District Syllabus
Introduction To Diversity For Educators

Credit Hours: 3
Contact Hours: 3
Laboratory Fee: None.
Prerequisites: ENC0025 Developmental Writing II And
REA0017 Developmental Reading II
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.
Catalog 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, Florida Standards, 
and the Professional Educator Competencies.  A minimum of 15 hours 
of field-experience working with diverse populations of children and 
youth in schools or similar settings is required.  The field 
experience should not be via virtual modes of film or Internet.
Required Materials: Books:
  • Kenneth Cushner, Averial McClelland, Phillip Safford. Human Diversity in Education: An Integrative Approach, 7th ed., McGraw Hill, 2012. ISBN: 9780078110276
Supplemental Materials: Additional materials may be assigned by the instructor to supplement the required materials. -->
Special Requirements: The 15-hour service learning component is mandated by the State of Florida. A student cannot earn a passing grade in this course without completing the 15-hour requirement. Pensacola State College has service learning agreements with the Escambia County and Santa Rosa County school districts. Students unable to complete this 15- hour requirement in Escambia County or Santa Rosa County must receive pre-approval to complete the requirement in a different school district.
Program Learning Outcomes:
Course Learning Outcomes:
1.  Students will compare and contract 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 students 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.

Methods of Evaluation:
Evaluation of student progress towards achieving the stated learning 
outcomes and performance objectives is the responsibility of the 
instructor, within the policies of the college and the department.  
Detailed explanations are included in the expanded Syllabus 
developed by the instructor for each section being taught.
Flexibility: It is the intention of the instructor to accomplish the objectives specified in the course syllabus. However, circumstances may arise which prohibit the fulfilling of this endeavor. Therefore, this syllabus is subject to change. When possible, students will be notified of any change in advance of its occurrence.

Student Email Accounts: Pensacola State College provides an institutional email account to all credit students. Pirate Mail is the official method of communication, and students must use Pirate Mail when communicating with the College. In cases where companion software is used for a particular class, emails may be exchanged between instructor and student using the companion software.

Note: For students with a disability that falls under the Americans with Disability Act or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, it is the responsibility of the student to notify Student Resource Center for ADA Services to discuss any special needs or equipment necessary to accomplish the requirements for this course. Upon completion of registration with the Student Resource Center for ADA Services office, specific arrangements can be discussed with the instructor.

Equity Statement: Pensacola State College does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, color, gender/sex, age, religion, marital status, pregnancy, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information in its educational programs, activities or employment. For inquiries regarding Title IX and the college’s nondiscrimination policies, contact the Associate Vice President for Institutional Diversity/Title IX Officer at (850) 484-1759, Pensacola State College, 1000 College Blvd., Pensacola, Florida 32504.