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Education and Community Leadership

Service, Community and Democratic Leadership

ADED 5378

Course Description:  
This course introduces students to the broad concepts of service, citizenship, democracy, community, leadership, and engagement.  For this reason, it is designed for any major at any level of undergraduate or graduate study (separate tracks of study with the course).  Students experience these concepts in real-world contexts through service-learning and associated reflection assignments.  Service-learning involves a blending of community or school service activities with the academic curriculum.  It can be an instructional methodology, philosophy of learning, and a development strategy for schools and communities.  Students actively participate in meaningful civic service experiences in their own local communities, at non-profit organizations of their choice, which address community needs and are coordinated with university and community organizations.  Students perform approximately 20 hours of service. 

Course Objectives:

  • Develop skills for collaborative work with community partners.
  • Synthesize learning through a final reflective report.
  • Evaluate the needs of a community organization and its clients.
  • Demonstrate social responsibility, citizenship, and advocacy, including participation in community and human services organizations and activities.
  • Conduct an accurate and thorough needs assessment for a specific target population to be served. 
  • Consider individual and cultural considerations in developing service interventions and activities. 
  • Develop relevant skills in becoming a more effective and engaged community member.
  • Communicate and consult with individuals, parents, teachers, and other school and community personnel.
  • To explore theoretical and practical approaches to service, democratic citizenship, and community building. 
  • To engage in critically-reflective placements with local organizations, and to participate in a class project designed and conducted in partnership with the community.
  • To develop effective skills in community service and citizenship, including oral and written communication skills, teamwork, leadership, diversity awareness, and participatory action research.
  • To formulate and examine the student's own commitment to service and citizenship.
  • Critique existing service-learning research literature.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the multiple interrelated factors which contribute to vulnerability in identified youth from micro, mezzo and macro systems perspectives. 
  • Participate in self-reflective and group reflective evaluations and assessments.
  • Communicate and relate sensitivity to diverse populations and with people different from themselves.
  • Analyze the impact of multiplicative and interactive effects of diversity, race, ethnicity, culture, gender, environment, and personal and societal history. 

Instructor:  TBD

Note:  This is an online course with no on-campus class meetings.  However, students will complete an experiential component within their community.

Note:  For specific course information including CRN, start & end dates, times, locations and cost, please visit the course listing in the CatsWeb - Schedule of Classes.

Attention Students Applying for Graduate Course

All applicants interested in enrolling in a 5000 level or above extension course(s) must first contact the Texas State Graduate College.  This step must be completed before registration can be finalized into a graduate-level course.

Applying and Registering

For information about applying and registering, please visit our Registering for Extension webpage.

For more information about the content of this program or the graduate credit received for these courses, contact Dr. Stewart

For more information about applying and registering, please contact the Office of Distance and Extended Learning.

Accessing Your Online Course

If you are registering for this online course you will access your course through TRACS.  In addition to the information available in TRACS, the course details listed here will provide further assistance for contacting your instructor and identifying the required texts and/or course materials that are required.


Previous Offerings


Brick by Brick signSeminar in International Educational Research: New Zealand

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New ZealandCost:  N/A
Dates: N/A
Time: N/A
Location: 332 ASB South
Instructors: Dr. Joellen Coryell and Dr. Trae Stewart

Course Description: This seminar course is designed to assist graduate students in developing skills to conduct international research in topics of education and the social sciences. It proposes an understanding of internationalization as participatory engagement with other available discourses beyond one’s own national frame, grounded in a method that links particular localities in a process of transnational engagement. Following from this emphasis on linking specific localities in mutual dialogue and reflection, the course creates opportunities for students in Central Texas to study the interplay between community engagement, study abroad, student development, and disaster relief as centered on the earthquakes of Christchurch, New Zealand. Individual learning contracts will be established with each student to focus the student’s unique learning goals related to internationalization, and in light of the student’s degree program. The seminar format will involve a combination of whole group sessions and working group sessions. Course assignments will be collaborative and might involve preparing a joint manuscript for peer-reviewed publication and/or conference panel. The course is appropriate for masters and doctoral level students in education, the social sciences, and liberal arts. For more information contact Dr. Joellen Coryell at Coryell@txstate.edu.

Course Choice:  This is a graduate level Extension course. It is open to both graduate students at Texas State and to persons who are not Texas State students who have completed an undergraduate degree. For students who are enrolled in adult education master’s programs or have interests in adult education (or related field), please enroll in ADED 5378. For those enrolled in master’s programs or have interests in educational leadership, please register for EDCL 5388. The exception is students currently enrolled in a PhD program either at Texas State or elsewhere; these students should register for ED 7378. Please note that there are multiple sections of both courses and so it is important to register for the correct section.

Textbook / Resources:

Bringle, R.G., Hatcher, J.A., & Jones, S.G. (2010).  International service learning: Conceptual frameworks and research.  Stlus Publishing. (OSBN-10: 1579223397 / ISBN-13: 978-1579223397)

Additional readings available on TRACS and TBD by research topic.

For more information about the content of this program or the graduate credit received for these courses, contact Dr. Coryell.

Seminar in International Educational Research: Chile
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Cost:  N/A
Dates: N/A
Time: N/A
Location: 332 ASB South
Instructors: Dr. Michael O'Malley and Dr. Sarah W. Nelson

Course Description: This seminar course is designed to assist graduate students in developing skills to conduct international research in topics of education and the social sciences. It proposes an understanding of internationalization as participatory engagement with other available discourses beyond one’s own national frame, grounded in a method that links particular localities in a process of transnational engagement. In this context, internationalization has a specific purpose of advancing solidarity for sustainability. Following from this emphasis on linking specific localities in mutual dialogue and reflection, the course creates opportunities for students in Central Texas to study educational and social institutions as well as the larger socio-political context in Santiago de Chile. Students will participate in one of two seminar working groups studying 1) the Biblioteca de Santiago as a site of public pedagogy or 2) Chilean-US educational leaders’ dialogue on educational and social equity. Individual learning contracts will be established with each student to focus the student’s unique learning goals related to internationalization, and in light of the student’s degree program. The seminar format will involve a combination of whole group sessions and working group sessions. Course assignments will be collaborative and might involve preparing a joint manuscript for peer-reviewed publication, a curated art exhibit, a community engagement forum, or a course paper. Optional field work in Chile for one week is available to meet a portion of course requirements. These options involve qualitative research in Chile the week of November 17-24, 2012 or participation in an international conference on school improvement the first week of January, 2013. Students are responsible for their own travel arrangements and expenses. The course is appropriate for masters and doctoral level students in education, the social sciences, and liberal arts. For more information contact Dr. O’Malley.

Course Choice:  This is a graduate level Extension course. It is open to both graduate students at Texas State and to persons who are not Texas State students who have completed an undergraduate degree. Students should register for EDCL 5388. The exception is students currently enrolled in a PhD program either at Texas State or elsewhere; these students should register for ED 7378. Please note that there are multiple sections of both courses and so it is important to register for the correct section.

Textbook / Resources:

Falabella Ambrosio, A. A. (2012). The Performing School: The effects of market & accountability policies [TRACS].
 
Sandlin, J. A., O’Malley, M. P. & Burdick, J. (2011). Mapping the complexities of public pedagogy scholarship: 1894-2010. Review of Educational Research, 81(3), 338-375.

For more information about the content of this program or the graduate credit received for these courses, contact Dr. O'Malley or Dr. Nelson.

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