Online Graduate Education Courses Spring 2017


Term I: May 15 – July 9
Term II: July 10 – September 3
All courses 3 credits


May 15 – July 9

EECLD 6001-80 and EEDUC 6001-81 Culturally Responsive Teaching

This course sets the foundation for creating meaningful and relevant teaching and learning for culturally and linguistically diverse students. Legal issues and a historical perspective are used to examine the student's civil rights and the ways that prejudice, culture, language diversity, and socioeconomic factors influence the student's academic success or lack of it within the current system and under the current policies. The cultures of the student's state are studied and used in planning and cultivating culturally responsive learning/instruction and positive cultural identity in the family and community relations. Intercultural communication at the local, national, and international level is addressed. Participants engage in self-study, write their own cultural and linguistic autobiography, identify and utilize cultural resources in the community, and plan to actively involve linguistically diverse families in the school environment.
Instructor Section 80: Amanda Wager;
Instructor Section 81: Kathryn Continier

EECLD 6002-80 and EEDUC 6002-81 Essential Linguistics: What Every Teacher Needs to Know About Language

July 10 – September 3
This course takes a practical approach to the study of linguistics and English as a new language with implications for teaching ESL, reading, writing, spelling, phonics, and grammar in monolingual or multilingual contexts. The basic nature of language, first language acquisition, language variation, language change, and the relations of language to society and culture are explored. The course focuses on the development of linguistic foundational knowledge elements such as phonology, morphology, syntax, and pragmatics that informs planning for teaching first or second language. Structural and semantic differences between the student's first and English as a new language are examined and used in planning for learning. 
Instructor Section 80: Solange de Azambuja Lira;
Instructor Section 81: Tara Tuck

EEDUC 6001-80 The Teaching of Writing K-12

July 10 – September 3
This course promotes the thoughtful examination of writers and writing instruction. Throughout the course, students are introduced to strategies and skills they can use to enhance their own writing and the writing of K-12 students. Using a process approach, students learn how to communicate ideas effectively in a variety of genres and for a multitude of purposes. Based on the most current understandings in the field, this course explores such topics as writer's workshop, conferencing, struggling writers, assessment, reading/writing connections, writing in the disciplines, revision and editing, the use of technology to support writers, and the management of writing instruction.
Instructor: Jennifer Bogard

EEDUC 6101-80 and EEDUC 6101-81 Content Area Literacy

Section 80: May 15 – July 9
Section 81: July 10 – September 3
Disciplinary literacies are explored as a means of accessing content knowledge in the PreK-12 classroom. The course examines constructivist reading comprehension and vocabulary strategies, and investigates how listening, speaking, reading, writing, and viewing are a means of both developing and demonstrating content area knowledge. Diverse text types and genres are examined for their complexity and content, as tools for scaffolding content learning.
Instructor Section 80: Kerry Winer;
Instructor Section 81: Panagiota Athinelis

EEDUC 6164-80 Perspectives on Literacy, Learning, and Teaching

July 10 – September 3
This course explores theories, values, goals, and assumptions underlying the ways literacy is learned and taught in school and out-of-school contexts. Emphasizing how these understandings play out in practice, students will study the histories, issues, relationships, instructional materials, and resulting policies surrounding various literacy education approaches. Students will critically examine particular perspectives to inform their own practice as literacy teachers, and experiences as literacy learners, and consider how such perspectives can shape their continued instructional practice. For M.Ed. students in Literacy for K-8 Classroom Teachers only.
Instructor: Carol Cohen


EEDUC 5122-80 Development and Learning: Psycho-social Perspectives in Education

July 10 – September 3
This course focuses upon constructivist-interactionist views of child development, spanning the preschool years through adolescence and young adulthood. Topics include early development, play, children's art, cognitive development and learning, family systems and social learning, classroom instruction and organization, communication, curriculum and cognition, evaluation and assessment, language development and literacy, moral development, gender differences, and developmental diversity among individuals and across cultures including race, ethnicity, linguistic background, and economic conditions.
Instructor: Erika Weberg-Vina

EEDUC 5146-80 Issues in American Schooling: Contemporary Challenges and Historical Contexts

July 10 – September 3
The course examines diverse contemporary issues in American education through a combination of field-based experiences and investigation of the social and historical forces that shape the character of schooling in a democratic society. The course opens the dialogue about the nature of teaching and learning, and the design of educational programs in the context of societal, political, and economic structures as well as within the diverse cultural values of a pluralistic society.
Instructor: Abraham Abadi

