ED Graduate Course Descriptions

ED 412 - ED 699

Note: Only those courses numbered 500 and higher apply to the MAT degree.  Candidates admitted as Sacred Heart University undergraduates to the five-year program may apply methods courses (see* with course description) to the MAT degree.

ED 413 Elementary Curriculum and Methods: Reading, Writing and Language Arts     3 CH*
A study of methodology in the areas of reading instruction and language arts for elementary education candidates consistent with the National Reading Panel's recommendations for the inclusion of explicit instruction of phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension into a a research-based literacy framework for beginning teachers.  The course addresses ACEI standards for reading, writing, and oral language and prepares the candidate for the CT Foundations of Literacy Exam.  

ED 428 Secondary Curriculum     3 CH*
Course is differentiated by subject-content area.  Explores national and state curriculum standards for grades 7 - 12.  Philosophical, psychological and practical implementation of curriculum in the secondary classroom is emphasized.  Candidates develop subject-specific curricula appropriate to secondary disciplines.

ED 429 Secondary Methods in the Content Areas     3 CH*
Course is differentiated by subject-content area.  Examines various methods of instruction applicable to all academic areas. Candidates plan and teach micro lessons in content areas, develop short- and long-range lesson plans and complete a subject-specific portfolio for an extensive unit. Philosophical, psychological and practical implications for instruction; process learning; and cooperative learning are discussed and practiced.

ED 430 Elementary Curriculum and Methods: Social Studies and Health     3 CH*
Examines the scope and sequence of the curriculum, as well as content and methods of instruction, in elementary grades. Special attention is on lesson and unit planning and skill development in the subject areas.  This course addresses ACEI standards for social studies and health.

ED 459 Elementary Curriculum and Methods: Mathematics and Science     3 CH*
Candidates learn the basic concepts, scope and sequence of instruction and current methodology in elementary mathematics and science. Attention is given to lesson and unit planning/skill development utilizing application of current research in effective mathematics and science instruction. Emphasis is on the student as a learner and the role of the teacher as facilitator of math and science investigation. This course addresses ACEI standards for math and science.

ED 491 Student Teaching Seminar: Elementary School     6 CH 
Student teaching field experience in conjunction with a weekly student teaching seminar class is the culminating experience of the certification program.  Application for the student teaching placement must be made with the director of student teaching in the semester before beginning student teaching placement.  Student teaching is conducted in the Fall and Spring semesters only. (Student teaching is 10 weeks for interns; 12 weeks for noninterns.  There is a lab fee in addition to the usual tuition rate). Interns must register for the companion seminar course ED 567.

ED 495 Student Teaching Seminar: Secondary School     6 CH
Student teaching field experience in conjunction with a weekly student teaching seminar class is the culminating experience of the certification program. Application for student teaching placement must be made with the director of student teaching in the semester before beginning student teaching placement. Student teaching is conducted in the Fall and Spring semesters only (Student teaching is 10 weeks for interns; 12 weeks for noninterns. There is a lab fee in addition to the usual tuition rate). Interns must register for the companion seminar course.

ED 492/493 and ED 496/497 Durational Shortage Permit Supervision and Seminar. 
Semester 1 ED 492 or 496  2 CH
Semester 2 ED 493 or 497  6 CH 
Prerequisites:  Completion of at least 24 certification credits (including secondary methods courses as applicable) by the semester when DSAP teaching begins; 6 additional credits to be completed as per signed course status agreement; admissions to the DSAP program signed by Sacred Heart's certification officer.  DSAP candidates enroll in ED 492/493 (Elementary) or ED 496/497 (Secondary).

The two-semester seminar provides on-site supervision to individuals who are working as school professionals under a DSAP issued through the Connecticut State Department of Education.  Candidates are supervised by a University supervisor at least six times during the academic year.  They will attend the August Student Teacher Orientation program and a Student Teacher Seminar in the second semester.  Candidates demonstrate evidence of their professional competencies based on the CCCT standards in a DSAP notebook.  Course guidelines, materials and expectations are aligned with those of the student teaching program.

