Course Catalog: Graduate Department of Special and Elementary Education

The degree requirements outlined in this catalog are intended to be used for students entering Wheelock in the 2016-2017 academic year.

Eleonora Villegas-Reimers, Chair and Associate Professor
Karen Worth, Instructor, Coordinator, IESE Program
Shoshanna Starr Collins, Instructor
John Crapps, Professor
Felicity Crawford, Associate Professor
Kathleen McDonough, Assistant Professor
Susan Redditt, Instructor
Judith Richards, Instructor
Stephanie Cox Suarez, Associate Professor
William Thompson, Associate Professor
Jeff Winokur, Instructor

Available Programs of Study:

Master of Science in:

Integrated Elementary and Special Education (IESE)
Educational Studies
Peace Corps Masters International: Integrated Elementary and Special Education
Peace Corps Master’s International: Educational Studies
Educational Studies: International Teaching and Global Learning
Educational Studies: Achieving Excellence in Teaching Math and Science (on-line program)

Certificate Programs in:

Advancing Science Content Knowledge in Grades 1-6
Advancing Math Content Knowledge in Grades 1-6
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Special Education

Courses of Study to Advance Licensure

The Elementary Initial (1-6) License is advanced to the Professional level by any completing one of the following programs after 3 years of teaching under that license:

  • English Language Learners/English as a Second Language Certificate (12 credits)
  • Reading Certificate(12 credits)
  • Special Education Certificate (12 credits) [can be completed alone, or as part of the IESE master’s program]
  • Advancing Math Content Knowledge in Grades 1-6 Certificate (12-credit online program)
  • Advancing Science Content Knowledge in Grades 1-6 Certificate (12-credit online program)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (12 credits)
  • Teacher of Reading Master’s (31 credits)
  • The Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8) Initial License is advanced to the Professional level by any one of the following programs:
  • English Language Learners/English as a Second Language Certificate (12 credits)
  • Reading Certificate(12 credits)
  • Advancing Math Content Knowledge in Grades 1-6 Certificate (12-credit online program)
  • Advancing Science Content Knowledge in Grades 1-6 Certificate (12-credit online program)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (12 credits)
  • Teacher of Reading Master’s (31 credits)

MS/Integrated Elementary and Special Education/ 31-52 credits

The Master of Science in Integrated Elementary and Special Eduction (IESE) program combines content and performance assessments from two nationally recognized programs in Elementary and Special Education to assure the preparation of educators to work effectively in inclusive setting in public or private schools as an Elementary teacher or a Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities. Graduates of the IESE program are eligible for initial licensure from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education as Elementary Teacher (1-6) license, and as a Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8). * The Integrated Elementary and Special Education program incorporates essential elements required of a teacher prepared to meet the needs of all learners. The content areas of mathematics, science, social studies, and language arts are incorporated in the study of curriculum development, assessment, meeting curriculum standards, and differentiating the curriculum for learners working at, above, and below grade level and English Language Learners. Teachers acquire the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to provide effective special education services which include understanding the impact of disabilities on learning, assessing children to deter-mine their learning strengths and areas of need, collaborating with the family and team to promote a positive learning environment, and creating adaptations to enable the child to access the general curriculum.

This program is designed both for experienced teachers who currently hold a teacher license and those with no formal educator preparation.

Students complete the program full-time or part time. Full-time students complete the program in 14-18 months, starting in the summer semester. Students may begin their course work on a part-time basis but must enroll full-time during the semesters in which the internship is completed. Part-time students typically complete the program in 2 years or longer. Students follow a sequence of courses and participate in the teaching internship with courses meeting in the evening, weekend, and summers. Candidates may also elect to complete their internship in their own inclusive or special needs classroom if the site must be approved by the Field Experience Office as meeting Wheelock requirements for a placement site including providing opportunities to work with diverse students and using the MA Curriculum Frameworks and State Common Core Standards.

Preference for admission is given to applicants with prior experience working with children and families, preferably in a group setting. A prerequisite for admission is completion of a baccalaureate major in the Arts and Sciences or its equivalent. Upon entering the program, students meet with an advisor to develop a study plan.

The IESE program is nationally recognized by two specialized associations: the Council for Exceptional Children and the Association for Childhood Education International (the association that has reviewed elementary programs as part of the NCATE accreditation process). The program qualifies graduates for licensure in two areas: Elementary Teacher and Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (*see note below about institutional endorsement).

