Note: Course details for Summer 2019 will be available on December 15. The courses below were offered in Summer 2018 and can serve as a guide to what is typically offered.

School of Education

Student Affairs

SED AP 553

This course focuses on Student Affairs--university divisions intentionally structured to shape students' character, to foster students' development, to provide services, and to educate students via various co-curricular and extra-curricular experiences. Through selected readings, class discussion, and guest lecturers, this course provides a broad overview of the many professional departments that practice their craft within Student Affairs divisions. This course also provides a deep understanding of the history, philosophy, and mission of Student Affairs within the context of higher education. 4 cr.


Governance and Decision-Making in Higher Education

SED AP 612

Focuses on decision-making in higher education and identifies, from a historical perspective, the changing roles of trustees, faculty, administrators, and students in the governance process. Includes an examination of how external forces influence decisions at a campus level. Accountability of the governing bodies and decision-makers is addressed. 4 cr.


Global Higher Education

SED AP 625

Explores the dynamic global landscape of higher education, compares and contrasts differing national models, and delves into how U.S. institutions internationalize their efforts and create professional roles on campuses, both here and abroad, that support global programs and students from other countries. 4 cr.


Legal Issues in Higher Education

SED AP 755

This course is designed to consider issues that arise in the administration of institutions of higher education and the ethical and legal principles applicable to their resolution. Educational institutions experience difficult legal and policy decisions similar to every other industry, including but not limited to situations regarding freedom of speech, expression, and association; due process and right to privacy; discrimination on the basis of identity; use of alcohol; and ownership and use of intellectual property. This course will explore the shifting perspectives on higher education law and how those legal decisions impact one's work in higher education. Students will examine the foundations of higher education law, analyze cases, and explore application of the law in practice to help them make sound decisions in their various roles in education. 4 cr.


Professional Development Seminar

SED AP 801

This course is designed to assist students in making meaning of their practical, applied learning experiences in student affairs or academic affairs administration. Aligning experiential learning with academic courses will help students apply theory to practice and prepare them for future administrative roles in higher education. Students in this course explore institutional types and functional areas, practice self-management, analyze socialization practices, and examine professional competencies, standards, and associations. This course also focuses on the implementation of professional development plans, preparation for the job search (cover letter and resume writing, interviewing, etc.), supervision styles and skills, professional evaluations and feedback, and the transition out of graduate school. Variable cr.


English Language Development: Grade 5-12 English Language Learners

SED BI 530

Focuses on theory, research, and effective instructional practices in literacy instruction and assessment of bilingual students. Examines the relationships among oral language, reading, writing, and content-area learning. Examines literacy skill development in first and second languages. This course is limited to MAT students in the ESL Add-on Pathway; students must take TL525 prior to taking this course. 2 cr.


Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on Bilingualism

SED BI 575

Examines the socio-political context of bilingualism leading up into the 21st century. Local, global, and individual perspectives on bilingualism are influenced by a number of factors including historical events (e.g., migration), social constructs (e.g., race), political agenda (e.g., anti-immigration policies), culture (e.g., shared practices and beliefs of religious, geographic, or ethnic groups), and science (e.g., linguistics, cognition, education). Bilingualism is often viewed from an ahistorical perspective that does not deeply consider these factors. This course critically examine bilingualism from a social justice lens. 4 cr.


Issues in Bilingualism

SED BI 620

Examines the theoretical, educational and political issues related to school-aged students who speak a language other than the language of the school. Focuses on understanding of the processes of language and literacy development among children and adolescents who use more than one language in their daily lives and how their bilingualism affects their educational opportunities. Examines national and international theory, research, policy, and practice. 4 cr.


Introduction to Counseling

SED CE 500

Emphasizes understanding of the theoretical basis of counseling. Introduces learning skills involved in helping relationships. Selected readings in counseling theory and practice are assigned. As part of the skill-building process, opportunities are provided for in-class practice and demonstrations. 4 cr.


