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  • ME Master of Education Courses

    ED 978 Contemporary Issues in Teaching of Bilingual and English as a Second Language
    Language policies for educating ELLs, including bilingual, national language models, heritage
    languages and multicultural education as managed in multilingual nations.
     
    ES 928 Second Language Acquisition
    Surveys the complex variables underlying second language acquisition (SLA) and the various
    perspectives that inform second language acquisition theories.
     
    ES 914 Methods and Materials for Teaching English Language Skills to the ELL
    Participants will analyze language learning processes for English Language Learners and
    appropriate method for teaching English language skills
     
    ED 986: Literacy for the English Language Learner
    Focuses on current approaches and theories of second language literacy and integrates reading
    and writing in classroom environments
     
    ED 955 Assessing English Language Learners
    Second language acquisition and linguistic principles guide the review of standardized instruments,
    dynamic assessment strategies, standards-referenced assessment and teacher design approaches.
     
    ES 930 Sheltered Instruction and Assessment in the Immersion Classroom
    Examines theories, principles and practices that assist English language learners in achieving
    academic proficiency while developing English language skills
     
    ES 940 Practicum and Seminar in the Teaching of English as a Second Language (ESL) in
    grades Pre-K-6

    150 hour teaching experience with weekly seminar on effective teaching for limited English speaking
    students at the grades preK-6 (5 credits)
     
    ES 945 Practicum and Seminar in the Teaching of English as a Second Language (ESL) in
    grades 5-12

    150 hour teaching experience with weekly seminar on effective teaching for limited English speaking
    students at the grades 5-12 (5 credits)
     
    ES 929 Assessing and Teaching ELLs with Disabilities
    Considers differences between typical and atypical second language acquisition.
     
    ES 931 Leading an Effective English Leaner Program
    Considers the expectations for program implementation, evaluation, instruction and best practice
    for English learners in sheltered and bilingual educational programs.
     
    ES 932 Teaching Adult ESL and SIFE
    Designed to enhance teacher effectiveness in the adult ESL classroom taking into consideration
    their unique circumstances
     
    ES 933 Global Perspectives in Cultural Diversity
    Provides appreciation of increasing diversity in schools and examines how language is used to
    regulate power relations among social groups.
     
    ES 934 ESL Seminar: Research in Language & Education
    Using research of ESL pedagogies, studies of linguistically and culturally diverse learners, students
    evaluate, design and carry out action research.

    ES 935 ESL Portfolio Evaluation
    Completion of courses in ESL licensure and those required for the Masters of Education
     
    EA 912 Foundations of Educational Administration

    The purpose of this course is to provide individual students with an understanding of the theory and
    practical operation of public schools in the United States. An overview of the role of an administrator
    as described by the Massachusetts Department of Education will receive major emphasis. These
    include: leadership, administration, equity, community relationships, and professional responsibilities.
    The ISLLC standards will likewise be explored..
    3 credits
     
    EA 915 School Finance, Management and Administration
    Pre-requisite: EA 912
    This course will explore the evolution of Public School Finance, Management and Administration.
    Emphasis will be on studying effective management strategies dealing with local school finance
    systems and its impact upon educational goals and objectives.
    3 credits
     
    EA 918 School, Community and Family Relations
    Pre-requisite: EA 912
    This course is intended to equip the practicing school administrator with the techniques needed to
    deal with the long line of social challenges that affect children, families, communities and ultimately
    education. Emphasis will be placed on building collaborative relationships within and external to
    the educational setting that will ultimately benefit children.
    3 credits
     
    EA 920 School Business Management and Administration
    Pre-requisite: EA 912
    Studies the interaction between school management services and the total educational organization
    and its environment.
    3 credits
     
    EA 921 Fundamentals of School Finance
    Pre-requisite: EA 912
    Considers the financial support and the allocation of resources in public education.
    3 credits
     
    EA 922 Public School Administration
    Pre-requisite: EA 912
    Historical, philosophical, and sociological study of American school administration with major
    emphasis on the function, duties, and responsibilities of the school administrator.
    3 credits
     
    EA 923 Law for the Administrator
    Pre-requisite: EA 912
    An in-depth investigation of specific school laws and how they relate to the administration of a
    modern school system.
    3 credits
     
    EA 924 Curriculum Development and Evaluation
    Pre-requisite: EA 912
    This course examines curriculum development from a theoretical and practical perspective with
    a focus on the administrator’s role in facilitating constructive curriculum change. Curriculum development, implementation, alignment and evaluation will be includeed. MA state standards and
    assessment, NCLB, and models for curriculumchange are discussed.
    3 credits
     
    EA 925 Staff Development: Theory and Practice
    Pre-requisite: EA 912
    Theories and methods of staff development and in-service education for program aims and
    personnel. Participants will develop strategies to plan, conduct, and evaluate school-based
    professional development activities.
    3 credits
     
    EA 927 School Plant and Development
    Pre-requisite: EA 912
    A practical investigation of the planning, developing and implementing of renovations, or construction
    of new facilities. Topics include evaluating public relations and the community, hiring an architect,
    warrants and bonds, building and developing facilities.
    3 credits
     
