This course is designed to enhance instructional skills essential to working with racial minorities, gender and sex diversity, religious diversity, students with diverse learning abilities, and sexual minorities. The course will examine varying cultures and unique student populations based on the emerging aspects of a diverse society. This course is structured to present the learner with the essential knowledge base and accompanying skills needed to successfully teach school students who have connections with topics related to Economically Disadvantaged students, Gender Issues, Racial Diversity, Religious Diversity, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity/Expression, Special Education, and English Language Learners by understanding the relationship of diversity to student achievement and school climate.

Graduate students will study the history, programs and legislation of each program as they relate to school and its daily operation. State requirements will be examined as will program requirements falling under the NCLB legislation. Program design will be presented as will its impact upon the school and the process of meeting the educational needs of students. This course will require that students apply critical inquiry into the intersection of diversity and bullying in schools. Case studies and practical application of program specifications will be utilized in the study of this course.