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Teaching Institutes at Washington D.C. Museums

This class will meet on the Texas State University campus during the 2019 summer semester and will include a required field trip to Washington, D.C.


2019 Summer Term: June 3 - July 3, 2019

Program Travel: June 11 - 26, 2019

What You Will Learn

The washington monument in dc

The purpose of this Study in America program in Washington, D.C., is to help develop preservice and practicing teachers' understandings of the role culture, identity, and diversity have played 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.

Course Options

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

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 and in-housing meals: TBA

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

Applying to the Course/Program

Applications for this program are not yet being accepted.

Registering for Courses

You must register for your course 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 appying/registering, please contact the Office of Distance and Extended Learning.