Learning outcomes for the Integrated Elementary and Special Education major:

Students will:

  • Understand the content and be prepared to teach all subject areas in mathematics, science, social studies, and language arts.
  • Be able to design, implement, and assess the effectiveness of curriculum and instruction in relation to the development and academic achievement of all children
  • Learn and use the skills to modify curriculum for children with exceptional learning needs including English Language Learners so that these children can successfully access the general curriculum (i.e. Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks)
  • Develop a theoretical framework for understanding and evaluating educational practice
  • Be able to collaborate with general education, special eduction, and content-specific teachers in order to provide a comprehensive and responsive educational program to all learners.
  • Engage in equitable and culturally responsive classroom practices to support the academic achievement of all children.
  • Effectively engage with families in diverse communities to collaborate with them about their children’s experiences in the learning environment

Requirements

Core Courses 9 credits

Human Development (choose one) 3 credits

HDF 501 Lifespan Development I or

HDF 702 Language, Literacy and Culture-Advanced

Multicultural 3 credits

EDU 505 Racial and Cultural Identities or

Research (choose one) 3 credits

RES 723 Practitioner as Researcher or

RES 725 Research Methods

Program courses 34 credits

MLE 501 Effective Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) I:

Second Language Acquisition in Context/3 cr

RDG 537 Teaching Reading/3 cr

SPE 542 Impact of Special Needs on Education/3 cr

SPE 652 Inclusive Education Curriculum or

SPE 654 Advanced Inclusive Curriculum/3 cr

EDU 535 Mathematical Learning for Diverse Learners/3 cr

SPE 710 Assistive Technology/1 cr

SPE 656 Special Education Assessment/3 cr

EDU 546 Teaching and Learning History and Social Studies/ 3 cr

SPE 650 Understanding Reading Difficulties/2 cr

SPE 560 Understanding & Managing Behavior/2 cr

EDU 545 Elementary Science/3 cr

SPE 685 Democracy and Education/2 cr

MLE 503 Effective Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) II:

PreK-8 Literacy and Content Instruction/3 cr

Internship 8 credits

SPP 640 Practicum: Students with Special Needs/3 cr

EDP 536 Elementary Practicum/3 cr

SPE 644/646 Instructional Methods/2 cr

Portfolio 1 credit

EDU 682 Portfolio Development: Integrated Elementary and Special Education/1 cr

* Licensure: Upon program completion, students are qualified for both the Elementary Teacher (1-6) and Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (PreK- 8).

As of June 2014, all candidates for a DESE initial license must have the SEI endorsement. Wheelock College offers state approved courses that meet the current Massachusetts requirements for the Sheltered English Immersion endorsement. Two courses with applied components are required in all programs that lead to an initial licensure programs issued by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Some courses are waived or substituted based on previous licensure, experience and based on Wheelock waiver/substitution policy; these are reviewed by the faculty advisor and the program coordinator.

Peace Corps Master’s International: Integrated Elementary and Special Education Program (PCMIIESE)

A variation of the Integrated Master’s in Elementary and Special Education was approved by the Wheelock Faculty and the Peace Corps in spring 2014, and is entitled the Peace Corps Master’s International in Integrated Elementary and Special Education. This program offers an opportunity for students to enroll in the IESE program and complete their Peace Corps service towards the end of the program, after completing their teaching internship. The requirements of the state approved and nationally recognized IESE master’s program that leads to two MA teaching licenses (in Elementary Education and Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities) are fully met through this variation of the program.

5th Year Pathway Into the IESE for Students with a Wheelock Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education/ 31 credits

Wheelock students who graduate with an elementary education major and license can apply to enter and complete a variation of the Integrated Elementary and Special Education master’s pro-gram and be endorsed for the MA Special Education: Teaching Students with Moderate Disabilities license. Like other students in the IESE programs, students complete a year-long supervised teaching internship. The learning outcomes of the program are the same. The program requirements for this pathway are listed below:

