General Course Information

“Rarely do students get the opportunity to take classes that reach beyond the UCSD campus. I think it was really important that we worked at a school outside of the La Jolla area and got to consider and understand the cultural elements of the neighborhood surrounding the school.”

UCSD students may count some of the courses towards an EDS Minor or EDS Credential Prerequisite Program. Some of the courses also count as a non-contiguous, upper-division units for all six colleges. In addition, the courses also meet specific requirements for some of the colleges:

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Please Note: All students must complete the appropriate paperwork prior to enrolling so we may preauthorize your enrollment. Also, before tutoring at any school, a current TB test (1 yr or earlier prior to the start of your course) must be on file. If you need a TB test, contact Student Health for more details.


Course Descriptions: Preschool & Elementary

EDS 130. Introduction to Academic Mentoring of Elementary School Students
This course focuses on the role of undergraduate mentors in raising academic expectations for students and families traditionally underrepresented at the university. The relationship between the school and community, the social and political organization of elementary schools, and the academic achievement of elementary children are examined. Now fulfills UG Diversity, Equity and Inclusion requirement.(Corequisite: EDS 139 Practicum in Learning)

EDS 131. Introduction to Early Childhood Education
This course examines effective practices for literacy, numeracy, and socio-emotional development in early childhood education. Field experience and seminar focus on social relationships between the UC San Diego student, the teacher and children, developmentally appropriate teaching and learning practices in literacy and numeracy, and community service. (Corequisite: EDS 139 Practicum in Learning)

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Course Descriptions: Secondary

EDS 39. Practicum in Science and Math Teaching/Learning (2)
Undergraduate students are placed in local schools and work with children in classrooms and the community. Students work on educational activities with P-12 students a minimum of 20 hours/quarter. (Prerequisites: department stamp; concurrent enrollment in either Math 87: Teaching Math - The Challenge, or Chem. 87: Teaching Science -The Challenge.)

EDS 136. Introduction to Academic Tutoring of Secondary School Students
This course focuses on the role of undergraduate tutors in building academic resiliency in secondary students traditionally underrepresented at the university. The relationship between the school and community, the social and political organization of secondary schools, the philosophical, sociological, and political issues which relate to the U.S. secondary educational system, and the academic achievement of secondary children are examined. Now fulfills UG Diversity, Equity and Inclusion requirement. (Corequisite: EDS 139 Practicum in Learning)

EDS 138. Introduction to Academic Tutoring at Charter Schools
This course focuses on effects of the Charter School movement on public education in the U.S., the role of the research universities in P-12 education, the social and political organization of the schools, the philosophical, sociological, and political issues which relate to the U.S. secondary educational system, and the academic achievement of secondary children. Students investigate the role of undergraduate tutors in building academic resiliency in secondary students traditionally underrepresented at the university. (Corequisite: EDS 139 Practicum in Learning)

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Course Descriptions: Primary & Secondary

EDS 137. Artsbridge
These courses focus on the role of the arts (visual and performing) in education. UCSD students collaborate with teachers in P-12 classrooms to support arts instruction and integrate the arts in the core curriculum. Now fulfills UG Diversity, Equity and Inclusion requirement.

EDS 139. Practicum in Learning
Students are placed in local schools and work with students in classrooms and the community. Students work on educational activities with P-12 students a minimum of four hours per week.

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Continuing PAL Student Opportunities

EDS 140. Issues in PreK-12 Education: Intermediate Practicum in PreK-12 Schools and Communities
Students who take a PAL class and wish to focus and deepen their work have the opportunity to take "Advanced PAL" courses. These courses support PAL students who wish to continue their field placement while researching a topic relevant to their host school site. Advanced PAL classes allow undergraduates to develop research questions and collect relevant data with the support and guidance of PAL faculty.

EDS 141. Action Research in PreK-12 Education: Advanced Practicum in PreK-12 Schools and Communities
Students who take the EDS 140 PAL class and wish to focus and further deepen their work have the opportunity to take this advanced PAL course.

EDS 139. Practicum in Learning
Students may continue in their PAL placements for subsequent quarters. Students deepen their impact and relationships in P-12 classrooms through their extended work.

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