Minor

Requirements

The Education for Empowerment minor requires a minimum of 15 credit hours, including:

  • One foundation course (3 cr.)
  • Three elective courses, from a single pathway (see below 9 cr.)
  • A field-based internship (2 cr.)
  • A culminating capstone course (1 cr.)

FOUNDATION COURSES

Students may choose one of the following for their required foundations course:

EDUC 118Introduction to Education: Schooling and Multicultural Society
EDUC 119Education Policy in a Multicultural Society
EDUC 200Learning for Social Change
EDUC 250*Growing Up in School: Education and Development in Global Contexts

ELECTIVES AND PATHWAYS

Students may choose any three from a single pathway (see below). A course may not be used as both a required foundation and an elective. We currently offer three pathways from which to choose, but students may petition to create their own individualized strand of coherent coursework, with the support and approval of an advisor.

Children and Youth in Context: Culture, Communities and Education

This pathway is for students who wish to explore the ways in which education shapes, and is shaped by race, culture and (im)migration; language; poverty and social class; gender and sexuality; and environmental and social contexts.

EDUC 218 Homelessness in Schools and Society: Engaged Practice in School-Serving Organizations
EDUC 311 Home, School and Community: Realities, Interventions and Policies for Young Children in Poverty
PSCYH 316/AAS 331 The World of the Black Child
EDUC 358 Growing Up in School: Education and Development in Cross-Cultural Contexts
EDUC 360 Partners in Authentic Learning in School
EDCURINS 382 Introduction to Environmental Education for Sustainable Development
EDUC 390/LING 390/LING 390/RCSSCI 390 Community Service & Language, Education and Culture
EDUC 395/AMCULT 361/ ELI 395/LATINOAM 361/ LING 391/RCSSCI 395 Principles and Practices of Teaching ESL in Migrant Communities
EDUC 396 Migrant Community Outreach and ESL Teaching Practicum
AAS 443 Pedagogy of Empowerment: Activism in Race, Gender, and Health
EDUC 463/MENAS 463 Web-Based Mentorship: Arab-Israeli Conflict Simulation
EDUC 460 Equity in Everyday Practices

Advancing Equity Through Education Policy

For students working at the intersections of public policy and education, this pathway focuses on policy inquiry, design, and implementation that intervene in the problems of educational injustice and social inequities.

EDUC 119 Education Policy in a Multicultural Society
EDUC 211 Introduction to Educational Policy, Inquiry and Advocacy
EDUC 311 Home, School and Community: Realities, Interventions and Policies for Young Children in Poverty
ECON 325 Economics of Education
EDUC 362 Michigan Student Caucus
RCSSCI 365 Excellence, Equity, and the Politics of Education
EDCURINS 382 Introduction to Environmental Education for Sustainable Development

Education in a Global Context

The global pathway is intended for students interested in exploring education across international borders, with particular attention to global factors including migration, border politics and conflict, language, and global economic development.

EDUC 250 (recommended foundation course). Growing Up in School: Education and Development in Global Contexts
ELI 390 Community Engaged Learning in ESL Teaching Contexts
EDUC 395/AMCULT 361/ ELI 395/LATINOAM 361/ LING391/RCSSCI395 Principles and Practices of Teaching ESL in Migrant Communities
EDUC 396 Migrant Community Outreach and ESL Teaching Practicum
EDUC 404 Introduction to Teaching English as a Foreign Language
EDUC 419 Teaching Methods for World Language Minors
EDUC 450 Education, Peace, and Conflict
EDUC 461/MENAS 461 Web-Based Mentorship: Earth Odysseys
EDUC 462/MENAS 462 Web-Based Mentorship: Place Out of Time
EDUC 463/MENAS 463 Web-Based Mentorship: Arab-Israeli Conflict Simulation
EDUC 425** Intro to A2LP I (Ann Arbor Language Partnership, Part I)
EDUC 426/428** Intro to A2LP II (Ann Arbor Language Partnership, Part II)
PSYCH 457 Current Topics in Developmental Psychology: Research Methods in Education and Cross-Cultural Contexts

Designing Your Own Pathway

Students wishing to design a pathway of their own may propose to do so. The pathway must only draw from the current list of approved courses in the minor, and must be a coherent program of courses around a clear, central theme that advances the student’s individual aspirations and interests.

OTHER REQUIRED COURSES

The Education for Empowerment Internship (EDUC 330)

The goal of the Education for Empowerment internship experience is to give students practical field experience in education work, broadly conceived. Although not tightly defined as formal teaching and learning activity, in all cases, the work must have some relevance to education and, specifically, to the student’s selected pathway.

Each student in the Education for Empowerment minor shall register for two credits of internship experience. These two credits can be earned by enrolling in one or more internship experiences. The internship can be taken in a single semester (for 2 credits), or over two semesters (1 credit per semester).

The Education for Empowerment Capstone (EDUC 480)

All students will complete the minor with a one-credit mandatory capstone course. The capstone asks students to consider their learning across all their courses and reflect on how the totality of their experiences informs their thinking about the role of education in the empowerment of children, youth, and/or adults. Students will create and present a multimedia presentation to illustrate their learning about education for empowerment.

* This course is open to all students, but is the strongly recommended foundation course for those selecting the “Education in a Global Context” pathway.

** These courses are only open to students formally accepted into the Ann Arbor Language Partnership program.


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