EDUC W10 Urban Education. There is a great deal of concern in society today about failing schools, low student achievement, and educational inequality. In particular, schools located in urban communities are often subject to criticism and scrutiny because of their high drop-out rate and low test scores. Efforts to improve urban schools have highlighted both the challenges faced by urban students and teachers and the role that schools can play in increasing the educational opportunities available to their students. This course is designed to provide students with a greater understanding of the opportunities and challenges associated with teaching in an urban environment and to provide students with a foundation of knowledge, skills, and dispositions that will prepare them to be effective teachers in an urban setting. The course will involve readings, activities, videos, group projects, and class discussions. Students will also visit several urban schools and spend several days working in an urban classroom. Students will engage in learning activities designed to promote understanding and exploration of equity, social justice, urban schools and communities, school structure and organization, curriculum, teaching, and learning. J. Walcott. 8:30 a.m. to noon.
EDUC 343 Preschool Field Experience. Students participate in a six-week full-time student teaching experience in an inclusive preschool setting that meets state requirements for the Early Childhood (ZS) Endorsement. It provides for analysis of developmentally appropriate practice in curriculum, teaching methods, assessment, and classroom management as they relate to the early childhood setting. Prerequisites: 202, 236, 238, 312, 335, 337, 339, SPAUD 311, and SOC 304. S. Verwys. Off campus.