Applied Positive Psychology

SED CE 630

Focuses on the scientific study of psychological aspects of living a fulfilling and flourishing life. Topics include happiness, empathy, optimism, friendship, goal setting, achievement, emotion, creativity, humor, and mindfulness. Students become familiar with theory and research in this relatively new subfield and critically consider applications to their teaching, coaching, leadership, and/or counseling. 4 cr.


Mindfulness and Performance

SED CE 643

Addresses mindfulness theory, research, and application. Focuses on the relationship between mindfulness practice and psychological aspects of performance in the domains of sports, counseling, education, and the performance arts (including dance and acting). 4 cr.


Multi-Cultural Perspectives

SED CE 741

A historical, philosophical, and clinical examination of subcultural considerations in counseling psychology professional practice and inquiry. 4 cr.


Substance Abuse and Treatment

SED CE 769

A comprehensive overview of the field of substance use and abuse, as well as prevention practices and intervention models. Students learn about substance use within the context of normative development as well as addictive behaviors and their associated interventions. 4 cr.


Theories of Group Counseling

SED CE 847

A conceptual and experiential introduction to group dynamics. Participation in an ongoing training group while studying the dynamics of group development. Covers group counseling approaches and models, issues of small group leadership, and styles of leadership. Treatment of group counseling goals, composition, phases, and research. 4 cr.


Advanced Practicum

SED CE 946

Grad Prereq: Open only to matriculated graduate students who have completed prerequisites. Supervised field experience with students assuming major responsibility for counseling, testing, placement, and follow-up of clients. Fieldwork w/lecture. 3-4 variable credits. Variable cr.


Family and Community Engagement

SED CT 526

Explores the ways that schools can work closely with families, communities, and community agencies to increase connections and mutual assistance. Consistent with DESE regulations, this course emphasizes collaborative relationships with families and with community partners such as youth-serving organizations, health and safety agencies, and other groups and businesses. 4 cr.


Classroom Management

SED CT 534

This course is designed to support middle and secondary teachers in developing a practical, effective and low-stress approach to classroom management. The course focuses on a classroom management system with four components: classroom structure, limit-setting, responsibility training, and back-up systems. Participants will develop effective classroom management practices, break current "high cost" and ineffective strategies, and establish a proactive, positive classroom setting that maximizes time on learning and minimizes classroom disruptions. 2 cr.


Curriculum Development in Intercultural Education

SED CT 538

Examines theoretical and practical aspects in the development of intercultural curriculum materials. Analysis of approaches to intercultural and multicultural education through the history of American schools and in other educational systems around the world. 4 cr.


Classroom Assessment

SED CT 556

Online offering. Introduces the conceptual, practical, and ethical issues related to classroom and school-based assessment of children and adolescents. Topics include: basic assessment principles, design of classroom assessments, discussion of standards for educational testing, including validity, reliability, norming, test development, avoidance of cultural bias, and general guidelines for selections of particular types of assessment methods for individual children. It is open to teachers of all grades and content areas. 4 cr.


Master's Thesis in Curriculum and Teaching

SED CT 799

Students seeking to complete a master's thesis must present a proposal and secure approval of the department chair, a faculty member to direct the study, and one other faculty member. 4 cr.


Deaf Literature and ASL Folklore

SED DE 551

Representative fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama depicted in readings and videotapes related to everyday lives of Deaf people. Develops insight and appreciation of Deaf literature and ASL folklore and their implications for education. 4 cr.


American Sign Language I

SED DE 570

Introductory course that provides non-native signers an opportunity to study American Sign Language as a foreign second language. Emphasizes developing receptive skills. An introduction to Deaf culture is presented through instruction and activities. 4 cr.


American Sign Language II

SED DE 571

Prereq: (SED DE 570). Continuation of SED DE 570. Extensive information on Deaf culture is presented through conversation. 4 cr.


Adolescent Development for Educators

SED DS 502

Develops important understandings of cognitive, social-emotional, and identity developing during adolescence, as well as the role that educators can play in fostering the mindsets, skillsets, character strengths and contexts that adolescents need to grow into healthy and high-performing adults. 2 cr.


