Educational Equity and Cultural Diversity (EECD) offers a course of study devoted to the critical examination of theory, practice, and policy in two major areas of emphasis: the education of culturally and linguistically diverse students and the education of exceptional children. The program stresses analysis, evaluation, and implementation of educational programs for students who represent diverse learning needs within the public school system. School culture, language policies, and the social and political context of schooling are examined across emphases. Policies that affect the assessment, placement, and services provided for exceptional children also are examined.
Program faculty offer courses in first and second language acquisition theory, program development for bilingual and English as a second language, and methodologies appropriate for such programs. Faculty also offer courses in special education methodologies, assessment, and program implementation. Additional related courses are available in other programs of the School of Education and in other departments of the university.
The program is designed to train scholars, teachers, resource specialists, and administrators for careers in academic institutions, public schools, and federal and state agencies. Doctoral level preparation is research oriented and qualifies graduates to be curriculum specialists in school districts or faculty in university positions.