Fall 2023 Courses

All courses will meet virtually at the times scheduled below unless the course is noted as asynchronous or to be determined.

Below is a schedule of Graduate Education courses offered from September to December 2023. Students are encouraged to contact  and schedule an appointment for academic advising. For courses without detailed schedules, please email the Graduate Education Office for more information. Unless otherwise noted all courses are located in the Jenks Learning Resource Center on Gordon's main campus in Wenham, MA.

Registration for the Fall 2023 session is CLOSED. August 14, 2023 is the last day of priority registration. The Add/Drop period is from August 15 to one week before the start of the course. During the Add/Drop period registration is contingent on availability in the course. There will be no classes on Columbus Day, October 9; Veterans Day, November 11 (observed); Thanksgiving Eve, November 22; and Thanksgiving, November 23.

The schedule is subject to change. Gordon reserves the right to cancel classes on the basis of low enrollment. Additional courses may be added as the need arises. If you do not see a course you need, please contact the Graduate Education Office.

A nonrefundable administrative fee of $75 is charged once each term.

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Courses are now arranged alphabetically by course code (e.g., ART, EDU, PHY).

ART613 Advanced Painting (3)
Explores and extends personal visual language and promotes greater sophistication of painting technique and theory. Lab fee.
Schedule to be determined between the professor and enrolled students.

ART614 Painting in Mixed Media: Methods and Mediums (3)
Advanced-level painting class exploring abstract and expressionist contemporary painting using a wide variety of media. This class welcomes experimental methods and the unique melding of media to push against traditional concepts of painting. Throughout the painting process students will be in creative dialogue with modernist and current painters.
Schedule to be determined between the professor and enrolled students.

ART653 Teaching for Artistic Behavior/Choice Art Studio (3)
In this course students will create a body of related work that develops their artistic voice through the exploration of their own art-making process and pursuit of their own creative interests. Students will submit project proposals, participate in class critiques, document the artistic process and write artist statements. Workshops, Art World Connections and demos will be designed around the varied needs of the artists in the course. 
Schedule to be determined between professors and enrolled students.

BIO624 Astrobiology (3)
Important topics in modern astronomy for both science and nonscience majors include light, telescopes, planets, normal stars, pulsars, black holes, galaxies, quasars and the origin of the universe.
Online synchronous. Schedule to be determined between professors and enrolled students.

BIO635 Environmental Science (3)
This course will focus on the broad range of science concerning the environment. Topics will be selected that are relevant to teaching and that will provide the necessary background to understand science and the environment for primary and secondary education. The focus will be on conservation biology and the biology of environmental science.
Schedule to be determined between professors and enrolled students.

BIO637 Earth and Space (3)
Includes basic astronomy, meteorology, geology and oceanography. Topics will range from plate tectonics to climate change to the history of the earth and the universe. Emphasis on activities, field trips and laboratories for these topics.
Online synchronous. Schedule to be determined between professors and enrolled students.

BIO638 Science and Societal Issues (3)
This course is designed to explore how the study of biology is important to society in vaccines, pandemics, sustainability, energy, poverty, food and human production.
Online synchronous. Schedule to be determined between professors and enrolled students.

BIO641 Biochemistry (3)
Explores the inner workings of cellular metabolism, starting with basic biomolecules, such as amino acids, and building to biosynthesis and maintenance of body homeostasis.
Online synchronous. Schedule to be determined between professors and enrolled students.

CHE624 Astrobiology (3)
Important topics in modern astronomy for both science and nonscience majors include light, telescopes, planets, normal stars, pulsars, black holes, galaxies, quasars and the origin of the universe.
Online synchronous. Schedule to be determined between professors and enrolled students.

CHE638 Science and Societal Issues (3)
This course is designed to explore how the study of biology is important to society in vaccines, pandemics, sustainability, energy, poverty, food and human production.
Online synchronous. Schedule to be determined between professors and enrolled students.

CHE641 Biochemistry (3)
Explores the inner workings of cellular metabolism, starting with basic biomolecules, such as amino acids, and building to biosynthesis and maintenance of body homeostasis.
Online synchronous. Schedule to be determined between professors and enrolled students.

CPS501 Introduction to Programming (3)
Introduces fundamental programming concepts using Python. Topics include the nature of algorithms, essential control structures and data representation. Weekly programming laboratories.
Online synchronous. Schedule to be determined between professors and enrolled students.

CPS521 Software Systems (3)
Introduces fundamental software systems: operating systems, computer networks and database-management systems. Common concerns, such as concurrency and security. Continued development of design and programming skills using Java through weekly laboratories.
Online synchronous. Schedule to be determined between professors and enrolled students.

EDU520 Teaching Strategies (3) 
This course will be taught asynchronously in four modules from September 6–November 30, 2023.  
Zoom meetings will be held on Wednesdays: September 6, September 20, October 18 and November 8, at 6 p.m. EST.
The class will follow the schedule of four modules that will be equivalent to 36 hours in instruction: September 6–13, September 20–27, October 18–25 and November 8–15.

EDU521 Math in the Interactive Classroom (3)
Online synchronous. Thursdays, September 14–November 30, 6–9:20 p.m. EST.
No class Thursday, November 23.

EDU522 Integrating English Language Arts in the Classroom (2)
This course will be taught primarily asynchronously from September 25–November 20. Zoom meetings will be held on September 25; October 2, 16, 23; November 6 and 20, from 6–7 p.m. EST.

EDU524 Integrating Science in the Classroom (2)
Online synchronous. Thursdays: September 28–November 16, 6–9 p.m.

EDU528 Disciplinary Literacy and Writing (3) 
Zoom meetings on selected Tuesdays, from 6–7 p.m. starting on Tuesday, September 26. Asynchronous coursework will be done independently with due dates on Canvas for completion of discussion boards and assignments. The course runs Tuesdays, from September 26–November 28.

