Courses

Department of Education Courses 

Course descriptions listed on this page for the Department of Education are from the 2021-2022 College Catalog. For more information on the courses offered during the fall and spring semesters, please log in to the course schedule through STAR

EDUC 167 — Educational Psychology

Topics such as child and adolescent development, learning, readiness to learn, teaching, motivation, measurement of learning, mental abilities, children with special needs, and other topics are discussed as well as current issues in education.
GPA units: 1
Common Area: Social Science
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

EDUC 169 — Schooling in the United States

This course is an introduction to the problems and possibilities of public schooling in the United States. In it, students will consider big questions questions about the purpose of school, about who should be educated, about what should be taught, and about the factors that constrain decision-making. In order to get a range of perspectives on those questions, the course will utilize a number of disciplinary lenses history, sociology, psychology, anthropology, economics, etc.
GPA units: 1
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

EDUC 223 — Catholic Mission in Education

This course examines the unique mission and identity of Catholic schools and how Catholic schools in the United States have evolved in response to cultural trends, the greater Catholic Church, other private schools, and a variety of public school movements. Contemporary issues facing Catholic schools at the elementary, middle, high school, and collegiate levels will also be explored. This course includes site visits to nearby Catholic schools.
GPA units: 1

EDUC 231 — Adolescent Literacy

This course will examine why many adolescents struggle to acquire the literacy skills needed to meet workplace and post-secondary education demands. It will explore instructional approaches to address these challenges in middle and high school. Topics such as reading motivation, disciplinary literacy, diversity in student reading profiles, and the relationship of adolescent development to classroom contexts will be explored.
Prerequisite: EDUC 167 or PSYC 100. Enrollment limited to 2nd, 3rd and 4th year students.
GPA units: 1
Typically Offered: Annually

EDUC 232 — Schools: Surviving & Achieving

Focuses on conceptual, historical, and current factors related to school counseling. The course takes a multi-method approach to learning that is rooted in social justice education and the belief that an equitable education can be achieved for all students.
Prerequisite: EDUC 167 or PSYC 225 or PSYC 228.
GPA units: 1
Typically Offered: Annually

EDUC 234 — Family, Students, & Schools

This course examines the impact of families and schools on a range of student outcomes. Drawing from research in psychology and sociology, participants will explore the complexities and promises of fostering home-school partnerships. Students will explore the implications of the current research on family engagement for school policy and practice.
GPA units: 1
Typically Offered: Annually

EDUC 235 — Neuroeducation and Linguistics

This course defines the neurobiological and neurolinguistic processes of learning. Emphasis will be on how educators can utilize knowledge about language acquisition, culture, and the self for higher order thinking and the better literacy of all students. Participants will be given ample opportunities to practice strategies and to explore case studies.
Prerequisite: EDUC 167 or PSYC 223 or PSYC 225 or PSYC 228 or PSYC 232 or PSYC 236 or PSYC 326.
GPA units: 1
Typically Offered: Annually

EDUC 273 — Urban Education

Focuses on education in large urban school districts, emphasizing both the rich diversity of city schools and the unique challenges faced by them. Participants will consider a range of factors that shape the conditions for teaching and learning in the urban context, and especially the dense concentration of low-income and minority students that tends to characterize urban schooling. Ultimately, students will work to understand the reality of urban education in America, as well as the possibilities for change. Includes a field-based experience.
Prerequisite: One previous education course or SOCL 203, or SOCL 269. Enrollment limited to 2nd, 3rd and 4th year students.
GPA units: 1
Common Area: Social Science
Typically Offered: Annually

EDUC 301 — Methods Of Teaching

Students examine and demonstrate various teaching methods. Students will pursue questions concerning the middle and secondary school curriculum, discipline and motivation, and instructional materials. Secondary and middle school goals and principles are also examined. Methodological and curricular questions specific to the discipline will be illustrated and discussed. Includes a field-based experience.
GPA units: 1
Typically Offered: Annually

EDUC 310 — Pre-Practicum - Teaching

A 30-hour, on-site period of observation and work in the public schools.
GPA units: 0
Typically Offered: Annually

EDUC 315 — English Language Learners

This course focuses on current theories and their applications related to the teaching and learning of English Language Learners (ELLs). It will expand students' knowledge of how language functions within academic content teaching and learning, and how children and adolescents acquire a second language. Throughout the course, effective research-based strategies for teaching English Language Learners will be modeled. Teacher Education Program (TEP) students who complete this course will qualify for a Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) Endorsement.
Prerequisite: EDUC 167 or EDUC 169.
GPA units: 1
Typically Offered: Annually

EDUC 320 — Practicum: Middle and Sec School Teaching

A full-time practicum experience of supervised teaching in the high school or middle school. Open only to TEP students. This course fulfills the capstone requirement for the Education minor.
GPA units: 3
Typically Offered: Annually

EDUC 330 — Seminar in Teaching

A seminar to accompany the Education 320 Practicum. Addresses issues arising in the practicum experience, as well as current topics in education in order to meet the professional standards for teachers. Open only to TEP students.
GPA units: 1
Typically Offered: Annually

EDUC 340 — Multicultural Education

Focuses on various socio-historical perspectives for the study of race, gender, and culture in the increasingly diverse U.S. educational system. Includes a community-based learning component.
Prerequisite: EDUC 167 or EDUC 169. Enrollment is limited to 3rd and 4th year students.
GPA units: 1
Common Area: Cross-Cultural Studies
Typically Offered: Annually

EDUC 360 — Research in Education

Seminar focuses on qualitative research techniques in education. Students explore a range of techniques including case study, phenomenology, and narrative approaches. This course fulfills the capstone requirement for the Education minor.
Prerequisite: Two previous Education Courses. Enrollment is limited to 3rd and 4th year students.
GPA units: 1
Typically Offered: Annually

EDUC 380 — Capstone Seminar

This capstone seminar is designed for education minors to apply and integrate their knowledge from previous coursework in a final project and presentation. The seminar will be organized through an essential question related to the education field and will be explored through the perspective of various stakeholders such as parents, unions, school committee members, teachers, and administrators. The beginning of the seminar will be devoted to establishing a context for addressing that question through reading and discussion. While the final two thirds of the seminar is designed to direct this study which will include a field experience consistent with the chosen topic and stakeholders. This course fulfills the capstone requirement for the Education minor.
Prerequisite: Two previous Education courses.
GPA units: 1
Typically Offered: Annually

EDUC 390 — Tutorial

Tutorial projects designed by students and faculty members. Admission determined by evaluation proposal.
GPA units: 1
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

EDUC 394 — Directed Research

Students may undertake an independent research project under the direction of a faculty member. Permission required.
GPA units: 1
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring