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EDCI 4900 Syllabus

Course Syllabus

EDCI 4900 - Multicultural Education

3 Credit Hours

Course Information

Course Description:

This course aids students in developing awareness, understanding and sensitivity to the needs and interests of ethnic and cultural groups.  The underlying philosophy is that the differences and similarities of individuals and groups should be cherished for their worth and cultivated for the benefit they bring to all people.

Course Outcomes:

The student will be able to:

  1. Identify the historical and theoretical perspectives of multicultural education in a changing society.

  2. Experience and appreciate the diverse cultures and the nature of changing demographics in the United States as an instrument of change in society promoting egalitarianism.

  3. Collaborate with peers to identify methods of integrating multicultural perspectives into teaching or other activities in the classrooms or work place to enhance empathy and understanding of others.

  4. Create a multicultural classroom conducive to inclusion that uses developmentally appropriate teaching methods and assessment to enhance sensitivity to all people. 

Prerequisites & Co-requisites:


Course Topics:

Multicultural Education Topics

Module One: Foundations for Multicultural Teaching

1. Education in a changing society
2. Multicultural education: historical and theoretical perspectives
3. Culture and the culture-learning process
4. Classrooms and schools as cultural crossroads
5. Intercultural development: considering the growth of self and students

Module Two: Multicultural Teaching in Action I 

1. Creating classrooms that address race and ethnicity
2. The classroom as a global community: nationality and region
3. Developing learning communities: language and learning style
4. Religious pluralism in secular classrooms

Module Three: Multicultural Teaching in Action II

1. Developing a collaborative classroom: gender and sexual orientation
2. Creating developmentally appropriate classrooms: the importance of age and developmental status
3. Creating inclusive classrooms: the ability/disability continuum and the health dimension
4. The role of social class and social status in teaching and learning
5. Assessing progress: the importance of social class and social status 

Specific Course Requirements:

A basic understanding of the use of this course management system, computers, and word processing. The ability to use APA style for all citations. 

Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware and Software Requirements

Required Textbooks:

Please visit the Virtual Bookstore to obtain textbook information for this course. Move your cursor over the "Books" link in the navigation bar and select "Textbooks & Course Materials." Select your Program, Term, Department, and Course; then select "Submit."

Supplementary Materials:

Various websites relating to multicultural education. 

Hardware and Software Requirements:

Minimum hardware requirements can be found here.

Minimum software requirements can be found here.

Common applications you might need:

Web Resources:

Purdue OWL Online Writing Lab (for APA, MLA, or Chicago style)

The Writing Center Online Writer's Handbook

Student Resources:
  • Technical support information can be found on the TN eCampus Help Desk page.
  • Smarthinking virtual tutoring is available FREE of charge. to access Smarthinking, visit the course homepage and select Smarthinking under Course Resources. You also view sample sessions to see what Smarthinking offers and how it works.
  • Information on other student issues or concerns can be located on the TN eCampus Student Resources page.

Instructor Information

Please see "Instructor Information" in the Getting Started Module for instructor contact information, virtual office hours, and other communication information. You can expect to receive a response from the instructor within 24-48 hours unless notified of extenuating circumstances.

Participation, Assessments, & Grading

Testing Procedures:

This course contains three timed tests which will be taken at the completion of each module. Students will be given a three-day time-period within which to complete the tests. Once the student clicks begin, the time period begins and the student must complete the test within the specified period of minutes. All tests are open book/open notes. 

Grading Procedures:

Assessment and student evaluation are related to content material. These assessments include the following:

(1) 2 written assignments (Journal Review and Lesson Plan)
(2) 3 quizzes
(3) 3 multicultural assignments (ME)
(4) 14 discussion questions
(5) A group project

The final grade will be determined by adding the earned points from all of the required activities listed above. 

ActivityPoints Value
Journal Review150
Lesson Plan150

Project - Group Grade
Project - Individual Grade

Quiz 1100
Quiz 2100
Quiz 3100
ME 130
ME 230
ME 340
13 Discussions @ 7 pts. each
1 Discussion @ 9 pts.

All assignments should be submitted on time. 

Grading Scale:
599 or lessF


Assignments and Projects:

All assignments are due on or before the due date and on Central Time. Late work will be accepted only in cases of emergencies and will be subject to point deductions for each day past the due date.