    EA 929 Capstone Course
    Pre-requisites: Completion of all core courses.
    A course designed to help the professional synthesize and reflect on information gained from
    coursework, fieldwork, and practicum relevant to the MEd in School Leadership. There is a two
    credit portfolio assignment that reflects the expectations set forth by the state of Massachusetts
    for licensure as a principal/supervisor or a three credit thesis option set forth by the Education
    Department at Worcester State.
    2 or 4 credits
     
    EA 931 Administration of Programs for Children with Special Needs
    Pre-requisite: EA 912
    The implications of legislation for administrators who are responsible for implementing these
    programs.
    3 credits
     
    EA 932 Educational Personnel Administration
    Pre-requisite: EA 912
    Study of the policies and problems associated with the selection, assignment, orientation, in-service
    programs, evaluations, promotion, and retention of the professional and nonprofessional staff of a
    school system.
    3 credits
     
    EA 933 Collective Bargaining Strategies
    Pre-requisite: EA 912
    A survey of the basic designs, strategies, and mechanisms used in preparing collective bargaining
    packages, counter proposals, and final proposals.
    3 credits
     
    EA 939 Action Research Project I
    EA 940 Action Research Project II

    A two-semester course during which students will enroll for two consecutive semesters. During the
    two semesters students will meet both in large groups and individually in developing their action
    research projects.
    3 credits per semester.
     
    EA 941 Research Forum
    2 credits

    EA 942 Systems Analysis and Strategies for Institutional Change
    Examines the key elements of effective leadership deemed necessary for 21st century schools.
    Focus is on how to bring forth innovation and continual progress.
    3 credits
     
    EA 950 Practicum Experience in Elementary Educational Administration
    Pre-requisite: Completion of all core courses.
    A 300-clock-hour practicum experience.
    4 credits.
     
    EA 951 Practicum Experience in Middle School Education Administration
    Pre-requisite: Completion of all core courses.
    A 300-clock-hour practicum experience.
    4 credits.
     
    EA 952 Practicum Experience in Secondary Education Administration
    Pre-requisite: Completion of all core courses.
    A 300-clock-hour practicum experience.
    4 credits.
     
    EA 953 Practicum Experience in Supervision
    A 300-clock-hour clinical experience.
    4 credits.
     
    ED 901 Using Technology in the Classroom
    Today’s students are adept at using the technologies as integral living tools. This course will examine
    the variety of techniques – including, the computer, web and software, film, TV, and other mass
    communicatios – and their applications in the classroom as learning tools. Discussions will center
    on the genres of technology appropriate for participants’ grade levels, subject areas, and student
    population. Students will study computer capabilities, web research, electronic presentations, and
    explore software options and lesson planning. Visual literacy topics from moving and still images will
    be investigated as key teaching tools. Adaptive technologies will be profiled.
    3 credits
     
    ED 909 RETELL: Best Practices for English Language Learners
    The course addresses research based institutional and assessment strategies for english language
    learners. Working with culturally diverse learners 25 hours of pre-practicum experience.
    3 credits
     
    ED 910 The Child, Family, Community, and Diversity in Education
    Advanced study of how differences in home experience, background knowledge and language
    proficiency impact school experience. Considers services provided by state and local agencies.
    3 credits
     
    ED 911 Advanced Foundations of Reading
    Prerequisite: A prior course in reading
    Current approaches to teaching reading and comprehension with an emphasis on classroom
    evaluation and decisions, research, and application.
    3 credits
     
    ED 912 Psychology in Teaching Reading
    Provides an understanding of the psychological bases of the reading process; applies the theories
    of the psychologist to classroom situations.
    3 credits

    ED 913 Differentiated Reading Instruction
    Stresses interrelationships of oral/written communication; investigates application of concepts,
    skills, and procedures for teaching literacy across a broad spectrum of student needs. Methods od
    differentiation instructions are discussed.
    3 credits
     
    ED 914 Teaching Reading in the Content Areas
    Presents meaningful theory and related teaching strategies to aid pupils in reading and learning
    from their content area textbooks.
    3 credits
     
    ED 915 Administration and Supervision of Reading Programs
    Design, implementation and evaluation of reading programs, legislation affecting reading programs,
    and reading staff development for the Teacher of Reading.
    3 credits
     
    ED 916 Literature in the Classroom
    Introduces a balanced selection of literature and broadens the student’s acquaintance with the
    exciting world of books from kindergarten through high school.
    3 credits
     
    ED 917 Diagnosis, Analysis, and Remediation of Reading Difficulties in the Middle and Upper
    Grades

    Prerequisite: ED 911, ED 914, EL 907
    Focuses on causes and symptoms of reading deficiencies and methods of treatment for 4-12
    students in remedial situations; case study required.
    3 credits
     
    ED 918 Reading as Language: Teaching Literacy to English Language Learners
    Explores knowledge, perspectives, and procedures for teaching literacy to English language
    learners, focusing on the interrelationship acquisition of reading.
    3 credits
     