SPE 542 Impact of special needs on education / 3 cr

RES 723 Practitioner as Researcher or

RES 725 Research Methods / 3 cr

SPE 654 Advanced Special Education Curriculum / 3 cr

SPE 644 and Instructional methods I and II / 2 cr

SPE 646

EDU 545 Elementary Science / 3 cr

SPP 640 Practicum: Special Education / 3 cr

SPE 656 Special Education assessment / 3 cr

SPE 650 Understanding reading difficulties / 2 cr

SPE 560 Understanding and managing behavior / 2 cr

SPE 710 Assistive technology / 1 cr

SPE 685 Democracy and education / 2 cr

EDU 682 Portfolio development: IESE / 1 cr

One elective / 3 cr

5th Year Pathway Into the IESE for Students with a Wheelock Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education/ 31 credits

Wheelock students who graduate with a special education major and license can apply to enter and complete a variation of the Integrated Elementary and Special Education master’s program and be endorsed for the MA Elementary Education license. Like other students in the IESE programs, students complete a year-long supervised teaching internship. The learning outcomes of the pro-gram are the same. The program requirements for this pathway are listed below:

EDU 546 Teaching History and Social Studies / 3 cr

EDP 536 Practicum: Elementary Education / 3 cr

SPP 644 and Instructional Methods I and II / 2 cr
SPP 646

EDU 545 Elementary Science / 3 cr

SPE 650 Understanding reading difficulties / 2 cr

SPE 685 Democracy and Education / 2 cr

RES 723 Practitioner as Researcher or

RES 725 Research Methods / 3 cr

EDU 682 Portfolio development / 1 cr

Electives / 12 cr**

** Students may choose to complete a 12-credit certificate in Advancing Science Content Knowledge in Grades 1-6, Advancing Mathematics Content Knowledge in Grades 1-6 English as a Second Language, Autism Spectrum Disorders or Reading, which will advanced their initial Special Education License to Professional level once all other requirements are met.

MS/Educational Studies/30 Credits

This program is designed for students who are interested in pursuing a master’s degree in education, but are not interested at this time in obtaining initial state licensure as a teacher. Students work with an academic advisor to develop a program of study that meets the student’s academic and professional goals. The program includes 17 credits of elective courses which allow the student to select from a number of courses, including one of the six certificate programs (formerly called course clusters) that advance an initial license to the professional level when all other requirements for the professional license are met (Advancing Science Content Knowledge in Grades 1-6, Advancing Mathematics Content Knowledge in Grades 1-6 English as a Second Language, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Reading, or Special Education), Other certificate programs considered by Educational Studies students include: Parenting Education, Organizational Leadership, or a combination of courses from different areas of study offered at Wheelock.

Requirements

Core Courses 13 credits

Human Development Selective/3 cr

Multicultural Selective/3 cr

Research Selective/3 cr

EDU 505 Racial and Cultural Identities/3 cr

EDU 704 Capstone: Educational Studies/1 cr

Elective Courses: 17 credits

Students work with an advisor to select courses in Elementary Education, Special Education, Language and Literacy, Early Child-hood Education, Child and Family Studies, Social Work and/or Nonprofit Leadership.

There are three additional variations of the Educational Studies Program, none of which lead to a teacher license or credential.

  • Educational Studies: Peace Corps Master’s International;
  • Educational Studies: Achieving Excellence in Teaching Math and Science; and
  • Master’s in Educational Studies: International Teaching and Global Learning.

M.S. Educational Studies: Peace Corps Masters International/ 30 credits

Wheelock College partners with the Peace Corps to offer the Master’s International (PCMI) Program in Educational Studies. This 30-credit master’s program begins with one year of courses completed on the Wheelock campus. Courses include human development, multiculturalism, research, and a 12-credit elective area of focus. Courses can be taken from a variety of programs such as: Reading or ESL, Integrated Elementary and Special Education, Early Childhood Education, Child Life, Social Work or Nonprofit Leadership, or students may elect to complete any of the 12-credit certificate programs offered at Wheelock: (Advancing Science Content Knowledge in Grades 1-6, Advancing Mathematics Con-tent Knowledge in Grades 1-6 English as a Second Language, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Reading, or Special Education, Parenting Education, Organizational Leadership).

Upon completion of a majority of their coursework, students will enroll in 8 credits of field study during their two years of Peace Corps service (4 credits per year of service). These 8 credits are at no cost to the student. Peace Corps service is an integral part of the academic program, as it will be the focus of students’ required field study project. These 8 credits will include the completion of a needs assessment project in the host country and community, and the design of a community-based project that addresses an identified need and that is sustainable. Examples of Peace Corps field study projects which are codeveloper with host country col-leagues could include a women’s literacy program, a youth sports program, a girls’ reading club, or working with children with special needs.

