Courses and Syllabi
|Code Number||Hours||Name of the Course|
|EDUC 118||3||Introduction to Education: Schooling and Multicultural Society
Education affects the lives of everyone in this country. As future professionals, voters, teachers, parents, and leaders, students at the University of Michigan will help shape the quality of life in the United States, and education will matter – a lot. This course will introduce students to the role of education in today’s world. Topics will include the implications for schooling our increasingly diverse population; principles of how kids learn; ways schools facilitate student achievement (or not); and the changing nature of literacy in the information age. In addition to readings and discussions, there will be opportunities for hands-on experience and interactions with K-12 students in schools.
EDUC 118 is an approved course to satisfy the LSA Race and Ethnicity Requirement.
|EDUC 119||3||Education Policy in a Multicultural Society
This class meets the Race & Ethnicity requirement.
Education Policy in a Multicultural Society explores policy and school improvement, and focuses in particular on the U.S. public school system, with an emphasis on both equity and access. In this course we begin by asking: what is public education for, and then consider how schools can be improved so that educational outcomes are ambitious and equitable. We build on students' understandings of the practice of teaching, developed in ED118, to investigate the dynamics of education reform.
We closely examine authentic texts – including artifacts from our own experiences in schools, as well as mandates and legislative texts, policies, data on school improvement, and other resources designed for the improvement of schools. We critically examine each of these, looking for assumptions about teaching and learning and their improvement, assessing the key levers for improvement that they provide, and extrapolating implications for the design and valuation of change. In so doing students will develop critical skills of analysis and interpretation that will enable them to (1) better understand and evaluate efforts to improve schooling in the United States, (2) collaborate substantively, (3) and write and speak about educational policy persuasively. Given the courses strong focus on equity and access, issues of inclusion, voice, and rigor will be consistent through-lines.
|EDUC 200||3||Learning for Social Change
Students in this course will explore various ideas about what it means to learn and how those ideas have impacted educational practice. They will explore relationships among learning, education, and power, in addition to investigating the design of learning environments that promote empowerment and/or social change.
|EDUC 210||3||Mathematics and Social Justice
Introduces students to current issues in educational practice, policy, and theory. Provides opportunities to investigate issues of teaching and learning to broader social/cultural trends. Topics vary with each offering. No prerequisites.
|EDUC 211||3||Introduction to Educational Policy, Inquiry and Advocacy
This course aims to support students in becoming critical consumers of educational policy issues in both media and educational research. We examine ideologies and levers used in past and current educational reform efforts that reflect multiple views on the purpose of schools, the role of educators, and the functions of policies and policy makers.
|EDUC 218||3||Homelessness in Schools and Society: Engaged Practice in School Serving Organizations
In this course students extend what they have learned about U.S. schools and the institutions that serve public schools through extensive and varied practicums in these organizations and institutions. Students will acquire hands-on experience, in work nested inside an institution that serves and supports children, schools, and their communities.
|EDUC 220||3||Coaching for Today's Society
Coaching for Today's Society is a course designed to aid students in reaching people where they currently are. You will not be a successful coach if you do not know and understand your audience. In order to be effective when reaching out to your audience you must be able to paint a picture or create a shared vision that resonates with your audience on all sensory levels. During this course we will identify and discuss the basic tenets associated with our targeted groups from same age/similar thought processes to multi-generational influencers (Boomers). Coaching in the broad sense deals with basic interpersonal skill sets to help you build a solid foundation however understanding how to coach in today's complex society goes beyond the foundation. We will identify and discuss the roles of family/life experiences, cultural nuances and how social norms play in helping or inhibiting us from connecting with people whether at the high school level, college level or in the workforce. At the end of the course you will feel confident working with diverse groups of people in any given setting.
|EDUC 240||3||Coaching as Leading and Leading as Coaching
Everyone agrees that our best coaches are some of our best leaders. But why? What do they do differently from leaders in other fields, and why are they so effective? In this course, we will study the best coaches, their philosophies, and why they work so well, through a half-dozen books and a substantial course pack. We will study what theories, policies, and practices are transferrable to the "real world," and which are not. We will explore what works best (and what doesn't), through a few guest lectures, group activities, and two papers.
|EDUC 250||3||Growing Up in School – Education and Development from a Global Perspective
This course will compare the development of children in schooling systems cross-culturally, looking at the period from preschool to college entrance selection. By comparing education in diverse societies we will identify both universal features of development and particular ways that different societies promote the development of healthy, competent adults.
|EDUC 275||3||Wellness for Learning, Teaching, Coaching and Leadership
This course examines factors that contribute to (or detract from) our ability to reach peak performance in everything we do. Mental, emotional, psychological, and physical wellness are key to performance and productivity. Students will learn practices to promote wellness, in themselves and others, to support learning, teaching, coaching, and leadership.
|EDUC 332||3||Coaching and Consulting for Social Change
What is social change, what does it look like, and how do we as individuals choose to involve ourselves in social change? During this course we will discuss a brief history of social change, circumstances of societal groups in our country, and what motivates individuals to work toward social change.
|EDUC 333||3||Video Games and Learning
Why are video games fun? The answer isn’t as obvious as you might think. Good games draw you in, teach you how to succeed, and keep you engaged with a “just right” level of challenge. Most importantly, players *learn* while playing a well-designed game. Why isn’t school like that? This class takes a hard look at video games, a hard look at education, and considers ways that each can be improved to maximize learning.
Crosslisted with LSA DIGITAL 333
|EDUC 360||2-3||Partners in Authentic Learning in Schools
PALS is designed to give undergraduate and Master’s students experience working with students, families, teachers, and community members in K-12 public school settings. Students will gain insight into university-school partnerships and the ways that such partnerships can support the academic, social, and emotional development of children and youth. The course is framed from a positive youth development perspective and emphasizes the personal, familial, school, and community factors that promote resilience and optimal development of children and youth typically deemed “at-risk”.
|EDUC 362||3||Michigan Student Caucus
This course is designed to support Wolverine Pathways (WP), a university-sponsored, out of school time program for eligible middle school and high school students. In addition to reading relevant scholarly literature, the course fosters insights and skills through involvement in curriculum development and evaluation activities with and for students, their families and various program stakeholders.
|EDUC 390||1-3||Community-Engaged Learning in ESL Teaching Contexts
This course focuses on communicative language teaching and learning in community contexts. It prepares participants to teach ESL in local communities and provides them with hands-on teaching practice experiences in local service organizations. Participants explore the overall theme of "Language and Community" as they learn ESL teaching methods & techniques.