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"Hope Comes to Watts"
An Educational Experience in
Los Angeles, California
May 2014

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 2014
  • Meets 5-6 times during Spring 2014
  • EDUC-488 Field placement component
  • Daily classroom experiences
  • Assignments focus on reading, writing and project-based learning

What is The Watts Learning Center?

  • An award-winning, charter school in Watts, Los Angeles with elementary and middle school campuses;
  • designed to be a world-class, child centered school with strong ties to families and the community;
  • that produces 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
  • Discover 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

Possible course substitutions:

  • Senior Seminar
  • Cultural Heritage II
  • IDS 200 Encounter with Cultures
  • May meet Cultural Diversity or Domestic Global Learning flag (depending on year of entry)

Dates & Deadlines

  • Information sessions:
    • September 12, 7:00pm, VZN 247
    • October 9, 4:00-7:00pm, Maas Aud.
  • November 1 - Application and $100 deposit due
  • December 13 - Final commitment (no refund of deposit after this date)
  • Spring 2014 - 5-6 Class sessions
  • May 5, 2014 - Travel to California
  • May 24, 2014 - Return to campus


  • Tuition for 4-credit course
  • Approximately $3,500 additionally to cover:
  • Additional cost for weekend meals, optional travel and spending money (e.g. souvenirs)


"Hope Comes to Watts" Application

Recommendation Form