Educating for Equity and Literacy in the Humanities

SED EN 630

Examines the teaching and learning of humanities in urban schooling and considers how issues of race, gender, class, language, and culture affect the nature of literacy in schools. By linking students' academic coursework to a field experience with urban adolescents and their teachers, students have the opportunity to co-plan with teachers and work individually, in small groups, and with classes of diverse student populations, including English learners. Students then reflect on how their experiences link to theories and practices being explored in the course. 2 cr.


Reading Development, Assessment, and Instruction in the Elementary School

SED LR 551

For beginning graduate students without experience in the teaching of reading. Study of reading development in childhood and early adolescence, and the implications for teaching and learning. Discussion of theory and research on effective instruction and assessment, and the application of both to teaching. Not open to students who have completed SED LR 501 or SED LR 503. 4 cr.


Applied Linguistics: Language & Linguistics Survey

SED LS 565

An introduction to contemporary linguistics, including phonological and syntactical theory, sociolinguistics, first- and second-language acquisition, and discourse theory. Also covers applications of various branches of linguistics to education, including issues of different cultures in the classroom, the role of language in education, and the development of literacy. 4 cr.


Reading Graphic Novels as Complex Texts

SED LS 632

Intended for graduate students interested in graphic novels as a literary form. Focuses on critical review of a wide variety of graphic novels appropriate for use with students across a range of grade levels, reading abilities, and content areas. As the basis for critical review, participants read and discuss theory and research related to visual literacy, illustration and design, and literary criticism. Examines approaches to classroom discussion, including a focus on challenging topics, that will support their own students' development as active, engaged, and critical graphic novel readers. 4 cr.


Second-Language Acquisition

SED LS 658

An examination of the research and theories of second-language acquisition with a focus on adult second language acquisition in both naturalistic and classroom contexts. Major theories, models, and hypotheses are explored and evaluated in relation to classroom practice. 4 cr.


Classroom Discourse

SED LS 690

Focuses on the role of discourse as a central component of teaching and learning and strategies, and strategies for building on students' linguistic and cultural backgrounds as learning assets in the learning process. Examines the types of instructional contexts, pedagogical approaches, and teacher talk moves that will support productive instructional interactions and deepen students' conceptual understanding. Includes use of video recording and transcript analysis to reflect on teacher talk in lesson planning and implementation. 4 cr.


Mathematical Reasoning in the Elementary Grades: Number Systems

SED ME 503

Designed for students majoring in elementary education, special education and deaf education who are preparing to become teachers of children in kindergarten through grade five. Topics include place value, whole numbers and operations, fractions, decimals, and elementary number theory. The emphasis is on exploring, explaining, and justifying mathematical ideas and connecting these ideas to the elementary classroom. 4 cr.


Mathematical Reasoning in the Elementary Grades: Algebra, Geometry, Statistics

SED ME 504

Grad Prereq: (SED ME 503). Designed for students majoring in elementary education, special education and deaf education who are preparing to become teachers of children in kindergarten through grade five. Topics include pre-algebra, proportional reasoning, geometry, measurement, and statistics. The emphasis is on exploring, explaining, and justifying mathematical ideas and connecting these ideas to the elementary classroom. This course focuses on topics in algebra, geometry, measurement and statistics. Students explore mathematics from the perspective of student and teacher. The emphasis is on making sense of key ideas in algebra and geometry and on exploring how student's understanding of these topics emerge and develop. 4 cr.


Assessment in Mathematics

SED ME 525

Introduces pre-service and in-service mathematics teachers to the theory and practice of assessment in mathematics. Prepares teachers to apply research-supported assessment techniques in their classrooms. Discussion about important issues in assessment around mathematics is encouraged. 2 cr.


Equitable Pedagogies in STEM Education

SED ME 530

Focuses on the examination of the teaching and learning of mathematics and science in urban schools. Considers how race, gender, class, language and culture affect students' opportunities to learn mathematics and science. Issues common to urban and rural districts are studied. Successful methodologies and projects for teaching mathematics and science to diverse populations are explored. 2 cr.


Problem Solving in Mathematics

SED ME 563

Explores the teaching and learning of mathematics through solving sets of challenging problems. Topics include research on problem solving and how its design and implementation can be supported in the classroom. 4 cr.


Workshop: Coaching Strategies

SED PE 504

For students interested in actively exploring current coaching approaches and testing them in applied coaching and movement experiences. Students gain a deep understanding of how to conceptualize and implement an athlete-centered approach to coaching of team and individual sports. 4 cr.


Introduction to Research

SED RS 600

Introduces students to social science research methods including quantitative, qualitative, and mixed method approaches to education inquiry. Students will develop skills in conducting literature searches, reading empirical research studies and applying these methods. Students leave the course better able to critically examine research presented in the mass media, critically engage with research in the workplace, and participate in research-based efforts to improve education. 4 cr.


Explaining Science: a Philosophical Perspective

SED SC 539

Online offering. An analysis of science from a philosophical and historical perspective. What distinguishes scientific knowing? What vision has science given us of the universe and humanity's place within it? And how can answers to such questions inform the presentation of science to students and other non-scientists? 4 cr.


Introduction to Science Education

SED SC 575

Provides an introduction to modern learning theory emphasizing inquiry learning in the classroom for science and engineering. The four-credit option includes a pre-practicum for pre-service teachers. Variable cr.


Special Education: Curriculum and Instruction

SED SE 510

Designed to develop an understanding of the historical background and legal framework of special education, various disabilities, instructional practices and behavioral support strategies. 2 cr.


Special Education: Students with Disabilities and the Law

SED SE 512

Students develop an understanding of the core concepts of United States public policy related to the provision of special education and related services to students with disabilities. Particular attention is paid to the historical context, precedent. 4 cr.


Classroom and Behavior Management

SED SE 534

Designed to develop an understanding of the theoretical basis and implementation strategies of effective classroom and behavior management for students with and without disabilities. Positive behavioral intervention and supports (PBIS) is used as the overarching framework for school-wide, classroom, and individualized approaches that are used to build and maintain environments that provide positive and pro-active behavioral supports for all learners. 2 cr.


Understanding Autism

SED SE 535

Describes the defining characteristics, school experiences, and evidence-based practices for teaching and supporting individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The course includes perspectives from individuals with ASD and their family. 2 cr.


Introduction to Special Education

SED SE 706

Improves students' understanding of individuals with disabilities, traces the development of their programs and services, and analyzes and critiques key assumptions, attitudes, and beliefs about special education practices. 4 cr.


Assessment In Special Education: Procedures

SED SE 751

Online offering. Prereq: (SED SE 706). Designed to develop the knowledge and skill related to the assessment of students who are in or are being referred to special education. Includes legal issues, culturally- and linguistically-responsive practices, various types of assessments in multiple domains, test administration procedures, scoring, interpreting, and reporting of results. 4 cr.


Advanced Doctoral Seminar in Civic Education and Engagement

SED SO 935

Study of the historical, philosophical, theoretical, and curricular foundations of civic education/education for democracy. Open to doctoral students; other with permission. 4 cr. 4 cr.


Methods of Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL), 5-12

SED TL 508

Online offering. Teaching methodologies for English as a Second Language at the middle- and high-school levels, including techniques for developing language skills, content-based language teaching, evaluation and adaption of materials, and planning and assessment. Students participate in a field-based component. 4 cr.


Teaching English Language Learners

SED TL 520

Focuses on current theory/research related to teaching English language learners and the implications for effective language, literacy, and content-area assessment and instructional practices in sheltered English immersion classrooms. For students seeking licensure in Early Childhood, Elementary, and Special Education. 4 cr.


Teaching English Language Learners in Middle/High Schools

SED TL 525

Focuses on current theory/research related to teaching English language learners and the implications for effective language, literacy, and content-area assessment and instructional practices in sheltered English immersion (SEI) classrooms in middle/high schools. For students seeking licensure in the content areas at the 5-12 level. 4 cr.


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