Graduate Courses

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In the professional and graduate education division we offer a range of courses related to education, leadership, communications and media. Please click below to learn more about our course offerings.

Contact us at graduateadmissions@mtholyoke.edu or 413-538-3478 with any questions.

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Courses in Education

Education Courses

Whether you are looking to take classes in pedagogy or to develop your expertise in a particular content area, we have classes to help sharpen your skills and knowledge.

Students may take these courses as a part of their degree program, as electives to augment their course of study, as a part of one of our education institutes or add-on licenses, or as a stand alone class.

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Courses

  • X.EDUC 417: Teaching With Technology (2 cr)
  • X.EDUC 420AD: Human Development: 'Adolescent Development' (2 cr)
  • X.EDUC 420CD: Human Development: 'Child Development' (2 cr)
  • X.EDUC 422: Practicum Seminar on Teaching and Learning: Early Childhood and Elementary Education (4 cr)
  • X.EDUC 423: Student Teaching in Early Childhood and Elementary Schools (10 cr)
  • X.EDUC 424: Internship in Educational Settings (4-10 cr)
  • X.EDUC 430: The Process of Teaching and Learning in Secondary and Middle Schools (4 cr)
  • X.EDUC 431: Student Teaching in Secondary and Middle Schools (10 cr)
  • X.EDUC 433: Practicum Seminar on Teaching and Learning: Middle and Secondary Education (4 cr)
  • X.EDUC 449: Equity and Social Justice: A Teacher's Role (2 cr)
  • X.EDUC 460: Subject-Specific Methods for Middle and Secondary Teachers (4 cr)
  • X.EDUC 461: The Process of Teaching and Learning: Developing Literacy in Early Childhood and Elementary Schools (4 cr)
  • X.EDUC 463: Teaching English Language Learners (4 cr)
  • X.EDUC 465: Children's Literature for Educators (4 cr)
  • X.EDUC 470: The Process of Teaching & Learning: Developing Math/Science/Technology Instruction & Curriculum (4 cr)
  • X.EDUC 495: Independent Study (1-4 cr)

English Language Learners

Whether you are looking to take classes in pedagogy or to develop your expertise in a particular content area, we have classes to help sharpen your skills and knowledge.

Students may take these courses as a part of their degree program, as electives to augment their course of study, as a part of one of our education institutes or add-on licenses, or as a stand alone class.

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Courses

    • X. ELL 403: Research in Teaching English Language Learners (3 cr)
    • X.ELL 416: Language Assessment and Classroom Practice (2 cr)
    • X.ELL 418: Second Language Acquisition and Classroom Practice (2 cr)
    • X.ELL 421: Linguistics for Teachers (2 cr)
    • X.ELL 422: Practicum Seminar in Teaching and Learning - Elementary English Language Learners Education (4 cr)
    • X.ELL 426: Methods in Teaching English Language Learners (ELL Methods) (4 cr)
    • X.ELL 423: Student Teaching English Language Learners in Elementary Schools (10 cr)
    • X.ELL 431: Student Teaching English Language Learners in Secondary Schools (10 cr)
    • X.ELL 433: Practicum Seminar in Teaching and Learning - Secondary English Language Learner Education (4 cr)
    • X.ELL 436: Teaching English Language Learners Internship 1 (2 cr)
    • X.ELL 438: Teaching English Language Learners Internship 2 (3 cr)
    • X.ELL 451: English Language Development Standards and Assessment Framework (1 cr)
    • X.ELL 463 Teaching English Language Learners: Sheltered English Immersion Endorsement Standalone (3 cr)

Independent Schools Program

Whether you are looking to take classes in pedagogy or to develop your expertise in a particular content area, we have classes to help sharpen your skills and knowledge.

Students may take these courses as a part of their degree program, as electives to augment their course of study, as a part of one of our education institutes or add-on licenses, or as a stand alone class.

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Courses

  • X.EDUC 419: Independent Schools: New Teachers Seminar (2 cr)
  • X.EDUC 452AC: Topics in Social-Emotional Learning and Development: 'Advising and Counseling Students Beyond the Classroom' (2 cr)
  • X.EDUC 452AT: Topics in Social-Emotional Learning and Development: 'Coaching and Athletics' (2 cr)
  • X.EDUC 459: Independent Schools: Experienced Practitioners Seminar (2 cr)
  • X.EDUC 476 Independent School: Beyond the Classroom
  • X.EDUC 477: Seminar on Effective Teaching and Learning Strategies for Practitioners (2 cr)

Teaching Mathematics and Mathematics Education

Whether you are looking to take classes in pedagogy or to develop your expertise in a particular content area, we have classes to help sharpen your skills and knowledge.

Students may take these courses as a part of their degree program, as electives to augment their course of study, as a part of one of our education institutes or add-on licenses, or as a stand alone class.

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Mathematics Courses

  • X.MATH 400: Developing Mathematical Ideas: Building a System of Tens (2 cr)
  • X.MATH 401: Developing Mathematical Ideas: Making Meaning for Operations (2 cr)
  • X.MATH 402: Developing Mathematical Ideas: Examining Features of Shape (2 cr)
  • X.MATH 404: Developing Mathematical Ideas: Working With Data (2 cr)
  • X.MATH 405: Developing Mathematical Ideas: Measuring Space in One, Two, and Three Dimensions (2 cr)
  • X.MATH 406: Developing Mathematical Ideas: Patterns, Functions, and Change (2 cr)
  • X.MATH 407: Reasoning Algebraically About Operations (2 cr)
  • X.MATH 411: Math for Elementary Teachers (2 cr)
  • X.MATH 424: Developing Mathematical Reasoning (4 cr)
  • X.MATH 460: Connecting Arithmetic to Algebra (4 cr)
  • X.MATH 462: Fostering Algebraic Reasoning (3 cr)

Mathematics Education Courses

  • X.MTHED 404: Effective Practices for Advancing the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics (2 cr)
  • X.MTHED 407: Reasoning Algebraically About Operations (1 cr)
  • X.MTHED 408: Professional Development for Coaching Mathematics (2 cr)
  • X.MTHED 409: Educational Leadership I: Exploring the Rules of Math Teacher Leadership (2 cr)
  • X.MTHED 410: Developing Mathematical Ideas: Facilitator Training (2 cr)
  • X.MTHED 411: Educational Leadership II: Facilitating Adult Learning (2 cr)
  • X.MTHED 412: Mathematics Coaching: Designing Effective Professional Development (3 cr)
  • X.MTHED 413: Supporting the Range of Learners in Mathematics Classrooms (2 cr)
  • X.MTHED 422: Research on Learning: Implementing the Common Core Math Practice Standards (2 cr)
  • X.MTHED 432: Arts Integrated Math for Elementary Education (2 cr)
  • X.MTHED 462: Fostering Algebraic Reasoning (1 cr)
  • X.MTHED 465: Action Research on Learning and Teaching (2 cr)
  • X.MTHED 466: Action Research on Math Teacher Leadership (4 cr)
  • X.MATHED 473: Creating Accessible Mathematics Classrooms

Special Education/Moderate Disabilities

Whether you are looking to take classes in pedagogy or to develop your expertise in a particular content area, we have classes to help sharpen your skills and knowledge.

Students may take these courses as a part of their degree program, as electives to augment their course of study, as a part of one of our education institutes or add-on licenses, or as a stand alone class.

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Courses

  • X.MATHED 473: Creating Accessible Mathematics Classrooms (2 cr)
  • X.SPED 416: Interventions for Behavior and Classroom Management (1 cr)
  • X.SPED 421: Assistive Technology for Special Education (1 cr)
  • X.SPED 422: Practicum Seminar: Teaching and Learning for Moderate Disabilities Licensure PreK-8 (4 cr)
  • X.SPED 423: Student Teaching in Inclusive and Substantially Separate Classrooms for Students PreK-8 with Moderate Disabilities (10 cr)
  • X.SPED 426: The Inclusive Classroom (2 cr)
  • X.SPED 431: Student Teaching in Inclusive and Substantially Separate Classrooms for Students Grades 5-12 with Moderate Disabilities (10 cr)
  • X.SPED 433: Practicum Seminar: Teaching and Learning for Moderate Disabilities Licensure 5-12 (4 cr)
  • X.SPED 436: Moderate Disabilities Internship I: Student Teaching in Self-Contained Classrooms (2 cr)
  • X.SPED 438: Moderate Disabilities Internship II: Student Teaching in Inclusive and Self-Contained Classrooms (3 cr)
  • X.SPED 441: Differentiated Instruction for Diverse Learners (2 cr)
  • X.SPED 447: Assessment and Instruction for Exceptional Learners (3 cr)
  • X.SPED 463: Foundations of Reading: Development, Comprehension, Instruction, and Assessment (4 cr)
  • X.SPED 471: Legal Perspectives in Special Education (1 cr)
  • X.SPED 481: Special Education Law: Transitions, Collaboration, and Applications (2 cr)
  • X.SPED 495: Independent Study (1-4 cr)

Teacher Leadership Courses

Whether you are looking to take classes in pedagogy or to develop your expertise in a particular content area, we have classes to help sharpen your skills and knowledge.

Students may take these courses as a part of their degree program, as electives to augment their course of study, as a part of one of our education institutes or add-on licenses, or as a stand alone class.

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Courses

  • X.EDUC 411: Policy Fluency: Current Issues in Education (4 cr)
  • X.EDUC 414: Research Design for Educators (1 cr)
  • X.EDUC 413: Leading Colleagues Using Research: Bridging the Gap Between Research and Practice (2 cr)
  • X.EDUC 441: Fostering a Collaborative Culture for Learning (2 cr)
  • X.EDUC 442: Fostering Partnerships, Collaboration, and Communication (2 cr)
  • X.EDUC 453: Foundations of Teacher Leadership and Global Education Reform (4 cr)
  • X.EDUC 454: Teachers as Agents of Change (4 cr)
  • X.EDUC 455: Outreach and Advocacy for Educational Change (4 cr)
  • X.EDUC 456: Promoting Professional Learning (2 cr)
  • X.EDUC 457: Personal and Professional Leadership in Education (1 cr)
  • X.EDUC 458: Owning Assessments and Data for Student Learning (2 cr)
  • X.EDUC 467: Coaching, Mentoring, and Facilitating Instructional Improvements (2 cr)
  • X.EDUC 468: Leadership in Practice for Educators (1 cr)
  • X.EDUC 469: Models of Entrepreneurship in Education (1 cr)
  • X.EDUC 489: Catapult! Capstone Course (2-6 cr)
  • X.EDUC 495: Independent Study (1-4 cr)

Professional Institutes and Pathways Courses

Digital Innovation and Media

Our digital innovation and media courses are for professionals who would like to build their ability to work across media for storytelling, communications, and to be more impactful and persuasive. Whether you are looking to start a new career or build skills for the path you are on, our courses can help you take the next steps.

Students may take these courses as a part of one of our institutes or as a stand alone class.

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Courses

  • X.CMPTC 443: Data Visualization: Presenting Data to Build Understanding and Insights (2 cr)
  • X.COMM 436: Persuasive Communications (2 cr)
  • X.MEDIA 411: Visual Literacy and Media (2 cr)
  • X.MEDIA 413: User-Centered Design (2 cr)
  • X.MEDIA 426: New Media and Activism (2 cr)
  • X.MEDIA 428: Citizen Journalism (2 cr)
  • X.MEDIA 429AP: Media Production: Audio Production (2 cr)
  • X.MEDIA 429VP: Media Production Topics: Video Production (2 cr)
  • X.MEDIA 429WD: Media Production: Web Design (2 cr)
  • X.MEDIA 431: Storytelling: Crafting Effective Narratives Across Media (2 cr)
  • X.PROST 429PR: Legal Topics: Intellectual Property (1 cr)
  • X.WRTNG 406: Creative Inquiry and Writing a Research (2 cr)

Differentiated Instruction for Educators

Whether you are looking to start a new career or build skills for the path you are on, our courses can help you take the next steps.

Students may take these courses as a part of one of our institutes or as a stand alone class.

Courses

  • X.EDUC 441: Fostering a Collaborative Culture for Learning (2 cr)
  • X.EDUC-443 Introduction to the Orton-Gillingham Approach to Reading and Dyslexia (1 cr)
  • X.EDUC-446 Orton-Gillingham Associate Level Course (4 cr)
  • X.EDUC-448 Orton-Gillingham Associate Level Course Practicum (4 cr)
  • X.ELL-403: Research in Teaching English Language Learners (3 cr)
  • X.ELL-416: Language Assessment and Classroom Practice (2 cr)
  • X.ELL-418: Second Language Acquisition and Classroom Practice (2 cr)
  • X.ELL-421: Linguistics for Teachers (2 cr)
  • X.ELL-426: Methods in Teaching English to K-12 Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL Methods) (4 cr)
  • X.ELL-451: English Language Development Standards and Assessment Framework (1 cr)
  • X.ELL-463: Teaching English Language Learners: Sheltered English Immersion Endorsement (3 cr)
  • X.MTHED-473: Creating Accessible Mathematics Classrooms (2 cr)
  • X.SPED-416: Interventions for Behavior and Classroom Management
  • X.SPED-416: Interventions for Behavior and Classroom Management (1 cr)
  • X.SPED-421: Assistive Technology for Special Education (1 cr)
  • X.SPED-426: The Inclusive Classroom (2 cr)
  • X.SPED-441: Differentiated Instruction for Diverse Learners (2 cr)
  • X.SPED-447: Assessment and Instruction for Exceptional Learners (3 cr)
  • X.SPED-463: Foundations of Reading: Development, Comprehension, Instruction, and Assessment (4 cr)
  • X.SPED-471: Legal Perspectives in Special Education (1 cr)
  • X.SPED-471: Legal Perspectives in Special Education (1 cr)
  • X.SPED-481: Special Education Law: Transitions, Collaboration, and Applications (2 cr)

Equity, Advocacy and Partnerships

The Equity, Advocacy and Partnerships Institute engages educators in building skills and knowledge that will help them: explore issues of equity and social justice in the educational context, assess community needs and values, engage families and colleagues in partnerships, and advocate for students. Whether you are looking to start a new career or build skills for the path you are on, our courses can help you take the next steps.

Students may take these courses as a part of one of our institutes or as a stand alone class.

Courses

  • X.COMM-413: Building Bridges: Facilitating Courageous Conversations (2 cr)
  • X.COMM-436: Persuasive Communications (2 cr)
  • X.EDUC-411: Policy Fluency: Current Issues in Education (4 cr)
  • X.EDUC-441: Fostering a Collaborative Culture for Learning (2 cr)
  • X.EDUC-455 Outreach and Advocacy for Educational Change (4 cr)
  • X.MEDIA-426: New Media and Activism (2 cr)
  • X.MEDIA-431: Storytelling: Crafting Effective Narratives Across Media (2 cr)
  • X.MGMT-416 Participatory Community Development  (2 cr)
  • X.MGMT-426 Policy Advocacy for Small Organizations  (2 cr)
  • X.MGMT-429CP Building Effective Organizations: 'Creativity, Problem Solving and Decision Making'  (2 cr)
  • X.MGMT-429MM Building Effective Organizations: 'Mentorship Models to Grow Leadership'  (2 cr)
  • X.MGMT-431 Seed Funding and Alternative Funding Models  (2 cr)
  • X.MGMT-436 Creating and Sustaining Public-Private Partnerships  (2 cr)
  • X.MGMT-441 Diversity and Intercultural Management  (2 cr)
  • X.MGMT-452 Fair Trade and Sustainable Tourism  (2 cr)
  • X.PSYCH-438 Strategies for Supporting Children in Foster Care (2 cr)

Facilitating Professional Learning

The Facilitating Professional Learning Institute is geared for educators who want to learn how to lead dynamic and engaging professional learning communities (PLCs), data teams, grade level teams, coaching cycles, mentoring, and other professional learning experiences in their schools, districts, unions, associations, or beyond. Whether you are looking to start a new career or build skills for the path you are on, our courses can help you take the next steps.

Students may take these courses as a part of one of our institutes or as a stand alone class.

Courses

  • X.EDUC-441: Fostering a Collaborative Culture for Learning (2 cr)
  • X.EDUC-456: Promoting Professional Learning (2 cr)
  • X.EDUC-467: Coaching, Mentoring, and Facilitating Instructional Improvements (2 cr)

Global and Intercultural Education

The Global and Intercultural Education Institute caters to people working in the context of educational institutions, non-profit and non-governmental organizations, cross-sector partnerships, and community outreach projects. Whether you are looking to start a new career or build skills for the path you are on, our courses can help you take the next steps.

Students may take these courses as a part of one of our institutes or as a stand alone class.

Courses

  • X.MGMT-418: Project Management for Nonprofits and Social Entrepreneurs (2 cr)
  • X.MGMT-429CU: Building Effective Organizations: 'Inclusion and Cultural Competency' (2 cr)
  • X.COMM-413: Building Bridges: Facilitating Courageous Conversations (2 cr)
  • X.MGMT-429MM: Building Effective Organizations: Mentorship Models to Grow Leadership (2 cr)
  • X.MGMT-441: Diversity and Intercultural Management (2 cr)
  • X.COMM-436: Persuasive Communications (2 cr)
  • X.MGMT-416: Participatory Community Development (2 cr)
  • X.MGMT-436: Creating and Sustaining Public-Private Partnerships (2 cr)
  • X.MGMT-452: Fair Trade & Sustainable Tourism (2 cr)
  • X.MEDIA-426: New Media and Activism (2 cr)
  • X.MEDIA-431: Storytelling: Crafting Effective Narratives Across Media (2 cr)

Nonprofits and Educational Entrepreneurship

The Nonprofit Leadership and Educational Entrepreneurship Institute focuses on supporting nonprofit and entrepreneurial leaders from a range of contexts, including schools, non-profit/public service outreach and advocacy campaigns, and where education is used to support initiatives like public health, community development, environmental stewardship, equitable justice, ending poverty, global citizenship, or peace and reconciliation. Whether you are looking to start a new career or build skills for the path you are on, our courses can help you take the next steps.

Students may take these courses as a part of one of our institutes or as a stand alone class.

Courses

  • X.CMPTC-443: Data Visualization: Presenting Data to Build Understanding and Insights (2 cr)
  • X.COMM-405: Speaking with Confidence: Leadership for Women (1 cr)
  • X.COMM-413: Building Bridges: Facilitating Courageous Conversations (2 cr)
  • X.COMM-436: Persuasive Communications (2 cr)
  • X.EDUC-469: Models of Entrepreneurship in Education (2 cr)
  • X.MEDIA-426: New Media and Activism (2 cr)
  • X.MEDIA-431: Storytelling: Crafting Effective Narratives Across Media (2 cr)
  • X.MGMT-416: Participatory Community Development (2 cr)
  • X.MGMT-418: Project Management for Nonprofits and Social Entrepreneurs (2 cr)
  • X.MGMT-429CP: Building Effective Organizations: Creativity, Problem Solving and Decision Making (2 cr)
  • X.MGMT-429CU: Building Effective Organizations: 'Inclusion and Cultural Competency' (2 cr)
  • X.MGMT-429MM: Building Effective Organizations: Mentorship Models to Grow Leadership (2 cr)
  • X.MGMT-431 Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation (2 cr)
  • X.MGMT-436: Creating and Sustaining Public-Private Partnerships (2 cr)
  • X.MGMT-441: Diversity and Intercultural Management (2 cr)
  • X.MGMT-452: Fair Trade & Sustainable Tourism (2 cr)

Research and Data Institute

The Research and Data Institute engages educators in building skills and knowledge that will help them: create research that is applicable to their schools and classrooms, use data to improve student outcomes, and explore issues of equity and social justice in the educational context. Whether you are looking to start a new career or build skills for the path you are on, our courses can help you take the next steps.

Students may take these courses as a part of one of our institutes or as a stand alone class.

Courses

  • X.CMPTC-443: Data Visualization: Presenting Data to Build Understanding and Insights (2 cr)
  • X.EDUC-413: Leading Colleagues Using Research: Bridging the Gap Between Research and Practice (2 cr)
  • X.EDUC-458: Owning Assessments and Data for Student Learning (2 cr)
  • X.MTHED-465: Action Research on Learning and Teaching (4 cr)
  • X.MTHED-466: Action Research on Math Teacher Leadership (4 cr)

TESOL Certificate for Educators

Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, or TESOL, is the professional qualification for teaching English as a second or foreign language. Recognized internationally, this certification prepares teachers with the tools to evaluate and apply the most effective methods for English language learners. Whether you are looking to start a new career or build skills for the path you are on, our courses can help you take the next steps.

Students may take these courses as a part of one of our institutes or as a stand alone class.

Courses

  • X.EDUC-406 TESOL Seminar: Foundations of Effective Teaching (2 cr)
  • X.EDUC-426 TESOL Practicum: Effective Teaching Strategies Field Experience (2 cr)