The Educational Foundations program, while not degree-granting, aims to serve the academic needs of multiple programs both in the Department of Human Studies and in School of Education at large. We offer courses that examine how educational institutions shape and are shaped by the social, cultural, political, and economic influences and structures in our society as well as courses that focus on the philosophy of education and theories of knowledge. Both undergraduate and graduate students take Educational Foundations courses such as Urban Education, Comparative Education, Ethics and Education, Social Movements in Education, Culture and American Education: Race, Class, and Gender and others. We believe that the best teachers have a broad understanding of the societal, philosophical, and ethical aspects of education as well as expertise in instruction and content. We also believe that educators need to learn about their students’ cultures and communities and to incorporate their students’ experiences into their programs and instruction.

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