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Teaching Institutes at Washington D.C. Museums


Program Cancelled

This program has been cancelled for Summer 2019.


Program Objectives and Details

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The purpose of this Study in America program in Washington, D.C. is to help develop preservice and practicing teachers' understandings of the role that culture, identity, and diversity play in shaping our collective cultural perspective in the United States. Drawing on visits to museums and other intellectual spaces in the nation’s capital, and the expertise of scholars and museum educators, this study will offer students the opportunity to grapple with tangible artifacts from our history, develop comprehensive teaching units that draw on these artifacts, and engage in critical discussions about the role that cultural and linguistic diversity have played in our ever-changing culture.

Program Outcomes

  • Analyze and evaluate the historical and broad nature of language, literacy, and culture as it has manifested over time in the U.S. Students will study primary source documents, artifacts, and art in targeted museum spaces [the Holocaust Museum, the African-American Museum, National Gallery of Art, Smithsonian, Newseum] and develop meaningful units of study/lessons supported by these discoveries for classroom use.

  • Critically consider issues of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, and difference and how these play out in the larger world as well as how they relate to literacy education. Students will meet and engage with scholars, museum educators, and other experts to develop quality lessons related to issues of diversity that they can bring back to their classrooms in Texas. They will conduct research related to these topics for class projects.
  • Develop a critical consciousness about difference and explore ways that multiculturalism and linguistic/cultural diversity serve to strengthen our country both historically and in the present moment. Students will examine their own biases through written and performative work and consider innovative methods for engaging and reaching an increasingly diverse student population in American public schools.

Admission is selective, and space is limited.


Course Options

CI 3338  Social Studies in Elementary and Middle School CRN 52800
RDG 3320 Integrating Reading and Writing CRN 52803
RDG 4320 Language and Literacy in Diverse Communities CRN 52804
RDG 5331 Literacy Methods for Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Students CRN 52805
RDG 5340 Connecting Reading and Writing in the Classroom CRN 52806
RDG 5370B Social, Cultural, and Political Contexts of Literacy Instruction CRN 52807

Students may register for up to six (6) credit hours during this program. 

Pre-trip orientation meetings will take place on the Texas State campus in San Marcos.

Online coursework will also be required.

Students Applying for Graduate Courses

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


Tuition and Program Fee

Tuition for three hours of undergraduate university credit (one course):  $833.46

Tuition for six hours of undergraduate university credit (one course):  $1,666.92

Tuition for three hours of graduate university credit (one course):  $983.46

Tuition for six hours of graduate university credit (two courses):  $1,966.92

Program fee, which includes lodging at George Washington University and on-site program logistics: N/A

Important Note: Airfare to/from Washington, D.C., travel within Washington, D.C. (via Metro), and personal expenses, including meals, are not included in the Program Fee. 

The course tuition and program fee will be billed and paid through SBS Billing and Payment.

Drops and Refunds

All university policies regarding installments, course drops, and refunds apply to all billed and paid tuition and program fees.


Applying to the Program

Program cancelled for Summer 2019.

Registering for Courses

Once approved by the Office of Distance and Extended Learning and after submitting all required information and documentation, you must register for your the academic courses through the Student Information System/Catsweb during the regular university registration period.

For more information about the content of the course/program, please contact Dr. Jane Saunders.

For questions about applying/registering, please contact the Office of Distance and Extended Learning.


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