EEDUC 6154-80 Meeting Diverse Needs in the Mathematics Classroom

July 10 – September 3
This course considers the theory, research, and practical applications of ensuring that all children succeed mathematically. Gender, socioeconomics, culture, language, learning differences, assessment, and differentiated instruction are considered. Offered as part of an off-campus sequence.
Instructor: Sven Holch


ESPED 6020-80 ASD: Roles of Allies and Advocates

May 15 – July 9
This course facilitates the in-depth exploration of autism advocacy. A historical view the perception of disability and treatment of people with disabilities provides the context for the urgency of advocacy. The changing landscape of autism advocacy is explored, critically examining the evolving roles of allies, advocates and self-advocates. The voice of autistics is central to this course and in leading the advocacy movement, identifying an advocacy agenda, and determining the role of advocates and allies.
Instructor: Linda Lengyel

ESPED 6021-80 ASD: Challenges of the Criminal Justice System

July 10 – September 3
This course explores the Criminal Justice System’s struggles to address the needs of people with disabilities, specifically Autism Spectrum Disorder. The CJS’s denial of equal protection to people with Autism demonstrates the urgency for advocacy in this area. Behaviors and characteristics that are natural to Autism often conflict with the expectations of the CJS. The over-representation of disabilities in the CJS requires a critical examination of the evolving roles of allies, advocates, and self-advocates.
Instructor: Barbara Ransom

ESPED 6133-80 Positive Behavior Support for Diverse Classrooms

July 10 – September 3
This course is designed to help teachers create classrooms in which all students will learn and flourish. The course moves from setting up and managing an effective classroom (universal preventive strategies) to designing curricular, instructional, and behavioral strategies and supports (supportive strategies), to addressing academic and behavioral challenges and problems (corrective strategies). The needs of various student populations, including English Language Learners, special education students, and students of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, will be addressed. The course will involve class meetings, online work, and classroom research.
Instructor: Taryn Bates

ESPED 6138-80 Instructional Planning for Students with Disabilities

July 10 – September 3
Using state curriculum standards and evidence-based approaches, course participants will develop individualized instructional strategies and curricular adaptations based on individual need and designed to support the development of academic skills and access to the general education curriculum. Course emphasis will be on literacy, brain research-based teaching and learning, executive functioning, and learning strategy instruction.
Instructor: Kerrilyn McCarthy

ESPED 6141-80 Development and Implementation of Individualized Education Programs

May 15-July 9
This course will focus on the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process from referral to eligibility determination and placement, including legal rights and responsibilities. Based upon interpretation of case study assessment results, students will develop legally and educationally appropriate IEPs to meet identified needs and recommend appropriate accommodations, modifications, and specialized instruction. The roles and responsibilities of various education professionals and family members with regard to implementation, collaboration, documentation and progress reporting will be explored.
Instructor: Gail Cahill


CNSCI 5100-80 Introduction to Physical Science

July 10 – September 3
In this introductory course on science inquiry, participants investigate common everyday phenomena. This course invites participants to "uncover" the complexity of a simple glass of water. They observe physical processes at play in this familiar system and develop scientific "habits of mind." Participants see how scientific principles can be applied to understanding the world around us. The following key physical science concepts are explored: density, displacement, buoyancy, melting, freezing, equilibrium, phase changes, and energy transfers.
Instructor: Katherine Morosky

EDSCI 5200-80 Engineering STEM Solutions

May 15-July 9
This course focuses on the use of the engineering design process to solve problems within a science context integrating STEM content. Participants investigate case studies of real engineering problems in the field, bridge content to practice, and begin to visualize research in an interdisciplinary context. Through the use of technology and design, participants deepen analytical and problem solving skills. Teachers will also become familiar with engineering education applications and learn to modify for their classroom.
Instructor: Nicole Weber

EDSCI 6018-80 Learning, Design, and Robotics: Gateway to Critical Thinking

May 15-July 9
Our robotics laboratory is a fun, engaging course that infuses engineering-based projects into K-12 instruction. We build robots from scratch; learn programming with and without electronics; experiment with simulations; develop media-rich curricula while integrating common core and STEM standards; examine trending issues in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) education; and discuss the pedagogies that support these approaches. Encouragement of pupils under-represented in STEM K-12 classes is examined. Participants purchase robotic kits in lieu of textbooks. All levels welcome.
Instructor: Brenda Matthis

