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Get started or advance in your career through our courses in organizational leadership, multimedia communications, data science, and education. We are currently accepting applications for summer 2018.

Courses are offered to accommodate your busy schedule: on-campus, online, hybrid, and in a limited residency format (online courses that include a short on-campus residency).

Enroll in just one class or several each term to gain credits towards one of our Professional Development Institutes in:

  • Nonprofit Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship
  • Global and Intercultural Leadership
  • Digital Innovation and Media
  • Differentiated Instruction for Educators
  • Developing Mathematical Ideas (for Educators)

 To browse what is available this summer, click below.

Summer Term 1 Courses: May 29 – July 6
Summer Term 2 Courses: July 9 – August 10 

Summer On-Campus Courses
Summer Online, Hybrid and Limited Residency Courses

All summer courses:

X.CMPTC-443 | Data Visualization: Presenting Data to Build Understanding and Insights

Description: While many organizations have data, it is not always easy to translate that into a format that is easy for non-data people to quickly understand and interpret. In this course, participants will learn about different kinds of data and data structures, explore the theory and principles behind good design, and be able to articulate why certain visual designs are appropriate or inappropriate based on the data type. The final project in this class is to build data visualizations and a dashboard based either on data provided or data that is chosen by the participant. While this class is focused on technical skills, no prior experience with data, coding or computer science is necessary.

Credits: 2

Offered: Summer 1  

Format: limited residency: online with a 3-day campus-based residency 6/7-6/9/2018  

Professional Development Option: This course is available as a non-credit class. Interested?  Learn more about credit vs. non-credit options, or register here

X.COMM-436 | Persuasive Communications

Description: The goal of persuasive communications is to influence people’s beliefs, attitudes and behaviors. We are exposed to hundreds of messages meant to persuade us daily from organizations and on social media. So what works, and why does it work? In this course we will investigate research on persuasion, receptiveness, and ethical frameworks for this work. Participants will learn techniques for creating, analyzing and critiquing persuasive messages. The course culminates in a final project in which participants create a campaign to change a target audience’s attitudes or behaviors about a subject of the students’ choosing.

Credits: 2   

Offered: Summer 2     

Format: limited residency: online with a 3-day campus-based residency 7/22-7/24/2018    

Professional Development Option: This course is available as a non-credit class. Interested?  Learn more about credit vs. non-credit options, or register here

X.EDUC-441 | Fostering a Collaborative Culture for Learning

Offered: Summer

Credits: 2

Description: This course is centered around Domain One of the Teacher Leader Model Standards, with an emphasis on creating cultures in our schools that support educator development and student learning. Modules include defining teacher leadership, exploring formal and informal teacher leadership roles, adult learning theory, facilitation of group learning and discussion, mitigating difficult discussions and building consensus, organizational change and the change process, building trust, and other skills to create inclusive cultures for professional growth (and student learning!).

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

X.ELL-403 | Research in Teaching English Language Learners

Description: This course introduces teacher candidates to the sociocultural context of schooling and examines current research in the field of ELL teaching and learning. The course will support teacher candidates in developing an orientation toward teaching as inquiry, as well as the ability to read and conduct classroom research. Critical qualitative methods (e.g., ethnography, case study, action research) will be considered and teacher research in the ELL classroom will be emphasized. Teacher candidates will develop and complete a qualitative inquiry project that investigates an aspect of language teaching or learning of interest to them.

Restrictions: This course is limited to graduate students; others may register with permission of the instructor.

Credits: 3

Offered: Summer 1  

Format: online

 

X.ELL-418 | Second Language Acquisition and Classroom Practice

Description: This course will a) introduce students to theories of second language acquisition (cognitive, social, and linguistic influences) and how these inform teaching practices, and b) introduce teaching methods and approaches to teaching ELLs so students can begin to make informed context-sensitive decisions about language teaching methods, techniques, lesson planning, materials, classroom management, etc.

Restrictions: This course is limited to graduate students only; others may register with permission of the instructor.

Credits: 2

Offered: Summer 2  

Format: online

X.ELL-463 | Teaching English Language Learners: Sheltered English Immersion Endorsement (standalone course)

Description: This course is offered for teachers seeking SEI endorsement. It serves as the ReTELL course that provides an overview of pragmatic pedagogical strategies for including English Language Learners in content area classroom instruction. 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.

