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Undergraduate Education Courses


Most Education Courses Require Fieldwork
ED 148 Introduction to the Foundations of Reading 
This course provides an opportunity for prospective elementary and early childhood level teachers to acquire a strong foundation in current knowledge, perspective and procedures for teaching literacy in grades PK through 6.
Offered every year. 3 credits.

ED 149 Introduction to the Teaching Profession. Middle/Secondary School
LASC— Human Behavior and Social Processes
This course will provide a basic understanding to the teaching aspects in middle and secondary classrooms. It will explore the Massachusetts Department of Education Professional Standards for Teachers and give students a general orientation to the profession. Principles of the teaching/learning process and related skills will be addressed, in addition to observable behaviors in the classroom setting(s). Students will be required to do 10 fieldwork observation hours in an accredited middle/secondary school.
Offered every year. 3 credits. Fieldwork: 5 hrs.

ED 155 Teaching and Learning in Elementary School
LASC—Individual and Community Well-being
Overview of the teaching profession, examination of a variety of learning environments, organizing and managing classrooms, integrating curricula, observational techniques.
Offered every year. 3 credits. Fieldwork: 15 hrs.

ED 160 Early Childhood Education Today
LASC— Human Behavior and Social Processes
Exploration of programs, emphasizing developmentally appropriate practice, creativity motor skills. Discussion of families, community resources, play, integration of special needs.
Offered every year. 3 credits. Fieldwork: 12 hrs.

ED 193 Special Topics in Education for First-Year Students
All "193" courses are approved for LASC but may vary by section. See current course listing for specific LASC area approval.
Introductory level course covering topics of special interest to first-year students. Offered only as a First-Year Seminar.
Offered every year. 3 credits.

ED 200 Best Practices for English Language Learners
LASC—Thought Language and Culture
Research-based grade level subject matter instructional strategies, and performance assessments of English Language Learners are the focus of discussions and class projects.
Offered every year. 3 credits.

ED 206 Young Children, Learning and Special Needs
LASC—Individual and Community Well-being; Diversity Across the Curriculum; Writing Across the Curriculum
Prerequisites: PS 210, ED 160
Analysis of development and learning based on current psychological theory. Structuring experiences to foster
progress for typical and atypical children.
Offered every year. 3 credits. Fieldwork: 15 hrs.

ED 211 Integrating Science, Social Studies and the Arts in Early Childhood Curriculum
Prerequisites: PS 210, ED 160, ED 206
Designing and implementing programs, physical environment, regulations, planning, Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. Students design integrated units and implement activities.
Offered every year. 3 credits. Fieldwork: 12 hrs.

ED 250 Educational Psychology Elementary
Prerequisite: PS 210
Learning and developmental processes of typical and atypical learners. Motivation, relationships of intelligence, affect, and achievement. Application to teaching and learning.
Offered every year. 3 credits. Fieldwork: 10 hrs.

ED 250 Educational Psychology Middle and Secondary Majors
Prerequisite: PS 215
Learning and developmental processes of typical and atypical learners. Motivation, relationships of intelligence, affect, and achievement. Application to teaching and learning.
Offered every year. 3 credits. Fieldwork: 10 hrs.

ED 251 Foundations of Education
Prerequisites: PS 215, ED 250
Critical examination of social, psychological, and philosophical factors, which underlie educational thought and practices in America, noting relevant historical antecedents.
Offered every year. 3 credits. Fieldwork: 15 hrs.

ED 270 Diversity and Multicultural Education
Prerequisites: PS 215 and ED 251, ED 250
Analysis of goals, values and practices in educating culturally diverse student populations. Includes bilingual, special needs and gifted students.
Category 1. 3 credits. Fieldwork: 20 hrs.

ED 275 Curriculum and Instruction in Elementary Education
Prerequisites: ED 155, ED 250, and PS 210
Analysis of interactions in effective elementary schools through participation in and exploration of curriculum, teaching and learning roles. Field experience.
Offered every year. 3 credits. Fieldwork: 10 hrs.

ED 286 Assessment of Development and Learning of Typical and Atypical Children
Prerequisites: PS 210, ED 160, ED 206, ED 211
Development of skills to asses young children and identify special needs. Focus on child development and Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks.
Offered every year. 3 credits. Fieldwork: 5 hrs.

