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Educational Foundations

Educational Foundations Program

If you are looking for a smaller, more personalized learning community of scholars who are deeply committed to examining enduring educational questions as well as contemporary problems and movements, we encourage you to take a course in the Educational Foundations Program. This program’s coursework supports prospective teachers and anyone who is committed to reimagining the U.S. educational system as a system that helps more students (especially low-income and students of color) complete high school prepared for college, work and life.

Our faculty members are dedicated to understanding the history of education and the study of learning in a sociopolitical context. Some of the educational foundations that we value and research include the ingredients that help all students learn: educational policy that supports all students, smaller classes, active inquiry, high expectations, healthy diets, respect and responsibility, collaboration, state-of-the-art technology, mentoring, removal of barriers to obtaining advanced educational degrees and more.

Educational Foundations courses count toward either the CU Denver cultural diversity or social science general core requirements. We have three at this time and expect to expand our offerings in coming semesters.

Manuel Espinoza, Associate Professor
René Galindo, Associate Professor

EDFN 1000, Equality, Rights and Education: Segregation, Desegregation and Re-segregation. This entry-level course explores the relationship between education and democracy in and through an examination of landmark Supreme Court cases as well as foundational readings in the history of educational thought.

EDFN 3000, Undocumented Mexican Immigration: History, Racialization and Social Justice. This course examines the current educational/social justice struggle of undocumented immigrant students for access to higher education and citizenship within the larger context of the history of undocumented immigration. The idea of global citizenship and the future of migration will be examined.

EDFN 4000, Food Justice in the City and Schools. Food justice, an area of social and eco-justice, examines questions of equity in accessing, growing and distributing fresh and healthy food in neighborhoods known as “food deserts.”

Meet Dr. Espinoza and find out more about his research project with CU Denver undergraduate students on the Right to Learn project. Please see page 6 of our alumni magazine.

For additional information contact:
Academic Services,, 303-315-6300

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