Advisory prerequisites: This course is offered for licensed Massachusetts teachers and teacher candidates seeking SEI endorsement

Credits: 3

Offered: Summer 1  

Format: on-campus

X.MATH-400 | Developing Mathematical Ideas: Building a System of Tens

Description: Participants will explore the base-ten structure of the number system, consider how that structure is exploited in multi-digit computational procedures, and examine how basic concepts of whole numbers reappear when working with decimals. They will study the various ways children naturally tend to think about separating and combining numbers and what children must understand in order to work with numbers in these ways.

Restrictions: This course is limited to Mount Holyoke MAT, MAMT, and MATL students; others may register with permission of the instructor.

Credits: 2

Offered: Summer 2, Fall     

Format: on-campus      

Professional Development Option: This course is available inthe summer as a non-credit class. Interested?  Learn more about credit vs. non-credit options, or register here

 

X.MATH-401 | Developing Mathematical Ideas: Making Meaning for Operations

Description: This course provides opportunities for participants to examine the actions and situations modeled by the four basic operations. The course will begin with a view of young children's counting strategies as they encounter word problems, moves to an examination of the four basic operations on whole numbers, and revisits the operations in the context of rational numbers.

Restrictions: This course is limited to Mount Holyoke MAT, MAMT, and MATL students; others may register with permission of the instructor.

Credits: 2

Offered: Summer 2, Fall     

Format: on-campus      

Professional Development Option: This course is available in the summer as a non-credit class. Interested?  Learn more about credit vs. non-credit options, or register here

X.MATH-411 | Mathematics for Elementary Teachers

Description: This course equips educators planning to teach mathematics at the elementary (K-6) level with the foundations for teaching math and an understanding of the "why" underlying the formulas, procedures, and reasoning. Using an inquiry-based approach, future teachers learn about a range of topics relevant to elementary school (K-6) math pedagogy and curricula. Topics covered include: number sense, operations, data analysis, functional relationships, algebraic thinking, and geometry/measurement. At the end of the course, students are prepared to meet both federal Common Core standards and Massachusetts state standards, and to support their students by using best practices in math education.

Credits: 2

Offered: Summer 1     

Format: online      

X.MEDIA-426 | New Media & Activism

Description: New media technologies such as video-sharing websites, podcasts, and social media have altered how we interact and consume news and information. While activists use these tools to raise awareness, educate citizens and mobilize support, these efforts can be overshadowed by corporations or political action groups with their own agendas and well-funded media campaigns.In this course participants explore how to use new media strategically to address social, economic and environmental issues, how to analyze media representations of these issues, and how to design media campaigns that build communities, organize efforts, and influence policy.

Credits: 2

Offered: Summer 1  

Format: limited residency: online with a 3-day campus-based residency 6/7-6/9/2018  

Professional Development Option: This course is available as a non-credit class. Interested?  Learn more about credit vs. non-credit options, or register here

X.MEDIA-429AP | Media Production Topics: Audio Production

Description: In this course, participants will explore both the artistic and technical issues relevant to preparing music and sound for podcasts, video, and the web. Topics will include: acoustic theory, audio animation and sound effects, sound design, multichannel sound, mixing audio and audio processing techniques. No prior experience is necessary to take this course. This course will prepare participants to work with music and sound for both artistic and professional purposes.

Credits: 2

Offered: Summer 2  

Format: limited residency: online with a 3-day campus-based residency 7/19-7/21/2018  

Professional Development Option: This course is available as a non-credit class. Interested?  Learn more about credit vs. non-credit options, or register here

X.MEDIA-429WD | Media Production Topics: Web Design

Description: This project-based course on web design emphasizes standards-based, accessible design. Participants will learn how to create and design webpages, manage web files, use CSS, work with different kinds of media, select a web hosting service, publish web pages, and evaluate website quality. Content will be provided, but participants with a project in mind are encouraged to bring content (text, images, media files) to use in the course. This course is designed for people interested in web design for either personal or professional settings

Credits: 2

Offered: Summer 1  

Format: limited residency: online with a 3-day campus-based residency 6/10-6/12/2018  

Professional Development Option: This course is available as a non-credit class. Interested?  Learn more about credit vs. non-credit options, or register here

X.MEDIA-431 | Storytelling: Crafting Effective Narratives Across Media

Description: While storytelling comes in many forms, one of its notable characteristics in any form is the power it has to help ground and orient us. Narrative frames are used not only in entertainment and media, but also in disciplines as wide ranging as psychology, medicine, social change and business. In this course participants will learn how stories are constructed and created, how to assess a story’s strengths, and how to apply the elements of narrative across different media (writing, audio, images and video) to enhance the story you want to tell. This course will prepare participants to work with narrative and storytelling for personal projects, to promote change, and in professional settings.

