This course provides an overview of adolescent development with an emphasis on what adolescents need at school. Adolescence is the biological and cultural period of transition from childhood to adulthood. Because of the unique physical, cognitive-intellectual, psychological, social-emotional, and moral-ethical needs of adolescents, their education must be responsive, challenging, empowering, equitable, and engaging. Topics of study include identity formation, motivation and resistance, culturally informed pedagogies, learning science, restorative practices, and interdisciplinary curriculum design. This course includes an integrated field experience at a local school.


4 sh


SOC 2430 or EDU 2110


  • Fall

Previous Course Number

EDU 441

Course Outcomes

  1. Describe the physical, social, intellectual, and moral development of adolescents
  2. Explain the ways that learning theory informs what adolescents need to thrive in school
  3. Recognize the characteristics of developmentally appropriate and culturally responsive and sustaining curriculum, instruction, classrooms, and schools
  4. Summarize what it means to be an anti-racist, equity-minded teacher
  5. Design and facilitate lessons that are academically rigorous, culturally responsive and sustaining, developmentally appropriate, interdisciplinary, and aligned with state and national standards

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