Syllabi for Dr. McIntire

EDF 2085 - Diversity for Educators

Cushner, K. McClelland, A., & Safford, P. (2009). Human Diversity in Education: An Integrative Approach (6th edition). Boston, MA: The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

Course Description


Designed for the prospective educator, this course provides the opportunity to explore issues of diversity, including an understanding of the influence of exceptionalities, culture, family, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, religion, language of origin, ethnicity, and age upon the educational experience. Students will explore personal attitudes toward diversity and exceptionalities. Students will be provided information on the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices, Sunshine State Standards, and the Professional Educator Competencies. Students are required to complete a minimum of 15 hours of field-based experience with children and youth in schools or similar settings and not via virtual modes of film or Internet. The field experience cannot be via vertical modes of film or Internet.

Course Objectives:

This course will enable students to:

1. Students will compare and contrast differences and similarities among cultures.

2. Students will analyze and discuss how multiculturalism impacts students, teachers, and schools.

3. Students will research and identify methods and benefits of culturally-responsive teaching, including recognition of the needs of special education students and of English Language Learners.

4. Students will define the characteristics of the various classifications of student exceptionalities, and will identify how the exceptionalities may impact student learning and achievement.


5. Students will identify and outline federal and state laws affecting students from diverse populations.

6. Students will review instructional practices appropriate for students with exceptionalities and delineate the typical accommodations to make in the classroom by type of exceptionality.

7. Students will use case studies to determine and explain the influence of family and community upon the needs of diverse students in the schools.

8. Students will examine and describe how one’s personal value system, attitudes, stereotypes, and prejudices can shape the teaching and learning process.

9. Students will research and analyze the effects of discrimination, bullying, alienation, and violent acts on students and the learning environment.

Grades and Grading Scale:


Your final grade will be based on a total of 1000 possible points as a result from the following assignments:


Total Possible Points

Orientation Quiz


Quizzes (4 total)


Field Experience Reflection Paper:



Time Log




Field Experience Lesson Evaluation


Culture Presentation


Exceptionality Presentation


Reflection Journals (4 total)


Discussions (5 total)


Teacher Interview


Grading Scale:

A: 900-1000 B: 800-899 C: 700-799 D: 600-699 F: 599 and Below

* The purpose of the assignments in this course is to document that you have met the standards outlined by the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices (FEAPs). The competencies outlined in the FEAPs must be met in order to be considered a highly-qualified teacher in the State of Florida.