Education Courses

X.EDUC-414 | Research Design for Educators

Credits: 1

Description: This course provides an introduction to research methodology and design in applied educational contexts. Topics covered in this course include: ethical considerations in educational research, how to conduct comprehensive literature searches, measurement and interpretation of qualitative and quantitative data, and research report writing, Through this course, students will explore the research process from hypothesis development and literature review to publication. At the conclusion of this course, students will be prepared to develop and incorporate the elements of effective research designs into their own research projects.

X.EDUC-417 | Teaching With Technology

Offered: Summer

Credits: 2

Description: Students will read current research examining the effectiveness of teaching with technology in PreK-12 classrooms as they explore questions about the role of technology in 21st century education. Students will experiment with a variety of tools that allow teachers to design effective lessons for a diverse range of learners.  Students will focus on using technology to integrate students on IEPs, 504, and other learners with specific learning needs.

Restrictions: This course is limited to Mount Holyoke MAT students only

X.EDUC-420 | Child & Adolescent Development

Description: This is a new course. Description will be coming soon.

Credits: 2

X.EDUC-421 | Online Pedagogy and Distance Learning for PK-12 Educators

Credits: 1

Description: In this class, we will review current research on effective online pedagogy and teaching with technology in PK-12 classrooms. We will examine teaching in synchronous and asynchronous formats, utilizing different types of devices. We will also evaluate curricula, platforms, and web-based tools that support planning and assessment for standards based, online teaching. Students will develop electronic portfolios that address content and performance standards. We will explore the work of national teacher technology organizations and open educational resources.

X.EDUC-422 | Practicum Seminar on Teaching and Learning: Early Childhood and Elementary Education

Offered: Spring 

Credits: 4

Description: The Integrated Methods Seminar focuses on supporting and building on key aspects of the intensive full-time supervised student teaching experience. Teacher candidates learn how to develop integrated curriculum units, address complex behavioral and management issues with increasing sophistication, delve more deeply into theory and practice, develop peer coaching and mentoring skills, develop habits of reflection, and prepare for job interviews. Additionally, there is an emphasis on social studies content and pedagogy. Specifically, students will be studying content of a meaningful elementary and early childhood social studies curriculum and devising lessons and units that address multiple learning needs, planning effective and aligned assessments, infusing EL protocols and practices, and exploring integration opportunities. Linking critical learning from their work in social justice to issues of instructional equity and practice in the classroom is also part of the Seminar this semester.

Restrictions: This course is limited to Mount Holyoke MAT students only

Advisory prerequisites: Students may only register for X.EDUC-422 if concurrently taking X.EDUC-423.

X.EDUC-423 | Student Teaching in Early Childhood and Elementary Schools

Offered: Spring

Credits: 10

Description: Students participate in full-time student teaching in early childhood and elementary classrooms for 12 weeks. During this semester-long field-based placement, students hone classroom management skills, implement an extended integrated curriculum unit, deliver lessons in all content areas, and develop a wide range of assessment skills. The practicum culminates in two weeks of Lead Teaching, during which the student is responsible for managing all aspects of the classroom program. Students work with classroom teachers and college supervisors to address Professional Teaching Standards as required by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' Pre-service Performance Assessment Program.

Restrictions: This course is limited to Mount Holyoke MAT students only

Advisory prerequisites: Students may only register for X.EDUC-423 if concurrently taking X.EDUC-422.

Comments: 5 days a week for 20 weeks full-time student teaching in school site (includes Mount Holyoke College's spring break). This course is graded on a credit/no credit basis.

X.EDUC-424 | Internship in Educational Settings

Description: Graduate students undertake a supervised internship from January through June in an educational setting comprised of up to 600 hours. This would be a supervised, mentored experience, and tailored to the hours of the student, approved by a faculty member within the Professional and Graduate Education department. Evaluation of performance is determined by on-site visits, written assignments, as well as supervisor and mentor evaluations. Successful completion of the course is verified based on satisfactory submission of a final product/portfolio and presentation that demonstrates an integration of knowledge and skills gained through their program of study and internship experience.

Credits: 4-10

 

X.EDUC-426 | TESOL Practicum: Effective Teaching Strategies Field Experience

Description: This is the second of a two-course TESOL program designed to provide participants with the experience to prepare to be an effective English language instructor in an intercultural environment. In this practicum, students will hone their classroom management skills, implement curricular units and deliver lessons designed to support students' language acquisition, and develop assessment skills. Students will submit curriculum plans, videotaped lessons, and complete written assignments and reflections. Participants will develop a teaching portfolio for use in their job search and receive a certificate of completion if they successfully complete both the seminar and practicum courses.

Credits: 2

Prerequisites: X.EDUC-406

Professional Development Option: Yes

X.EDUC-430 | The Process of Teaching and Learning in Secondary and Middle Schools

Offered: Fall

Credits: 4

Description: This course is intended to help prepare prospective secondary and middle school teachers for effective classroom instruction. The focus of this course is to explore a range of philosophies of education and existing classroom practices. The course uses the current educational landscape in order for teacher candidates to examine culturally relevant teaching and learning practices, teaching in multicultural settings, establishing the classroom climate, choosing instructional approaches, and attending to the needs of a range of learners.

Restrictions: This course is limited to Mount Holyoke MAT, MAMT, and MATL students only

Advisory prerequisites: Requires a field-experience in an educational setting.

X.EDUC-431 | Student Teaching in Secondary and Middle Schools

Offered: Spring

Credits: 10

Description: Students participate in full-time student teaching in middle or secondary classrooms for 12 weeks. During this semester-long field-based placement, students hone classroom management skills, design and implement curriculum, and develop a wide range of assessment skills. Students work with classroom teachers and college supervisors to address Professional Teaching Standards as required by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' Pre-service Performance Assessment Program.

Restrictions: This course is limited to Mount Holyoke MAT students only

Advisory prerequisites: Students may only register for X.EDUC-431 if concurrently taking X.EDUC-433.

Comments: 5 days a week for 20 weeks; full-time student teaching in school sites (includes Mount Holyoke College's spring break). Credit/no credit grading.

X.EDUC-433 | Practicum Seminar on Teaching and Learning: Middle and Secondary Education

Offered: Spring

Credits: 4

Description: This weekly seminar provides students with opportunities to design and discuss case studies involving adolescents in middle and secondary school settings, review researched-based models of instruction, and classroom management, and engage in dialogue with professionals regarding numerous aspects of teaching and student learning. Additional topics covered include reviewing the legal obligations of teachers, addressing the needs of students with disabilities, English language learners, and developing effective communication between home and school.

Restrictions: This course is limited to Mount Holyoke MAT students only

Advisory prerequisites: Students may only register for X.EDUC-433 if concurrently taking X.EDUC-431.

X.EDUC-436 | Exceptional Learners Internship I

Description: Students pursuing an additional license are expected to complete a supervised field experience of at least 60 hours in an approved public school classroom within the licensure area pursued. Placements can be located within or outside of the Five College area. In addition to the field experience component, students attend four course meetings. Reading and writing assignments are an opportunity to learn more about tracking student development, advocacy, professional collaboration, and leveraging an additional license on the job market.

Credits: 1-3

X.EDUC-438 | Exceptional Learners Internship II

Description: Students pursuing an additional license are expected to complete a supervised field experience of at least 100 hours in an approved public school classroom within the licensure area pursued. Placements can be located within or outside of the Five College area. In addition to the field experience component, students attend bi-weekly meetings, during which they will have the opportunity to learn more about their additional licensure content area as well as planning standards-based curriculum for effective PK-12 instruction and learning.

Credits: 1-3

X.EDUC-443 | Introduction to the Orton-Gillingham Approach to Reading and Dyslexia

Description: This course is an introduction to the Orton-Gillingham approach -- a systematic, structured, multisensory approach for teaching reading. In this course, participants will explore instructional methods to teach the hows and whys of reading to struggling readers, particularly those with dyslexia.In the course, participants will also review the history of reading and the English language, current research, and common reading assessments. Students who complete this course are eligible to apply for membership in the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE) as a Subscriber member.

Credits: 1

X.EDUC-448 | Orton-Gillingham Associate Level Course Practicum

Description: This course is designed for practitioners and educators working with students of all ages and abilities. This course develops participants' knowledge of the Orton-Gillingham approach --a systematic, structured, multisensory method for teaching students with language-based learning disabilities. Students will engage in a 100 hour supervised practicum, during which they develop and implement lessons with supervision provided by the instructor. At the conclusion of this practicum, students are eligible to apply for their Orton-Gillingham certification.

Credits: 4

X.EDUC-449 | Equity and Social Justice: A Teacher's Role

Offered: Summer

Credits: 2

Description: In this course, participants will learn to address issues of social justice seamlessly and incorporate social justice into the design of their learning environments. This will be accomplished in three  steps: First, participants will be assigned a self-awareness partner to process socialization around social issues. Second, participants will produce narratives about their social justice development. Finally, participants will create action plans that will create learning environments that don't shut down dialogues about difference, but open them up. Participants will then take this new learning and self-awareness and apply it to education systems outside of their classroom.

Restrictions: This course is limited to Mount Holyoke MAT, MAMT, and MATL students only

X.EDUC-460 | Subject Specific Methods 1 for Middle and Secondary Teachers

Offered: Fall/Spring

Credits: 2

Description: This course is the first of two methods courses. Firmly embedded within the EL Education Model, it will provide opportunities for participants to explore the links among the theoretical underpinnings of Expeditionary Learning, experiential learning, and project-based learning through an interdisciplinary approach, with a focus on arts integration.  Students will engage with the Understanding by Design (UBD) model of curriculum development, focusing on universal access to content for a full range of learners. Students will connect theory with practice and reflect on their practice.

Advisory prerequisites: Complete the EL slice in the summer, as well as be in a school setting (as many activities will require the participant to teach mini lessons etc.).

X.EDUC-461 | The Process of Teaching and Learning: Developing Literacy in Early Childhood And Elementary Schools

Offered: Fall

Credits: 4

Description: Through a balanced and integrated approach, students will learn to develop literacy in early childhood/elementary schools. Class members will learn about emergent literacy, diagnosing language needs, integrating phonics skills in a literature-based program, the teaching of process writing, children's fiction and nonfiction literature, and a variety formative and summative ways to assess learning. Course required for spring semester practicum students. Course evaluation is based on written and oral work done individually and in groups. Requires a pre-practicum.

Restrictions: This course is limited to Mount Holyoke MAT, MAMT, and MATL students only

Advisory prerequisites: Requires a field-experience in an educational setting.

Comments: Pre-practicum required

X.EDUC-462 | Subject Specific Methods 2 for Middle and Secondary Teachers

Subtopics:

  • Foreign Languages
  • The Arts (Dance, Theatre, Visual Arts all included)
  • The Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • English
  • History/Social Sciences

Offered: Fall/Spring  

Credits: 2

Description:This advanced course builds on the design principles and interdisciplinary approach of Subject-Specific Methods 1, and focuses on the development of  subject specific curriculum units. Firmly embedded within the EL Education Model, links will be made between the theoretical underpinnings of subject specific pedagogy, differentiated learning, sheltered immersion, assessment, and the community/school/classroom/students. Students will connect theory with practice through their work with subject-specific experts from the field and through reflecting on their practice.    

Advisory prerequisites: Subject Specific Methods 1 (X.Educ 460(1)), complete the EL slice in the summer, as well as be in a school setting (as many activities will require the participant to teach mini lessons etc.).

X.EDUC-463 | Teaching English Language Learners

Offered: Fall and Spring

Credits: 4

Description: This course is designed to support K-12 teachers in designing curriculum, instruction, and assessments for the growing number of English Language Learners (ELLs) assigned to content area classrooms in American Schools. There is a need for all teachers to develop a critical ability to teach disciplinary literacies to all students, including ELLs, former ELLs, and speakers of non-dominant varieties of English in the context of high stakes school reform. To achieve this goal, students will: learn about language and literacy development from a sociocultural perspective (including how this perspective contrasts with other views in the field); observe and reflect on the schooling experiences and literacy practices of ELL students; learn about critical language-based pedagogies; and develop a curricular unit that supports students’ academic literacy development as part of content teaching. This course is designed to be in compliance with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s RETELL standards (Rethinking the Teaching of English Language Learners), and students who successfully complete this course will be recommended to the state for SEI endorsement.

Advisory prerequisites: Requires a field-experience in an educational setting.

X.EDUC-465 | Children's Literature for Educators

Offered: Fall

Credits: 4

Description: This course introduces various genres of children's literature, including literature for adolescents; explores equity and social justice issues; and examines approaches to using literature in the preK-8 curriculum with an emphasis on social-emotional learning and making literature accessible to all learners. Students will read a variety of texts across genres and discuss ways to integrate literature into curriculum and learning as they expand their knowledge and appreciation of children's literature. Literature will be examined from multiple perspectives.

Crosslisted as: EDUC-267

Restrictions: This course is limited to Mount Holyoke MAT students only

Advisory prerequisites: Requires a field-experience in an educational setting.

X.EDUC-468 | Leadership in Practice for Educators

Description: In this course students will develop their goals as teacher leaders and will engage in discussions, readings, modules, and activities that support professional growth. Critical course concepts will be introduced in a whole group book study format. Additionally, students will explore opportunities for leadership in education through conversations with guest experts in the field. At the culmination of the course students will complete an articulation of practice and professional development plan.

Credits: 1

X.EDUC-469 | Models of Entrepreneurship in Education

Description: Today's challenges in education require creative, out-of-the-box ideas and entrepreneurial teachers are often best positioned to design and implement these solutions. In this course we will explore different models of entrepreneurship in education, including how it works within the contexts of working in classrooms and schools, in nonprofits, as authors and consultants, and in commercial endeavors. Through case studies and guest lectures students investigate entrepreneurial approaches to address existing problems, challenges, and opportunities in education. Students will develop their own ideas around new programming, services, advocacy, and/or ways to increase access to education.

Credits: 1

X.EDUC-495 | Independent Study

Offered: Fall and Spring

Credits: 1-4

Description:

Instructor permission required for all who register.

Comments: Course can be repeated for credit.

X.MATH-470 | The Process of Teaching and Learning: Math Curriculum Development and Instruction

Description: Students will learn about developmental math curriculum development and instruction in PreK-6 classrooms. They will construct more extensive understandings of math instruction by developing lessons that implement the Massachusetts Frameworks incorporating the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. Emphasis will be on learning diverse management and instructional practices, such as the use of manipulatives, math talks, problem solving, cooperative learning, and project-based learning. Students will also become more adept at developing effective approaches to using assessment to guide instruction.

Credits: 2

X.SCI-470-01 | The Process of Teaching and Learning: Science/Technology Curriculum Development and Instruction

Description: Students will learn about inquiry-based science and technology curriculum development and instruction in PreK-6 classrooms. Through an immersive experience in content and pedagogy, students will construct more extensive understandings of science instruction by developing a series of lessons/unit of study that implements the Massachusetts Frameworks incorporating the Next Generation Science Standards. Emphasis will be on learning content as well as diverse management and instructional practices, such as the use of place-based learning, hands-on experiences, problem solving, and project-based learning. Students will also become more adept at developing effective approaches to using assessment to guide instruction.

Credits: 2