    ED 919 Reading Practicum/Internship
    Prerequisite: approval of Program Coordinator, passing score on Reading Specialist MTEL
    Candidate plans and implements the responsibilities of a Teacher of Reading in a field-based
    supervised setting.
    3 credits
     
    ED 920 Cognitive/Affective Learning for Typical and Atypical Children
    Prerequisite: ED 981
    Investigates cognitive/affective learning in typically developing children and children with special
    needs. Explores alternative instructional strategies for inclusion and IEP (Individualized Educational
    Plan) and IFSP (Individual Family Service Plan) implementation.
    3 credits
     
    ED 921 Developmental Patterns of Children with Special Needs
    Study of the child/adolescent with special needs including characteristic psychological, educational,
    and sociological impact of developmental differences. Includes educational terminology for students
    with mild/moderate disabilities.
    3 credit

    ED 922 Analysis and Interpretation of the Behavior and Learning Environment of Children

    Prerequisite: ED 921
    Evaluation procedures used to assess academic, cognitive, affective, and behavioral functioning
    of the child and adolescent. Formal and informal techniques for evaluating the effectiveness of
    instruction are examined. Behavior management plans and assistive technologies are included.
    Pre-practicum. Behavior management plans and assistive technologies are included. Pre-practicum.
    3 credits
     
    ED 923 Development and Implementation of an Individual Educational Program
    Prerequisite: ED 921
    Considers federal and state laws regulating the development and implementation of individualized
    educational programs: Prereferral, assessment, eligibility, developing goals and objectives, program
    delivery and measuring progress. Pre-practicum
    3 credits
     
    ED 924 Strategies for Teaching and Assessing Students with Moderate Special Needs
    Prerequisite: ED 921
    Emphasis on MA curriculum frameworks, reading, writing, and mathematics, strategies for students
    with disabilities to access the general curriculum, alternate assessment procedures. Pre-practicum.
    3 credits
     
    ED 925 Seminar: Communication and Interpersonal Skills
    Focuses on the theories and techniques of consultation.
    3 credits
     
    ED 926 Seminars Curriculum Development and Instructional Techniques
    Prerequisites: ED 921, ED 922, ED 923, ED 924
    Principles of curriculum development and the use of instructional techniques for special needs
    students. Some field work.
    3 credits
     
    ED 927 Inclusive Settings: Learning Strategies and Management Techniques (1-6)
    This course addresses the learning and behavior needs of special learners and helps teachers to
    develop strategies and techniques that can be used to improve knowledge and skills of all students
    in inclusion settings. Managing classroom behavior to enhance teaching and learning will be a
    focus in this course.
    3 credits
     
    ED 928 Practicum for the Moderate Special Needs Teacher
    Prerequisite: ED 921, ED 922, ED 923, ED 924
    A field-based experience in which the student demonstrates competencies in the delivery of direct
    services: assessment procedures, educational planning, classroom management, curriculum
    development, and in-service education.
    3 credits
     
    ED 929 Mathematics Assessment and Instruction for Diverse Learners
    This course presents mathematical concepts, methods and materials to facilitate learning. Emphasis
    is also placed on supporting students with mild to moderate disabilities learn and understand
    mathematic contents.
    3 credits
     
    ED 936 Counseling the Adolescent
    Designed for students preparing to counsel adolescents. Focuses on adolescent patterns of
    development and the behaviors associated with them. Typical adolescent crises are explored with
    specific strategies to deal with them.
    3 credits

    ED 939 Individual Intelligence Appraisal (WAIS-WISC)
    Prerequisite: Introductory course in measurement
    Study of two major Wechsler tests, Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS), and the Wechsler
    Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC). Includes administration and interpretation of both of these
    scales.
    3 credits
     
    ED 941 Counseling the Elementary School Child
    Investigates the various age-related problems found in the elementary school age child of today.
    Various counseling strategies to deal with these problems will be explored.
    3 credits
     
    ED 949 American Education: Contexts and Influences
    Examines the social and historical contexts of American schools, noting appropriate psychological
    principles, learning theories philosophies, political and demographic trends, and their influences on
    educational policies and classroom
    practices.
    3 credits
     
    ED 950 Integrating Science and Social Studies in the Elementary/Middle Schools
    Curriculum development workshop focusing on creation of thematic units integrating science and
    social studies using cooperative learning models.
    3 credits
     
    ED 951 Integrating Language Arts and Social Studies in the Elementary/Middle Schools
    Curriculum development workshop focusing on integrating Language Arts and Social Studies
    utilizing children’s literature, reading, and writing skills.
    3 credits
     
    ED 953 Integrating Science and Mathematics in the Elementary/Middle Schools
    Curriculum development workshop focusing on the creation of thematic units integrating science
    and mathematics using cooperative learning models.
    3 credits
     
    ED 954 The Nature and Needs of Young Adolescents
    Examines the needs and characteristics of young adolescents and the corresponding implications
    for middle school curriculum, instruction, classroom management and organization.
    3 credits
     
