Course Catalog: Undergraduate 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
Shoshanna Starr Collins, Instructor
John Crapps, Professor
Felicity Crawford, Associate Professor
Kathleen McDonough, Assistant Professor
Susan Redditt, Instructor
Judy Richards, Instructor
Stephanie Cox Suarez, Associate Professor
William Thompson, Associate Professor
Jeff Winokur, Instructor
Karen Worth, Instructor

Available Programs of Study:

Educational Studies
Elementary Education
Special Education: Teacher of Students with Moderate Dis-abilities
Minor in Education
Minor in Understanding Autism

B.S. or B.A. in Educational Studies / 36 credits

This major is designed for students interested in learning about the discipline of education, as well as the processes of education, and their application in a variety of educational-related settings. The program does not lead to educator licensure in Massachusetts or any other state; however, students will gain experience working in after school programs, informal educational institutions such as museums and community organization, after school programs, summer camps, etc. Students who select this major, must also select an Arts and Sciences major (American Studies, Arts, Communications, Humanities, Math and/or Science, Political Science and Global Studies, Psychology and Human Development). With guidance from an academic advisor and with approval from the chairs of both departments, students may decide to combine this major with Juvenile Justice and Youth Advocacy, or Social Work.

Learning Outcomes for the Educational Studies Major:

Students will:

  • Develop a theoretical framework for understanding and evaluating educational practice in informal and formal educational settings
  • Develop effective learning experiences for children that are responsive to their cognitive, social, emotional, physical, and cultural needs
  • Develop strong two-way communication systems with parents and families and build relationships with colleagues and community members.
  • Understand how to use social justice teaching practices to promote equity among children.

Required support courses (beyond those required in the General Education program)

HDP 131 Human Growth and Development II/4 cr

Major Course Requirements 16 credits

EDU 201 Orientation to Education Programs / 0 cr

EDU 255 Racial and Cultural Identities /4 cr

EDU XXX Introduction to Education for Non-traditional settings /2 cr [may be substituted by EDU 306 Introduction to Elementary Education, HDP 290 Children with special needs], or EDU 305 Principles of Inclusive Early Childhood Education in a Diverse Society

MLE 301 SEI 1 Second language acquisition in context / 4 cr

EDP 425 Education Studies Practicum and seminar / 4 cr (may be substituted by EDU 316/EDP 317, SPP 460, EDP 447, or EDP 455]

EDU 481 Capstone: Education Studies/ 2 cr

Program Selectives 16 credits

Students must select at least 4 credits from each of the following areas.

Instructional Strategies

EDU 313 US Government and Teaching Elementary History/Social Studies/4cr

EDU 330 Elementary Mathematics/4 cr

EDU 320 Mathematics for Young Children/4 cr

EDU 331 Multicultural Picture Books/2 cr

EDU 332 Multicultural Chapter Books/2 cr

EDU 336 Elementary Science/Technology/4 cr

EDU 337 Teaching Reading in PreK – 8 classrooms/4 cr

EDU 351 Teaching and Learning Science in Early Childhood Classrooms/2 cr

THE 277 Movement and Drama for Children/4 cr

THE 310 Story Theater/4 cr

VIS 278 Art for Children/4 cr

COM 255 Media Literacy for Children and Youth/4 cr

Family and Community

EDU 228 Civic issues, skills and engagement/2 cr

HDP 221 Family Theories/4 cr

EDU 367 Foundations of Communication & Collaboration/2 cr

EDU 420 Communication and Collaboration/2 cr

CFS 240 Introduction to Human Services/4 cr

HDP 368 Adult Development/4 cr

HDP 282 Children and the Media/4 cr

Working with students with special needs

SPE 264 Managing Behavior/2 cr

AUT 320 Foundations of Development in Autism/4 cr

HDP 290 Children with Special Needs/4 cr

SPE 392 Teaching Students with Exceptional Learning Needs/4 cr

Program Electives 4 credits

Self-designed area of focus:

With the student’s education academic advisor, students select courses. For students selecting this major with the intention of obtaining a strong background in education and eventually pursuing educator licensure at the master’s level, the academic advisor will recommend some of the courses offered for the students in the elementary or special education majors in preparation for later course work and experiences that will lead to licensure.

In addition, if a student transfers into the Ed Studies major having completed 36 credits in the Elementary Education, Early Child-hood Education or Special Education: Teaching Students with Moderate Disabilities majors, including at least one practicum, the student will be able to graduate with a Major in Educational Studies on completion of the Educational Studies Capstone (EDU 481).