The PCMI Program concludes with a 1-credit capstone course at Wheelock upon the student’s return. In this course, students compile their portfolio and present it to the Wheelock and Peace Corps community.

Requirements

Core Courses 10 credits

Human Development Selective/3 cr

Research Selective/ 3 cr

EDU 505 Racial and Cultural Identities/3 cr

EDU 704 Capstone: Educational Studies/1 cr

Elective Courses: 12 credits

Courses during Peace Corps Service / 8 cr

EDU 601 Peace Corps Project Foundation I / 2 cr

EDU 602 Peace Corps Project Foundation II / 2 cr

EDU 603 Peace Corps Project Implementation I / 2 cr

EDU 604 Peace Corps Project implementation II / 2 cr

M.S. Educational Studies: International Teaching and Global Learning/ 30 cr – hybrid

This program is designed for students who are interested in pursuing a master’s degree in education, want to spend an academic year teaching abroad, and who already have a teaching license in either Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, or Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities. Students work with an academic advisor to develop a program of study that meets the student’s academic and professional goals. In addition to course courses, the program includes a year-long teaching assignment in an early childhood or elementary school in another country, and 11 credits of elective courses which allow the student to select from a number of courses, including one of the six certificate programs that advance an initial license to the professional level when all other requirements for the professional license are met (Advancing Science Content Knowledge in Grades 1-6, Advancing Mathematics Content Knowledge in Grades 1-6 English as a Second Language, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Reading, or Special Education), Other certificate programs considered by Educational Studies students include: Parenting Education, Organizational Leadership, or a combination of courses from different areas of study offered at Wheelock.

Requirements

Core Courses 19 credits

Human Development Selective/3 cr

Research Selective/3 cr

EDU 532 Innovative Teaching in International Environments / 3 cr

EDP 605 International Teaching and Seminar I / 3 cr

EDP 606 International Teaching and Seminar II / 3 cr

EDU 505 Racial and Cultural Identities/3 cr

EDU 704 Capstone: Educational Studies/1 cr

Elective Courses: 11 credits

Students work with an advisor to select courses in Elementary Education, Special Education, Language and Literacy, Early Child-hood Education, Child and Family Studies, Social Work and/or Nonprofit Leadership.

MS in Educational Studies: Achieving Excellence in Teaching Math and Science/30 credits

The Educational Studies Master’s Achieving Excellence in Teaching Math and Science is a fully online program. This is not an advanced math or science program. This 30-credit program engages adults in elementary level math and science content beyond the subject area knowledge required for beginning teachers seeking a first license.

The program advances content and pedagogical content knowledge to deepen knowledge and best teaching practices to advance every student’s learning in these two STEM areas. This is not a full teacher preparation program and does not lead to an initial license. It provides continuing professional development for educators and others who work with elementary age students. For Massachusetts teachers who hold the initial license in Elementary (1-6), Early Childhood Teacher of Students with or without Disabilities (PreK-8), or Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8), this Master’s degree can be used to advance that license to the professional level when all other state requirements have been met as it includes two Certificate programs approved by the MA DESE for that purpose. Students may choose to complete the math courses or the science courses as part of the 30 credits. If students would like to complete both, they will need to register for an additional 3-credit course.

This online program includes:

  • 10 graduate courses (30 credits) that can be completed in 20 months
  • 8-week courses offered consecutively and separated by short breaks
  • A focus on both content and pedagogy — we help teachers teach better!

This program allows elementary teachers, STEM educators, and a host of other STEM-related professionals to pursue an advanced degree in STEM education while teaching or working full-time. It also provides a foundation in teaching math and science for anyone involved with STEM topics for elementary-aged children (academic coaches, tutors, museum staff, STEM curriculum developers, and more).

