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)
In-class: Friday, May 29, 4:30-8:30pm
Saturday, May 30, 9am-5pm
Friday, June 12, 4:30-8:30pm
Saturday, June 13, 9am-5pm
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 30, 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 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.
HDF 850 H2A SpTp: Emotional Development Institute
June 25-June 27, 2015
Thurs, Fri, Sat, 9am-5pm
2 Graduate credits
Instructor: Petra Hesse
This three-day institute has been developed in response to concerns voiced by many teachers and other human service professionals and reports by the Surgeon General, the American Psychological Association and other organizations indicating that 20 to 25% of children in the U.S. suffer from emotional problems, but frequently do not receive any professional help. This institute has been designed to support teachers, parents, and counselors in their efforts to strengthen children's emotional development in schools and communities.
HDF 850 HYA SpTp: Bullying, Incidence, Causes, & Prevention
May 29-May 30, 2015
Fri, Sat., 9am-3pm
1 Graduate credit
Instructor: Petra Hesse
Parents and teachers have been concerned about bullying among older elementary and middle school students for the past two decades. Bullying has been implicated in teen suicides and in school shootings. Researchers have studied why some children bully, why others become victims, why bystanders do not help the victims or confront the bullies, and what teachers and parents can do to intervene. In recent years, bullying has moved into cyberspace, and is occurring via e-mail, text messages and social networking sites. Similar to face-to-face bullying has been blamed for teen depression and suicides, and teachers and parents have wondered about their in prevention. In this institute we will review what is known about the incidence, causes, effects and prevention of bullying and cyber-bullying. We will also explore whether bullying and cyber-bullying are similar or different phenomena. Are the characteristics and motives of bullies, victims and bystanders the same in face-to-face contacts and in cyberspace? Are interventions similar of different in personal and in virtual space? The institute participants will gain a solid understanding of current research on bullying and cyber-bullying and of best preventive practices.
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 01A First & Second Language Acquisition
May 18-June 29
Mon/Wed. 5-8pm
3 Graduate credits
Instructor:Terry Meier
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 01B First & Second Language Acquisition
June 30-August 7
Tues/Thurs. 5-8pm
3 Graduate credits
Instructor:
Mindy Paulo
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 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 626 Diagnosis and Correction of Reading
July 7-9: Tues-Thurs., 9am- 3 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 29-July 2, 2015
M-Th, 9am-12:00pm
July 5-August 7, 2015
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
ONLINE: May 18-June 29
ON-CAMPUS:
-Fri., June 12, 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

ONLINE: May 18-June 29
ON-CAMPUS:
-Fri, June 5, 4:30-8:30pm
-Sat., June 6, 9am-5pm
3 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 635 Number Sense for Learners Who Struggle
June 30-August 7, 2015
Tues/Thurs, 9am-12pm
3 Graduate Credits
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
Mondays, 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 19-June 23, 2015
Tuesday, 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)
Weds., 4:30-8:30pm from May 20-June 3
ONLINE: June 4-29
Held at Heggarty School, 110 Cambridge St., Cambridge
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 01A SpTp: Aging and the Family
Tues, 5/26: 4:30-8:30pm
Sat., 5/30: 9am-5pm
Tues., 6/2: 4:30-8:30pm
Sat., 6/6: 9am-5pm
Tues., 6/16: 4:30-8:30pm
Sat., 6/20: 9am-5pm
3 Graduate credits
Instructor:
Julianne Giggie

SWK 585: Addictions in Health Care Settings
July 10-25, 2015
Fridays, 4:30-8:30pm
Saturdays, 9am-5pm
3 Graduate credits
Instructor: Billie Starks

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