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Summer 2019 Course Offerings

First Session: May 22nd – June 28th
Second Session: July 2nd – August 9th
12-Week Session: May 22nd – August 9th

Find more information about these courses on SIS or Summer at Tufts for registration information.
Many courses in the department are limited to students enrolled in one of our degree programs. See the notes of prerequisites in the descriptions below. Some courses may be enrolled in with instructor permission.

ED 128 Foundations of Literacy
Offered Session I: Online
The role of literacies, multiliteracies, reading and writing instruction, and responding to students' developing dispositions as literate individuals in schools. Recommended for elementary STEM MAT students, English MAT students, and undergraduate students interested in exploring literacy and reading and writing instruction in schools. Simpson

ED 130 Human Development and Learning
Offered Session I: Tu/Th 9-12:30pm // Session II: Tu/Th 1-4:30pm
This course is an introduction to theories of human development and learning, with a particular focus on relevance to education. The course will investigate primarily constructivist and socio-cultural perspectives. Experiences with a fundamental methodology (the clinical interview) are incorporated. The course is much like a seminar, in that students will read and discuss different theories and perspectives; all students are expected to drive their own learning throughout the semester. SSI: Pinto / SSII: Seaton

ED 142 Education of the Exceptional Child
Offered Session II (E. Seaton): Tu/Th 9-12:30pm
Starting with a history of special education, this course introduces students to effective responses to the diverse needs of exceptional learners in an inclusive classroom. Building on a strengths perspective, topics include brain and biological development and supporting students with reading disabilities, executive functioning disorders, autism spectrum disorders, and mood and behavioral disorders in schools. Emphasizing the need for collaboration among school professionals, students participate in a case study and consultation project. Seaton

ED 143 Approaches to Problem Behavior (Cross listed with CSHD 192A)
Offered Session I: Tu/Th 1-4:30pm
Prevention and management of problem behaviors in children in a variety of settings (e.g., home, school, clinic, hospital). Theoretical approaches to identification and treatment of unusual or atypical behaviors interfering with development; clinical applications of specialized techniques. Scarlett

ED 162 Critical Histories of U.S. Education
Offered Session II: Tu/Th 5-8:30pm
Considers the history of education within the borders of the United States as a struggle over access and resources, and as assertion of sovereignty or independence. Attention to reproduction of and resistance to hierarchies of class, race, gender, nation, and sexuality. Emphasizes the struggles of groups to gain access to or determine their own schooling in the 19th and 20th centuries. Perella

ED 183 Grammar and Writing for Teachers
Offered Session II: Online
The teaching and learning of grammar and writing in the context of research, classroom practice, diverse populations, and high-stakes testing. Topics include composition theory, writing in a variety of genres, the implementation of writing programs K-12, teaching grammar in the context of composition and real-life situations, teaching Standard Written English to students of color and bilingual students, and response and evaluation. A thorough review of English grammar is included. Simpson

ED 184 Geography in the Curriculum
Offered Session I: Mo/Wed 5-8:30pm
Study of five themes adopted by the National Geographic Alliance: location, place, relationships within place, movement, and regions. Examination of recently developed curriculum materials for teaching these themes. Shea

ED 191AF Special Topics: Creating Inclusive Educational Spaces
Offered Session I: Tu/Th 9-12:30pm
Studies have shown that positive social-emotional health is critical to academic success.  Students who identify as part of more marginalized populations are at greater risk for bullying, truancy, academic failure and drop out, largely due to exclusion, or perceived exclusion, from the school community. This course will provide an in-depth look at the experiences of marginalized students in K-12 schools and post-secondary schools as well as the institutional dynamics that shape those experiences. Participants will be introduced to the topic through research, popular media, and case studies of individual students and institutions. Participants will then be guided through the macro, systems issues facing students with marginalized identities using an Activist-Change Framework to develop institution-specific action plans. This course will be a combination of lecture, group work, and exploratory learning opportunities to provide all learners with a deeper understanding of the experiences of marginalized students and the action steps needed to create change. Roop