Requirements 30 – 33 credits

HDF 521 Children’s Cognitive Development I / 3 cr

EDU 505 Racial and Cultural Identities / 3 cr

RES 723 Teacher as Researcher / 3 cr

EDU 622 Patterns, functions and algebra / 3 cr

EDU 624 Numbers and operations / 3 cr

EDU 626 Data analysis and probability / 3 cr

EDU 628 Geometry and measurement / 3cr

EDU 630 Inquiry into Life Sciences / 3 cr

EDU 632 Teaching and Learning Physical Sciences / 3 cr

EDU 634 Teaching and Learning Elementary Science / 3 cr

EDU 636 Science inquiry in action / 3 cr

Graduate Certificate in Special Education/12 credits

This 12-credit certificate program in special education develops expertise for beginning or experienced practitioners in teaching children with exceptional learning needs in diverse settings (formerly called a 12-credit cluster). For teachers who already hold a master’s degree and an initial teaching license, this group of courses has been approved by the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to be used to advance an initial license in early childhood education, elementary education, or ESL to the professional level. Course substitutions at a more advanced level are made only with prior written permission of the Educator Licensure Officer.

Requirements

SPE 542 Impact of Special Needs on Development and Learning /3 cr

SPE 654 Advanced Inclusive Curriculum /3 cr

SPE 656 Special Education Assessment/3 cr

SPE 560 Understanding and Managing Behavior / 2 cr

SPE 710 Assistive Technology /1 cr

Certificate Program in Autism Spectrum Disorder/12 credits

This graduate certificate is a 12 credit interdisciplinary program that critically analyzes Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) through a family-centered and community-based perspective. This certificate provides a multidimensional approach to working with individuals and their families with ASD across the developmental stages of the lifespan within multiple systems (home, school, health care settings, and work). Focus is placed on issues of ASD from multiple disciplines including social work, special education, health related fields. Students will explore current evidence-based practices to increase the quality of life, abilities, and functioning of the individual with ASD. Particular attention will be on culturally relevant practices that enhance skills in self-determination, social and communication and build on the strengths of the individual and family. Students will gain a deeper understanding of multi-disciplinary team approaches that incorporate the individual and family through a strengths-based systems perspective. Students will synthesize their knowledge in a culminating research project. This certificate is designed for students who are professionals in education, human services, or related service disciplines as well as families and individuals with ASD. This certificate program is open to all graduate students. (Prerequisite: a bachelor or master’s is required for the program. Those coming with a degree that is not from a related area (e.g., psychology, social work, special education, education), a graduate or undergraduate course in child development within the past 5 years; or, related experience and per-mission from the program coordinator.)

Requirements 12 credits

AUT 510 Fundamentals of Autism/3 cr

AUT 520 Autism: Intervention and Supports/3 cr

AUT 530 Autism: Positive Behavior Supports/3 cr

AUT 540 Autism: Social and Communication Skills/3 cr

Certificate in Advancing Mathematics Content Knowledge in Grades 1-6/ 12 credits

This 12 credit certificate builds on and goes beyond mathematics subject area knowledge required for approval of programs leading to an Initial teacher license in the following fields: Elementary (1-6), Early Childhood Teacher of Students with or without Disabilities (PreK-2), or Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8). The four courses focus on mathematics content, with content based pedagogy embedded in each of the courses to assure that teachers have both the content knowledge and an understanding of how to offer this content in developmentally appropriate and culturally significant classroom settings. Participants learn and understand how to apply math content to maximize grades 1-6 student learning opportunities.

Requirements

EDU 624 Number and Operations/3 cr

EDU 628 Geometry and Measurement/3 cr

EDU 622 Patterns, Functions and Algebra/3 cr

EDU 626 Data Analysis and Probability/3 cr

Certificate in Advancing Science Content Knowledge in Grades 1-6/ 12 credits

This 12-credit certificate builds on and goes beyond the physical and life science subject area knowledge required for approval of programs leading to an Initial teacher license in the following fields: Elementary (1-6), Early Childhood Teacher of Students with or without Disabilities (PreK-2), or Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8). Each of the four courses includes examples of the application of pedagogical content knowledge, typically in the format of assigned hands-on exercises designed to construct and solidify understanding of the content, and related to teaching of inquiry and other specific science content areas with the intention of increasing teacher impact on student learning. It is the intention of the faculty who designed the courses that participants be able to demonstrate how to effectively teach specific science content knowledge upon completion of the cluster. Pre-requisite: Students must have a bachelor’s degree.

Requirements

EDU 634 Teaching and Learning Elem. Science/3 cr

EDU 630 Inquiry Into Life Science/3 cr

EDU 632 Teaching & Learning Physical Science/3 cr

EDU 636 Science Inquiry in Action/3 cr

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