ED 301 ECE: Math and Science
Prerequisite: Admitted into Stage II
Focus on early mathematical education and inquiry-based science program for young children in an integrated curriculum.
Offered every year. 3 credits.

ED 307 ECE: Science
Prerequisite: Admitted into Stage II
Teaching strategies that focus upon exploration, discovery, problem solving, experimentation, Piagetian theory. Addresses nationally recognized science education curricula guidelines.
Offered every year. 3 credits. Fieldwork: 10 hrs.

ED 308 ECE: Math
Prerequisite: Admitted into Stage II
Focus on Piaget's early mathematical theory. Techniques include teaching pre-math skills, logical mathematical knowledge, formal math using developmentally appropriate materials.
Offered every year. 3 credits. Fieldwork: 10 hrs.

ED 313 Practicum in Early Childhood Education: Preschool/Kindergarten
Prerequisites: Admitted into Stage II, Senior Status
150 hour practicum in an NAEYC accredited preschool/kindergarten/licensed day care center. Student apply content, methods, and materials from college courses.
Offered every year. 3 credits.

ED 314 Early Literacy with Young Children
Early literacy skills, content and approaches include construction of meaning with written and spoken language, written language forms and functions, letter-sound relationship, phonemic awareness, vocabulary development and assessment. Methods of teaching second language are included.
Offered every year. 3 credits.

ED 317 ECE: Early Literacy, Children’s Literature, and Language Arts
Prerequisite: Admitted into Stage II
Content, curriculum, materials, approaches to early literacy for all children. Includes whole language, comprehension, progress writing, beginning reading, and integrated literature.
Offered every year. 6 credits. Fieldwork: 20 hrs.

ED 319 Advanced Field Experience in Early Childhood Education
Prerequisite: ED 313 or equivalent
Students who have already completed a preschool practicum complete an additional 100-150 hour field experience in Early Childhood Education.
Offered every year. 3 credits.

ED 320 Elementary Science
Prerequisite: Admitted into Stage II
Thematically taught emphasizing engaging hands-on activities, constructivism, cooperative learning, authentic assessments, integrated curriculum, and relationships between Science, Math and Technology Curriculum Frameworks.
Offered every year. 3 credits. Fieldwork: 10 hrs.

ED 325 Elementary Math
Prerequisite: Admitted into Stage II
Emphasizes best practices in mathematics education, the role of conceptual knowledge in understanding mathematics, material development and assessment.
Offered every year. 3 credits. Fieldwork: 10 hrs.

ED 330 Elementary Social Studies and Multiculturalism
Prerequisite: Admitted into Stage II
Goals, curriculum, skills, issues, teaching strategies in educating culturally diverse population in a global context.
Offered every year. 3 credits. Fieldwork: 10 hrs.

ED 339 Children's Literature: Multicultural Literature for PK-9
LASC— Human Behavior and Social Processes; Thought Language and Culture; Diversity Across the Curriculum Facets of literature for children and criteria for the selection of each; techniques and preparation and use.
Offered every year. 3 credits

ED 340 Language Arts and Literacy for the Primary Grades
Early literacy/language arts content, curriculum materials, and approaches including phonological awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, comprehension, writing and assessment.
Offered every year. 3 credits

ED 343 Elementary Reading, Language Arts and Literature
Prerequisite: Admitted into Stage II
Stresses interrelationships of oral/written communication; investigates concepts, skills and procedures for teaching literacy and using children’s literature in grades 1-6.
Offered every year. 6 credits. Fieldwork: 20 hrs.

ED 351 Principles of Curriculum and Evaluation in the Secondary School
Prerequisite: Admitted into Stage II
Basic considerations in curriculum planning and implementation are examined. The role of evaluation and the design and use of assessment instruments are emphasized.
Offered every year. 3 credits. Fieldwork: 10 hrs.

ED 352 Principles of Curriculum and Evaluation in the Middle School
Prerequisite: Admitted into Stage II
Examines factors in curriculum planning and implementation at the middle school level. Evaluation models are presented and the design and use of assessment instruments are emphasized.
Offered every year. 3 credits. Fieldwork: 10 hrs.

ED 353 Effective Teaching in the Secondary School
Prerequisite: Admitted into Stage II
Considers teaching techniques in various disciplines using a variety of instructional strategies and teaching aids.  Analyzes effective classroom management.
Offered every year. 3 credits. Fieldwork: 15 hrs.

ED 354 Effective Teaching in the Middle School
Prerequisite: Admitted into Stage II
Considers a variety of instructional designs including team teaching, horizontally integrated curriculum, and effective classroom management.
Offered every year. 3 credits. Fieldwork: 15 hrs.

ED 370 Contemporary Issues and Trends in Middle School Education
Prerequisite: Admitted into Stage II
This course is designed to give students opportunities to examine contemporary issues, trends, controversies, theories and practices in education. Students will engage in extensive reading, internet search and reflection on critical aspects of contemporary issues. The main focus of this course is on the implications of these initiatives for classroom teachers: efficient classroom practices, instructional planning and implementation, the use of modern technology, assessment procedures, classroom management, professional ethics, etc. The primary goal is to help students clarify how contemporary issues can lead to educational reforms and teaching excellence.
Offered every year. 3 credits.

ED 371 Contemporary Issues and Trends in Secondary School Education
Prerequisite: Admitted into Stage II
This course is designed to give students opportunities to examine contemporary issues, trends, controversies, theories and practices in education. Students will engage in extensive reading, internet search and reflection on critical aspects of contemporary issues. The main focus of this course is on the implications of these initiatives for classroom teachers: efficient classroom practices, instructional planning and implementation, the use of modern technology, assessment procedures, classroom management, professional ethics, etc. The primary goal is to help students clarify how contemporary issues can lead to educational reforms and teaching excellence.
Offered every year. 3 credits.

ED 399 Working with Diverse Families and Children: Birth through Preschool
Prerequisite: Admitted into Stage II
Early intervention policies and procedures, developing and implementing Individual Family Service Plans, working with families and children from diverse cultures.
Offered every year. 3 credits.

ED 400 Inclusive Early Childhood Education: Preschool through Grade 2
Prerequisite: Admitted into Stage III
Special education law and procedures, modification of programs for English language learners, working with parents, and developing and implementing an anti-bias curriculum.
Offered every year. 3 credits.

ED 405 Classroom Management and Child Guidance Techniques
Prerequisite: Admitted into Stage III
Guided analysis/application of principles for students completing a primary practicum. Analysis of behavior, group and individual management strategies.
Offered every year. 3 credits.

ED 410 Special Topics
Prerequisite: ED 155 or equivalent
A seminar course on current issues or topics in education.
Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.

ED 424 Seminar: Teaching Practicum
Prerequisite: Admitted into Stage III
Implications of the attempts to juxtapose theory and practice are analyzed from the viewpoint of becoming a
professional teacher.
Offered every year. 3 credits.

ED 425 Seminar: Applying Educational Principles
Prerequisite: Admitted into Stage III
Guided analyses and applications of principles and procedures for students completing their practicum.
Offered every year. 3 credits.

ED 430 Practicum in Early Childhood Education: Grade 1 or Grade 2
Prerequisite: Admitted into Stage III
Semester-long 200-hour practicum in first or second grade. Planning, implementing, evaluating learning. Setting includes children with special needs.
Offered every year. 6 credits.

ED 435 Practicum Teaching: Elementary School
Prerequisite: Admitted into Stage III
Actual teaching in a local school: principles, techniques, and responsibility of planning, executing, and evaluating teaching and learning for a full semester.
Offered every year. 9 credits. 300 hr. Practicum.

ED 450 Independent Study in Education
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor
For the student who wishes to pursue independent study in education, faculty members from other disciplines may be called upon to counsel student.
Offered every year. 1-6 credits.

ED 475 Practicum in Teaching
Prerequisite: Admitted into Stage III
Actual teaching in a local school: principles, techniques, and responsibility of planning, executing, and evaluating teaching and learning for a full semester.
Offered every year. 9 credits.

ED 480 Practicum in Teaching Secondary School
Prerequisite: Admitted into Stage III
Full semester teaching experience in a secondary school. Includes planning, teaching and evaluating learning experiences.
Offered every year. 9 credits. 300 hr. Practicum.

ED 485 Practicum in Teaching Middle School
Prerequisite: Admitted into Stage III
Full semester teaching experience in a middle school. Includes planning, teaching and evaluating learning experiences.
Offered every year. 9 credits. 300 hr. Practicum

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