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EDFD 308: Aldine, Texas Urban Immersion | Faculty-led Program

This faculty-led program is intended to provide Teacher Education candidates with the opportunity to learn and apply multicultural education theory/practices in real urban school settings. Participants will acquire knowledge of multicultural education theory through assigned readings, group discussions, and educational seminars led by WSU faculty and cultural consultants from the Aldine, Texas community. This community and the accompanying school district offer teacher candidates rich experiential learning settings in which they will both observe and interact with licensed teachers, students, and community members who differ by ethnicity, race, language, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and family structures. These observations and social interactions occur in real class settings as well as in community settings throughout the greater Aldine community. 

Students will both experience and analyze urban learning contexts to identify educational experiences that both empower and marginalize diverse students differing by ethnicity, race, socioeconomic status, language, gender, sexual orientation, etc. Classroom observations, community tours, and participation in seminars with cultural consultants and community leaders will provide these cultural learning contexts and exposure to learners' "Funds of Knowledge". Students will gain both historical and philosophical perspectives on the way that public schooling is a necessary civil right being challenged by existing levels of discrimination. This perspective will be gained through assigned readings (e.g., Williams, B. (2003). Closing the achievement gap: A vision for changing beliefs and practices), participation in cultural competency seminars, and discussions with seminar facilitators, community leaders, parents, licensed teachers, and students.

All students must have evidence of insurance that is required for all students admitted into the College of Education due to their clinical field placements in schools. Students must be able to participate in 40 hours of immersion in urban classrooms over the course of a week.

May 16-24, 2020

Aldine, Texas

EDFD 308 (3 credits)

Students must be formally admitted to the WSU College of Education

  • Range from $3,200 - $3,900 depending on enrollment min/max. 
  • The program cost includes: WSU tuition and fees for 3 credit EDFD 308 course, roundtrip airfare, transportation throughout the program, most meals, all lodging, admission & event fees for group educational activities, and the Study Abroad administrative fee. 
  • The $500 confirmation deposit required as part of the program application is applied toward the final program cost.
  • Dr. Nicholas Wysocki (
  • Dr. Rhea Walker (

Kathy Jicinsky, Assistant Director of Study Abroad for Faculty-led Programs or (507) 457-5019
143 Maxwell

  • February 1, 2020 at 4pm: Application Deadline. Complete applications and a $500 confirmation deposit are due to be considered for this program. Any application that remains incomplete will be withdrawn after this deadline.
  • February 16, 2020: If you are accepted for the program and withdraw after this date you are financially responsible for the full cost of the program regardless of participation.
    • NOTE: This deadline is 90 days prior to the start of the program. As detailed in the Cancellation, Financial, and Conduct Policies - faculty-led document students must review & electronically sign as part of the application for this program, students and families are strongly urged to consider purchasing travel cancellation insurance. The Center for Global Education does not endorse any particular travel insurance coverage, but quote comparisons can be found at Review closely what the cancellation insurance includes and what it does not include. Cancellation insurance must be purchased immediately after acceptance into the program for the insurance to be effective.
  • April 25, 2020: Full payment for the program is due by this date. If you can show you have summer financial aid/private loans to cover your outstanding balance for the program, you will be allowed to participate even with a balance as of April 25, 2020. 

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 02/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission 05/16/2020 05/24/2020

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.