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Course Descriptions

Core  |  Middle/Secondary   |  PracticumSpecial Education  |  English Language Learners  |  Special Topics  |  MAT Courses

Core

EDU 500 - Fundamentals of Teaching and Learning
3 credits
This course introduces potential teachers to the real world of teaching through an in depth, candid analysis of the teaching profession today. The psychology of learning and discussion of the theories is also introduced. This interactive course will explore the challenges and rewards of teaching, study the history, philosophy, sociology, and politics of American education and focus on the current educational issues, trends, and reform movements (cooperative learning, teacher leadership, learning styles, multiple intelligences, etc…) Students will complete 15 pre-practicum hours in a teaching and learning experience. Field Experience Up to 15 hours pre-practicum urban experience

EDU 511 – Contemporary Instruction (formerly EDU 527 and EDU 528)
3 credits
Prerequisite EDU 500 The course examines an integrated approach to classroom curriculum and pedagogy that takes into account human development theories. Particular attention is paid to learning plans that respond to diversity, learning needs, and learning styles of all students. The course provides an opportunity for students to develop curriculum units and lesson plans that reflect varied learning strategies and the implementation of technology.

EDU 512 – Teaching and Managing Inclusive Classrooms, K-12 (formerly EDU 547)
3 credits
Prerequisites: EDU 500 Inclusive education viewed from historical, legal, and practical perspectives for the inclusive classroom. Organizational restructuring, philosophical implication, educational diversity, goal setting, curriculum modification, diverse content instructional models, and alternative assessment prepare the future teacher for effective responses to differing student learning styles, rates, and needs. Research of the literature, development of an IEP, curriculum and lesson planning, material development, and classroom management provide essential professional skills for the K-12 inclusionary-classroom teacher. Up to 20 hours pre-practicum suburban experience.

EDU 518 – Assessment for Instruction
3 credits
Prerequisites: EDU 500, 511 Explore aspects of assessment for teaching and instruction. The students will explore a variety of uses for assessments and a variety of assessments to meet the needs of classroom teachers. They will interpret test results; consider how to use assessment in formative and summative ways; and learn how to adapt assessments for students with a range of needs including those learning English as an additional language. The students will also consider how to create high-quality assessments.

EDU 519 – Technology & Instruction
3 credits
Prerequisites: EDU 500, 511 Introduce students to the ways in which technology can enhance instructional experiences. This course will examine technology-based instructional approaches and provide opportunities to engage in such approaches. This course is hands-on with a balance of technology-based and reading-based assignments to support current and future teachers in envisioning and creating technology-enhanced 21st century classrooms aligned to their content areas.

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Middle/Secondary

EDU 525 – Integrated Reading Literacy and Content Methods Middle/Secondary
3 credits
Prerequisites: EDU 500, EDU 511, EDU 512 This course is developed for students who are preparing to become teachers in content areas in middle and high school. It examines the field of reading and how teachers can incorporate the development of reading, comprehension skills, and word development into content areas. Literacy issues inherent in specific content areas will be the focus along with the impact that illiteracy has on students’ lives. Particular emphasis will be placed on strategies for the English language learner. Exploration, development, and implementation of strategies and skill building unique to content areas will be employed in the development of lesson plans, class presentations, group work, and an alternative assessment portfolio. The goal of life-long learners will be emphasized throughout by continual assessment of students’ needs within the context of specific content areas and grade levels.

ENL 549 -Teaching English: Classroom Methods
3 credits
Theory and practice of teaching secondary English in its three dominant areas of reading, writing, and rhetorical analysis of literary works. Special focus will be upon how students acquire language and theoretical skills within the complex milieu of classrooms and how teachers can enhance that learning by translating sound theory into a broad range of learning activities and classroom strategies. This course is required for certification in secondary English teaching in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

FLL 524-Concept Foreign Language Teaching
3 credits
Historical overview of the theory and practice of teaching foreign languages focusing on the contextualization of language instruction and integrated language instruction in ways that are aligned with the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. Course topics include the role of contextualized input, output, and interaction in language learning; organizing content and planning for integrated language instruction; using an interactive approach to developing interpretive communication; using a story-based approach to teach grammar; developing oral and written interpersonal and presentational communication; addressing diverse needs of learners, assessing standards-based language performance in context, and using technology to contextualize and integrate language instruction. Students also reflect upon actual teaching scenarios and plan, design, and implement various microteaching situations.

