance, access, equity, international efficiency, quality, and external efficiency. Usually offered every spring. EDU-650 International Perspectives on Bilingual Education Policy and Practice This course provides a survey of international bilingual educational policies and practices. It examines bilingual education policies, models, and practices associated with successful and failed attempts at developing bilingual learners. Special attention is paid to how international models of bilingual education can inform U.S. policy and practice. Usually offered every spring and summer. EDU-651 Social Context of Bilingual Learners Through this course student gain an understanding of how social factors and language policy influence the educational success of bilingual learners, along with considering the role of multilingualism and linguistic minorities in society. Students learn how schools can mitigate the impact of societal factors on the educational success of bilingual learners. Usually offered every fall. EDU687 Analysis of Learning and Learners This course examines the impact of direct individual and group support, instructional coaching, mentoring, critical thinking, and specialized instructional intervention on the learning process. The course provides teachers, instructional designers, curriculum specialists, administrators, and policy planners with theoretical and practical guidance and support to improve classroom teaching and learning. Current practices of teacher effectiveness are examined in the context of national standards for educational progress. Emphasis is placed on the role of critical thinking and action research, ongoing professional development for educators, and the application of research based on approaches to curriculum development and classroom instruction. Note: must be taken as part of the last 6 credits in the program. TESL-527 Cultural Issues in the ESL/EFL Classroom Coverage of the principles of intercultural communication and discourse-oriented models for analyzing crosscultural interactions. Within this framework, the course considers approaches to enhancing the cultural dimension of ESL/EFL instruction with an emphasis on using and developing various types of cultural training techniques. Usually offered every spring and summer. TESL-528 Foundations of Bilingual Education Language acquisition, use, and competency in a bilingual setting, and the general goal of bilingual education. Usually offered every third semester.