Courses

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PAL Courses

All PAL courses satisfy UC San Diego’s DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) undergraduate graduation requirement. View other graduation requirements that may be satisfied by PAL courses.

How to Enroll

Since Practicum courses place UC San Diego students in the community, extra steps are required to enroll:

  • Before you can register, you will need to complete a PAL Placement Request Form
    • The PAL Placement Request Form is submitted online and you will be authorized to enroll within 1-2 business days
    • After you are authorized, you will receive a confirmation email informing you that you can login to WebReg and register for the course
  • In addition, all PAL courses require a 2-credit co-requisite course, EDS 139
    • You must register for the EDS 139 section that has the same instructor as your PAL course
  • EDS 130, 131, & 137 also require the Mandatory Background Check Form which must be be turned in to Emmeline Domingo in EDS, PCH 306

Enrollment Forms

Course Descriptions

EDS 130 (4 units). 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. (Corequisite: EDS 139 Practicum in Learning)

EDS 131 (4 units). 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)

EDS 136 (4 units). 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. (Corequisite: EDS 139 Practicum in Learning)

EDS 137 (4 units). Artsbridge. These courses focus on the role of the arts (visual and performing) in education. UC San Diego students collaborate with teachers in P-12 classrooms to support arts instruction and integrate the arts in the core curriculum. (Corequisite: EDS 139 Practicum in Learning)

EDS 139 (2 units). 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.

Continuing PAL Student Opportunities

Students who have already taken a PAL course and wish to stay involved with the program should consider the following opportunities:

EDS 140. Issues in P-12 Education: Intermediate Practicum in P-12 Schools and Communities. Students who have taken 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 P-12 Education: Advanced Practicum in P-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.

Work-Study Opportunity: Paid PAL Tutors

Students who qualify for work-study through Federal Student Aid and have earned at least a "B" in a PAL class may apply to be a paid PAL Tutor. Please contact Emmeline Domingo at edomingo@ucsd.edu if you wish to apply.

“This is what college is really about - the application of an education.”

― PAL Undergraduate Mentor