2023-2024 Catalog 
    Jun 18, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Education, Humanizing Educators and Learners Concentration with Single Subject Credential, MAT

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Situated at San Jose City College, the USF South Bay program intends to engage candidates in transformative education that is built upon humanizing relationships and a commitment to social justice. We prepare candidates with a deepened social consciousness so that they understand the complexities and challenges around teaching, and leave our program with the pedagogical and curricular tools to work toward a just, humane, and healthy world. Earn your Master of Arts in Teaching and credential through our Humanizing Educators and Learners (H.E.A.L.) framework.

Program Learning Outcomes

Teaching for Diversity & Social Justice Strand

  • Understand that social justice issues are always operating, affect everyone, and are manifested in relationships, curriculum, pedagogy and assessment
  • Problematize education practices, programs, and policies using social justice concepts, theories, frameworks
  • Contribute to honest and open-minded dialogue across different perspectives, cultures, experiences
  • Teach responsively and compassionately with a student advocacy, assets-based orientation vs. deficit perspective
  • Understand institutional, systemic forces of racism, classism, sexism, homophobia, and other forms of oppression and how they play out in classrooms and schools
  • Develop tools to recognize and confront dehumanizing speech and actions
  • Develop a critically reflective teacher identity with the ability to question one’s own assumptions
  • Develop familiarity with and motivation to apply educational principles, approaches, and resources for teaching to diversity and for social justice

Learning & Teaching/Development Strand

  • Develop awareness of classroom teaching as a complex endeavor that involves understanding of curricular knowledge, diverse learners, high leverage pedagogies, classroom community/leadership, multiple forms of assessment, and the contexts of schooling
  • Contemplate the different purposes of education and one’s own classroom teaching, and the implications for our role as teachers that foster our students’ growth as humane, competent, and empowered learners
  • Understand the connections among theories, principles, and classroom practice and critique the assumptions that underlie them


Curriculum & Instruction Strand

  • Teachers are critical consumers of curriculum in the schools so they adapt vs. adopt curricular/instructional materials
  • Teachers conduct ongoing assessment (of students’ strengths, where students are, needs) that informs planning and teaching
  • Teachers know how to develop lesson plans and sequences of instruction
  • Teachers know how to build on student assets to develop literacy and numeracy in the content areas
  • Teachers connect their own curriculum and pedagogy to teaching for diversity and social justice
  • Teachers connect theory to their practice (e.g. how children learn to read to reading instruction; how children develop number sense to math instruction)
  • Teachers identify broad and specific curricular purposes (e.g. powerful ideas, skills and strategies)
  • Teachers apply frameworks and tools (“nuts and bolts”) to their curriculum, pedagogy, and assessment

Major Requirements (40 units)

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