Courses Descriptions & Offerings

But the role of imagination is not to resolve, not to point the way, not to improve. It is to awaken, to disclose the ordinarily unseen, unheard, and unexpected.
Maxine Greene

EDN 304. Creativity, Imagination, and Innovation in Education
This course will examine the creative process in teaching and learning. Students will explore the ways that individuals develop and implement new ideas, processes, and programs for educational purposes. Students will also study the cultivation of imagination and the nurturing of innovation using real-world examples. Examples studied will include: the production and marketing of new educational materials; the re-design of educational spaces and curricula; the implementation of new pedagogies; the purpose of arts integration; and technological innovations that shape teaching and learning. Particular attention will be given to the cognitive, affective, and kinesthetic processes that represent and/or stimulate creativity, imagination, and innovation.

EDN 370. Gender and Education
This course will investigate historical and contemporary issues related to gender, sexuality, and sex education in the United States. Specific topics will include: the construction of gender identity in educational settings, the feminization of teaching, single-sex education, abstinence-only and comprehensive sex education, as well as laws and policies related to gender in education.

EDN 400. Immigration, Demographics, and Justice in Education
This course will consider immigration, changing demographics in the United States, the effects of these changes on schools and communities, and the institutional structures that support and/or hinder school and community responses to changing demographics. Specific attention will be given also to differences in rural and urban demographic shifts and the effects of those shifts on education.

EDN 425. Educational Policy and Advocacy
In this course, students will study local, state, national, and international policies related to education. Students will examine the causes and effects of specific policies for teachers, students, and communities. Students will complete an in-depth study of a group or agency that advocates for children, youth, families, and/or schools.

Course Offerings
Fall EDN 304. Creativity, Imagination, and Innovation in Education (3)
EDN 370. Gender and Education (3)

Spring EDN 400. Immigration, Demographics, and Justice in Education
EDN 425. Educational Policy and Advocacy (3)-Capstone Course (to be completed as the last course in the minor)
EDN 200 & 203 are offered every semester

Elective courses-Check SeaNet or with the respective departments for availability