Community Education Undergraduate B.A.

The Community Education and Social Change concentration prepares educational leaders with expertise in social justice, curriculum development, theories of learning, and models of change. This concentration requires the completion of a minimum of 37 credit hours of in-class coursework and a six-credit hour internship. Students are expected to begin their program of study taking courses in the Social Justice domain. This domain serves as the foundation for the concentration; and students will be required to engage with the other domains through a social justice lens.

Course of Study

Courses must be taken in each of the following six domains: (1) Social Justice; (2) Interpersonal Skills, Communication, Planning & Facilitating Groups; (3) Teaching and Learning/Pedagogy/Curriculum/Assessment; (4) Theories and Models of Change/Leadership in Education; (5) Research and Evaluation in Education; and, (6) Digital Technologies in Education. Within and across these six domains, this concentration is designed to develop a comprehensive knowledge and skill set in undergraduate students.

Students may select from one of three courses as their foundational Social Justice course (EDUC 210, SOC 224, or SOC 245). The second required course will be selected in consultation with an advisor based on each student’s personal goals. Given the nature of this concentration (and the content of the remaining domains), students are also encouraged to complete at least one course within the interpersonal skills/communication domain within their first four semesters of study. Courses in domains 3 – 6 should be taken after students have completed at least one course in the first two domains (social justice and interpersonal communications).

Domains Credits Required
1: Social Justice 7–8
2: Interpersonal Skills, Communication, Planning & Facilitating Groups 3–4
3: Teaching and Learning/Pedagogy/Curriculum/Assessment 6–7
4: Theories and Models of Change/Leadership in Education 6
5: Research and Evaluation in Education 6
6: Digital Technologies in Education 3

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Electives 6–8
Total Course Work 37–42
Internship 6

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Total (including internship) 43–48

Four Required Foundational Courses:

  • EDUC 210: Social Diversity in Education
    or SOC 224: Social Class and Inequality
    or SOC 245: Race and Society
    or STPEC 391: STPEC Core 1
  • EDUC 305/PSYCH 305: Educational Psychology
    or EDUC 490C: Curriculum Development
  • EDUC 394B S: Leadership in Diverse Communities
    or EDUC 393F: Leadership Careers Student Affairs
  • EDUC 390D: Digital Tools & Apps for 21st Century Students

Three Required GenEd Courses (for primary majors)

  • EDUC 240: Introduction to Educational Statistics (or equivalent)
  • EDUC 390A: Research Methods in Education (Junior Year Writing Course)
  • EDUC 494DI: Making Sense of Educational Data (IE) 
    or EDUC 494RI: Educational Issues in Real World Context (IE)

Course List (by Domain)

Required courses are in BOLD within the appropriate domain. Students are required to complete between 37 – 42 credit hours of in-class coursework and a six-credit hour internship.

Social Justice - Domain 1

TWO course requirement. Students may select from one of three courses as their foundational Social Justice course (EDUC 210, SOC 224, or SOC 245). The second required course will be selected in consultation with an advisor based on each student’s personal goals. Students are expected to begin their program of study taking courses in the Social Justice domain. This domain serves as the foundation for the concentration; and students will be required to engage with the other domains through a social justice lens.

Select one foundational course from this list:

Course Number Course Name Credits
EDUC 210 Social Diversity in Education
 
4
SOC 224 Social Class and Inequality
 
4
SOC 245 Race and Society 4

 

Select one course from this list, in consultation with an advisor and based on personal goals:

Course Number Course Name Credits
EDUC 258 Education in Social Justice + Diversity Peer Theater 4
EDUC 291E
or EDUC 258

S-Theatre for Social Change OR
Education for Social Justice and Diversity Through Peer Theatre

3
4
EDUC 292A S-Voices Against Violence 3
EDUC 297A ST-School to Prison Pipeline 3
EDUC 377 Introduction to Multicultural Education 3
EDUC 390B Gender and Childhood 3
EDUC 392A-K Social Issues Workshops (must complete three 1-credit workshops) 3
PUBPAdm 397 Making a Difference: Policies and Strategies for Social Change 3
STPEC 391 STPEC Core 1 3
STPEC 392 STPEC Core 2 3
SRVCLRNG 293H Learning Through Community Engagement 4

 

Interpersonal Skills, Communication, Planning & Facilitating Groups - Domain 2

Select AT LEAST ONE course. Students are encouraged to complete at least one course within the interpersonal skills/communication domain within their first four semesters of study.

