The ECO major requires the completion of an introductory course before admission and 5 core courses:

Introduction Course:

EDUC 280 - Introduction to Education, Communities and Organizations (3) Beginning Autumn 2020, this course will be 3 credits and require service-learning.

An introduction to the ECO program and major content areas: learning theory, human development, educational organizational theory, community-based methods, ecological theory and asset-based community development.  Students also explore the multitude of careers that utilize the skills of teaching and learning.  What is "education" and how can we support equitable teaching and learning in communities?  (Offered Autumn, Winter, and Spring)

Core Courses:

EDUC 370 - Learning Within and Across Settings (5)

Observe and evaluate the plethora of ways learning happens and how it is experienced across a variety of formal and informal learning environments, from classrooms to health clinics.  How is the dynamic and interdisciplinary process of learning and teaching connected across settings and people? (Offered Autumn, Winter, Spring. Open to declared majors only)

EDUC 251 - Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity (5)

Further your understanding of the challenges to establishing, educational equity and diversity.  How does knowing ourselves facilitating understanding and working with others?  (Offered Autumn, Winter, Spring)

EDPSY 302/404/380 - Human Development course (5)

Enroll in your choice of one human development class, each focusing on a different point in the life cycle: Childhood, adolescence, or adulthood.  How can we adjust the tools of teaching to be developmentally appropriate for our audience? (EDPSY 302- child dev- A,W,S.  EDPSY 404- adolescent dev- A,W.  EDPSY 380- adult dev- W,S.)

EDUC 472 - Individuals, Groups, Organizations and Institutions (5)

Understand the basic dynamics and processes of organizations, and how organizations interact with, and WITHIN, communities. How do organizations both facilitate and hinder change, especially toward social justice? (Offered Autumn, Winter, Spring. Open to declared majors only)

EDUC 473 - Community-based Research and Practice (5)

Develop an understanding of the principles and practices required for effective and equitable community-based research and practice. How can we re-envision the way we work, research and learn WITH communities in order to be more equitable partners?  Prerequisite: EDUC 251. (Offered Autumn, Winter, Spring. Open to declared majors only)

Capstone Internship Courses 

EDUC 481 - Community - Based Capstone I (5) (A) Prerequisite: EDUC 251, 370, 472, and 473 

EDUC 482 - Community - Based Capstone II (5)  (W) Prerequisite: EDUC 481.

EDUC 483 - Community - Based Capstone III (5) (S) Prerequisite: EDUC 482. 

By engaging in the priority projects of a community-based organization, you will apply your classroom knowledge to better understand the complexities of partnering with communities to meet their teaching and learning needs. Students intern for approximately 25 weeks, minimum 10 hours per week.

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