Credits: 2

Offered: Summer 1  

Format: limited residency: online with a 3-day campus-based residency 6/10-6/12/2018  

Professional Development Option: This course is available as a non-credit class. Interested?  Learn more about credit vs. non-credit options, or register here

X.MGMT-416 | Participatory Community Development

Description: Participatory community development (PCD) is an approach to working with local communities, in partnership with government and non-government agencies. The goal of PCD is to empower local community members to be involved in the research, design, implementation, advocacy, monitoring, and evaluation of community projects, including those that generate sustainable sources of new income, food, and services. In this course, participants will explore different benefits and forms of PCD through case studies and methods of facilitating participatory project planning, and develop their ability to anticipate and evaluate the impacts/consequences of the projects.

Credits: 2   

Offered: Summer 2     

Format: limited residency: online with a 3-day campus-based residency 7/22-7/24/2018    

Professional Development Option: This course is available as a non-credit class. Interested?  Learn more about credit vs. non-credit options, or register here

X.MGMT-429CP | Building Effective Organizations: Creativity, Problem Solving, and Decision Making

Description: Being a good leader often requires creativity, problem solving and decision making in contexts where there often are limited resources, not enough information, and urgency. This is a cognitive psychology approach to understanding how mental processes, including attention, perception, creativity, and problem solving can be harnessed to improve decision making for individuals and organizations.

Credits: 2

Offered: Summer 2  

Format: limited residency: online with a 3-day campus-based residency 7/22-7/24/2018  

Professional Development Option: This course is available as a non-credit class. Interested?  Learn more about credit vs. non-credit options, or register here

X.MGMT-429MM | Building Effective Organizations: Mentorship Models to Grow Leadership

Description: Mentorship is a powerful tool for personal and professional growth; it provides support, insights, feedback, and helps people develop their knowledge, networks and capacities. People taking on new challenges can benefit from both formal and informal mentorship. In this social psychology approach to leadership, participants will explore the theories and research on mentorship, investigate different models and strategies for mentorship, and design a mentorship program for a particular organization or context (including businesses, non-profits, volunteer organizations, and community projects).

Credits: 2

Offered: Summer 2  

Format: limited residency: online with a 3-day campus-based residency 7/19-7/21/2018  

Professional Development Option: This course is available as a non-credit class. Interested?  Learn more about credit vs. non-credit options, or register here

X.MGMT-436 | Creating and Sustaining Public-Private Partnerships

Description: This course is for people working in both the private and public sector who want to learn how to build and sustain partnerships. Participants learn to: recognize the role and value public-private partnerships can play for both parties, identify the steps for assessing community needs and resources, develop shared goals, establish a strategic framework for action, manage communications and resource sharing, evaluate the initiatives for success, and sustain public-private partnerships over the long term.

Credits: 2

Offered: Summer 1  

Format: limited residency: online with a 3-day campus-based residency 6/7-6/9/2018  

Professional Development Option: This course is available as a non-credit class. Interested?  Learn more about credit vs. non-credit options, or register here

X.MGMT-441 | Diversity and Intercultural Management

Description: In today’s globally interconnected world, organizational success is often dependent on the performance of teams that interact across significant distances and multiple cultural perspectives, internally and with their constituents. This course is designed to increase cultural competency and the success of leaders by combining an exploration of academic research and case studies with opportunities for application. By the end of the course, participants will understanding the cultural dimension of managing diverse and dispersed team members, learn to foster positive interactions, facilitate communication, and be able to identify and manage conflict more effectively.

Credits: 2   

Offered: Summer 2     

Format: limited residency: online with a 3-day campus-based residency 7/19-7/21/2018       

Professional Development Option: This course is available as a non-credit class. Interested?  Learn more about credit vs. non-credit options, or register here

 

X.MGMT-452 | Fair Trade & Sustainable Tourism

Description: Partnerships to support fair trade and sustainable tourism often operate in a complex context of a) individual as well as institutional stakeholders with different amounts of power and b) economic, social and environmental goals that may not be shared. In this course, participants explore dimensions of these types of partnerships, the role of ethics, how to create shared goals and strategies, establishing structures to support and sustain high quality relationships, and how to assess partnerships for success. The culminating project in this course is to develop a partnership plan that could be used to create a new relationship between at least two key stakeholder groups or organizations.

