Education, Equity and Cultural Diversity Program (EECD)The Education, Equity, and Cultural Diversity program offers a course of study devoted to the critical examination of theory, practice, and policy in two major areas of emphasis: the education of culturally and linguistically diverse students and the education of exceptional children. The program stresses analysis, evaluation, and implementation of educational programs for students who represent diverse learning needs within the public school system. School culture, language policies, and the social and political context of schooling are examined across emphases. Policies that affect the assessment, placement, and services provided for exceptional children also are examined. Courses in first and second language acquisition theory, program development for bilingual and English as a second language, and methodologies appropriate for such programs are explored, as well as courses in special education methodologies, assessment, and program implementation. The program is designed to train scholars, teachers, resource specialists, and administrators for careers in academic institutions, public schools, and federal and state agencies.