ED 501 Role of the Teacher     3 CH
An educational foundations course, this course is designed to address the needs, problems and tasks that confront teachers. Participants become able to understand their unique and changing roles as teachers and as human beings.

ED 505 (See EDR 564)

ED 510 (See EDR 510)

ED 513 (See EDR 505)

ED 515 (See EDR 560)

ED 517 Learning Stations in the Elementary Classroom     3 CH
Teachers are given practical ideas for the use of learning stations in the classroom. The course offers experience in designing and constructing learning stations, record keeping and using stations for all curriculum areas.

ED 518 (See EDR 518)

ED 522 Integration of the Arts in the Classroom     3 CH
The arts are critical to education and learning. Through the arts, academic skills are enhanced, and creativity and persistence are developed. This course balances the study of leading theories of arts education with experiential learning. Candidates actively engage in a broad spectrum of integrated arts to enhance creativity and artistic confidence.

ED 523 Multicultural Education     3 CH
This course is designed to foster understanding of ethnicities through literature and storytelling.  Candidates attain problem-solving and listening skills necessary for attitudinal changes for appreciation of diversity. Group process activities are presented to help students understand biases and stereotypical assumptions, and how these affect decisions in the classroom. Portions of this course are experiential. There is a 10-hour field experience requirement in which candidates interact with persons of different cultural, linguistic, religious, socioeconomic, and ethnic backgrounds.

ED 526 (See EDL 626)

ED 527 Distance Learning: Methods of Instructional Design     3 CH
Prerequisites:  ED 689 WWW: Curriculum and Instruction.  Practitioners develop tutorial courses for use in professional development and P–12 classroom instruction. Methods of instructional design for online learning focus on the delivery of course content, development of supplemental resources and utilization of appropriate assessment techniques.

ED 538 Process Writing: Elementary Grades     3 CH
Candidates study the methods of teaching writing as a process from beginning stages of written expression to more complex development. The writing process is explored in depth and instructional strategies are examined.

ED 545 Principles and Practices in Bilingual Education     3 CH
This course meets requirements for bilingual certification.

ED 552 Education in the United States     3 CH
Discusses current issues in education, explores their historical and philosophical roots and critically examines possibilities for the future of education.

ED 553 Educational Psychology     3 CH
Considers the application of psychological principles to educational theory and practice. Candidates explore the many ways of thinking about knowledge, teaching and learning. Major theories of learning and development are introduced, and consistent themes and concepts are identified.

ED 557 Human-Computer Interaction for Educators   3CH
Prerequisite:  ED 689 www: Curriculum and Instruction or ED 661 Multimedia Design and Programming.  This seminar course discusses current theory and design techniques related to the development of computer interfaces for P-12 student use.  Focus is on cognitive factors such as the amount of learning required and the information processing load imposed on the user.  Participant projects target multimedia software, website development, and/or gaming design.


ED 562 Computer Art and Desktop Publishing     3 CH
Introduces the methods of creating, editing, and integrating computer graphics and/or digital images into the P-12 curriculum.  No prior art experience is required.  A PC with Microsoft Publisher and internet access is required.

ED 565 Classroom Management: Elementary 3 CH


ED 566 Classroom Management; Secondary     3 CH
Presents teaching strategies for discipline and management in the classroom. Candidates learn practical approaches for the establishment of  routines and codes of conduct. Group dynamics; assertive discipline; conflict resolution; and the legal rights of teachers, parents and students in Connecticut are examined.

ED 568 Education of the Gifted     3 CH
Examines the identification, educational and programming issues as well as the social and emotional needs of gifted students. Emphasis is on current successful models of educating gifted students. Candidates explore the changing conceptions of gifted behaviors and investigate issues concerning minority and disabled gifted populations.


ED 569 Education of Special-Needs Students     3 CH
Focuses on the identification of exceptional students as well as methods of meeting their educational needs in regular and special classroom settings. Issues surrounding inclusion are considered, as well as inclusive practices, models and strategies. Exceptionalities studied include all areas defined by Public Law 94-142 and Public Law 101-476.