    ED 956 The Middle School: History, Philosophy and Organization
    Prerequisite: The three required core courses
    A comprehensive examination of the Middle Schools in terms of history, philosophy, structure,
    curriculum patterns and organization, team planning and team teaching, block scheduling, etc.
    Students characteristics and societal factors which impact upon students’ behavior in the Middle
    Schools are addressed.
    3 credits
     
    ED 957 Instructional Design and Evaluation for Middle School Grades
    Prerequisite: ED 949
    Reviews relevant models of instruction and their application in middle school grades. Examines
    appropriate evaluation strategies and approaches designed to give students the ability to plan
    and implement overall assessment strategies, including alternative assessment and the use of
    technology in instruction and evaluation. Includes 25 pre-practicum hours.
    3 credits

    ED 958 Middle School Curriculum and Instruction: Strategies and Modification
    Designed to give students the ability to design and present instruction in ways that are commensurate
    with the developmental needs and readiness of early adolescent learners. The issues of inclusion,
    cooperative learning, block scheduling, thematic, and integrated curriculum and interdisciplinary
    curriculum are examined.
    3 credits
     
    ED 959 Assessment and Classroom Management in The Middle School
    Prerequisite: ED 958
    Designed to give students the ability to plan and implement overall assessment strategies
    appropriate for middle school grades. The course examines developmentally appropriate classroom
    management strategies and techniques.
    3 credits
     
    ED 960 Educational Law
    An in-depth investigation of specific school laws and how they relate to the role of the teacher and
    administrator.
    3 credits
     
    ED 961 Educational Supervision and Evaluation
    Designed to develop competency in the supervision and evaluation of teachers.
    3 credits
     
    ED 963 The Understanding and Teaching of Culture
    Approaches to cultural analysis and survey of techniques used to teach culture in the classroom.
    3 credits
     
    ED 964 Current Issues in Education
    Emphasis will be placed on problem solving and case study approaches.
    Variable credit.
     
    ED 965 Principles of Curriculum Development
    Aspects of curriculum development, society, culture, learning theories, taxonomies of educational
    objectives, structure, hierarchy, balance, politics, strategy for change.
    3 credits
     
    ED 968 Seminar in Curriculum and Instruction
    Prerequisite: ED 965
    Discussion and evaluation of curriculum and instruction as applied to real or theoretical construct.
    3 credits
     
    ED 969 Teaching to Diversity: Methods and Materials (Middle School)
    Prerequisite: Completion of all core courses
    Explores appropriate instructional strategies and school practices which promote equity pedagogy
    in middle school classes. Identifies basic manifestations of diversity in our society and classroom
    and considers relevant methods of building bridges between the learner and the curriculum through
    instructional adaptations.
    3 credits
     
    ED 970 Workshop for Educators
    Specialized workshop experiences structured to enhance teacher abilities to implement new
    educational practices.
    Variable credit.

    ED 971 Special Topics
    In-depth exploration of contemporary educational topics or issues.
    Variable credit.
     
    ED 972 The Adolescent Learner: Needs and Characteristics
    Examines the needs and characteristics of the adolescent earner and the corresponding implications
    for curriculum,instruction, classroom management and school organization.
    3 credits
     
    ED 973 Instructional Design and Evaluation for Secondary School Grades
    Prerequisite: ED 949
    Reviews relevant models of instruction and their application in secondary school grades. Examines
    appropriate evaluation strategies and approaches designed to give students the ability to plan
    and implement overall assessment strategies, including alternative assessment and the use of
    technology in instruction and evaluation. Includes 25 pre-practicum hours
    3 credits
     
    ED 974 Curriculum Development and Innovations (Secondary School)
    Draws upon extensive review of the literature on curriculum theory and models of instruction to
    examine relevant innovations in curriculum development and instructional delivery; noting their
    practical applications in Secondary Schools.
    3 credits
     
    ED 975 Assessment and Classroom Management in The Secondary School
    Prerequisite: ED 974
    Designed to give students the ability to plan and implement overall assessment strategies
    appropriate for secondary school grades. The course examines developmentally appropriate
    classroom management strategies and techniques.
    3 credits
     
    ED 976 Teaching to Diversity: Methods and Materials (Secondary School)
    Prerequisite: Completion of all core courses
    Explores appropriate instructional strategies and school practices which promote equity pedagogy in
    secondary school classes. Identifies basic manifestations of diversity in our society and classrooms,
    and considers relevant methods of building bridges between the learner and the curriculum through
    instructional adaptation.
    3 credits
     
    ED 977 Seminar in Contemporary Trends and Issues in Middle & Secondary Schools
    Prerequisite: Completion of the core courses
    Examines contemporary issues and trends in middle and secondary school curriculum, instructional
    delivery, assessment, classroom management, and the use of technology.
    3 credits
     
    ED 980 Independent Study in Education
    An opportunity for further study in a special field of interest under faculty supervision.
    3 credits
     
    ED 981 Advanced Foundations of Education
    Explores historical, philosophical, psychological, legal, and cultural foundations for education and
    school practices. Sets the stage for philosophical and theoretical requirements in ES 926 Portfolio
    Evaluation.
    3 credits

