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Courses for Undergraduates Only

Some courses are only open to students enrolled in one of our degree programs. Please see Current Course Offerings for courses available for general enrollment.

ED 001 School and Society
In the first half of this course, students will focus on the desegregation of the Boston public schools in the 1970s, and in the second half of the course students will survey some of the major issues in U.S. education today. Cohen

ED 011 Observing Theory In Action
Examination of the current issues facing schools, such as teacher evaluation, equity in school finance, and high stakes testing. Focus on public schools in the metropolitan area.  Students will spend one morning per week working in a local high school. Cohen

ED 013 The Global Educator
Essential educational issues from a global perspective. History, economics, and cultures of developing African nations. How the current (or developing) educational system is influenced by these issues. Case study illustrating aspects of working to build and sustain a school in Rwanda. Connections between education and citizenship from a global perspective. Fulfills a course for the undergraduate major and minor. Beardsley

ED 014 Food and Schools
This course, which explores the story of food and schools, will involve investigations into (1) the students' own school experiences as they relate to food and school, (2) the history of food in U.S. schools, (3) the ways by which school food is a battleground for many beliefs about school and society, and (4) how some schools approach feeding students and teaching about nutrition and food. A field work component will involve visits to local schools and/or educational institutions. Redmond

ED 091 Art Education: A Global Perspective
This course considers the role that culture plays in art making. This course emphasizes the importance of a multicultural approach to art education in order for students to gain a deeper understanding and empathy for all people through the visual arts. Readings, seminar discussions, observations, activities, museum and gallery visits will focus on how art education deepens learning across disciplines and cultures. Students will reflect upon global visual culture and consider how to develop art education curricula that acknowledges all learners and diverse populations and settings. This course is designed for all education students and in particular, for those interested in Art Education and Museum Studies. Furst

ED 092 Pro-social Schooling for a Democratic Society
This course explores the role of pro-social education in public schooling, from school-based practices to state and national policies, and in terms of systemic issues and adaptive challenges. The following overarching question will guide our exploration: How can we move beyond divisive rhetoric and dialogue vis-à-vis the U.S. public education system, to better understand schooling as complex system in need of more constructive, collaborative approaches to school reform? Donahue-Keegan