EDUC 2301: Introduction to Special Populations

An enriched, integrated, pre-service and content experience that provides an overview of schooling and classrooms from the perspectives of language, gender, socioeconomic status, ethnic/ethnicity, sexual orientation and academic diversity with an emphasis on factors that facilitate learning. Students will participate in a minimum of 16 contact hours in P–12 classrooms with varied and diverse student populations. Service learning will be used to support the connection of theory to the actual practice of developing meaningful learning experiences for diverse students. Students in EDUC 2301 must pass a criminal history background check and complete 16 hours of field observations in the public schools. Service Learning will be scheduled during public school hours Monday–Thursday. Background checks and placements will be addressed during the first week of class.

Are there any prerequisites for enrolling in EDUC 2301 Introduction to Special Populations?

Yes. Students must pass EDUC 1301 with a grade of C or better, in order to enroll in EDUC 2301.

Are 16 hours of classroom field observations required in order to pass EDUC 2301?

In order to pass EDUC 2301, students must complete 16 hours of service learning, in addition to completing written assignments, exams and class projects.

What is service learning?

EDUC 2301 students work directly with PK-12 students, to provide learning support by serving as tutors and mentors on public school campuses. Service learning can be conducted with small groups of PK-12 students, or on a one-on-one basis.

Do the public schools have any guidelines for service learning placements?

All students enrolled in EDUC 2301 must pass a criminal background check in order to participate in service learning on public school campuses.

Will students visit different campuses for service learning?

No. Service learning hours will be earned at one assigned campus.

Will students enrolled in EDUC 2301 choose their preferred subject areas for learning support, and the grade levels they would like to serve?

No. Service learning assignments are arranged according to the needs of each participating school. Students do not have the option of choosing specific grade levels or particular subject areas they prefer.