    ED 982 Research in Education
    Examines research methods and designs in education and/or content areas; involves writing,
    hypotheses, reviewing literature, gathering data, and preparing research proposals.
    3 credits
    ED 983 Theory and Research in Reading
    Prerequisite: ED 982, Completion of all reading core courses
    Investigates theories and research regarding current trends in reading instruction and provides for
    completing a research project.
    3 credits
    ED 984 Reading Portfolio
    Prerequisite: Approval of Program Coordinator, completion of all program courses
    Capstone experience for Teacher of Reading Candidates to document accomplishment of state
    certification competencies and program requirements.
    1 credit.
    ED 987 Social, Political and Cultural Issues in Education
    Examines the social, cultural, and political forces that shape schools, and provide the context for
    teaching and learning. Additionally, the types of existing and desired relationships among schools,
    families and communities will be discussed.
    3 credits
    ED 988 Brain Based Learning
    This course has been designed to strengthen teachers’ own knowledge of the latest findings in
    neuroscience as they relate to the field of education. Topics span a wide range of neuroscience
    research including biological basis of learning and memory, brain mechanisms underlying language
    acquisition, gender differences, and disorders of thought. Special emphasis is given to the limitations
    and misuse of research by some, and the need for skepticism and replication when evaluating “brainbased”
    claims of service providers. Participants in this course will be active learners, analyzing
    current research articles, and reflecting on their own experiences as both learners and educators
    in the context of neuro-education.
    3 credits
    ED 989 Technology and Educational Leadership
    Explores the role of the educational leader in the choice, acquisition, and use of technology for
    management and learning.
    3 credits
    ED 990 Independent Research in Education
    Prerequisite: Matriculated Graduate Student
    For students wishing to pursue an independent research study in a specialized area of education.
    3 credits
    ED 992 Portfolio Evaluation
    Prerequisite: All required license courses and approval of program coordinator
    Documents the student’s learning and provides a basis for evaluation of student’s overall performance
    and mastery of the certification standards.
    1 credit.
    ED 993 Seminar: Research in Content Concentration
    Prerequisite: Completion of 24 graduate credits in Master’s Program and completion of a minimum
    of 18 credits in the content area of concentration.
    In-depth research course in the issues of childhood education. Students will conduct a formal study that seeks to investigate teaching and learning in the student’s content strand of concentration.
    3 credits
    ED 994 Thesis Seminar
    Prerequisite: Completion of all core and required courses.
    Students work with faculty advisor(s) to design, implement, and evaluate a formal study that seeks
    to investigate a significant issue, professional and content related in secondary school education.
    The focus is on the application of
    research skills and the presentation of research reports.
    3 credits
    ED 995 Elementary Education Clinical Experience: Grades 1-6
    Prerequisites. ED 981, ED982, ED 910, ED920, EL 906, EL 907
    Teaching experience, grades 1 through 6. Involves planning, implementing, evaluating leaming in a
    setting with typical and atypical students.
    5 credits.
    ED 996 Research and Evaluation
    Research and evaluation methods and designs; includes gathering and analyzing data, writing
    research, and making evaluation reports.
    3 credits
    ED 997 Advanced Philosophical Foundations of Education
    Examines the basic principles of some major philosophers and demonstrates their effect on
    contemporary educational theories in the western tradition.
    3 credits
    ED 998 Advanced Psychological Foundations of Education
    Analysis of major schools of psychology with attention to contemporary issues. Role of the educator
    in the learning process and application of psychological principles to specific classroom situations.
    3 credits
    ED 999 Internship in Education
    A 400-clock-hour internship in an area of professional education.
    3, 6, or 12 credits.
    EE 900 Literature for Young Children
    Survey of quality literature appropriate for early childhood, development of programs in literature
    and effective storytelling procedures.
    3 credits
    EE 901 ECE: Curriculum and Evaluation
    Addresses design, implementation, evaluation of integrated, developmentally appropriate programs;
    evaluation of children’s development and learning; curriculum content; play learning.
    3 credits
    EE 902 Methods and Materials in Early Childhood Education
    Focuses on activities designed to enable young children to use their abilities to the fullest.
    3 credits

