This introductory course explores the many institutions that make an impact on the child’s total development. Prospective teachers will examine how social institutions such as the home, school, church, community, media ,and technology affect the child’s learning. The concept of the self and other personality characteristics that affect the interaction between children and adults will be examined. This course takes an inclusive approach to educating students with special abilities. Diversity will be explored through pluralistic lenses affording students the opportunity to make cross-cultural connections. Technology will be examined as a tool to better inform students’ future teaching and learning in urban settings. Classroom management strategies will be explored. Supervised field experiences are a major component of this course.