Education Studies Courses

Code Course Credits

EDU 102

Foundations of Education

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Introduces students to the field of education. Built both on abstract and concrete experiences: two-thirds of course time is devoted to historic, social, and philosophical foundations of education. Current issues and information concerning teacher certification are included in the course.

Pre-practicum recommended.

3

EDU 104

Early Care and Education

Offered: Fall Semester

Covers historical, social and philosophical foundations of early childhood education and the integrated preschool. It examines a variety of instructional models in the field and looks at developmentally appropriate practice in terms of classroom environments, classroom management and constructivist learning theories.

Pre-practicum recommended.

3

EDU 130

Introduction to Special Education

Offered: Fall Semester

This course provides a survey of current knowledge on individuals with disabilities within the context of human growth and development across the life span. Content includes historical factors, legislation, etiology, characteristics, needs, educational strategies, including existing and emerging technologies, assessment, and support services of/for individuals with disabilities ranging from mild, moderate to severe levels of varying disabilities. The course will study the impact of disabilities on academic and social/emotional performances. Field experience is required.

Pre-practicum available.

3

EDU 140

Teaching the Adolescent Learner

Offered: Fall Semester

This course focuses on students in secondary classrooms, and their unique developmental needs. Using a neuroscience lens, we will explore the challenging and exciting period of adolescence, with a specific focus on implications for education and the work of secondary teachers.

This course has an optional 20-hour pre-practicum field experience in a setting with adolescents.

3

EDU 201

Developmental Theories

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Developmental Theories focuses on the cognitive, social, emotional, linguistic, physical and cultural development of children (from conception through adolescence) and how their development impacts the learning and teaching process. Course emphasizes the application of theory and research from the field of psychology to the realm of teaching and learning in contemporary classrooms.

Pre-practicum recommended.

3

EDU 202

Reading: Theory and Instruction

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Introduces principles and procedures for teaching the fundamentals of reading. Examines reading as a process. Emphasizes current reading research, methodology, multicultural concerns, reading disability, innovative practices, grouping patterns, and changing language philosophies. Emergent literacy through the intermediate grades.

3

EDU 203

The NUMB3RS Project

Offered: Fall Semester

The NUMB3RS Project provides students with opportunities to think in new ways about mathematics instruction. Students will design and implement problems of their own creation in local schools and programs. Through this service learning experience, students learn not only about the power and beauty of mathematics, but also about best practices in mathematics education. The goal is to move beyond rote memorization, and to develop deeper conceptual understandings of the BIG IDEAS in mathematics.

Pre-practicum required.

1

EDU 206

Behavior Management

Offered: Spring Semesters

This course explores how to identify, record, evaluate, and change social and academic behaviors of special and diverse populations. It explores theories of classroom management and various approaches to management including use of technological tools. The course emphasizes developing classroom and individual behavior-management plans.

3

EDU 207

English Language Learners in the Classroom

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Course will prepare teachers with knowledge and skills to accommodate English Language Learners in schools. Topics will include language and literacy development, vocabulary and academic language development, diversity issues and current policy requirements, with focus on implications for second language learners and Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) classrooms.

3

EDU 208

Planning for Multicultural Learning

Offered: Fall Semester

Defines concerns regarding human diversity as they relate to the education process. Engages students in a personal and group process toward understanding differences. Extends student awareness for the variety, richness, and contrasts in cultures as a basis for appreciating the force of culture in identity, behavior, belief, and attitude. Develops ability to perceive and analyze the sources and consequences of prejudice, discrimination, and racism. Relates all the above to teaching concerns. Emphasizes students’ choice of material for reflection and examination.

Course may be applied to the American Studies program.

3

EDU 209

Creating an Inclusive Learning Environment

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Examines disabling conditions, legal requirements, and the instructional methods/techniques used for serving exceptional children and youth in the regular classroom, with strong emphasis on inclusion, diversity, and multiculturalism. Fieldwork with students with special needs is required.

Pre-practicum required.

3

EDU 210

Children in Preschools and Kindergarten

Offered: Spring Semester

Course for Early Childhood majors and others interested in familiarizing themselves with the needs of preschool and kindergarten children as they apply to school environments. Explores the physical, emotional, social, cognitive, and creative needs of the child 3 through 5 years of age with and without disabilities. Focuses on typical and atypical development, early literacy, parents and families, the role of play and other concerns of the Early Childhood field. Field Work: One half day per week.

Pre-practicum required.

