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"Hope Comes to Watts"
An Educational Experience in
Los Angeles, California
May 9-28, 2016

EDUC 488 (4 credits)

"Hope Comes to Watts" meets requirements for students in the Education Program, as well as students who have a heart for working with children and youth in an urban school setting, who are majoring or minoring in:

    • Psychology
    • Social Work
    • Ethnic Studies
    • Others upon approval

"Hope Comes to Watts"

  • A 3-week May Term in 2016, in Los Angeles, California
  • At the Watts Learning Center, an award-winning charter school
  • Daily classroom experiences
  • Assignments focus on reading, writing and project-based learning
  • Cultural experiences in the greater Los Angeles area

What is The Watts Learning Center?

  • An award-winning, charter school in Watts, Los Angeles with elementary, middle, and high school campuses;
  • A world-class, child centered school with strong ties to families and the community;
  • Producers of high academic achievers who are self-confident, ethical and motivated to be lifelong learners.

Participants will:

  • Gain an understanding and awareness of varying cultures
  • Explore issues affecting the African-American and Latino communities in the Watts area
  • Discuss issues affecting urban schools nationally and in Watts
  • Confront issues of personal bias and assumptions and their impact on student learning
  • Develop personal respect and responsibility for diversity and the rights of each individual
  • Identify ways that the local culture affects the learning processes in children and youth
  • Gain an understanding of the learning styles of African-American and Latino-American children and youth and complimentary teaching methods in the school
  • Apply knowledge and skills from coursework in an urban school setting
  • Exhibit professional skills such as lesson planning and classroom/behavior management in the school setting
  • Display professional dispositions and decision making in the school setting
  • Practice professional communication skills in the school setting
  • Engage in various cultural experiences
  • Participate in an immersion experience in an award-winning urban school
  • Explore the day-to-day opportunities & challenges of teaching
  • Identify/discover one’s Christian calling as well as explore issues of social justice

The Course:

  • 4 credits
  • May 2016
  • Meets 5-6 times Spring 2016
  • Reading, writing and related projects
  • May meet Cultural Diversity or Domestic Global Learning flag (depending on year of entry)
  • Substitutions for General Education requirements may be possible

Dates & Deadlines

  • Information sessions:
    • Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015
      VanZoeren Hall Rm. 247,
      7:00-8:00 p.m.
    • Off-Campus Study Fair
      Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015
      Maas Auditorium
      4:00-7:00 p.m.
    • Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015
      VanZoeren Hall Rm. 247,
      7:00-8:00 p.m.
  • November 13, 2015 - Application and $100 deposit due

Note: The deposit should be submitted directly to Business Services (Anderson/Werkman Building)

  • December 18, 2015 - Final commitment (no refund of deposit after this date)
  • Spring 2016 - 5-6 Class sessions
  • May 9, 2016 - Travel to California
  • May 28, 2016 - Return to



  • Tuition for 4-credit course
  • Approximately $3,000 additionally to cover:
  • Additional cost for weekend meals, travel and spending money (e.g. souvenirs)
  • Scholarships are a possibility



Required Paperwork

Click this link Registrar's Office to access required paperwork under the title of "Domestic Two or More Nights Programs" (third box from the top)

"Hope Comes to Watts" Application

Recommendation Form