B.S or B.A./Elementary Education/ 52 credits

This is a nationally recognized program that leads to the Elementary Education (1-6 grade) Initial license from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The Elementary Education major prepares students to become teachers of elementary school children in public and private schools, with a focus on urban settings. Students study the foundations of elementary education, theories and methods of teaching and assessing student learning in inclusive classrooms, and standards-based curriculum development. Students study the arts and sciences disciplines including human development, and they build content knowledge in the subject matter they will be teaching. For information on teacher licensure, please refer to the Professional Certification and Licensure section of this catalog. Students who select this major, must also select an Arts and Sciences major (American Studies, Arts, Communications, Humanities, Math and/or Science, Political Science and Global Studies, Psychology and Human Development).

Students in this program may apply to complete a master’s degree in Integrated Elementary and Special Education (IESE) by staying an additional year at Wheelock. By completing the IESE program in the 5th year, students are able to add the Special Education license in addition to completing a master’s degree. For information on the 5th year pathway for IESE, please refer to the Graduate Pro-grams section of this catalog.

Learning outcomes for the Elementary Education major:

Students will:

  • develop a theoretical framework for understanding and evaluating educational practice
  • work with children and their families in diverse communities in a multicultural society
  • design, implement, and assess the effectiveness of curriculum and instruction in relation to the development and academic achievement of children including English Language Learners and children with exceptionalities

Required Support Courses*(Credits may apply to the General Education requirements)

MAT 130/131/132 or

MAT 140/141 Concepts and Processes/ 8-12 cr

HIS 165 America through the Civil War/ 4cr or

HIS 167 America since the Civil War/ 4 cr

One global history course/ 4 cr

Two science courses (one life science, one physical science)/ 8 cr

One literature course/ 4 cr

Major Course Requirements 26 credits

EDU 201 Orientation to Education Programs/0 cr

EDU 255 Racial and Cultural Identities/4 cr

EDU 306 Introduction to Elementary Teaching/4 cr

EDU 330 Elementary Mathematics/4 cr

EDU 337 Teaching Reading in Grades pre-K-8/4 cr

MLE 301 Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) I/4 cr

EDU 313 US Government & Teaching Elementary History/Social Studies/4 cr

EDU 338 Teaching Nonfiction Literacy/2 cr (completed prior to or concurrent with the pre-practicum)

Elementary Pre-practicum Core 8 credits

EDU 316 Elementary Curriculum Development/3 cr

EDP 317 Elementary Pre-practicum (minimum 100 hrs)/1 cr

EDU 336 Elementary Science and Technology/4 cr

Elementary Practicum Core 16 credits

EDU 446 Elementary Teaching & Learning/4 cr

EDP 447 Elementary Practicum/6 cr

EDU 445 Meeting Diverse Learning Needs/2 cr

MLE 303 Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) II:

PreK-8 Literacy and Content Instruction/4 cr

Completion of Major 2 credits

EDU 486 Elem. Ed.: Portfolio Development/1 cr

EDU 487* Capstone: Elementary Education/1 cr

* Passing scores on the MTEL Communication and Literacy Skills Test [both sub-tests] are required prior to course selection for the Pre-practicum. Passing scores on the General Curriculum [both subtests] and Foundation of Reading Tests must be obtained prior to course selection of EDU 487. Students are strongly advised to complete EDP 447 Elementary Practicum prior to taking the cap-stone course.

B.S or B.A./ Special Education: Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities/
40 credits

This is a nationally recognized program that leads to the Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8) Initial license from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The program prepares professionals to work with children, in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade, with mild to moderate disabilities who participate in inclusive, resource, or substantially separate classrooms in public or private schools. Students develop skills in inclusive curriculum design, creating a supportive classroom ecology, differentiating instruction, understanding and managing behavior, collaborative problem-solving, and commitment to equity for all children in a multiracial and multicultural society. Students must participate in a faculty group interview prior to acceptance into the program. For information on teacher licensure, please refer to the Professional Certification and Licensure section of this catalog on page 22-23.

Learning outcomes for the Special Education: Teacher Of Students with Moderate Disabilities major:

Students will:

  • Develop a theoretical framework for understanding and evaluating special educational practice.
  • Learn to use a variety of informal and formal assessments to document students’ development and learning.
  • Work with children with special needs and their families in diverse communities in a multicultural society.
  • Establish goals and objectives; select, modify, and develop materials and instructional activities for inclusive and special education settings.
  • Learn techniques and materials for developing language, academic, and social skills for students with exceptionalities, including students who are learning English as a second language.

Students in this program may apply to complete a master’s degree in Integrated Elementary and Special Education (IESE) by staying an additional year at Wheelock. By completing the IESE program in the 5th year, students are able to add the Elementary Education license in addition to completing a master’s degree. For information on the 5th year pathway for IESE, please refer to the Graduate Programs section of this catalog.

