2016-2017 Graduate Catalog

EDUA 5748 Teaching African-American Students

This course provides an in-depth look at the achievement gap that exists for many African-American students in the U.S. education system and several of the cultural, political, and socioeconomic factors that contribute to this gap. African-American students experience challenges in and out of the classroom that hamper their personal and academic success, which often lead to failing grades and increased dropout rates.

In the course, the teacher will learn how to create culturally responsive classroom practices that aim to overcome the barriers and biases that impact African-American students. The teacher will learn how to employ a series of research-based guiding principles in assessment, instruction, and cultural enrichment that engage and support African-American students. After completing the course, teachers will be equipped with best practices for meeting some of the most pressing academic, social, and emotional needs of African-American students in the classroom.