Social Foundations of Education

Teacher candidates typically are required to take a course in the social foundations of education, which explores cultural, political, economic, technological, and other influences on the context of school. Such a course is an appropriate place to address the global forces at work and their impact on education today.

Three Michigan State University National Resource Centers (Africa, Asia, and the Center for the Advanced Study of International Development/ Women in International Development) worked with the Department of Teacher Education to internationalize TE 250, “Human Diversity, Power, Opportunity, and Social Institutions" using specially allocated funds from their U.S. Department of Education Title VI grants This social foundations course is required of most pre-service teachers, and students may opt to focus on either global or urban education. Allocated funds were used for staff development to strengthen the international competency of doctoral student instructors, and to purchase international materials such as films, texts, and simulations. 

Keele University in England offers students from any American university an opportunity to fulfill their social foundations requirement abroad. The university offers a study abroad experience tailored to education majors that includes a social foundations course paired with a field experience where participants observe classes in two British schools over the course of a semester.  Typically students complete the program in their second year, and use the credits to fulfill general education requirements.

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