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Diversity

Studying to be a future teacher is an exciting adventure, especially at the College of New Jersey. There are many great courses offered that are amazing resources regarding what to expect as a future educator. However, certain programs mandate certain classes as academic requirements when they are relevant and beneficial for any and all education major to take. Read this review about two exceptional courses that you should fit into your schedule despite what specialization and route in education you are taking.

SPE 103: Introduction to Special Education

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This course is only available for Special Education majors. However, if you are an education major, it would be wise to take this course as one of your electives. As an educator, whether you have specialized in Spec Ed or not, the odds of you having a student with some form of a learning disability are high. Presently, inclusive classrooms are mandated in schools so although it is not a required course for all education majors, it should be on that they all should take.

In this course you learn about laws and policies put in place, particularly in NJ, surrounding the rights of students and families with disabilities and special needs. The professor, dates and times of this course are all subject to change, semester to semester.

ECE 102: Multicultural Literacy

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This course is a requirement for Urban Education Majors at the college. Like the previous, it should, however, be required for all education majors. Despite being in an urban or suburban school district, as an educator,  you still will come into contact with students of all different backgrounds and experiences. This course discussed the importance of having culturally appropriate and relevant sources in your classroom that reflect the diverse students you will have. The professor, dates and time of this course are subject to change semester to semester.

Despite what your academic requirements may mandate, these two courses are some that ALL education major should try to put in their course shopping cart. Regardless of the area you will teach in, educators will be exposed to a vast array of needs and backgrounds of their students. As an educator, it is your job to best fit the needs of these students and these two courses will definitely give you a good level of knowledge of how to navigate these inevitable realities in your future classroom.


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Liz Michelle

I'm a graduate student at The College of New Jersey. I am an Urban Elementary Education major and am in a 5 year program where I will earn my Master's and ESL Certification.


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