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Education Courses

India
Non-Degree Program

Advanced Certificate in Critical Urban and Community Education
Contact: Dr. Poonam C. Dev
Program Coordinator
585-389-2620
pdev2@naz.edu

SPF 204 - HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION

This course provides the contextual knowledge, analytic strategies, and reflective stance fundamental to the practice of critically engaged professional educators for inclusive and equitable schools. Students will examine the social history of schooling in the US, learn how to analyze the philosophical perspectives underlying various educational arrangements, and use reflection to interpret experience and feedback. Through classroom study and community projects, students will enhance their ability to prepare youth for democratic citizenship.
Normal Offering Cycle: Fall, Spring
Credits: 3

SPF 501 - SOCIAL FOUNDATIONS OF EDUCATION

This course encourages the development of interpretive, normative, and critical perspectives on education. Students strengthen their capacities to examine, understand and evaluate educational policies, institutional practices, and the rights and responsibilities of all education partners. Conceptualizing education broadly to include school and non-school enterprises, this course aims to deepen students' awareness of the social contexts and implications of educational activities.
Normal Offering Cycle: Fall, Spring, and Summer I & II
Credits: 3

SPF 520 - TEACHER-LEARNER, RESEARCH, AND INQUIRY

This course supports the development of teachers who critically read, evaluate and apply qualitative and quantitative research. Multiple approaches to and examples of research design and analysis will be introduced. Further, the teacher-learner is viewed as a transformative intellectual who models for his/her students an orientation to reflection, inquiry, and action. Drawing on coursework and professional interests, students will be studying, reflecting, and identifying potential action research questions and appropriate research methodologies.
Normal Offering Cycle: Fall, Spring, and Summer I & II
Credits: 3

SPF 620 - SOCIO-POLITICAL CONTEXT OF URBAN EDUCATION

This course reviews the economic, cultural, and political contexts that have influenced the evolution of urban environments and the practice of urban education. The principal aim of the course is to examine issues pertinent to educational endeavors in urban centers such as poverty, segregation, racism, physicality, funding, immigration, etc. Based in policy studies, urban studies, and community development, this course will examine the intentions of reform and the possibilities for renewal through community collaborations.
Normal Offering Cycle: Fall, Spring
Credits: 3

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