3

EDU 213

Inclusive Learning in Early Education

Offered: Spring Semester

Provides students with a comprehensive study of issues surrounding children (ages birth to school age) who have special needs. Focus includes legislation, Early Intervention and the role of the family in the education of a young exceptional child. Fieldwork with preschool/ kindergarten students with special needs is required.

Pre-practicum required.

3

EDU 214

The Inclusive Secondary Classroom

Offered: Spring Semester

This course is a review of the legal requirements, assessment responsibilities and the instructional methods used for supporting students with special needs in secondary classrooms. There is a strong emphasis on collaboration, and universal design to include all students as well as differentiation to meet individual needs. Field Work is required of all students enrolled in this course. Students are placed in general education and resource classrooms to observe and assist.

3

EDU 215

Language and Literacy in Special Education

Offered: Fall Semesters

This 2-credit course is will help special education majors to understand and support the needs of students with language-based learning disabilities. Both assessment and intervention issues for school-age children and adolescents with language learning disabilities (LLD) will be discussed, with an emphasis on oral language and literacy connections.

Corequisite(s): EDU 216 and EDU 217.

2

EDU 216

Teaching Math to Students with Disabilities

Offered: Fall Semesters

This two-credit course examines the causes and correlates of math difficulty, contemporary methods of assessment in the domain of math, and evidence-based instructional approaches and interventions for students with math learning disabilities. Students will acquire an understanding of typical development in the domain of mathematics, profiles of various mathematics learning disabilities, methods for assessing mathematical competencies, and research-proven instructional techniques for this population.

Corequisite(s): EDU 215 and EDU 217.

2

EDU 217

Professional Practice in Special Education

Offered: Fall Semesters

In this two-credit course, students will develop skills of professional practice critical to the work of a special education teacher. Topics include collaboration with families and school/community professionals, cultural competence, and development of the individualized education plan.

Corequisite(s): EDU 215 and EDU 216.

2

EDU 220

Children's Literature

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Develops an awareness of and sensitivity to children's literature. Builds skills necessary to guide children's experiences with literature. Explores a variety of genres including multicultural literature.

3

EDU 301

Assessment and Analysis in Education

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

A systematic and comprehensive exploration that introduces the prospective teacher to the elements of measurement and elements of evaluation essential to good teaching. Course content also examines statistical reasoning as it applies to educational research and practice.

3

EDU 306

Speech and Language Development

Offered: Fall Semester

Investigates normal children's acquisition of sounds, structures, and meanings of their native language. The stages of language acquisition discussed in light of: (a) the organization and description of adult language, (b) biological and cognitive development, and (c) universal and individual patterns of development.

3

EDU 307

Classroom Management

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Relationship of classroom organization to academic achievement and classroom behavior. An analysis of alternative classroom designs, patterns of interactions, and hierarchies of learning to create a well-organized and effective learning environment.

3

EDU 308

Assessment in Special Education

Offered: Not Offered 2018-2019

This course addresses issues in the assessment of children and youth with special needs, and reviews norm-referenced and criterion-referenced assessments, developmental scales, and formal and informal observation techniques. Students will acquire an understanding of the issues related to selecting and administering a variety of assessment tools, and to interpreting, communicating and utilizing data from assessments to support the education of students with special needs.

Corequisite(s): EDU 309.

3

EDU 309

Curriculum and Methods for Special Education

Offered: Fall Semester

This course explores how curriculum built on the goal of student understanding, integrated with instructional approaches that emphasize reaching every learner, can provide teachers with more specific teaching targets and more flexible ways to reach them. Students will examine the teaching, instruction, and curricula required to meet the needs of diverse learners, who by virtue of their experiential, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds, challenge traditional curriculum and instructional programs.

Corequisite(s): EDU 308.

3

EDU 310

Content Specific Pedagogy

Offered: Fall Semester

Knowledge for teaching is both generalizable and specific. All teachers must have an understanding of pedagogy more generally, understanding theories of: learning, development, classroom management, assessment, and curriculum design. But teachers also need pedagogical knowledge that is content specific. This course will provide pre-service secondary education teachers an opportunity to explore pedagogical approaches particular to their discipline and to examine the pedagogical decisions that content teachers must make as they design, deliver, and reflect upon effective lessons.

Students are required to complete a 2-hour per week prepracticum placement

3

EDU 312

Art, Music and Movement

Offered: Spring Semester

Course focus is on art, music and movement as creative processes, as expressive modalities and as educative and insight-building tools for children with and without disabilities. Course work stresses a developmental perspective of children's art, music and movement expression.

