The College of Education and Human Development offers several general education courses that 11th and 12th-grade students who meet particular entry criteria can take as non-matriculated students. These 3-credit courses are available to high school students at a discounted tuition rate:

AOD 0836: Interpersonal Communication
Assess your own communication skills. Develop and set personal goals and an action plan by which to create the change you wish to see. Learn the basic components of interpersonal communication situations (communicators, content, and contexts) and investigate how interpersonal communication needs and effectiveness change throughout life (in early childhood, adolescence, young adulthood, middle age, and old age). (General Education Course Category: Human Behavior)

EDAD 0855: Why Care About College? Higher Education in American Life
You have decided to go to college. But why? What role will college and in particular Temple University play in your life? Reflect on this important question by looking at the relationship between higher education and American society. What do colleges and universities contribute to our lives? They are, of course, places for teaching and learning. They are also research centers, sports and entertainment venues, sources of community pride and profit, major employers, settings for coming-of-age rituals (parties, wild times, courtship, etc.), and institutions that create lifetime identities and loyalties. Learn how higher education is shaped by the larger society and how, in turn, it has shaped that society. Become better prepared for the world in which you have chosen to live for the next few years. (General Education Course Category: U.S. Society)

EDUC 0809: Race and Diversity in Children's and Young Adult Books: Reading Between the Lines
The purpose of this course is to develop and explore multiple understandings of race and diversity through reading and examining literature that is intended for children and adolescents. We will explore a wide range of historically popular and current picture-books, chapter books, graphic novels and young adult fiction that features characters from traditionally underrepresented racial groups. You will read stories from varied genres, gain an understanding of approaches to content analysis and examine responses readers have to stories. Through critical reading, we will explore the role of literature in identity development and will identify and carefully consider broader ideological beliefs about race and culture raised by the texts. This course will help you discuss issues of race, an important ability for all citizens in a diverse democracy, as well as to read critically and to employ textual data in your writing, two significant abilities needed for success in college across majors. (General Education Course Category: Race & Diversity)

EDUC 0817: Youth Cultures
Do you listen to hip hop, spend all your time in Second Life, dress up like a cartoon character and go to anime fairs, or go skateboarding every day with your friends? Then you're part of the phenomenon called youth culture. Often related to gender, race, class and socio-economic circumstances, youth cultures enable young people to try on identities as they work their way to a clearer sense of self. Empowered by new technology tools and with the luxury of infinite virtual space, young people today can explore identities in ways not available to previous generations. Students in this class will investigate several youth cultures, looking closely at what it means to belong. They will also come to appreciate how the media and marketing construct youth identities and define youth cultures around the world. (General Education Course Category: Human Behavior)

EDUC 0819: Teens and Tweens
Exuberance, excitement, social expansion, risk-taking, experimentation, breaking away, testing limits. Anxiety, peer pressure, competition, parental pressure, work and school, drugs and alcohol, test scores. These are some of the challenges that make adolescence one of the most intriguing and disturbing stages of life. But adolescence is only one stage on a continuum of human development that begins in infancy and extends into old age. At each stage, we have hurdles to climb over, tasks to complete, experiences to absorb, lessons to learn. Yet in contemporary society the extended period between childhood and adulthood seems to capture all the attention. Why? This class on human development takes a close look at one of the most confusing, exciting, and critical phases of development, the pre-teen and teen years. Using literature, TV and film, as well as articles and books from the field of human development, the course will explore how children grow into teenagers, how they survive the challenges of adolescence, and how they become productive adults. (General Education Course Category: Human Behavior)

EDUC 0823: Kids in Crisis: When Schools Don’t Work
Social problems are part of modern society. They represent a gap between what we would like society to be like and the lived reality for individuals in society. Devising solutions to social problems and participating in their implementation is an important role for citizens in a democracy. In order to do so, we need to understand the role of race and diversity in modern American society and in our own lived experience. This General Education course will examine three pressing social problems in American society that play out in our schools--segregation and racial isolation in schools, school violence, and dropout. (General Education Course Category: Race & Diversity)

URBE 0855: Education for Liberation Here and Abroad
This course explores educational issues in urban America and indigenous educational traditions in the “Third World.” The course focuses on the connections between education and politics, cultural diversity and economics, and the existence and persistence of poverty in developing nations. (General Education Course Category: Global and World Society)

SPSY 0828: The Meaning of Madness
What is madness? Insanity? Mental illness? Who decides where the line between madness and normalcy is drawn? How have ideas about madness changed over time? Can the same behaviors be considered "insane" in one culture but "normal" in another? What is "stigma" and how does it affect individuals with mental illnesses? This course will explore biological, social, and cultural factors that influence mental illness, perceptions of individuals with mental illness, and treatments of mental illness over time and across cultural groups. (General Education Course Category: Human Behavior)


Schools or school districts interested in engaging their students in dual enrollment course offerings with the College of Education and Human Development should contact Dr. Juliet Curci, Assistant Dean of College Access and Persistence, at or 215-204-2475.

For information about our dual enrollment pathway program for future teachers, Temple Education Scholars, please click here.