The Education and Community Engagement Minor is intended for students interested in understanding the purpose and impact of education across global communities. Candidates for the minor examine the role of multiple forms of education, the impact of education on a range of societal inequalities, and the sociopolitical forces of race, class, gender, sexuality, culture, language, and immigration within a human rights framework. Students choose from a range of multidisciplinary courses that focus on applied education, including the context of K-12 schooling and higher education, employment preparation, and knowledge and socio-emotional well-being development that often occurs in partnership with multiple communities. The minor is intended to support those interested in a wide array of educational contexts, including schools, community organizations and advocacy efforts, museum education, youth leadership organizations, after school programming, nonprofit and community based organizations, and other applied educational contexts outside of schools.
Completing the Education and Community Engagement minor will help you understand the purpose and impact of education across global communities. In this program, you will:
- Develop integrative perspectives on educational issues
- Examine various structural inequities across communities
- Identify tangible examples and components of education within communities
- Hands-on experience in non-classroom based educational settings
- Analyze community cultural wealth models, including learning about how various communities approach education
- Examine various models of community learning and teaching
- Analyze local and historical impacts of community education efforts
The Education and Community Engagement minor will help you understand the purpose and impact of education across global communities. If you are considering the Master of Education for Practicing Educators Program after you complete your bachelor's degree at UW Tacoma, see the School of Education web page for more information on graduate programs in Education. If you are considering the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, see the Masters in Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences webpage to learn about their graduate program.
For more information about the Education and Community Engagement minor, please contact an academic advisor or Education and Community Engagement minor coordinator Dr. Tony Perone, Lecturer. If you are interested in exploring education within formal learning environments/schools, please check the Teaching, Learning & Justice minor webpage.
EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT MINOR COURSE REQUIREMENTS
All minors must be completed with a 2.0 minor GPA. Students may transfer in a maximum of two courses towards the minor. Please see an advisor to discuss details.
The Education and Community Engagement minor consists of 30 credits.
Education and Community Engagement minor core courses (10 Credits):
Additional Requirements (20 credits):
- Two courses from List A: Diversity elective list.
- One course from List B: Social Emotional Well-Being in Schools and Society elective list.
- One course from any of the elective lists (List A, List B or List C).
List A: Approved Diversity Course Electives (must take two courses from this list). This elective requirement exposes students to foundations in equity and justice in relation to education, society, and knowledge.
- TEDUC 310 Racism in Schools
- TEDUC 471 Diversity and Equity in Schools and Curriculum*
- TEDUC 473 Math, Power and Society
- TEDUC 482 Foundations of Education: Policy, Ethics and Philosophy*
- TEGL 301 Introduction to Indigenous Women and Feminism
- TEGL 302 Tribal Critical Race Theory and Critical Race Theory
- TEGL 303 Introduction to American Indian Education
- TEGL 305 The American Indian Movement
- TEGL 340 Intersections: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in a Global Perspective
- TEGL 401 Critical and Indigenous Methodologies
- TEGL 419 African-American Culture and Consciousness
- THIST 349 Minorities and Higher Education in American History
- THIST 416 Life and Thought: Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, and Angela Davis
- THIST 441 Black Freedom Movement in Perspective
- TPSYCH 312 Mental Illness Across Cultures
- TPSYCH 345 Stereotyping, Prejudice, and Discrimination
- TPSYCH 441 Diversity and Health Psychology
- TPSYCH 455 Immigrant Youth Development
- TSOC 335 Social Class and Inequality
*TEDUC 471 and TEDUC 482 (2.7 grade or higher and must have been taken in academic year 2012-2013, or later, to qualify) will count as equivalent courses for two of the courses within UW Tacoma's Teacher Certification Program, TEDUC 520 and TEDUC 501, respectively. NOTE: If not taken as part of the Education and Community Engagement minor, TEDUC 471 and TEDUC 482 (same restrictions as above) will still count as equivalent courses for TEDUC 520 and TEDUC 501.
List B: Social Emotional Well-Being in Schools and Society Electives (must take one course from this list). This elective requirement exposes students to psychological tenets, mental health and wellness, identity, and mindfulness in relation to learning. Approved Diversity courses (indicated by a ‘D’) fulfill the previous course requirement list.
- TPSYCH 222 Infant and Child Development (Changing to TPSYCH 319 Child Development as of autumn 2018)
- TPSYCH 320 The Race, Class, and Gender Contexts of Child Development (D)
- TPSYCH 321 Adolescent Psychology
- TPSYCH 401 Family Violence
- TPSYCH 420 Attachment and Interpersonal Relations
- TPSYCH 450 Contemplative Science
- TPSYCH 455 Immigrant Youth Development (D)
List C: Additional Approved Minor Course Electives (may take up to one course from this list or take another course from List A or List B).
- TPSYCH 306 Community Psychology, Research, and Action
- TPSYCH 407 The Cultural Context of Developmental Psychology
- TPSYCH 418 Lifespan Imaginative Play
- TSOC 432 Schooling in the United States
- TSOC 439 Interviewing and Fieldwork in Communities
Who do I contact?
- Questions about the Education and Community Engagement Minor, please contact Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, Education and Community Engagement Minor Coordinator Dr. Tony Perone, Lecturer.
- Declare an Education and Community Engagement Minor, contact your undergraduate advisor.
- For information about Teacher Certification programs, it is highly recommended you attend an Information Session held by the School of Education, Pre-admission Advisor, Carla Van Rossum.
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