Summer 2015 Graduate Courses

Wheelock College offers a wide variety of the highest quality Graduate Degree Programs in the fields of Education, Social Work, Child Life, and Organizational Leadership. However, we also realize that as a working professional, a Master's degree is a serious investment of your time and your money. With that in mind, we offer all students an opportunity to take Graduate Courses as a visiting, or non-matriculated, student.

You are welcome to choose from our wide variety of course topics and expertise areas that suit your professional aims. All visiting students can take up to two (2) Graduate Courses that can then be counted for credit toward your degree when you decide to apply as a full-time student.

Wheelock also offers Professional Development Institutes: see this summer's PDIs.

How to Register

• Newly Enrolled and Returning Students: Sign up through the Wheelock portal.

• Non-Matriculated Students: Register online (click on Summer Graduate Courses link to choose a course) OR Complete our Undergraduate Non-Matriculated Student Registration Form (pdf) and submit it with payment to the Office of Admissions, Wheelock College, 200 The Riverway, Boston, MA 02215.

Tuition Costs: $900.00 per graduate credit (e.g. $2,700 for a 3-credit course), plus a $10 registration fee

Graduate Summer Course List

 

COURSE INFO COURSE OVERVIEW
AUT 510 Fundamentals of Autism
Starts May 18, 2015
HYBRID Course, Part of Autism Certificate (some in-class, some online)
Meets over 2 weekends: May 29/30 and June 12/13
3 Graduate Credits
Instructor: Dorothea Iannuzzi
Employs cross-disciplinary perspective to address issues of evaluation, research, policy and advocacy related to individuals with autism and families across the lifespan in home, school and communities. Students will study empirical literature regarding the diagnostic criteria, biological and genetic influences, and as overview of evidence-based practice as treatment for autism.
AUT 520 Autism: Interventions & Supports
Starts June 20, 2015
HYBRID Course, Part of Autism Certificate (some in-class, some online)
Meets July 31 (4:30-8:30pm) and August 1 (9am-5pm)
3 Graduate Credits
Instructor: TBA
Reviews effective evidence-based practices for individuals with autism, matches individuals’ strengths and needs for practices. Emphasizes assessing, implementing and evaluating appropriate interventions and support for children with social and communication challenges. Underscores recognizing the diversity of individuals with autism and the importance of positive psychology in improving their quality of life and learning outcomes. Prerequisite: AUT 510 Fundamentals of Autism
EDU 505 Racial and Cultural Identities
June 30-August 7, 2015
Mon/Wed, 1-4pm
3 Graduate Credits
Instructor: TBA
Introduces the critical study of race, culture, and identify. Explores theories to help students examine their own socialization and understanding of race, ethnicity, culture, and identity. Considers political, social, cultural, historical, economic, and power dynamics as a context for interpreting interpersonal and structural relationships.
EDU 520 Introduction to Inclusive ECE settings
June 29-August 7, 2015
Tues/Thurs, 1-4 pm
3 Graduate Credits
Instructor:  Karen Murphy
Historical, legal, theoretical foundations of care and education for young children and their families. Application of principles to educational models. Curriculum design and assessment, strategies for developmentally appropriate learning opportunities for all young children, including those with special needs and those from diverse cultural, ethnic and linguistic backgrounds. Course requirements include 25 hours of pre-practicum field experience.
EDU 528 Impact of Special Needs: ECE
May 18-June 29, 2015
Tues/Thurs, 5-8pm
2 Graduate Credits
Instructor: Cheryl R. Brown
Explores effect of special needs on children birth to age eight. Introduces legislation, rights, services, stereotypes that affect children, families, and communities. Major areas of special needs are examined. Emphasis is on understanding children as individuals with varying performance and rates of development rather than members of a disability group.
EDU 535 Mathematical Learning for Diverse Learners
June 30-August 7, 2015
Tues/Thurs, 1-4pm
3 Graduate Credits
Instructor: Romana Mohiu
Examines contemporary influences on pedagogy, curricular choices, and materials. Addresses the teacher's role in creating an effective learning environment, and emphasizes strategies to maximize understanding mathematics for all children. Discusses a variety of assessment strategies.
HDF 504 Child Development: The Early Years
May 22/23, June 5/6, June 19/20
Fridays, 4:30-8:30pm
Saturdasy, 9am-5pm
3 Graduate Credits
Instructor: Martha Eshoo
Examines development from the prenatal period to age 9 across physical-motor, social, emotional, and cognitive domains. Articulates the interactive roles of heredity, environment, and culture. Implications for curriculum design are drawn.
HDF 526 The Meaning & Development of Play
May 18-June 29
Tues/Thurs, 5-8pm
3 Graduate Credits
Instructor: Ellie Friedland
Explores the meaning and development of play from infancy through adulthood through theories, research, and application. Examines value of play in therapeutic, educational and medical settings; how the environment (including toys and media) influences play; how to support play, integrate it into professional work, and advocate for play.
HDF 702 Language, Literacy, and Culture
June 30-August 7
Mon/Wed. 5-8pm
3 Graduate Credits
Instructor: Terry R. Meier
Examines interrelationships among language, race, culture, ethnicity and identity. Focuses on dialectal diversity within English and its relationship to the development of academic language proficiency in multi-lingual school contexts. Explores pragmatic aspects of language use including stylistic variation, code-switching and intercultural communication. Encourages students to examine their own linguistic biases.
MLE 530 Supprting & Assessing Second Language Development
May 18-June 29
Tues/Thurs. 5-8pm
3 Graduate credits
Instructor: Karen Karten
Examines the use of the WIDA and other assessments to plan ESL instruction for children at different proficiency levels. Develops skill at ESL instruction using sensory, graphic and interactive supports. Explores how to incorporate "funds of knowledge" and family support into the ESL curriculum.
MLE 535 First & Second Language Acquisition
May 18-June 29
Mon/Wed. 5-8pm
3 Graduate credits
Instructor: Jane Yedlin
Explores theories and research in first and second language acquisition in a variety of sociocultural contexts. Examines stages of second language acquisition with attention to contextual and individual factors affecting pace and outcomes.  Considers developmental trajectories in phonology, grammar, lexicon and pragmatics, as well as in receptive and expressive language.
MLE 535 First & Second Language Acquisition
June 30-August 7
Tues/Thurs. 5-8pm
3 Graduate credits
Instructor:
TBA 
Explores theories and research in first and second language acquisition in a variety of sociocultural contexts. Examines stages of second language acquisition with attention to contextual and individual factors affecting pace and outcomes.  Considers developmental trajectories in phonology, grammar, lexicon and pragmatics, as well as in receptive and expressive language.
RDG 535 Reading Theory and Practice
May 30-June 6, 2015
Sat., 9am-3pm
3 Graduate Credits
Instructor: TBA
Consolidates professional background in theory and practice of teaching reading in grades Pre-K - 8. Addresses core concepts and instructional practices fr phonological and phonemic awareness, emergent literacy, phonics, vocabulary, comprehension, and reading assessment. Builds upon the professional knowledge developed RDG 537. Pre-Req: RDG 537. Pre- or co-requisites: RDG 530 or SPE 650. Formerly ACD 510.
RDG 537 Teaching Reading
June 30-August 7, 2015
Mon/Wed. 9:00am-12:00pm
Instructor: Sarah Zekri
Introduces factors that support oral language, reading and writing.. Considers effects of language and culture on literacy development Topics include language acquisition, emergent literacy, phonics instruction, choosing literature, and expanding comprehension. Develops skills at assessing components of reading and planning guided reading lessons. (Formerly titled: Developing Literacy)
RDG 560 African American Children's Literature
May 29/30, June 12/13, 26/27
Fri. 4:30-8:30pm, Sat. 8:30am-4:30pm 
3 Graduate credits
Instructor:
Terry Meier
Examines children's literature written by and about African Americans. Explores the literature's cultural and historical context. Discusses strategies for using the literature effectively with children to enhance their literacy development.
RDG 626 Diagnosis and Correction of Reading
July 7-9: Tues-Thurs. 3:00-9:00 pm
July 13-30: Mon-Thurs. 9:00am-12:00pm
3 Graduate credits
Instructor: Jennifer Klinefelter
Extends competencies developed in RDG 622 in closely mentored, twice-weekly tutorials with struggling readers in upper elementary grades. Emphasizes design of instruction based on careful diagnosis of literacy needs. Develops literacy leadership skills. . (Prerequisite: RDG 622 and RDG 618; permission of the instructor). Meets at Orchard Gardens Pilot School, Roxbury.
RES 723 Practitioner as Researcher H1
HYBRID Course

June 30-July 3, 2015, M-Th, 9am-12:00pm
July 4-August 7, 2015, ONLINE
3 Graduate Credits
Instructor: Andrew Guttell
Involves designing and implementing a research project that answers questions about site-based practice. Published practitioner research is reviewed. Examines research as a collaborative process that supports constituent, researcher, institutional, and societal development. Fulfills core requirement in research.
SPE 542 Impact of Special Needs
June 30-August 7, 2015
Tues/Thurs, 5-8pm
3 Graduate Credits
Instructor: TBD
Surveys various disabilities and their impact on learning and development. Covers legislative issues, IEP development, service delivery models, and strategies for working with families/service providers of children with special needs.
SPE 560 Understanding and Managing Behavior H2
HYBRID Course
May 18-May 21, 2015, ONLINE
Fri., June 21, 4:30-8:30pm
Sat., June 13, 9am-5pm
2 Graduate Credits
Instructor: Hanna Rue
Explores traditional and current theories and model of managing behavior. Emphasis on analyzing and understanding causes and explanations. Examines approaches for preventing or decreasing undesirable behavior and increasing self-control.
SPE 560 Understanding and Managing Behavior HY
HYBRID Course

May 18-21, 2015 ONLINE
Fri, June 5, 4:30-8:30pm
Sat., June 6, 9am-5pm
3 Graduate Credits
Instructor: TBA
Explores traditional and current theories and model of managing behavior. Emphasis on analyzing and understanding causes and explanations. Examines approaches for preventing or decreasing undesirable behavior and increasing self-control.
SPE 635 Number Sense for Learners Who Struggle
June 30-August 5, 2015
Wed,5-8pm
3 Graduate Credits/$2,610
Instructor: Shoshanah Collins
Discusses effective strategies to meet students' needs and effective assessment procedures. Reviews the big ideas of number sense and current mathematics curricula. Prerequisite: EDU 535 Developing Numeracy for Diverse Learners or EDU 330 Elementary Mathematics; or approved waiver from instructor.
SPE 650 Understanding Reading Difficulties
May 18-June 29, 2015
Tues, 4:30-8:30pm
3 Graduate Credits
Instructor: Shoshanah Collins
Takes a critical orientation to examine reading programs, instructional approaches, informal literacy assessments, and factors that influence reading development: decoding, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension. Explores implications of social, political and cultural contexts on understanding literacy practices.
SPE 685 Democracy and Education 01
May 18-May 20, Mon/Wed, 4:30-8:30pm
May 27-June 10, Wed, 4:30-8:30pm
June 22-June 24, Mon/Wed, 4:30-8:30pm
3 Graduate Credits
Instructor: Joseph Petner
Provides a social, historical, legal and political context for understanding special education practice and policy. Addresses issues of curricular quality, bias in assessment, equity and parent empowerment.
SPE 685 Democracy and Education 02
May 18-20, Mon/Wed, 4:30-8:30pm
June 1-15, Mon, 4:30-8:30pm
June 22-24, Mon/Wed, 4:30-8:30pm
3 Graduate Credits
Instructor: Joseph Petner
Provides a social, historical, legal and political context for understanding special education practice and policy. Addresses issues of curricular quality, bias in assessment, equity and parent empowerment.
SPE 710 Assistive Technology
HYBRID Course (some in-class, some online)
May 20-June 3, 2015, Wed, 5-8pm
June 4-29, 2015, ONLINE
2 Graduate Credits
Instructor: Kevin McGonegal
Introduces Assistive Technology (AT) solutions that can support students with disabilities in fully accessing and progressing in standards-based curriculum activities. Include current laws and IEP considerations.
SWK 850 SpTp: Child and Adolescent Trauma
June 3-July 15, 2015
Wed. 4:00-9:00pm
3 Graduate credits
Instructor:
Linda Sanford

Addresses the traumas of sexual abuse, physical abuse, caretaker substance abuse, witness to domestic violence and neglect in the lives of children and adolescents. Specific treatment issues such as shame, neurobiology of trauma, play therapy, transference and countertransference, and attachment styles will be explored.

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