    EE 903 Language Arts in Early Childhood: Content, Curriculum, Evaluation, Methods and
    Materials
    Explores topics from MA English Language Arts Curriculum Frameworks. Addresses design,
    implementation, assessment of integrated, developmentally appropriate Language Arts programs.
    3 credits
    EE 904 Exploring Science in Early Childhood Education
    Uses MA Frameworks to develop and assess activities that foster learning and discovery. Connects
    science with literacy, mathematics, and social studies.
    3 credits
    EE 905 Evaluation and Remediation Techniques of Young Children with Special Needs
    Multidisciplinary approach to the evaluation of children with special needs.
    3 credits
    EE 906 Practicum In Early Childhood Education
    An intensive supervised field experience involving daily interaction with young children of ages
    three to five.
    3 credits
    EE 907 Intellectual Development in Early Education
    Examines the intellectual levels of children based on current research including Piaget and others.
    3 credits
    EE 908 Evaluation of the Young Child
    Understanding and interpreting the results of psychological and educational tests of pre-school age
    children.
    3 credits
    EE 909 Supervision and Administration in Early Childhood Education
    Outlines steps for the organization and administration of day care centers, nursery schools, and
    other programs for young children.
    3 credits
    EE 910 The Pre-School Child with Special Needs
    Detection, evaluation, and remediation of learning disabilities in young children from three years.
    3 credits
    EE 911 Early Literacy for Young Children
    This course focuses on the skills and techniques for presenting readiness skills and teaching
    beginning reading to children.
    3 credits
    EE 912 Young Children and Inclusive Early Childhood Practices
    Prerequisites: ED 920, EE 901, or Permission of Instructor
    Adapts programs, materials, practices, environments for individuals. Implements theories integrating
    special needs children into regular classroom and early intervention strategies.
    3 credits
    EE 913 Social Studies in Early Childhood: Content, Curriculum, Evaluation, Methods and
    Materials
    Explores topics from MA History and Social Studies Curriculum Frameworks. Addresses design,
    implementation, assessment of integrated, developmentally appropriate Social studies programs.
    3 credits

    EE 915 Detection and Remediation of Early Reading Difficulties
    Prerequisite: A course in teaching reading to children
    Addresses beginning reading difficulties, identification techniques, including observational surveys
    and running records, causes and prevention strategies, remedial material/techniques, national
    programs.
    3 credits
    EE 916 Mathematics in Early Childhood Education: Content, Curriculum, Evaluation, Methods
    and Materials
    Addresses design, implementation and evaluation of successful, integrated, developmentally
    appropriate mathematics programs. Explores topics from MA Curriculum Frameworks.
    3 credits
    EE 917 The Fine Arts in Early Childhood: Content, Curriculum, Evaluation, Methods and
    Materials
    Uses MA Frameworks to develop and asses activities fostering learning and creativity. Connects the
    arts with literacy and social studies.
    3 credits
    EE 919 Seminar in Early Childhood Education
    Current Issues and problems in the field of early childhood education.
    3 credits
    EE 920 Independent Research in Early Childhood Education
    For students wishing to pursue independent study in a specialized area of early childhood education.
    3 credits
    EE 930 Environments and Programs for Infants and Toddlers
    Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor
    Designing developmentally appropriate programs for infants and toddlers, includes environment,
    play, curriculum, materials. Identification, intervention strategies for at risk infants/toddlers.
    3 credits
    EE 931 Infant and Toddler Development and Care
    Theory and research regarding typically developing and at risk infants/toddlers are studied.
    Caregiving procedures are addressed.
    3 credits
    EE 950 Clinical Experience in Early Childhood Education: N (Infant, Toddler, Preschool) Level
    Prerequisite: Permission of the Department
    Supervised teaching experience at infant, toddler, preschool level. Involves planning, implementing,
    evaluating learning. Minimum 200 hours over a minimum 8 week period – 3 credits; 400 hours
    (entire semester) – 6 credits.
    3 or 6 credits.
    EE 952 Special Topics in Early Childhood Education
    In-depth exploration of contemporary issues and topics in early childhood education.
    3 credits
    EE 955 Clinical Experience in Early Childhood Education: Kindergarten – Grade 3 Level
    Prerequisite: Permission of the Department
    Teaching experience, kindergarten through grade 3. Involves planning, implementing, evaluating
    learning with typical and atypical children. 200 hours: 3 credits; 400 hours: 6 credits.
    3 to 6 credits.

    EL 900 The Gifted Child
    Methods for identifying the gifted student; characteristics and personal factors of the gifted;
    techniques and approaches for curriculum development.
    3 credits
    EL 902 Newspapers in Education
    Newspapers are explored for their historical aspects, actual composition, freedom of the press,
    and behind-the scenes productions aspects. Learning activity packets are developed utilizing
    newspapers.
    3 credits
    EL 903 Theory and Research in the Elementary School Curriculum
    Prerequisite: ED 996
    Emphasizes ability to recognize, select, and pursue independent action research in one or more
    areas of the elementary school curriculum.
    3 credits
    EL 904 Instructional Leadership of the Elementary School
    The many facets of elementary school administration and organization; the role of the principal as
    an administrator in the larger setting of present day education is stressed.
    3 credits
    EL 905 Seminar in Current Issues in Elementary Education
    Prerequisites: Three graduate level education courses approved by advisor
    Symposium approach. Reading, writing, and discussion relevant to major issues.
    3 credits
    EL 906 Contemporary Curriculum and Instruction for Elementary School
    Prerequisites: ED 981, ED 910, ED 920
    Investigates current and evolving patterns of curriculum and instruction noting forces and issues
    which affect curriculum. Special attention will be given to National and State Educational Reform
    Issues and in particular the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. This course addresses design,
    implementation, and evaluation of successful, integrated curriculum content.
    3 credits
    EL 907 Assessing Teaching and Learning in Elementary Education
    Prerequisites: ED 982, EL 906 (for M.Ed. in Elementary Education Students)
    Studies current methods for assessment in elementary classrooms, creating traditional evaluations,
    portfolios, observations, checklists, self-assessment and using standardized tests.
    3 credits
    EP 901—EP 993 School Psychology “See pages 44-49 for course descriptions”
    ER 901 Reading Research Seminar: Struggling Adolescent Readers/Writers
    Provides an overview and review of research and literature in the field of adolescent literacy. Both
    the content and methodology of the research will be studied.
    3 credits
    ER 902 The Role of the Literacy Coach: Professional Ledership & Adult Learners
    Explores the role and responsibilities of the literacy coach across school settings including
    developing effective literacy instruction and professional development.
    3 credits
    ER 903 The Role of the Literacy Coach Part II: Strategies to Enhance Reading & Writing
    Examines current theory regarding adolescent literacy, research-based instructional strategies, &
    practices designed to support literacy development across content areas.
    3 credits