Credits: 2

Offered: Summer 1  

Format: limited residency: online with a 3-day campus-based residency 6/10-6/12/2018  

Professional Development Option: This course is available as a non-credit class. Interested?  Learn more about credit vs. non-credit options, or register here

X.MTHED-408 | Professional Development for Coaching Mathematics

Description: This course is designed for elementary math specialists with responsibilities for supporting teachers in the development of strong mathematics education programs. Participants explore issues related to: learning mathematics while in the context of teaching; facilitating the professional development of colleagues; teachers' and students' ideas about mathematics and learning; and fostering a stance of collaborative investigation. By way of a central theme of mathematics learning, the institute will offer coaches opportunities to explore, through the coaching perspective, ideas of number and geometry in the elementary grades.

Restrictions: This course is offered for graduate students; others may register with permission of the instructor.

Credits: 2

Offered: Summer 2     

Format: on-campus      

Professional Development Option: This course is available as a non-credit class. Interested?  Learn more about credit vs. non-credit options, or register here

X.MTHED-410 | Educational Leadership II: Facilitating Professional Learning

Description: This institute focuses on learning to teach one of the Developmental Mathematical Ideas (DMI) modules. Participants will choose a particular DMI module on which to concentrate their facilitation work. The institute will include examination of the central mathematical ideas of the module, identifying key goals for each session, discussion of the process of interacting with participants both in the institute sessions and through written responses, as well as opportunities for practice facilitation.

Restrictions: This course is offered for graduate students; others may register with permission of the instructor.

Advisory prerequisites: Prior experience with a DMI seminar recommended.

Credits: 2

Offered: Summer 2     

Format: on-campus      

Professional Development Option: This course is available as a non-credit class. Interested?  Learn more about credit vs. non-credit options, or register here

X.SPED-426 | The Inclusive Classroom

Description: This course surveys the etiology, diagnosis, and remediation of learning differences including dyslexia, attention deficit disorder, autism, as well as 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 in the field. 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.

Advisory prerequisites:An introductory course in Special Education and permission of the instructor.

Credits: 2

Offered: Summer 2  

Format: limited residency: online with a 5-day campus-based residency 7/16-7/20/2018 

X.SPED-441 | Differentiated Instruction for Diverse Learners

Description: This course will address the design and modification of curriculum, instructional materials, and general education classroom environments for students with moderate disabilities. Students will learn ways to prepare and maintain students with disabilities to succeed in general education classrooms, to monitor academic and behavioral progress, and to make instructional decisions accordingly. Students will experiment with a variety of technological tools for teaching PreK-12 such as applications and web-based tools that for student engagement and progress monitoring. Coverage will include instruction on assistive technology, including AAC, to support students with disabilities to learn in the least restrictive environment.

Credits: 2

Offered: Summer 2  

Format: limited residency: online with a 6-day campus-based residency 7/31-8/7/2018 

X.SPED-463 | Foundations of Reading: Development, Comprehension, Instruction, and Assessment

Description: Reading development, assessment, comprehension and instruction are central to the course. Through a combination of readings, lectures, & experiences, this course will provide students with the knowledge & skills to assess literacy needs and implement effective language arts instruction for all learners. The course includes a study of the writing process, with coverage of phonics, spelling, & grammar. The Massachusetts Curriculum Framework for English Language Arts and Literacy is addressed, as are all content objectives for the Foundations of Reading MTEL test required of Early Childhood, Elementary, and Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8 and 5-12) licensure candidates in the Commonwealth.

Credits: 4

Offered: Summer 1

Format: on-campus

X.SPED-481 | Special Education Law: Transitions, Collaboration, and Applications

Description: This course will review state and federal laws and regulations which governing special education and their implications, including preparation, and evaluation of Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), knowledge of transition services and services provided by other agencies, strategies for building and maintaining collaborative partnerships with team members, the role of families in advocacy and planning, and cultural variables that influence school culture and accessibility.

Credits: 2

Offered: Summer 2  

Format: online