Bachelor of Education Course Descriptions

Bachelor of Education/Massasoit Course Descriptions

ED310 Education Psychology

A review of human development in a psychological context, followed by a concentration on learning theories and evaluation strategies. The aim is to help each student to arrive at a consistent systematic position in applying psychology to the educational setting. There are 25 pre-practicum clock hours to complete this course. Prerequisites: ED210 and PS240.

CP210 Western Heritage

Summary view of the development of humanity in the Western world with emphasis upon the problems of unity, continuity, and change in history. Prerequisites: EN103 and EN104 ( at least concurrently)

MA215 Logic, Sets, and Numbers

This course introduces the student to the fundamental concepts and structures of mathematics. Students explore issues involved in reasoning, patterns, evidence, proof and logic. Logic then leads to discussing the mathematical concept of a set. Finally, the course studies issues around numbering systems and basic properties of numbers.

EN200 Great Writers of England and America

This course considers in-depth, selected, short stories and novels of American and British literature. Students will read, analyze, and discuss these works at a college level. Students will compose reaction papers upon the readings and literary terms.

MA220 Operations and Algebra

This course provides the student with an in-depth analysis of the properties of operations on integers in order to provide a solid foundation in pre-algebra and basic algebra concepts. In addition, the course introduces matrix algebra as an example of a familiar algebra with different properties than integers. Finally, after discussing the usefulness of the concept of a variable, this course introduces the language and practical applications of functions.

PH207 Introduction to Philosophy

This course examines some of Western Civilization’s more serious attempts to make sense of the complex world of human experience. The course will deal, in a historical context, with questions related to humankind’s search for meaning and knowledge.

MA225 Geometry

This course provides the student with the foundation to teach geometry in elementary school with a view toward analytical and coordinate geometry.

SN311 Human Exceptionalities

An introductory course in special needs, which is designed to provide a basis for further study in the area. Students will develop competencies in the following: (1) psychological characteristics of children with special needs, (2) behavioral characteristics of children with special needs, (3) techniques used to diagnose and remediate special needs, and (4) current special needs legislation (state and national). There are 25 pre-practicum hours to complete for this course. Prerequisites: ED210, ED210, Junior standing.

ED243 Educational Technology

Includes an overview of the applications of the technology in the classroom. Students will receive, evaluate, and produce educational software including videos, slide presentations, transparencies and photo essays for use in small group, class, and individual instruction. Emphasis will be placed on integrating instructional software, including compact disks, word processing, and multimedia computer programs into the curriculum. There is also a study of innovative programs using technology, such as distance learning and telecommunications, in the classroom. There are 25 pre-practicum hours to complete for this course. Prerequisites: ED210 and ED310.

LA310 Christian Tradition

This course examines the history of the Christian church and nature of the Christian faith. Also emphasized is the notion of individual spiritual pilgrimage and its relation to culture, community, family, business/vocation, and ethical decision-making.

MU204 Introduction to Music

This course is based on the premise that music is an aural art; therefore, learning to listen to various master works is the primary objective of this introductory course. Important musical concepts will be stressed and linked to the aesthetic education of the individual student.

EN211 Introduction to Applied Linguistics

Concerns teaching the English language and includes a study of the history of the English language, semantics, syntax, phonetics, phonology, morphology, dialectics, grammar (traditional, structural, transformational), and usage. Requires a final comparative linguistics project. Prerequisites: EN103 and EN104.

LA400 Living Issues

This course focuses on moral philosophy and is designed to assist the adult learner with integrating personal and social ethics. Various approaches to pressing individual, social, and political issues are considered.

LA320 Epoch-Making Events in Science

This course is based on the premise that an understanding of the role and importance of science is essential in today’s society. The purpose of this course is to acquaint the student with the historical development of science, survey those ideas from contemporary science on various aspects of modern culture and the resulting conflict that may emerge.

PE252 Personal Health & Wellness

An introduction to concepts and application of lifetime personal health and wellness. Topics include components of cardiovascular disease and risk factors, nutrition, weight management, relaxation techniques, sexually transmitted diseases, and substance abuse. The course includes practical application of certain topics through activities and portfolio assessment. The focus is upon individualization of activities so as to address particular needs and circumstances.

SN420 Psychological and Educational Assessment

Traditional psychological and educational assessment techniques are examined. Special attention will be given to practical assessment tactics versus theoretical treatment and how this assessment applies to children with special needs. Opportunity will be given to students to practice administration of selected test batteries. Prerequisites: SN311 and Junior or Senior in good standing in Teacher Education Program.

