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  • Education Courses (Undergraduate)

    MOST EDUCATION COURSES REQUIRE FIELDWORK
     
    ED 101 Guided Preparation for Massachusetts Test for Education Licensure
    Credits do not count towards graduation
    Students work with faculty to prepare for one or more subtests of the MA test for Education Licensure. May be
    taken more than one time.
    Offered every year. 3 institutional credits. Credits do not count toward graduation
     
    ED 120 The Educational Experience Through Memoirs
    LASC - Thought Language and Culture; Diversity Across the Curriculum
    Explores educational issues through reading memoirs on teaching and being a student focused on diversity.
    Provides advanced reading strategies.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.
     
    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: 5 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: 5 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; Diversity across the curriculum
    Prerequisites: ED 270, ED 275 or ED 286

    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
    Prerequisites: 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: 10 hrs.

    ED 207 The Adolescent in Schools and Society
    LASC—Individual and Community Well Being
    Prerequisite: PS 101

    This course will investigate the educational, psychological, social and environmental factors related to adolescents
    in school settings.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.
     
    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: 10 hrs.
     

    ED 250 Educational Psychology
    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 251 Foundations of Education
    Prerequisites: PS 210, 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 210, ED 250, ED 251
    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 271 International ad Comparative Education
    LASC—Global Perspectives, Individual and Community Well Being
    This course compares the educational policies to practices and outcomes to two or more countries.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.
     
    ED 275 Curriculum and Instruction in Elementary Education
    LASC—Writing Across the Curriculum
    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 305 Teaching Adult ESL and SIFE (Students with Interrupted Formal Education)
    LASC - Human Behavior and Social Processes; Diversity Across the Curriculum
    Prerequisites: 9 Credits in Education including ED 148

    Designed to enhance teacher effectiveness in the adult ESL classroom taking into consideration their unique
    circumstances.
    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
    LASC-Quantitative Literacy Across the Curriculum
    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
    LAS-Writing Across the Curriculum
    Prerequisite: Admitted into Stage II

    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. Fieldwork: 10 hrs.
     
    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
    LASC-Quantitative Literacy Across the Curriculum
    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. Fieldwork: 10 hrs.
     
    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
    LASC—Writing Across the Curriculum
    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
    LASC—Writing Across the Curriculum
    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 400 Inclusive Early Childhood Education: Preschool through Grade 2
    LASC - Major Capstone
    Prerequisite: Admitted into Stage II
    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
    LASC - Major Capstone
    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 408 Directed Study
    Directed study offers students, who because of unusual circumstances may be unable to register for a course
    when offered, the opportunity to complete an existing course with an established syllabus under the direction and
    with agreement from a faculty member.
     
    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
    LASC - Major Capstone
    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
    LASC - Major Capstone
    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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