Teacher Education

Foundations of Multicultural Education

Foundations of Multicultural Education
Cultural identities in family life, physical attributes, culture, and language. Recognizing prejudice in individuals and institutions. Culturally and linguistically relevant pedagogical frameworks.
 Hours3.0 Credit, 3.0 Lecture, 0.0 Lab
 PrerequisitesMajor status.
 TaughtFall, Winter, Spring
 ProgramsContaining EL ED 203
Course Outcomes: 

Critical Dispositions

Recognize and use a moral/spiritual framework as a multicultural educator. Develop critical multicultural dispositions (e.g., self-critique, social awareness, meekness, advocacy). Explore perspectives and ways of knowing multicultural concerns (e.g., gender, sexuality, race and ethnicity, language abilities, immigration, social class, poverty).

Cultural Identities

Examine and understand the various dimensions of cultural identity, including one's own, and apply this knowledge to a process of personal reflection.

Recognize Privilege and Inequity

Recognize and acknowledge racism, discrimination and other forms of inequity and privilege in themselves, in others, and within institutions.

The Cultural Nature of Teaching and Learning

Acknowledge the cultural dynamics (e.g., beliefs, practices, values) at play in school success and classroom teaching. This includes recognizing and overcoming deficit thinking, and the challenges of second language acquisition and cultural adaptations for children of immigrants.


Learn to appreciate and value individual and cultural differences. Recognize how diversity enriches opportunities for learning and engagement within various communities.