EDSCI 6115-80 Earth and Space Science

July 10 – September 3
Processes that operate on Earth, Earth's place in the solar system, and the universe will be explored. Using a "large scale to smaller scale" approach, we will study the vastness of the universe: its stars first, then the solar system, and finally Earth's systems. Additional systems to be explored include Earth materials, plate tectonics, water and Earth's surface processes, weather and climate, and bio-geology.
Instructor: Michael Thibodeau

EDSCI 6120-80 Physics of Mechanics

May 15-July 9
The course approaches the study of physics called Mechanics. The purpose of this course is threefold: (1) to extend understanding of key physics concepts through guided investigation, (2) to understand how physics concepts apply to everyday phenomena, and (3) to understand conceptual understanding of the physics of Mechanics and the strategies for addressing them. Through both hands-on experimentation and computer simulation, you will learn to investigate nature as a physicist does.
Instructor: William Barowy

EDSCI 6130-80 The Great Diseases: Teaching Infectious Diseases

July 10 – September 3
This course provides the background to teach about infectious diseases (ID) using The Great Diseases curriculum, a Biology II course developed by our partnership with Boston teachers and Tufts Medical School scientists. Participants will investigate life-relevant scientific questions using authentic scientific practices to explore host-microbe interactions and challenges of identifying and treating ID. Participants will consider a variety of inquiry-based approaches to teach about ID and will learn to modify lessons for their classrooms.
Instructor: Nicole Weber

EEDUC 6134-80 Science Curriculum Designed for Understanding

May 15-July 9
This pedagogical course focuses on curriculum redesign. Participants (K-8 educators) use the Teaching for Understanding framework developed at Harvard University to guide thinking critically about how to shape inquiry-based experiences to achieve deeper understanding of important science concepts. This framework stresses the importance of establishing explicit goals of understanding, engaging students in performances of understanding-that is, experiences that require learners to use the concepts they are learning-and ongoing assessment of their understanding.
Instructor: Suzanne Flynn

EMATH 6107-80 Constructing Mathematical Understanding: Number and Operations

May be taken either May 15-July 9 or July 10 – September 3

Participants will develop a solid conceptual understanding of the language and operations of arithmetic, as well as the interrelationships among arithmetic, algebra and geometry. Topics include place value and the history of counting, inverse processes, the geometry of multiplication, the many faces of division, and conceptual models of integers and rational numbers. Registration restriction: successful completion of an algebra or higher-level math course at the undergraduate level.
Instructor (both terms): Rita Gordon

EMATH 6108-80 and 6108-81 Constructing Mathematical Understanding for Number Theory

Both sections: July 10 – September 3
Participants develop a solid conceptual understanding of the branch of mathematics known as number theory. Topics include properties of prime, composite, abundant, deficient, and perfect numbers; divisibility rules; and the use of geometric and other representations for finding prime factorizations and greatest common factors. Participants will also investigate the fundamental theorem of arithmetic, computing in different bases, and arithmetic progressions.
Instructor Section 80: Katie Starbuck-Bittker;
Instructor Section 81: Helen Banzhaf

EMATH 6109-80 Functions and Algebra I: Building Mathematical Understanding

May 15-July 9
Participants develop a solid conceptual understanding of the branch of mathematics known as algebra. Topics will include ratio and proportion, slope, operations with integers, the notion of function, absolute value, linear versus non-linear functions, sets, equations, inequalities, simultaneous equations and demand functions.
Instructor: Kara Morton

EMATH 6111-80 Geometry and Measurement I: From Polygons to Pythagoras

May 15-July 9
This first course integrates the study of geometry and measurement and includes lines, angles, investigations of triangles including sorting, similarity, trigonometry, and Pythagoras' Theorem. We will also investigate quadrilaterals, polygons, area, and perimeter. Participants will examine the nature of geometric definitions and follow a path that explores mathematical explanation, argument, and justification and how these processes connect to geometric proof.
Instructor: Amanda Bigelow

ECOMP 5007-80 21st Century Teaching: Supporting All Learners with Technology

May 15-July 9
This hands-on course teaches the integration of a broad range of technologies that foster a school climate and culture that actively supports learning for all students, including students with disabilities and students who are culturally and linguistically diverse. Participants develop the knowledge and skills to support diverse learners, including understanding the learning characteristics of these students; leveraging digital media to support collaborative learning opportunities; evaluating and selecting appropriate computer-based applications and online tools; experimenting with and using assistive technologies; integrating technologies into the curriculum; and discussing trends and research that support these students in the classroom.
Instructor: Brenda Heiman

ECOMP 6003-80 Using Technology to Integrate Mathematics Across the Curriculum

July 10 – September 3
This course focuses on using technology to integrate mathematics with other subjects. Students will explore interdisciplinary activities focusing on using data and a visual database as tools to engage students and enhance their understanding in both math and other disciplines. In addition, we will look at collaborative web tools and video to support learning and productive collaboration. Free web resources, from high-stakes testing support to education-focused virtual reality games, will also be featured.
Instructor: Ihor Charischak

ECOMP 6012-80 Cyberbullying in Schools: Awareness, Prevention, and Intervention

July 10 – September 3
This course will introduce educators to the world of cyberbullying. Through readings, discussions, group work, and simulations, the course will focus on how cyberbullying happens and the manifestation of it in the classroom and beyond. The legal implications for students, teachers, schools, and districts will also be explored. The course will conclude with class-created recommendations on actions that educators can take today to create a classroom/school culture that rejects cyberbullying.
Instructor: Susan Patterson

ECOMP 6014-80 Apps in Your Classroom: The Mobile Technology Revolution

July 10 – September 3
Explore the powerful potential of using mobile technologies in your classroom. Bring your own mobile device and use it to explore classroom based projects that empower student learning. Then create your own project. Explore a world of educational apps and join your colleagues in learning how even free apps can support your students. Learn how apps are constructed, and create your own apps. Unlock the amazing emerging potential of mobile technologies for your classroom.
Instructor: Ricky Carter

ECOMP 6016-80 Teaching and Learning with Digital Media

July 10 – September 3
This course will help educators to harness the power of digital media for teaching and learning. They will learn to use that power to transform traditional teacher-centered classrooms into student-focused learning environments where students use digital media for the acquisition, analysis, construction, and presentation of knowledge. Hands-on experiences will also help them develop proficiency with the tools and skills needed for authorizing and publishing digital media in a variety of formats for student learning.
Instructor: Jo-Anne Hart

ECOMP 6019-80 Social Media and Education

July 10 – September 3
This project-based course introduces educators to social media for their teaching practice. We identify, experience, and evaluate selected social media applications and critically consider the implications for learning in and out of the classroom. Students are encouraged to apply social media features, such as authentic communication, to address ELL and accessibility. Social media is integrated into our class assignments, so rather than learn tools, we "work the web."
Instructor: William Barowy

ECOMP 6101-80 Technology: Facilitating Change for Education

May 15-July 9
Social networking, global learning, cyberbullying, online predators, and individual privacy - empower your students to stay safe and thrive in our digital world. Being an excellent teacher, parent, and citizen means understanding how our lives and our practices are changed by technology. You will learn strategies to manage technology for the benefit of your students. Examine how technology is changing every aspect of our lives and the ways we interact with one another: how we learn, create, work, study, and play.
Instructor: George Blakeslee

ECOMP 6102-80 Assessment and Technology

July 10 – September 3
This course investigates use of classroom assessments in support of student learning. Participants will explore a broad range of assessment strategies as well as technologies that support assessment “for,” contrasted with “of,” student learning. Topics such as high stakes testing, standards alignment, and common core standards, and big data analytics are examined through student-led inquiry and discussion. Formative and summative assessment, as well as personalized learning for diverse learners, are key areas of this course.
Instructor: David Hartranft

ECOMP 6201-80 Online Teaching: Introduction to Design and Practice

May 15-July 9
This course is designed to introduce teaching online to K-12 educators. Utilizing a constructivist learning approach, we will explore the advantages of online learning and features of online environments and online collaborative tools, and examine the best pedagogical practices for teaching and learning online. Expectations, characteristics, and needs of online learners will be examined and specific strategies to help students assess their readiness to learn online will be developed. Solutions for involving all of the K-12 stakeholders and the challenge of keeping students motivated to produce quality work through online learning will be explored.
Instructor: Heather Tillberg-Webb

ECOMP 7010-80 Emerging Tech: Bringing the Future to your Classroom

May 15-July 9
Learn about promising technologies including eye tracking, 3D printers, and wearable computers. Explore the possibilities for trends such as the Maker Movement and the Flipped Classroom. Discover the latest web-based resources and collaboration tools for every grade level and subject area. Learn to integrate emerging technologies into existing curricula while promoting transformative thinking and creativity. Build your expertise and gain experience in identifying the efficacy of future technologies for enhancing student learning.
Instructor: Maureen Yoder

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