EDU537: Multicultural Communication for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education

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Course Overview

This course provides an understanding of the pressing issues in educating K-12 learners from both non-dominant and dominant cultures (e.g., multicultural education) including:

  • The influence and historical movements in multicultural education in the U.S.
  • How the breadth of topics in multicultural education affect K-12 teachers and learners
  • The best practices in the education of K-12 students

The course project, Multicultural Education Tutorial: Promoting and Implementing Multicultural Education in the School Community, focuses candidates on conducting interviews and using research to develop a practice for multicultural education in a school or community context.

This course includes field-based activities that take place in a K-12 school/district community setting.

Course Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the need for and general goal of multicultural education, including its historical development.
  • Recognize the heterogeneity among the school-aged population and the implications for classroom instruction.
  • Describe the breadth of multicultural education, including issues of social class, gender, sexual orientation, religion, language, and exceptionality.
  • Apply knowledge of research-based recommendations to design and implement culturally responsive pedagogy (i.e., equity pedagogy) spanning K-12.

Special Requirements

This course includes field-based activities that take place in a K-12 school/district setting. Candidates are also required to work with a mentor in this course (e.g., a licensed K-12 teacher, school principal, other licensed K-12 educator, etc.) and complete activities with K-12 students onsite in a school-based classroom. Candidates are required to provide contact information for their field-experience mentor and school in Assignment 1.1. For more information about field experience courses, please contact your Student Solutions Advisor.