  1. Timed tests at the end of each module - Each student is expected to take a timed test which incorporates objectives related to that particular module. You are allowed a period of approximately three days within which the test can be completed. Each test is timed, thus at the end of the allotted time, you should have finished answering the question, saved the answers, and submitted the test. You will not be allowed to submit the test beyond the allotted time limit so do not click "begin" until you are actually ready to start the test and click submit prior to the end of the time limit. Be sure to check the dates for taking the tests.
  2. Two Written Assignments consisting of a Journal Article Review and a Lesson Plan Papers Specific instruction for these assignments can be found within the course modules located on the Course Content page.
  3. Participation in several multicultural activities.
  4. A group project which consists of creating a website that you could share with others as a resource for multicultural education. 
Class Participation:

Participation in several multicultural activities. 

Late Policy:

All assignments, discussions, and quizzes must be completed by the due date. Late work will not be accepted except in the case of documented emergencies and will be subject to point deductions. 

Course Ground Rules

The following two statements (1., 2.) were derived from the TBR System-wide Student Rules document, released January 2012:


Read the document in its entirety here.

1. Standards of Conduct:

  • Students are required to adhere to the same professional, legal and ethical standards of conduct online as on campus. In addition, students should conform to generally accepted standards of "netiquette" while sending e-mail, posting comments to the discussion board, and while participating in other means of communicating online. Specifically, students should refrain from inappropriate and/or offensive language, comments and actions.

2. Review the TN eCampus Academic Integrity/Academic Honesty Policy:

  • In their academic activities, students are expected to maintain high standards of honesty and integrity. Academic dishonesty is prohibited.

Such conduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • an attempt by one or more students to use unauthorized information in the taking of an exam
  • to submit as one's own work, themes, reports, drawings, laboratory notes, computer programs, or other products prepared by another person,
  • or to knowingly assist another student in obtaining or using unauthorized materials.

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited.

Students guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly through participation or assistance, are subject to disciplinary action through the regular procedures of the student’s home institution.  Refer to the student handbook provided by your home institution to review the student conduct policy.

In addition to other possible disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed, the instructor has the authority to assign an "F" or zero for an activity or to assign an "F" for the course.

Other Course Rules:

Students are expected to:

  • Participate in all aspects of the course
  • Communicate with other students
  • Learn how to navigate in Brightspace
  • Keep abreast of course announcements
  • Use the assigned course management (Brightspace) email address rather than a personal email address
  • Address technical problems immediately:
  • Observe course netiquette at all times.

Guidelines for Communications


  • Always include a subject line.
  • Remember without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your emails. Use of emoticons might be helpful in some cases.
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Special formatting such as centering, audio messages, tables, html, etc. should be avoided unless necessary to complete an assignment or other communication.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members


  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion. Be a lurker then a discussant.
  • Try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the discussion group. Be respectful of other’s ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be cooperative with group leaders in completing assigned tasks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.


The Tennessee Virtual Library is available to all students enrolled in TN eCampus programs and courses. Links to library materials (such as electronic journals, databases, interlibrary loans, digital reserves, dictionaries, encyclopedias, maps, and librarian support) and Internet resources needed by learners to complete online assignments and as background reading will be included within the course modules. To access the Virtual Library, go to the course homepage and select the Virtual Library link under Course Resources.

Students with Disabilities

Qualified students with disabilities will be provided reasonable and necessary academic accommodations if determined eligible by the appropriate disability services staff at their home institution. Prior to granting disability accommodations in this course, the instructor must receive written verification of a student's eligibility for specific accommodations from the disability services staff at the home institution. It is the student's responsibility to initiate contact with their home institution's disability services staff and to follow the established procedures for having the accommodation notice sent to the instructor.

Syllabus Changes

The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes both by individual email communication and posting both notification and nature of change(s) on the course bulletin board.


The information contained in this syllabus is for general information purposes only. While we endeavor to keep this information up-to-date and accurate, there may be some discrepancies between this syllabus and the one found in your online course. The syllabus of record is the one found in your online course. Please make sure you read the syllabus in your course at the beginning of the semester. Questions regarding course content should be directed to your instructor.

Last Revised on December 4, 2017