ED 571 Storytelling     3 CH
This course is designed to give participants the opportunity to understand the power and importance of story as an educational tool. Candidates encounter a wide variety of stories from many different cultures, learn to identify resources for finding stories, develop skills in telling stories with ease and enthusiasm, and learn to evaluate the qualities that make stories age-appropriate for various grade levels. Participants are encouraged to develop their own personal style of storytelling through class exercises and listening to professional storytellers in person and on tape. Students also explore ways to integrate storytelling into many areas of curriculum and to aid children in developing their own storytelling ability.

ED 575 Creative Drama in the Classroom     3 CH
Explores drama as an art form in the classroom as well as drama's contribution to other subject areas, especially reading and the language arts. Philosophy, rationale, objectives and values of child drama are examined. Participants learn both experientially and through class readings and discussions.

ED 578 Introduction to Computers in Education     3 CH
Emphasizes the integration of technological resources into primary and secondary classroom settings. Students complete field work in a diverse educational setting.  A PC with Microsoft Office and the Internet is required.  

ED 580 Observation and Case Studies of Learners     3 CH
Considers the purposes and procedures for ethnographic study of children, classrooms and schools. Candidates are required to carry out guided field work in urban, suburban and rural settings. This includes: gaining entry into the field; establishing rapport; observing and, later, interviewing people in educational settings; developing logs; analyzing data; sharing findings; and studying one's self. Gaining an understanding of qualitative methods leads to the development of action research and reflective practice.

ED 588 Curriculum for the Talented and Gifted     3 CH
Comprehensive curriculum for gifted learners includes planning, adaptation, process and integration. The facilitation of creative behavior is explored both experientially and theoretically.

ED 590 Master's Project/Thesis Seminar     3 CH
Designed for students who need to complete the culminating requirement for the Master of Arts in Teaching. Candidates conduct research on a specialized topic and design a project based on this research.

ED 592 Advanced PC Applications in Education: P–12     3 CH
Prerequisite:  Intermediate PowerPoint skills. Surveys the technological resources and methods required for P–12 educational practice and administration. Microsoft PowerPoint is used in the development of interactive computer-based training materials.  Students complete field work in a diverse educational setting.  A PC with Microsoft Office and Internet access is required.  

ED 597 Ideal School Project     3 CH
The Ideal School Project is offered to students as an option for completing the culminating requirement for the Master's degree (MAT).  The purpose of the course is to provide venues for the student to synthesize the content of the MAT program.  Students will examine and critique theories, practices, and current issues related to effective design of the American school system and teaching practices therein.  Students will read selected books, journal articles, and research.  Based on the readings, students will discuss, debate and analyze topics in depth, leading to the design of an ideal school.  These activities will help students to prepare for a final examination in which student will be asked to incorporate what they have learned in other coursework as well as in this course.

ED 598 Thesis Preparation     3 CH
A seminar format is utilized to offer direction and advice to students preparing to submit a thesis for the culmination of the master's degree or Certificate of Advanced Studies programs. The initial four weeks focus on development of a proposal. Instruction is shared by faculty of the Education Department.

ED 599 Emerging Technologies: PDA     3 CH
Presents an overview of the methods for integrating personal digital assistants (PDAs) into the P-12 curriculum.  An assortment of PDAs and software are used in conjunction with scientific probeware and graphing calculators.  Participants explore the potential of this technology through hands-on activities and field work.

ED 599 Learning to Learn    3 CH
The seminar will examine the latest information on learning theories and how they may be applied to teaching and learning.  Through a series of readings, class discussions and video footage, participants will be engaged in an in depth study of the following topics: the many facets of learning, cognitive development including information regarding brain structure and function, inquiry centered learning, conceptual thinking and mapping; multiple intelligences and the appropriate uses of various kinds of formative and summative assessment models.