HST 501- Teaching History & Social Study-Secondary
3 credits
The historical and contemporary debate on the nature of the history and social studies curriculum in middle and secondary schools. This course will investigate the actual curriculum and practice of history and social studies teaching in area schools and formulate specific strategies for effective teaching and curriculum building.

MTE 502-Math Methods for Middle School Teachers
3 credits
The use of current techniques and materials in teaching mathematics in grades 5-8. Using an integrated approach of pedagogy and content special attention will be given to new information technologies, reform-based teaching practices and problem-solving and reasoning. General mathematical concepts are aligned with the academic standards of the Massachusetts curriculum frameworks.

MTE 503-Math Methods for High School Teachers
3 credits
The use of current techniques and materials in teaching mathematics in grades 9-12. Using an integrated approach of pedagogy and content special attention will be given to new information technologies, reform-based teaching practices and problem-solving and reasoning. General mathematical concepts are aligned with the academic standards of the Massachusetts curriculum frameworks.

POR 521-Teaching Portuguese Foreign Language
3credits
A theoretical and practical survey of methods and techniques used to teach foreign languages designed for both preservice and in-service teachers of Portuguese. Development of educational materials for Portuguese and methodological issues applicable to heritage language learners are particularly emphasized. Assignments include presentations of teaching modules, classroom observations, and preparation of professional portfolios. This course is aligned with National Standards for Foreign Language Learning and with the Massachusetts Foreign Languages Curriculum Framework.

SCI 541: Methods & Resources in General Science for Middle School Educators
3 credits
A content/methods course designed to integrate four important aspects of teaching science in the school: becoming a reflective practitioner, gaining knowledge of oneself as a learner of science, gaining knowledge of oneself as a teacher of science, and gaining knowledge of children. This course prepares one to craft a science teaching practice that reflects current educational research, philosophies, and methodologies. DESE Subject Matter Knowledge Requirements are developed via class articles and learning experience and extension assignments. Educators will implement, evaluate, and reflect on instructional strategies unique to high school science teaching.

SCI 581: Methods & Resources for Secondary Science Educators
3 credits
The STEM Department is committed to the preparation of educators who have sensitivity toward multicultural issues, an awareness of the particular concerns of urban education, knowledge of the unique needs and styles of individual learners, and a conscious knowledge of the role of schools in promoting social justice in the 21st Century. Our mission is to deliver clearly defined teacher preparation programs at the undergraduate, post baccalaureate, and graduate levels. In addition to a rigorous preparation in subject-matter fields, teacher candidates develop their ability to apply pedagogical theory to practice and reflect on the complexities inherent in their craft.

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Practicum

EDU 532 - Teaching Practicum or Teaching Practicum Equivalent- Middle/Secondary (formerly EDU 515)
3 credits
Prerequisites: EDU 500, 511, 512, 525, and content methods as well as up to 25 hours pre-practicum. A fourteen-week full-time classroom experience under the direction of university supervisor and supervising practitioner.

EDU 533 – Student Teaching Seminar 
3 credits
Prerequisites: EDU 500, 511, 512, 525, and content methods; Co-Requisite: EDU 532.

A required course to enhance the field experience in the Middle and Secondary Teacher Education Program. To provide support for and ongoing interactions among teacher candidates, their supervisors, and the university community, candidates will enroll in a student teaching seminar. The purpose of this course is to provide a structured experience for learning and refining the theories and practices necessary to become an effective teacher of all children in inclusive classrooms. The teacher candidates are expected to demonstrate knowledge, disposition, and performances related to the Content Standards, INTASC Principles, and the Department’s Conceptual Framework in a classroom setting

 

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Special Education

EDU 548 - Classroom Management for Mildly and Moderately Disabled Students in Inclusive Settings
3 credits
Prerequisite: EDU 512 Comprehensive review of classroom management and its foundations paramount in teaching the mildly and moderately disabled. Theoretical models for understanding the behavior of children and youth, including Applied Behavior Analysis and Positive Behavior Supports, along with evidence-based practices/procedures. Case studies are employed in applying theory to practice in addition to actual research focused on current classroom management issues and trends in elementary, middle, and high schools.

EDU 549- Diagnostic and Remedial Assessment for Mild and Moderately Disabled Students
3 credits
Prerequisite: EDU 512 Comprehensive topic of assessment includes types, diagnostic tools, procedures, and forms and is correlated with local, state, and federal agency and school services. Remedial strategies and accommodations are included in the IEP development/implementation and require the submission of modified lesson development. Research studies, including case studies, will complement the development of diagnostic and remedial techniques for the moderately disabled.

