Students who wish to teach middle school, junior high and high school courses must first choose a major area of concentration (e.g. English, social studies, mathematics, etc.). In addition, they are required to enroll in professional education courses. The first professional education course, taken during the freshman year, is EDSEC 150, Introduction to Teaching. The second course is EDMUL 205, Introduction to Multicultural Education, which is generally taken by sophomores. Students must successfully complete EDMUL 205 in order to be formally admitted into the Teacher Education program (see Appendix A, Model Program in Pre-Professional Secondary Education). The Professional Education Sequence emphasizes the three interconnected themes of school and community, students, and teachers.
EDMUL 205, and the corresponding Multicultural Learning Laboratory, addresses students. The catalog description of EDMUL 205 is as follows: "Introduction to Multicultural Education examines social factors that affect teacher decision-making and student achievement in United States schools. It addresses the need for intercultural competence, culturally-informed instructional strategies, promotion of social justice and reduction of racism and sexism in order to create democratic classrooms." Every semester, each section of EDMUL 205 partners with a local non-profit community organization such as the Muncie Boys and Girls Club, Motivate Our Minds (M.O.M.), South Madison Community Center, Buley Center, Ross Center, and Open Door Community Services, Inc. Pre-service secondary education teaching majors spend 20 hours per semester at the centers. Their involvement ranges from academic tutoring to recreational sports or simply "hanging out" with clients of these agencies, many of whom are drawn from lower socioeconomic neighborhoods. These university-community partnerships afford pre-service teachers the opportunity to better understand the impact of race and class on educational attainment and to appreciate the strengths and resources of inner-city residents.
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