ED 599 Seminar in Interpersonal Skills for Teachers   3 CH
This interactive and participatory seminar will: (1) help participants to understand and appreciate their different communications styles; (2) assist participants to develop techniques for dealing with conflicts and handling difficult people; and (3) provide practical experience in the preparation and delivery of oral presentations.  Readings, discussions, projects and assignments will provide practical ideas for classroom application and professional development.

ED 599 Seminar in Legal Issues for Educators  3 CH
This course is designed to help participants become aware of legal issues that effect schools, districts and individuals within a school setting.  Most teachers are unaware of the legal precedents that drive school related decisions, and of the legal burdens implicit in educating and supervising students.  We will examine the legal standards to which teachers are held, and explore areas where teachers often unwittingly fall short of those standards.  Participants will learn skills for avoiding problem areas, thereby saving themselves, their students, and their schools legal problems, money, and heartache.  We will also undertake a review of historical and current civil rights and constitutional issues, as well as current cases concerning educating students with special needs.

ED 599 Seminar in Coaching and Facilitating Student Learning   3 CH

Candidates will gain an understanding of coaching, facilitation, and learning theories to enhance their own professional development and to impact student learning.  Candidates will learn and demonstrate the use of coaching and motivation strategies as important components of designing and implementing learning experiences for all students.


ED 599 Public Education as Social Change Agent  3 CH

Many question society's standards and some claim that schools must play an important role in improving the moral climate. Students in this seminar address the criticl issues facing our countr and answer the following questions: What kind of society do I want to help create? How can schools and my discipline contribute to my vision of society? Students will also evaluate various approaches to values education.


ED 599  Positive Psychology for the Classroom or Workplace  3 CH

This class incorporates the theoretical practice of Positive Psychology the study of "what is right in life" and challenges the candidiate to bring their professional dispositions to the forefront to understand their own personal strengths and to learn methods of how to tap into students and/or employee strengths to maximize performance and motivation. 

ED 600 Characteristics of Effective Schools     3 CH
Examines the characteristics of effective schools and studies the implications that effective school practices have on improving learning, teaching and leadership. Research findings, selected readings and experts in the field who make presentations all contribute to exciting class discussions and stimulating weekly sessions.

ED 603 Seminar in Education     3 CH
This seminar includes a discussion of the writing of eminent scholars in the field of education. Candidates analyze their thoughts to see if they are addressing the real problems of the real classroom. Selected professionals are invited to speak.



ED 605 (See EDL 605)

ED 608 Urban Topics in Education     3 CH
Focuses on appropriate school environments for children in urban settings. Special emphasis is on national school reform projects that most adequately address the needs of children in urban districts.

ED 609 Multiple Intelligences: Classroom Application of Current Research     3 CH
Assists K–12 teachers in recognizing and nurturing the multiple intelligences of their students. Teachers develop strategies to incorporate the recognition and application of multiple intelligences into their classroom practice.

ED 612 (See EDL 654)

ED 623 Environmental Science for Elementary Teachers     3 CH
Designed for elementary school teachers, this course introduces the basic scientific principles underlying today's environmental issues. Air, water and land pollution are discussed.

ED 625 (See EDL 690)

ED 627 Societal Issues in Adolescence     3 CH
Focuses on the current school and community responses to problems such as substance abuse, AIDS, gender issues, etc. Through classroom presentations, speakers and audiovisual materials, students gain practical insight and understanding of contemporary issues in adolescent life.

ED 633 The Adult Learner     3 CH
Explores some of the learning needs, interests and styles of adults returning to school.

ED 635 (See EDL 635)

ED 642 Special Projects in Education Technology     3 CH
Prerequisites: Completion of any two advanced level Sacred Heart University Education Technology courses in addition to prior instructor permission. This online research course provides advanced practical experience in the implementation and evaluation of computer technology as
it relates to the areas of administration, curriculum, and instruction. Participants beta-test the usability of original software programs and/or classroom applications in diverse P–12 classroom settings. Research findings are presented via an on-campus Poster Session.