    ER 925 Reading and Research Forum (Capstone Experience)
    Prerequisite: Approval of Program Coordinator and completion of all required courses
    2 credits.
    ES 900 Instructional Leadership of Middle and Secondary school
    The role of the principal and assistant principal in the administration.
    3 credits
    ES 901 Language and Language Teaching
    Prerequisite: Completion of at least two secondary education courses
    A survey of linguistic theories and derived methodologies relevant to teaching a foreign language.
    20 hour field experience included.
    3 credits
    ES 902 Learning Skills for Adolescents
    Reading, study and communication skill instruction, appropriate for content instruction in middle
    and high schools. 15 hour field experience.
    3 credits
    ES 903 The Art of Teaching Adolescents
    Underlying reasons and means for pursuing excellence in teaching middle and high school students;
    implications for discipline and leadership.
    3 credits
    ES 904 Curriculum and Instruction for Adolescents
    Developing and matching curriculum to high school students’ personal and social needs. 15 hour
    field experience.
    3 credits
    ES 905 Methods and Materials for Teaching Humanities
    Prerequisite: Completion of at least two secondary education courses
    Techniques and microteaching practice in teaching high school English, social studies, and other
    humanities. 20 hour field experience.
    3 credits
    ES 906 Methods and Materials for Teaching Science and Math
    Prerequisite: Completion of at least two secondary education courses
    Techniques and microteaching practice in teaching high school subject areas in math and the
    sciences. 20 hour field experience.
    3 credits
    ES 907 Individualizing Instruction in the Middle and Secondary School
    Examines ways in which teachers may individualize instruction in middle and secondary schools.
    3 credits
    ES 908 Teaching Practicum Seminar (Middle and Secondary Grades)
    Prerequisite: Completion of all pre-practicum courses and enrollment in the teaching practicum
    course
    Involves guided analysis of principles of teaching and classroom procedures in terms of how
    theories relate to actual practices.
    3 credits

    ES 909 Clinical Thesis Seminar
    Prerequisite: Completion of all core, required, and elective courses
    Students work with faculty advisor(s) to design, implement, and evaluate a formal study that seeks
    to investigate a significant issue, professional and content-related middle school education. The
    focus is on the application of research skills and the presentation of research products. Provide
    opportunities to exchange reflective clinical experience.
    3 credits
    ES 910 Evaluation of Classroom Learning in Middle & Secondary Schools
    Rationale and means for formative and summative evaluation, mastery learning, assessing higher
    order thinking, and improving learning attitudes and performance.
    3 credits
    ES 911 Teaching Practicum
    Prerequisite: Completion of required education courses and other eligibility requirements.
    Student teaching for Massachusetts Certification in Middle or High School. Seminar or other
    approved means for reflection on experience.
    5 credits.
    ES 912 Curriculum and Instruction in the Middle School
    Addresses the unique nature of the middle school curriculum; with a focus on learning centers,
    mastery learning and learning activity packets.
    3 credits
    ES 913 Methods and Materials for Teaching in the Middle School
    Focuses on the interdisciplinary nature of instruction in the middle school with particular emphasis
    placed on the role of team teaching.
    3 credits
    ES 914 ESL Methodology
    Addresses topics in second language acquisition and applied teaching methodology in teaching
    English to speakers of other languages.
    3 credits
    ES 915 Secondary School Curriculum Development: Theory and Practice
    Prerequisites: ED 981, ED 982
    Examines relevant theoretical frameworks for instructional design and implementation, noting
    individual differences and societal factors in curriculum adaptation and evaluation.
    4 credits.
    ES 916 Approaches To Teaching in the Middle School: Theory and Practice
    Prerequisites: ED 981, ED 982, ES 922 (ES 922 may be taken concurrently)
    Examines teaching strategies appropriate to the middle school with an emphasis on team teaching
    and an integrated curriculum.
    4 credits.
    ES 917 Approaches to Teaching in the Secondary Schools: Theory and Practice
    Prerequisites: ED 981, ED 982, ES 915 (ES 915 maybe taken concurrently)
    Examines advanced pedagogy and develops and implements teaching strategies which promote
    meaningful learning for all students at the high school level.
    4 credits.

