[lg policy] San Diego State University Department of Policy Studies in Language and Cross-Cultural Education

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Mon Nov 25 16:52:59 UTC 2013

 Programs of Study - Academic Goals

In assessing its goals over the past twenty-five years, the department has
addressed the preparation of Bilingual Single and Multiple Subjects
teachers seeking a credential and/or a graduate degree in Policy Studies in
Language and Cross-cultural Education. In the next five years the
department seeks to prepare teachers and educational leaders to provide
relevant and effective instruction in K-12 settings for children who will
enter a high-tech and ethno-linguistically diverse world. Furthermore, the
department seeks to continue to be a leading producer of bilingual teachers
in both the state and the nation. The academic goals of the department in
the next five years are to:

   1. Provide the bilingual cross-cultural language and academic
   development credentials (MS & SS).
   2. Provide the cross-cultural language and academic certificate (with
   the Linguistics Department) to credentialed teachers.
   3. Provide a master's degree program with an emphasis in critical
   pedagogy and multicultural/cross-cultural and language education.
   4. Provide doctoral courses and guidance to doctoral candidates in the
   joint doctoral programs in policy studies in language, culture and action
   5. Provide support services to students, faculty, school districts,
   colleges, and universities in program planning, implementation, and
   evaluation in the area of multicultural policy studies in language and
   6. Provide community leadership in addressing educational policy that
   empowers the academic achievement of linguistically and ethnically diverse
   students in California through faculty action research with school
   communities, policy advocacy, and in the preparation of educational leaders.
   7. Provide support to the College of Education in the development and
   mentoring of ethnically diverse faculty.

Department goals reinforce those of the COE and University. The department
goals match the SDSU goals articulated through the Shared Vision process
undertaken by President Weber that generated the following five academic

   1. Extend and enhance San Diego State's deep and abiding commitment to
   academic excellence expressed through superior teaching, research, creative
   activity, and public service.
   2. Nurture a learning-centered university that supports the growth and
   development of the whole person.
   3. Create a community proud of its diversity and committed to furthering
   social justice on and off campus.
   4. Promote the growth, development, and wise use of our precious human
   and fiscal resources.
   5. Create a genuinely global university.

In seeking to actualize these five goals the department will seek to
maintain and hire university faculty who demonstrate the following
attributes: (a) faculty who are teacher/scholars -- valuing both quality
teaching and quality scholarship; (b) faculty who are diverse--promoting
academic discourse that is enriched and informed by a true diversity of
ideas; (c) faculty who provide international perspectives--who have had
international experience and can bring international perspectives to their
work; (d) faculty with community-based interests--who are involved in
addressing the needs of the region through teaching, research, and service,
(e) faculty who provide interdisciplinary perspective--who possess
disciplinary expertise in addressing major issues confronting society, e.g.
racism and economic inequality.

The department also seeks to actualize and support the College of Education
through its strategic planning initiatives over the past ten years. The
department is committed to:

   1. Serve the needs of diverse learners.
   2. Strengthen partnerships and other ties to the community.
   3. Focus on inquiry and action research.
   4. Provide faculty with professional development opportunities to become
   competent in as well as critical creators and evaluators of educational
   applications of technology.

To address the demographic growth of ethno-linguistic students in the
service area (projected to increase from 1.4 to 2.5 million); the need for
Bilingual Credential teachers, and the demand to address the academic gap
between ethnically diverse low income students and non-low income students
the Department programs seek to maintain and expand its curriculum
offerings in its: (1) Multiple Subjects and Single Subject Bilingual
Credential programs; (2) MA degree options in critical pedagogy and
curriculum development; (3) involvement with undergraduate programs to
prepare prospective teachers to work in ethnically diverse school
communities; (4) to maintain its involvement with the Claremont Graduate
University/SDSU doctoral program in the preparation of leadership for
school transformation; and (6) continue to seek grants and contracts that
support the goals of the department.

To strengthen its bilingual-multicultural teacher education programs
(Bilingual Credential emphasis), the department seeks to actualize a
research agenda based on democratic schooling and the role of biliteracy in
the curricula (language, cultural and academic content literacy) of the
schools. In terms of service to the community, the department seeks to
continue to work in actualizing the goals of the department, college and
university to provide disciplinary expertise in addressing major issues
confronting society such as racism, economic inequality, dehumanization of
children, and global relations of exploitation.

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