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EDU 101 : College Success Seminar for Education

This foundational course is for all Education Degree majors and should be taken in their freshman year - first semester. In this course, strategies and resources that promote general college success are explored and applied to relevant topics in the field of Education. Students also begin to reflect on what it means to be an Education professional, acquire technical competencies needed to be successful in these majors, and conduct both academic and internet research. Students engage with course content through an active learning environment that includes discussions, readings, projects and lectures. Critical reading, thinking, and writing are stressed. Competency met: First Year Experience. One lecture hour per week. Fall, Spring, Summer

Credits

1
  1. Students will identify, locate, and utilize college and program resources that are relevant to college students and Education majors.
  2. Students will utilize program and college (print and e) resources to demonstrate knowledge of program, college, and state standards related to being a college student and future educator of children.
  3. Students will use college-based technology to locate professional organizations, Massachusetts State regulations and policies for Early Childhood and Elementary and Secondary Education educators, state educator licensing and/or certification, and codes of ethics.
  4. Students will identify and explain their learning style and list strategies that are useful for their type/them, as well as, reflect on the impact of learning differences to their chosen profession.
  5. Students will reflect on the skills required for success in higher education and Education professions and formulate academic and career goals that are appropriate for their personal situation and chosen future goals.

EDU 150 : Language Education and Literacy

This course offers a critical examination of the foundations of language education in the United States. Surveying different language education programs and English Language Learner students, the course will facilitate sensitivity to language issues and debates in U.S. schools and communities, including legislation, court action and research in language learning. The course will also deepen understanding of the Common Core standards and instructional literacy strategies to master reading, writing, listening and speaking standards to support ELL students. Three lecture hours per week Fall, Spring, Summer

Credits

3

Prerequisites

A passing score on the College's reading and English placement tests or C or better or concurrent enrollment in ENG 091 or ENG 092

  1. Students will employ research based literacy strategies and demonstrate uses of literacy instruction for English Language Learners.
  2. Students will describe how their own views and perspectives have been shaped by their backgrounds and identities by evaluating the role language of language learning in schools and society.
  3. Students will identify the challenges of teaching and student learning in multicultural/multilingual society.
  4. Students will develop strategies for creating authentic assessment techniques to accurately measure the four interrelated areas of language arts (reading, listening, writing, speaking) as it applies to literacy education of English Language Learners.

EDU 220 : Foundations of Education with Teaching Pre-Practicum

This course offers students a chance to historically examine the sociopolitical, cultural, philosophical and developmental foundations of U.S. education (grades 1-6). The course investigates past and current educational reforms, school structures, and teacher practices, as well as Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks, while stressing the significance of diversity and equity in education. The course requires a three-hour seminar and 40 hours of field experience. Through field experiences, students will keep observational journals to allow them to critically integrate seminar topics with their observations and develop ethical and critical understanding of student identity, growth and development, learning theories, issues of diversity, developmentally-appropriate practices, different approaches to teaching and professional teaching standards. Three lecture hours per week. Fall, Spring

Credits

3

Prerequisites

C or better in ENG 101. Completion of 27 credits in the Elementary Education program with a GPA of 2.50 or better, or instructor's approval.
  1. Students will describe historical, social and structural events and policies that characterize educational settings and approaches to learning in the United States.
  2. Students will analyze the needs of their diverse learners as well as develop educational strategies and critical perspectives to develop learning practices that address and serve the needs of all learners.
  3. By gaining knowledge on the competing definitions, conceptions, and trends of schooling and learning, students will critically evaluate the effects of different curriculum frameworks and instructional techniques on student learning.
  4. Using Massachusetts state standards, students will develop aligned and inclusive learning plans and instructional techniques.

EDU 225 : Diversity and Multicultural Education

This course is designed to increase sensitivity to multiplicity of social differences and power relations in complex and pluralistic U.S. education and society. By helping students acquire a critical understanding and appreciation of processes of diversity (cultural, racial, ethnic, socio-political, ability and gender) this course is designed to honor and empower the diverse experiences , knowledge and identities students and their communities bring into schools. Therefore, the course is committed to transformative democratic models of learning as well as educators who advocate for equity in education who provide practical educational conceptualizations to foster equitable, inclusive and multicultural learning for all learners. Three lecture hours per week. Competency met: Global Awareness(5.2), Multicultural Perspective (5.3), Social Phenomenon (5.4) Fall, Spring

Credits

3
  1. Students will demonstrate a critical knowledge of complexities and processes of culture and diversity in society and schools.
  2. Students will describe how their own views and perspectives have been shaped by their backgrounds and identities by evaluating the components of prejudice that have influenced their worldview, using models of ethnic and racial identity to explain and assess their perceptions of cultural identity, discrimination and other socializing agents.
  3. Students will identify the challenges of teaching and student learning in multicultural settings, while highlighting the importance of empowering racial, ethnic, religious, gender, ability, language and class diversity in teaching and learning.
  4. Students will examine and evaluate effective approaches, perspectives, activities, and techniques for teaching and communicating in multicultural settings.