Educational Foundations

The courses below in Social and Psychological Foundations do not constitute a program but rather exist as required or suggested courses with School of Education programs.

Social Foundations

The undergraduate course EDUC22100 and the graduate course EDUC7100A, Urban Schools in a Diverse Society, address selected social, political, and economic forces that influence the school as an institution and which in turn, are influenced by the school, particularly in urban settings. These schools educate students from diverse ethnic, racial, and cultural backgrounds, as well as sexual orientations and disabilities. History, politics, sociology, and philosophy of education form the modes of investigation. In addition to schools, these courses may  examine other institutions that educate as well as social media.

The capstone courses, EDUC7000I and EDUC7100I, Individual Studies in Educational Research and Seminar in Educational Research are two courses, one taken in spring and the other in fall, which allows students to pursue an issue or question that has emerged during their studies in their particular programs and acquire or refine their research skills in the process.

Psychological Foundations

Undergraduate and graduate psychological foundations prepare teachers in two areas: educational and developmental psychology. Educational psychology, EDUC7200A, Psychology of Teaching and Learning,  examines how theories and findings can best be applied in educational settings.  

Developmental psychology, EDUC7300 and EDUC7500, Child and Adolescent Learning and Development, respectively, address physical, cognitive, emotional, and social aspects of human development.

All courses in Social and Psychological Foundations save the research courses, require fieldwork in order to understand the contexts for learning and development both individually and collectively.