Course Number Course Name Credits
EDUC 202 Social Issues; Intergroup Dialogue 4
EDUC 390G Intergroup Relations 3
COMM 212 Cultural Codes in Communication 4
COMM 250 Interpersonal Communication 4
COMM 260 Public Speaking 3

 

Teaching and Learning/Pedagogy/Curriculum/Assessment - Domain 3

TWO course requirement. Students may select from one of two courses as their foundational Teaching/Learning/Curriculum course; and students should enroll in this course after having completed at least one Social Justice course. Ideally, students will complete their first course in this domain before taking the second required course as this course provides foundational knowledge with respect to teaching/learning, curriculum development, and assessment.

Select ONE required foundation course from this list: 

Course Number Course Name Credits
EDUC/PSYCH 305 Educational Psychology 3
EDUC 490C Curriculum Development 3

 

After completing the foundation course, select ONE required course from this list:

Course Number Course Name Credits
EDUC 351

Foundations of Educ.

3
EDUC 378 Survey of Children’s Literature 3
EDUC 497I

ST-Tutoring in Schools

4
SOC 322 Sociology of Education 4
SOC 382

Sociology of Childhood

4

 

Theories and Models of Change/Leadership in Education - Domain 4

TWO course requirement, one foundation and one additional course. Students may select from EDUC 394B S or EDUC 393F as their foundational Leadership/Models of Change course. Both of these courses are taught from a social justice perspective. Students should not enroll in either of these courses before their third semester as these courses require students to have some foundational understanding of social justice and education in general.

Select ONE required foundation course from this list beginning in third semester:

Course Number Course Name Credits
EDUC 394B

S: Leadership in Diverse Communities

3
EDUC 393F

Leadership Careers Student Affairs

3

 

Select ONE course from this list:

Course Number Course Name Credits
EDUC 395E

S: Leadership in Action

3
EDUC 494RI

Educational Issues in Real World Context (IE)

3
EDUC 591F S-Leadership and Organizational Behavior 3
SOC 327 Social Change 3
PUBPAdm 497C

Catalyzing Change: Creating and Operating a Nonprofit

3

 

Research and Evaluation in Education - Domain 5

TWO required courses; may select additional courses as electives. Students are required to complete EDUC 390A: Educational Research Design which also serves as the Junior Year Writing Course. The Research Methods, Introduction to Evaluation, and Making Sense of Educational Data courses all require EDUC 240: Introduction to Educational Statistics, or equivalent course (equivalent courses include PSYCH 240 and STATS 240), as a prerequisite course. Students are encouraged to take EDUC 240 to fulfill their R2 General Education requirement

BOTH of these courses are required (or equivalents)

Course Number Course Name Credits
EDUC 240

Introduction to Educational Statistics (R2)
(or equivalent course such as PSYCH 240 and STATS 240)

3
EDUC 390A

Educational Research Design (Junior Year Writing Course)

3

 

Additional courses may be taken as electives:

Course Number Course Name Credits
EDUC 495G Anthropology of Childhood [ Research Methods ] 3
EDUC 490B Introduction to Evaluation 3
EDUC 494DI Making Sense of Educational Data (IE) 3

 

Digital Technologies in Education - Domain 6

ONE required course; may select additional courses as electives

Course Number Course Name Credits
EDUC 390D Digital Tools & Apps for 21st Century Students (required) 3
EDUC 390F
or EDUC 593A
Teaching and Learning with Technology 3
EDUC 597S:

ST: Service Learning and Teaching with Computational Media

3

 

Electives - Unassigned Domains

Students may choose to take the remaining six credits (TWO courses) from any domain (including domains that have a two-course minimum requirement) depending on their specific goals for learning and development

 

Internship

Course Number Course Name Credits
EDUC 398

Practicum [Required]

6
PH 397Q Special Topics: Professional Development 3

 

Restrictions

·       All concentration courses must be taken for a letter grade

·       A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required

·       Independent Studies may not be used to fulfill the core course credits