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Social Foundations of Modern Education

Millersville University

CRSE Competencies 1, 2, 4, 5, 8, 9

Course Description

This course provides an analysis of the philosophical, anthropological, sociological, economic and historical foundations of the contemporary PK-12 school system in the United States; more specifically how issues of race, ethnicity, language, gender, disability, sexual orientation, geography, socioeconomics, and religion influence the profession of teaching in particular grade level contexts.

Why was this course your focus?

“I selected the EDFN 211 course because it is a foundational course that all of our education majors take early in their program. The intent is to expose our pre-service teachers to all of the CRSE competencies and have them self-reflect on #1, 2, and 9. Additionally, they have a field placement as part of this course, and they are asked to reflect on the other competencies while in their assigned classroom.”


These artifacts showcase major course assignments, including a field experience report, synthesis project, self-reflection essay, and article report.

Meet the Teacher Educator

Dr. Miriam Marguerita Gomez Witmer

Associate Professor

Millersville University

Social Foundations of Modern Education

Course Type



CRSE1 Cultural Lens

CRSE2 Bias

CRSE4 Equitable and Differentiated Opportunities

CRSE5 Asset-Based Perspectives

CRSE8 High Expectations

CRSE9 Exclusionary Behaviors

Content Area

Elementary, Secondary, Early Childhood


Early-program, Undergraduate


Accessibility statement, Identity/pronoun statement, Land acknowledgement, Teaching philosophy


CRSE focus, Field placement