ED320 Classroom Management

Develops competency in instructing language arts and the humanities (including social studies and expressive arts); general teaching-learning strategies; basic elements in curriculum design; classroom management; mainstreaming; and their application to elementary school children, including those with special needs. There are 25 pre-practicum hours to complete for this course. Prerequisites: Junior or Senior in good standing in Teacher Education Program.

EL325 Elementary Curriculum and Methods I

Develops competency in instructing language arts and the humanities (including social studies and expressive arts); general teaching-learning strategies; basic elements in curriculum design; classroom management; mainstreaming; and their application to elementary school children, including those with special needs. There are 25 pre-practicum hours to complete for this course. Prerequisites: Junior or Senior in good standing in Teacher Education Program.

EC325 Early Childhood Curriculum and Methods I

Students will gain an overview of philosophy, approaches to teaching young children, technology, special needs, classroom management and practical materials designed for the developmental curriculum in the following areas: sensory experiences, language arts and the humanities (including social studies and the expressive arts). There are 25 pre-practicum clock hours to complete for this course.
Prerequisites: A Junior or Senior and in good standing in the Teacher education program.

EL330 Elementary Curriculum and Methods II

Develops competency in instructing in the natural sciences (including mathematics, science, and health); general teaching-learning strategies; basic elements in curriculum design; classroom management; mainstreaming; and their application to elementary school children, including those with special needs. There are 25 pre-practicum clock hours to complete for this course. Prerequisites: A Junior or Senior and in good standing in the Teacher education program.

EC330 Early Childhood Curriculum and Methods II

Students will examine effective methods of curriculum implementation, considering cultural and special needs, combined with developmental learning and ways to prepare a supportive physical environment. This course will feature the following areas of curriculum: the natural sciences (including science, health and mathematics), motor development and parent and community involvement. The student will design an integrated curriculum unit and resource kit. There are 25 pre-practicum clock hours to complete for this course. Prerequisites: A Junior or Senior and in good standing in the Teacher education program.

RE441 The Teaching of Reading and Children's Literature

The teaching of the modern methods and techniques of reading in all the elementary school grades with emphasis on readiness and the developmental stages of reading are explored, with a focus on classroom strategies. The use of literature in the reading program, adaptation for the special student, assessment, readiness, and developmental stages of reading. There are 25 pre-practicum hours to complete this course.
Prerequisites: A Senior and in good standing in the Teacher education program.

ED499z Practicum Seminar: Student Teaching Seminar

Two-credit seminar for student teachers who have not had any previous teaching experience. It is designed as a supportive component of the student teaching experience. The following is a list of possible topics to be covered: licensure application process, credential files, discipline, classroom management, interviewing, and relationships with cooperating teachers. The structure of the course also allows for student generated topics for discussion. This course begins one month after the start of the practicum. This course must be taken to be considered a program completer. Prerequisites: Passing score on the content exam of the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL).

EL499k Practicum (12 cr)

Observing, assisting, and teaching within an elementary school setting under the direction of a supervising practitioner and supervised by a college supervisor. This practicum is required of all elementary education majors for licensure. The classroom will include regular students as well as special needs students. Prerequisites: ED210, ED310, RE441, SN311, SN420, ED243, EL325, EL330, a cumulative GPA of 2.5, approval of teacher education faculty, pass all appropriate MTEL tests.

EC499e Grades 1-2 Practicums (6 cr)

Observing, assisting, and teaching within a first through second grade setting under the directions of a supervising practitioner and supervised by a college supervisor. This practicum is required of all early childhood majors for licensure. The classroom will include regular students as well as special needs students. Prerequisites: ED210, ED310, RE441, SN311, SN420, ED243, EC325, EC330, a cumulative GPA of 2.5, approval of teacher education faculty, pass all appropriate MTEL tests.

EC499k Preschool/Kindergarten Practicums (6 cr each)

Observing, assisting, and teaching within a preschool setting under the directions of a supervising practitioner and supervised by a college supervisor. This practicum is required of all early childhood majors for licensure. The classroom will include regular students as well as special needs students. Prerequisites: ED210, ED310, RE441, SN420, SN311, ED243, EC325, EC330, a cumulative GPA of 2.5, approval of Teacher Education Faculty Committee, pass all appropriate MTEL test.

PE By Contract (1.5 cr)

PE222 First Aid/CPR (.5 Credits)

Provides opportunity to become Red Cross Certified in (1) First Aid care and prevention of school related injuries, and (2) CPR for babies, children, and adults. Occurs in a modified lecture format, supplemented by audiovisual teaching methods. Assessment is based on written examinations and skill performance.

Bachelor of Education


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