3

EDU 315

Curriculum and Instructional Design

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Course familiarizes PK-12 pre-service teachers with instructional and pedagogical approaches and materials for teaching. Develops beginning competence in designing and evaluating curricular programs and activities. Course emphasizes lesson planning, unit planning, and implementation in the PK-12 classroom. Computer literacy skills are addressed throughout the course.

Pre-practicum: one full day per week required.

3

EDU 320

Teaching Math, Science & Technology

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Course focuses on developing content/pedagogy aligned with national standards in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering & mathematics). Emphasis will be placed on how students learn within these disciplines. Course culminates in the creation of a community based STEM project.

Pre-practicum required.

3

EDU 330

Reading & Writing in the Content Areas

Offered: Fall Semester

Development of techniques to meet the reading and writing needs of students across content areas. Emphasis is placed on strategies which teach students to improve learning through application of reading and writing techniques.

3

EDU 333

Topics in Education

Offered: Offered Periodically

In-depth coverage of an up-to-date advanced educational topic. This course is an advanced education elective for Education majors / Secondary Education minors. Specific content focuses on cutting edge educational theory and practice in the specific sub-discipline of the faculty member teaching the course. Course is repeatable with consent of Department Chair.

3

EDU 430

Practicum: Early Childhood Education

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Supervised practicum leading to initial teaching licensure [Teacher: Early Childhood: Teacher of Students with and Without Disabilities, (PK-2)]. Practicum hours in two settings (1) PK/K & (2) 1st /2nd grade. Evaluation based upon Massachusetts DESE Initial License Teaching Standards.

Corequisite(s): EDU 440.

9

EDU 433

Practicum: Moderate Disabilities PreK-8 Level

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Capstone experience integrating the coursework of the Education Major into a clinical experience. Stonehill Students spend 15 weeks in a moderate-disabilities setting in the area and at the level of their intended license. They work with qualified practitioners in partner school districts to gain teaching experience while assuming gradual responsibility of the teacher role. The experience culminates with a three-week takeover of all responsibilities of the classroom teacher.

Corequisite(s): EDU 440.

9

EDU 435

Practicum: Elementary Education

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Supervised practicum leading to initial teaching licensure [Elementary (1-6)]. Evaluation based upon Massachusetts DESE Initial License Teaching Standards.

Corequisite(s): EDU 440.

9

EDU 437

Practicum: Secondary Education 5-12 Level

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Supervised practicum leading to initial teaching licensure [Secondary (content area, e.g. foreign language, English, history): grades 5-12]. Evaluation based on Massachusetts DESE Initial License Teaching Standards.

Corequisite(s): EDU 440.

9

EDU 439

Practicum: Secondary Education 8-12 Level

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Supervised practicum leading to initial teaching license [Secondary (content area, e.g. Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics): grades 8-12]. Evaluation based on the Massachusetts DESE Initial License Teaching Standards.

Corequisite(s): EDU 440.

9

EDU 440

Practicum: Reflective Seminar

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Series of evening seminars taken concurrently with appropriate practicum. Facilitated by Stonehill faculty and professional education practitioners, this capstone seminar will address current issues of best practice in education. Issues around assessment and evaluation of teaching as well as professional development and teacher support will be addressed.

Must be taken concurrently with EDU 430, EDU 435, EDU 437, or EDU 439.

3

EDU 450

Education Capstone Seminar

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

In this seminar style class taken concurrently with a 3-credit (minimum) internship in education, students will explore contemporary issues in education. Over the course of the semester, students will review research related to a problem in a selected educational domain, conduct an investigation, and synthesize information gathered from field work and research in a product that will be shared with the Stonehill community.

Corequisite(s): Must be taken with EDU 476 - Internship in Education

3

EDU 475

Senior Field Project

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Field experience for 15 weeks, 3 or 5 days per week. Student will design a field-based research project in consultation with an Education Department faculty member.

9 or Twelve

EDU 476

Internship in Education

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Research or practical experience in the field of education at an outside agency. The upper-class student is expected to carry out a supervised assignment based upon experiences in the field working alongside a supervising practitioner.

An Intern will typically spend at least 8-10 hours/week for a minimum of 112 hours on site to earn 3 credits.

3

EDU 490

Directed Study - Education

Offered: Offered as Needed

Investigation in a field of education for which the student has special interest not covered by a normally-scheduled course.

Students must complete 45 hours work/semester per credit.

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EDU 496

Independent Research - Education

Offered: Offered as Needed

Opportunity for upper-class students to carry out an advanced research project in a specialized area of education under the direction of a faculty member from the Education Department. The research may be part of an ongoing project being conducted by the faculty member, or the student and faculty member may develop an original project.

Students must complete 45 hours work/semester per credit.

1 to 4