Required Support Courses

(Credits may apply to General Education Requirements)

HDP 131 Human Growth and Development/4 cr

MAT 130/131 and 132 or

MAT 140/141 Concepts and Processes/8-12 cr

AST 150 Intro to American Government/4 cr

HIS 165 America through the Civil War/4 cr or

HIS 167 America since the Civil War/4 cr

One Global History course/4 cr

Two Life and Physical Science courses/8 cr

One Literature Course/4 cr

Program Requirements 52 credits

Practicum Prerequisites 26 credits

EDU 201 Orientation to Educ. Programs /0 cr

HDP 290 Children with Specials Needs/4 cr

EDU 255 Racial and Cultural Identities/4 cr

SPE 264 Behavior Management/2 cr

EDU 330 Elementary Mathematics/4 cr

EDU 337 Teaching Reading in Grades Pre-K-8/4 cr

MLE 301 Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) I: Second Language Acquisition in Context/4 cr

SPE 392 Teaching Students with Exceptional Learning Needs/2 cr

(Can be taken before, during or after practicum)

SPE 346 Assistive Technology/2 cr

Special Education Practicum Core I 16 credits

EDU 338 Teaching Nonfiction Literacy/2 cr

SPE 394 Curriculum, Learning & Special Needs/4 cr

MLE 303 Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) II:

PreK-8 Literacy and Content Instruction/4 cr

SPP 460 Practicum I/4 cr

SPP 461 Seminar I/2 cr

Special Needs Practicum Core II 8 credits

SPE 481 Assessing Children with Special Needs/4 cr

SPP 470 Practicum II/3 cr

SPP 471 Seminar II/1 cr

Program Completion 2 credits

SPE 466 Special Education: Capstone/1 cr

SPE 467* Special Education: Portfolio Development/1 cr

Passing scores on the MTEL Communication and Literacy Skills Test [both sub-tests] must be received prior to course selection for the first practicum. Passing scores on the MTEL General Curriculum [both subtests], and MTEL Foundation of Reading tests must be obtained prior to course selection of SPE 467; students are strongly advised to complete Practicum core II prior to taking the capstone and portfolio courses.

Minor/Understanding Autism/16 credits

Understanding Autism is a 16-credit (4 course) interdisciplinary minor that is open to all Wheelock undergraduate students. The minor offers students the opportunity to understand the cognitive, language, social, emotional and physical aspects of individuals with autism. It introduces and examines current approaches and strategies that enable people with autism to communicate and participate fully in their lives. Students will explore current research-based interventions, teaching methodologies, services and pro-grams as well as fully consider the personal stories of people with autism. Students will begin to develop professional skills to foster the development of effective programs and to advocate for individuals with autism and their families and communities.

Course Requirements

Prerequisites HDP 130/131 or

HDP 120/121 Human Growth and Development/4 cr

HDP 290 Children with Special Needs/4 cr

Program Requirements 16 credits

AUT 320 Foundations of Development in Autism/4 cr

AUT 322 Assessment and Intervention in Autism/4 cr

AUT321 Family, Community & Inter-professional Collaboration/4 cr

AUT 350 Advanced Study in Autism/4 cr

Education Minor / 16 credits

The Education minor is designed for students interested in exploring professional options in education that are outside of the class-room, such as working in educational publishing, creating educational software, or working in after school settings or other out-of-school settings. The Education Minor is open to all interested students who do not have an Education major. It can be combined with any of the other undergraduate programs and academic majors in the Social Work, Leadership and Policy Division or Arts and Sciences majors. These options include the Community-based Human Service Certificate, the Juvenile Justice and Youth Advocacy major, the Social Work major, the Child Health minor or any of the Arts and Sciences majors. It provides an education option for students with a Human Development major who are interested in school psychology rather than working with children in the classroom. The Education Minor does not lead to state licensure and it does not require passage of any sections of the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure.

Course Requirements 4 credits

EDU 255 Racial and Cultural Identities/4 cr

Introductory Education Course (choose one) 4 credits

EDU 305 Principles of Inclusive Early Childhood Education/ 4 cr

EDU 306 Introduction to Elementary Education/ 4 cr

HDP 290 Children with Special Needs/ 4 cr

Reading Course (choose one) 4 credits

EDU 327 Teaching Reading to Young Children/ 4 cr

EDU 337 Teaching Reading in Grades pre-K-8/ 4 cr

Selective courses (choose one) 4 credits

EDU 313 US Government & Teaching Elementary History/Social Studies/4 cr

EDU 316/ Elementary Curriculum Development3/ Elementary Pre-practicum/1 cr
EDP 317

EDU 320 Mathematics for Young Children/4 cr

EDU 330 Elementary Mathematics/4 cr

EDU 336 Elementary Science and Technology/4 cr

EDU 341 Assessing Young Children With and Without Special Needs/2 cr

EDU 331 Multicultural Picture Books/2 cr

EDU 332 Multicultural Chapter Books/2 cr

EDU 351 Teaching and Learning Science in the Early Child-hood Classroom/2 cr

SPE 346 Assistive Technology/2 cr

SPE 264 Behavior Management/2 cr

SPE 392 Teaching Students with Diverse Learning Needs/2 cr

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