General Course Information for TED606: Equity and Diversity

Course: TED606 - Equity and Diversity
Textbook: For the correct edition of the textbook assigned to a specific class, go to:

Course Description:

Examination of experiences of diverse groups in American society and California schools. Principles of education equity and practices that maximize student achievement are reviewed. The course includes instruction in understanding and acceptance of differences in culture, cultural heritage, ethnicity, language, age, religion, social economic status, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, and abilities and disabilities of individuals serve. Culturally relevant learning pedagogy to meet individual and collective learners & academic and social equity needs are addressed.

Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Study and discuss the historical and cultural traditions of the cultural and ethnic groups in the United States and California society. (Removing and California because we will have NCATE agreement with at least 25 states)
  • Examine his/her stated and implied beliefs, attitudes, and expectations about culture, cultural heritage, ethnicity, language, age, religion, social economic status, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, and abilities and disabilities of individuals in schools.
  • Study diverse family structures, community cultures, and child rearing practices and ways to develop respectful and productive relationships with families and communities.
  • Survey and analyze community resources and agencies and how to access them in order to provide integrated support for students.
  • Examine principles of educational equity and identify methods of integrating multicultural/culturally responsive perspectives into teaching and other educational activities.
  • Analyze programs/schools/districts that meet the needs of diverse populations and maximize student achievement and demonstrate the ability to describe and explain the major factors of impact.
  • Integrate and apply an understanding, appreciation, respect and acceptance for student diversity and individual identity, through anchor activities. Candidates will discuss and critique their own beliefs.
  • Describe, analyze and reflect upon how personal, family, school, community, and environmental factors are related to students' academic, physical, emotional and social well-being.

Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.

Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.

The following website provides information on APA, MLA, and other writing and citation styles that may be required for term papers and the like:

National University Library:
National University Library supports academic rigor and student academic success by providing access to scholarly books and journals both electronically and in hard copy. Print materials may be accessed at the Library in San Diego or through document delivery for online and regional students. Librarians are available to provide training, reference assistance, and mentoring at the San Diego Library and virtually for online or regional students. Please take advantage of Library resources:


Contact the Library:

  • (858) 541-7900 (direct line)
  • 1-866-NU ACCESS x7900 (toll free)

Use the Library Training Tools (on the Library Homepage) for additional help

  • Recorded class presentations
  • Tutorials & Guides (APA/MLA, Peer-Review, and more)

Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty:

Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.

Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
  • Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
  • There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures