Middle and Secondary School: Grades 5 – 12

Summer Session: 6 credits

Starting in summer, course work will feature an immersion into the EL Education "case study" teaching model. Students will go on group learning expeditions in the field to experience powerful project-based methodologies delivered by EL professionals. Students go on to complete introductory course work about adolescent development, a module on technology in education, and teaching in inclusive classrooms.

X.Educ 420AD: Adolescent Development (2 credits)

In this course you will develop a foundational framework of knowledge about physical, cognitive and social/emotional development that can inform your practice in the classroom. You will have opportunities to delve into the study of the age group that you intend to teach through individualized exploration, and we will discuss specific topics particularly relevant to education, such as language development, gender, moral development, the nature of intelligence, and motivation. By the end of this course, you should be conversant in developmental theory and able to use it to support the pedagogical choices you will make as an educator.

X.Educ 417: Teaching with Technology (2 credits)

Students will read current research examining the effectiveness of teaching with technology in middle and secondary school classrooms as they explore questions about the role of technology in 21st century education. Students will experiment with a variety of tools such as cell phones, digital recorders, instant messaging as well as web-based tools that allow teachers to design scoring rubrics, quizzes, blogs, surveys and polls. Use of digital media will be emphasized, with students developing electronic portfolios to document their growth in addressing performance assessments standards. Review of the work of national teacher technology organizations and resources will be covered.

X.Sped 426: The Inclusive Classroom (2 credits)

This course surveys the etiology, diagnosis, and remediation of learning differences including dyslexia, attention deficit disorder, and autism, as well as other factors that influence a child's readiness to learn. Students present, discuss, question, and exchange ideas that contribute to an overall understanding of special education across settings and age levels. With an emphasis on inclusion in schools, students explore the impact of current policies, assessments, and practices. Students will have the opportunity to examine and practice applying interventions and approaches that support student engagement and prosocial behavior.  The focus is on adapting the learning environment, classroom structures, and teaching approach so that all children, regardless of learning strengths and needs, are supported to reach their potential and achieve meaningful goals.


Fall Semester: 16 credits

In a traditional fall semester, September – December, students complete four courses taught by Mount Holyoke faculty and augmented by EL Education practitioners. These include general and content-specific methodology course work with associated school-based pre-practicum work, as well as advanced-level electives in their licensure subject areas. Within the general and content-specific methodology courses, students will learn about curriculum development and planning, working with diverse students, and effective approaches to classroom management and assessment. Students will also conduct site visits to EL Education schools. Note: Fall courses require that students spend four mornings each week in inclusive classrooms.

X.Educ 460: Subject Specific Methods for Middle and Secondary Teachers (4 credits)

This subject specific methods course is designed for graduate level teacher education students preparing to teach at the secondary or middle school levels. 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 in the field and through reflecting on their practice within pre-practicum placements in local schools.

X.Educ 430: The Process of Teaching & Learning in Middle and Secondary Schools (4 credits)

This course is intended to help prepare prospective middle and secondary school teachers for effective classroom instruction. The philosophical bases and current research behind classroom practices are examined and specific course activities focus on exploring and establishing a personal philosophy of education.  Class sessions will focus on multicultural, anti-racist, and global approaches to teaching and learning within the context of the students’ school based placements. 

X.Educ 463: Teaching English Language Learners (4 credits)

This courses addresses core competencies outlined in the Massachusetts Department of Education English Language Learner certificate requirement. Readings in language acquisition theory, language learning and teaching, effective lesson design and assessment, Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol and knowledge of intercultural learners are covered. Students will have experience developing and adapting lessons and curriculum to address the needs of students in their pre-practicum settings.

Upper Level Content Area Course (4 credits)

e.g. 300-level History course

Spring Semester: 14 credits

Students complete a full-time, semester-long student teaching semester (the practicum) as well as a weekly seminar in which they reflect on their developing practice. Students also begin to explore the job market, participate in practice interviews, attend job market fairs, and meet with Career Development Center staff. Upon successful completion of the semester, students are institutionally recommended by the institution for licensure to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

X.Educ 431: Student Teaching in the Middle and Secondary Schools (10 credits)

Students undertake full-time supervised student teaching in secondary or middle school subjects, the visual arts, dance, theater or music classrooms. Group seminars and individual conferences to discuss issues of classroom practice. Evaluation of performance is determined by on-site visits and by written assignments. This course is graded on a credit/no credit basis.

X.Educ 433: Practicum Seminar in Teaching and Learning: Middle and Secondary Education (4 credits)

This weekly seminar provides students with opportunities to design and discuss case studies involving adolescents in middle and secondary school settings, review research-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.