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English Language Learners

EDU 551 - Language Acquisition and English Language Learners (formerly EDU 550)
3 credits
Prerequisite: EDU 500 Designed for students in the Post-baccalaureate or MAT programs, the course explores language acquisition and variation within a social, cultural and political context. Second Language Acquisition theories are explored through empirical research with the aim of allowing students to better understand patterns in language development. Best practices in language teaching are highlighted. Topics of study include language identity/attitudes, language and power, language and representation, methodological approaches to second language teaching. The course requires an authentic learning experience aimed at providing the opportunity to fuse theory and practice.

EDU 552 Sheltered English Immersion  
3 credits
Prerequisites: EDU 500, 511 
Introduces and assesses the Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) Standards required for by the SEI Endorsement for teacher licensure in Massachusetts. The course provides prospective teachers with theoretical, cultural, political, linguistic, and instructional tools to promote the academic and language development of English language learners. 

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Special Topics

EDU 561 – Special Topics in Education (formerly EDU 551)
3 credits
A variable-topics course for education topics of current interest. Recently offered topics include authentic assessment, leadership mentoring, and teaching and learning. May be repeated with change of content.

EDU 610 - Developmental Language Arts
3 credits
Surveys methods of teaching the language arts which take into consideration elementary and middle school students’ needs and abilities. Emphasis will be on writing instruction.

EDU 611 - Developmental Reading
3 credits
A study of the cultural, social and psycho-linguistic principles, strategies and practices underlying reading and learning to read.

EDU 612 - Teaching Writing in the Elementary and Middle School
3 credits
A developmentally appropriate model to provide participants with the theory, the tools, and the support to create a writing program in their classrooms.

EDU 613 - Literature for the Elementary and Middle School Child
3 credits
Introduces methods of bringing literature to children grades K-8. A study of the cultural, social and psycho-linguistic principles, strategies and practices underlying readings and learning to read.

EDU 615 - Current Trends in the Teaching of Social Studies in Elementary and Middle Schools
3 credits
Social Studies is a tool to help young people develop the ability to make informed decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society in an independent world. This course is designed to provide teachers with the skills and knowledge-base needed to introduce content and methods for teaching social studies to elementary and middle-school students. The primary focus is the development of a personal philosophy for teaching elementary and middle school social studies, incorporating a variety of methodologies suitable for meeting the needs of all students.

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MAT Courses

MAT 600-level courses are restricted to admitted MAT students only, or by permission of instructor

MAT 511 - History & Found American Education (formerly MAT 611)
3 credits
A study of historical and contemporary issues in American Education that include major educational issues from various disciplines, policies, and trends. The disciplines of philosophy, psychology, sociology, and history will provide an intellectual foundation designed to develop an awareness of and critical disposition to pressing concerns in American Education.

MAT 513 - Urban Education & Social Issues (formally MAT 613)
3 credits
Provides conceptual frameworks for understanding how race and class operate in schools and instructional methods to ensure inclusive education. Particular emphasis on addressing the diversity needs of our region, including the needs of English language learners.

MAT 610 - Educational Research and Technology
3 credits
Develop the techniques and criteria for understanding and conducting action research in education in preparation for the capstone project in MAT 614. Additional emphasis placed on using technology as an effective teaching and learning tool. Topics include research strategies, literature reviews, research design, data collection, and quantitative and qualitative research techniques.

MAT 612 - Instructional Methodology
3 credits
The course will focus on theoretical and practical support for attending to issues of student differentiation, environments that support responsive teaching, principles of effective classroom differentiation, instructional and management strategies that support differentiation, and the roles of assessment in differentiation. The course is structured to assist participants in developing approaches to modifying content and process in mixed ability classrooms in order to address the varied readiness, interests, and learning profile needs of a variety of learners.

MAT 614 - Curriculum: Theory & Practice
3 credits
A study of curriculum dimensions, concepts, designs, and products for varied student populations and school settings. This course focuses on curriculum planning for multicultural and multi-sector educational levels, research of curriculum development, and the study of curriculum issues, trends, and innovations. The capstone project for this courses fulfills the expectations for the MAT degree.

MAT 695 - Independent Study
3 credits
Conditions and hours to be arranged. Study under the supervision of a faculty member in an area not otherwise part of the discipline’s course offerings.

MAT 696 - Directed Study
3 credits
Conditions and hours to be arranged. Study under the supervision of a faculty member in an area covered in a regular course not currently being offered.

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