ED 191BB Special Topics: Your Neighborhood and Mine (Cross-Listed with HIST 170B)
Offered Session II: Mo/Wed 8:45-10:30am
Teaching a unit on immigrants and their neighborhoods in Massachusetts.
K-12 educators to create lesson plans, activities, and projects to be used in classroom teaching about immigrants.  Learning how to teach with historical documents and through field research in ethnic neighborhoods. Students can earn Professional Development Points (PDPs). Ueda

ED 244A Assessment and Intervention for Learning Problems in the Classroom
Offered Session I: Tu/Th 1-4:30pm
This course will further students' knowledge of learning disabilities focusing upon assessment, classification, identification, collaboration, and intervention planning within a problem-solving framework. Through field-based case studies, students will: a) enhance their assessment and intervention planning skills for students with learning problems; b) compare traditional and RTI models of identification and intervention planning; c) consider student learning problems within the broader contexts of schools, communities, and local and national policies. Prerequisite: Enrollment in School Psychology Program. Roop

ED 249B Social Justice in Schools
Offered Session II: Tu/Th 1-4:30pm
This course will focus on culture and ethnicity as psychological variables and as factors in human development. Focus on multicultural and cross-cultural considerations with emphasis on theory, research, and practice in mental health service. Prerequisite: Enrollment in School Psychology program. Pinto

ED 252A Group Dynamics in Educational Settings
Offered Session I: Tu/Th 5-8:30pm
The structure, functions, and dynamics of groups. Observation and analysis of group structures and functions, interactions and dynamics of change in groups, effects of the group on the individual, and effects of the individual on the group. The class will be part of its own laboratory. Limited enrollment to students in School Psychology program. Carver

EDS 270 Art Education Design for the Exceptional Child
Offered Session II: Mo/Wed 5-8:30pm at SMFA
This course considers the role of all types of art educators with regard to learners with exceptional needs. Students will study the historical development of legislation and social movements that protect and service individuals with special needs. Emphasis will be placed on the art educator's role in supporting the human and civil rights of students with special needs. Exceptionalities in learning are explored through current research in psychology, sociology and anthropology. Field observations at a site that cares for and educates special needs learners will inform reflective discussions and curriculum development. Lesson adaptations that make art available to all learners will be explored. Exceptionalities in learning are explored through current research in psychology, sociology and anthropology. Field observations and teaching at a school site that cares for and educates special needs learners will inform reflective discussions. Prerequisite: enrollment in Art Education M.A.T. or permission. Furst

EDS 271 and 272 Innovative Methods PK-8/ 5-12
Offered Session I: Tu/Th 5-8:30pm at SMFA
These courses provide an overview of visual art methods and materials that are appropriate for art students in grades PK-8 and 5-12. The focus of this course is to provide students with opportunities to explore and become familiar with a wide range of materials, in order to create lessons for diverse populations. The course will explore visual culture and inquiry-based approaches to art education through art-making and critical thinking. Using an interdisciplinary approach to art making, students will explore art content through multicultural and historical lenses. Through collaborative work, students are encouraged to connect theory with classroom practice and to develop lesson plans and curricula that meet the objectives and developmental needs of a wide variety of students in PK-8 and 5-12 grade level art settings. Prerequisite: enrollment in Art Education M.A.T. or permission. Furst

ED 274A Methods of School Psychology Research
Offered Session I: Tu/Th 1-4:30pm
An introduction to research methods employed in conducting and understanding educational and psychological research. Topics will cover quantitative and qualitative methods in single-subject and small group designs. Prerequisite: Enrollment in School Psychology program. Pinto

ED 287: Museum Evaluation
Offered Session I: Online
This graduate course will introduce students to evaluation theory, methodologies, and implementation in museums and similar organizations and will address research design, protocol and ethics, measurement techniques, sampling, data analysis and interpretation, and reporting. Kubarek