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HOPE Program

The Patton College’s new HOPE program prepares pre-service teachers to incorporate culturally relevant pedagogy into their own teaching styles. Using theoretical constructs from Hip-Hop Based Education (HHBE), this innovative program will support pre-service teachers in understanding the value of hip-hop based education, culturally relevant pedagogy, and relational pedagogy. Students will learn how they can use aesthetics of hip-hop culture to build healthy and affirming relationships with students to facilitate learning and student engagement. The program is housed in the College’s Institute for Democracy in Education (IDE). 



The HOPE program consists of six courses The first course, EDTE 1010, will be offered during the Fall 2021 semester. EDTE 2100 will be offered during the Spring 2022 semester.

EDTE 1010—Introduction to Hip-Hop Based Education

This course explores in depth the complex issues and challenges of education in the United States and how hip-hop based education has been used to create more equitable schooling practices for youth. Course content includes an exploration of the origins of hip-hop based education and its role in addressing social issues and concerns within education.

EDTE 2100—Introduction to Youth Culture

This course explores the complexity of youth culture and examines the cultural and historical construction of childhood to young adulthood.  This course discusses major learning and human development theories through the use of youth culture pedagogy as an overarching framework for understanding.

Proposed Courses

Hip-Hop as Theory

This course explores the complexity of youth culture and the socio-historical construction of childhood to young adulthood. 

Hip-Hop in the Cultural Studies of Education (Meeting the Needs of Diverse Youth)

This course explores how educators can use hip-hop as a lens to understand social justice themes that our students face on a daily basis and particularly within schools. 

Hip-Hop Teaching as Performance

This course explores the performance of pedagogy. Students will use hip-hop as a lens to understand equitable discipline practices, positive relationship building and engagement practices. 

Youth Culture Curriculum for Teachers

This course will focus on designing curriculum using culturally relevant and sustaining pedagogy. Students will design unit and lesson plans that are youth culture centered. 

Field Experience

Partner with an urban school in Columbus where teacher candidates can develop an understanding of youth culture in action while also observing and enacting HHBE principles and practices. 

Jason Rawls DJ's in front of shelves full of movies.
Photo by Deja Goode


For more information, contact:

Dr. Jason Rawls
Associate Professor of Instruction
HOPE Program Coordinator
Teacher Education