ED 650 (See EDL 650)

EDL655 (See EDL 655)

ED 657 Reflective Practioner: Elementary     3 CH
This Seminar fulfills the culminating activity in the MAT program. Directed to candidates who will teach at the elementary school level, this course addresses the application  of effective teaching techniques through a synthesis of the knowledge and skills acquired throughout the MAT program.

Seminar components focus on creating a classroom environment, planning, instructing, assessing and demonstrating professional re-sponsibility. Candidates will explore concepts coordinated with the Connecticut State Department of Education’s Teacher Education and Mentor-ing program (TEAM).

ED 658  Professional Seminar:  Secondary     3 CH
Directed to candidates who teach at the secondary level, this course addresses philosophical concerns and practical applications of effective teaching. Further instruction is given to mastering the state's initial educator requirements, including elements of the required second year portfolio.

ED 661 Multimedia Design and Programming for Educators     3 CH
Multimedia authoring tools are used for developing educational courseware and exploring its relationship to P–12 instructional design. Participants produce a product, which supports state educational program goals and is field-tested with a target audience.

ED 663 Instructional Software and Instruments in Education     3 CH
Provides an overview of computer software for use in P–12 education.  Methods for aliging developmentally appropriate software for P-12 student standards and curricular objectives are emphasized.  Legal issues relating to software licensing are discussed. Assistive technology software for students with special needs is introduced. 

ED 681 Human Growth and Development     3 CH
This course covers the life span from adolescence through late adulthood. Reading grounded in psychological theory, literature, videos, discussions, projects, and assignments provide the candidate with various theoretical and cultural perspectives on major themes adults in their development.

ED 669–686 Special Topics in Content Areas     3 CH
Content-specific courses are regularly offered in academic subject areas. Specific, topic-appropriate course subtitles are provided on the candidate's transcript. Courses are available in the following subjects:

ED 669 Special Topics in Science     3 CH

ED 670 Special Topics in Business Education     3 CH

ED 671 Special Topics in Physics     3 CH

ED 672 Special Topics in Chemistry     3 CH

ED 673 Special Topics in Biology     3 CH

ED 676 Special Topics in History     3 CH

ED 678 Special Topics in Mathematics     3 CH

ED 680 Special Topics in Media     3 CH

ED 682 Special Topics in Political Science     3 CH

ED 684 Special Topics in Spanish     3 CH

ED 686 Robotics     3 CH
This seminar course introduces methods for integrating robotics technologies into P-12 classrooms.  In collaborative groups, particpants use "Lego Mindstorms for Schools" to build and program a robot that can perform a series of tasks.  Activities focus on the development of instructional materials and student assessments that connect robotics to content standards across the curriculum.  No prior computer programming experience is required.

ED 687 Matter and Energy in Ecosystems for Elementary School Teachers    3 CH
Candidates increase content knowledge of geological and biological evolution and how it has effected energy flow through diverse ecosystems.  They become proficient in appropriate technologies necessary for the gatterhing, analyzing, and communicating data and develop three lessons using an inquiry-based learning model and applying the newly acquired content knowledge and technological skills.

ED 689 WWW: Curriculum and Instruction P–12     3 CH
Examines the role of teacher-created website development for a P–12 educational environment. Participants design and publish standard-based, online documents that present information and include links to critical resources.

ED 690 Graduate Education Institutes or Workshops     1–6 CH
Exposure to outstanding educators, unique curriculums and exciting symposia is often available through special institutes and workshops. Through the guidance of University faculty and with some additional work, candidates can earn graduate credit for such experiences. Consult the graduate schedule for current availability of  special institutes or workshops. Specific course subtitles are provided on the student's transcript. Note: Candidates may take a maximum of six credits of 690-numbered courses for fulfillment of MAT or Certificate of Advanced Studies program requirements. Courses numbered 690 apply only to the elective credit area of either program.

ED 691 (See EDL 691)

ED 696 (See EDL 696)

ED 697 (See EDL 696, EDL 697)

ED 698 (See EDL 698)

ED 699 (See EDL 698)