    ES 918 Assessing Teaching and Learning at the Middle School: Theory and Practice
    Prerequisites: ED 981, ED 982, ES 922 (ES 922 may be taken concurrently)
    Concepts taught include writing instructional objectives, constructing various types of instruments to
    assess student learning in middle grades including alternative assessment, grading, standardized
    testing.
    3 credits
    ES 919 Assessing Teaching and Learning in Secondary Schools: Theory and Practice
    Prerequisites: ED 981, ED 982, ES 915 (ES 915 May be taken concurrently)
    Writing instructional objectives, constructing various types of instruments to assess student learning
    in the high school, to include alternative assessments, grading, and standardized testing.
    3 credits
    ES 920 Clinical Experience in the Middle Grades (5-9)
    Prerequisites: ES 916, ES 918, ES 922
    Teaching experience, grade 5 through grade 9. Involves planning, implementing, and evaluating
    learning in a setting with typical and atypical students.
    5 credits.
    ES 921 Clinical Experience in Secondary Grades (9-12)
    Prerequisites: ES 915, ES 917, ES 919
    Teaching experience, grade 9 through grade l2. Involves planning, implementing, evaluating learning
    in a setting with typical and atypical students.
    5 credits.
    ES 922 Middle School Curriculum Development: Theory and Practice
    Prerequisites: ED 981, ED 982
    Examines relevant theoretical frameworks for instructional design and implementation at the middle
    school in keeping with national reports.
    3 credits
    ES 923 Mathematics Assessment and Instruction for Diverse Learner
    Formal and informal means of assessing students mathematical performance. Strategies to
    increase mathematics performance for students with disabilities.
    3 credits
    ES 924 Analysis and Interpretation of the Behavior and Learning Environment of Children
    and Adolescents Grades 5-12.
    Procedures to assess academic, cognitive, affective, and behavioral function of children/adolescents
    in grades 5-12. Techniques to prepare and maintain students with disabilities in general education.
    3 credits
    ES 925 Inclusive Settings: Learning Strategies and Management Techniques (5-12)
    Learning and behavior needs of children with disabilities. Developing strategies to improve teaching
    and learning for all students in inclusive grade 5-12 classrooms.
    3 credits
    ES 926 Portfolio Evaluation
    1 credit.
    MA 916 Probability
    Probability, combinatorial methods, random variables, probability functions, moments, moment
    generating functions, central limit theorem, sampling.
    3 credits

    MA 918 Mathematical Statistics
    Decision theory, estimation, hypothesis testing, regression and correlation, analysis of variance.
    3 credits
    MA 920 Linear Algebra
    Fundamental concepts of systems of linear equations, matrices, vector spaces, linear transformations,
    determinants, inner products, eigenvalues, and eigenvectors.
    3 credits
    MA 925 Number Theory
    Includes divisibility, primes, congruence, primitive roots, and quadratic residues.
    3 credits
    MA 975 Abstract Algebra
    Elementary properties of groups, rings, integral domains, and fields. Groups through Sylow theory
    and 1) field theory through Galois theory 2) ring theory through primary decomposition or 3) linear
    algebra through Jordan canonical forms.
    3 credits
    MT 910 Understanding K–8 Mathematics: Number and Operations
    Develops and strengthens teachers’ knowledge and understanding of the number sense and
    operations strand of elementary and middle school mathematics.
    3 credits
    MT 911 Understanding K-8 Mathematics: Probability and Statistics
    Teachers will develop and strengthen their knowledge of statistical and probabilistic concepts.
    Presentations will include investigations appropriate to elementary and middle school classrooms.
    3 credits
    MT 912 Understanding K-8 Mathematics: Patterns, Functions, and Algebra
    Develops and strengthens teachers’ knowledge and understanding of the patterns, functions and
    algebra strand of elementary and middle school mathematics.
    3 credits
    MT 913 Understanding K-8 Mathematics: Geometry and Measurement
    Teachers will develop and strengthen their knowledge of the geometry and measurement strand of
    elementary and middle school mathematics.
    3 credits
    MT 933 Understanding High School Mathematics: Geometry
    Teachers will develop and strengthen their knowledge of Euclidean Geometry.
    3 credits
    MT 935 Discrete Mathematics for High School Teachers
    Teachers will develop and strengthen their knowledge of discrete mathematics. The course will
    emphasize connections to high school mathematics curriculum.
    3 credits
    MT 971 Special Topics
    Special topics in elementary, middle and/or school mathematics.
    3 credits.

    ADDITIONAL GRADUATE COURSES
    Physical and Earth Sciences
    NS 999 Independent Study in Natural Science
    Individualized course of research or study undertaken in consultation with a faculty member.
    GS 999 Independent Study in Earth Science
    Individualized course of research or study undertaken in consultation with a faculty member.
    GE 999 Independent Study in Human Geography
    Individualized course of research or study undertaken in consultation with a faculty member.
    Visual and Performing Arts:
    MU 990 Special Topics
    An exploration of a topic of mutual interest to a student and faculty.
    1-6 credits