Special Courses

Inside-Out Prison Exchange Course

Critical Perspectives on Education and Inequality in the U.S.

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"The Inside-Out Program changed my life. I truly believe it was the most important class I've ever taken during my college career."  — Former Inside-Out Student

Are you looking for a transformative educational experience? Do you want to examine how we can disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline? This course explores critical perspectives on education and justice, while learning inside a prison alongside students who are incarcerated at Norco State Prison.

Topics include theoretical frameworks for understanding the work of teachers, the purpose of public education in a democratic society, the school-to-prison and the prison-to-school pipelines, and the intersection of race, class, gender, and discipline in schools. This is the first course in the teacher credential program and can also count as elective credit in other programs.

Special Sections of Foundations of Learning: 

Spring 2025

  • MALT 601E/EDUC 501E/EDUG 401E: Foundations of Learning: Inside Out 
  • MALT 610: Research in Practice: Inside Out 

Sections of this course will be cross-listed in REST & SOAN in the College of Arts and Sciences and count toward elective credits and/or the Ed.D. concentration in Community-Engaged Leadership in Schools and Society. This section may be used as elective credit with advisor/department approval.

The course may also be taken in place of other required courses. If you are interested in this opportunity, please reach out to Brian Charest at Brian_Charest@redlands.edu for more information.

All classes will meet inside the California Rehabilitation Center (CRC) in Norco on Mondays from 6:00-9:00 pm. Carpooling will be available.