EDU543 Science of Effective Literacy Instruction (3)
Online synchronous. Tuesdays: September 12–December 12, 6–9 p.m.
No class Tuesday, Oct. 3, or Nov. 21.
Course fee: $25

EDU562-1 Human Development and Learning (3)
Virtual meetings via Zoom.
Online synchronous. Tuesdays: September 12–December 5, 6–9 p.m.

EDU562-2 Human Development and Learning (3)
In this course students will use a variety of digital tools to interact with course content, other class participants and the course instructor on their own schedule. This is a rigorous course that has weekly deadlines for assignments, and we hope that not being required to “log in” for class meetings at a specific time will provide the flexibility our students need to continue their coursework amidst the busy schedules of working adults. Opportunities for informal virtual chat (through Zoom) with the instructor and other course participants will be available at various times. 
Asynchronous. Twelve weeks beginning September 4.

EDU564-1 Introduction to Exceptionality (3)
Online synchronous. Virtual meetings via Zoom. Thursdays: September 7–December 7, 6–9 p.m.
No class Thursday, November 23.

EDU564-2 Introduction to Exceptionality (3)
In this course students will use a variety of digital tools to interact with course content, other class participants and the course instructor on their own schedule. This is a rigorous course that has weekly deadlines for assignments, and we hope that not being required to “log in” for class meetings at a specific time will provide the flexibility our students need to continue their coursework amidst the busy schedules of working adults. Opportunities for informal virtual chat (through Zoom) with the instructor and other course participants will be available at various times.
Asynchronous. Twelve weeks beginning September 7.

EDU575 Classroom Management (3)
Online asynchronous. September 4–October 23.

EDU 582 Methods & Practice in Moderate Disabilities (3)
Online asynchronous. September 4–October 23.
Prerequisites: EDU564

EDU583 Methods and Practice in Middle School Education (3)
Please contact the Graduate Education Office for more details.

EDU584 Methods and Practice in Secondary Education (3)
Please contact the Graduate Education Office for more details.

EDU586 Methods and Practice in History (3)
Starting the last week of September.

EDU587 Practicum and Seminar: Early Childhood (3)
Contact your advisor to determine if you are ready for practicum and to receive the practicum application. The application deadline is August 7.
The class will begin with a Zoom meeting on August 28 at 6 p.m.

EDU588 Practicum and Seminar: Elementary (3)
Contact your advisor to determine if you are ready for practicum and to receive the practicum application. The application deadline is August 7.
The class will begin with a Zoom meeting on August 28 at 6 p.m.

EDU589 Practicum and Seminar: Middle/Secondary (3)
Contact your advisor to determine if you are ready for practicum and to receive the practicum application. The application deadline is August 7.
The class will begin with a Zoom meeting on August 28 at 6 p.m.

EDU599 Practicum and Seminar: Moderate Disabilities (3)
Contact your advisor to determine if you are ready for practicum and to receive the practicum application. The application deadline is August 7.
The class will begin with a Zoom meeting on August 28 at 6 p.m.

EDU604 Philosophy, Ethics and Teaching (3) 
Online synchronous. Wednesdays: September 13–December 6, 6–9 p.m.
No class Wednesday, November 22.

EDU613 Assistive Technology, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (1)
Online asynchronous: Self-paced.

EDU614 Integrating Technology for All Students (3)
Online synchronous. Tuesdays, September 12–December 12, 6–9 p.m.
No class on November 21.

EDU624 Integrating Science in the Classroom (2)
Online synchronous. Thursdays: September 28–November 16, 6–9 p.m.

EDU630 Integrating Math, Writing and Technology (3)
Online synchronous. Tuesdays, September 12–December 12, 6–9 p.m.
No class on November 21.

EDU633 Principles of Structured Literacy (3)
Online asynchronous. 12 weeks, 8 asynchronous modules, from September 20–December 13.
Course Kickoff Meeting: September 20, 8 p.m.
Office Hours: Wednesdays, 8-9 p.m.

EDU639 Assessment & Diagnosis of Reading/Language Difficulties (3)
Online asynchronous. September 7–December 1.
Prerequisites: EDU633

EDU641 Sheltered English Immersion Endorsement Course (3)
Online synchronous. Friday, September 8; Saturday, September 16; Friday and Saturday, October 13–14; Friday and Saturday, November 3–4; Friday and Saturday, December 1–2. Fridays: 6–9 p.m. Saturdays: 8 a.m.–3 p.m.

EDU649 Assessment & Diagnosis of Mathematical Difficulties (3)
Online synchronous. Mondays: September 11–December 4, 6–9 p.m.
No class Monday, October 9.
Registration Deadline: August 27

Prerequistes: MAT621, MAT627

EDU662 Learning Development and Diversity (3)
Online asynchronous. September 22–November 10.

EDU668 Advanced Disciplinary Literacy: Reading, Writing, Oral Communication and Critical Thinking (3)
Online synchronous. Wednesdays, September 6–November 22, 7-8 p.m.

EDU673 Selected Topics: Art, Biology, Chemistry, English, French, History, Mathematics, Physics, Spanish, General Science, Earth Science, Middle School Humanities, Middle School Math/Science (3)
Please contact the Graduate Education Office for content-specific selected topics and course schedules.

EDU682 Advanced Theory and Practice in Moderate Disabilities (3)
Online asynchronous. September 4–October 23.

EDU687 Practicum and Seminar: ESL (3)
Contact your advisor to determine if you are ready for practicum and to receive the practicum application. The application deadline is August 7.
The class will begin with a Zoom meeting on August 28 at 6 p.m.

EDU690 Action Research (6)
Online synchronous. Informational meeting on June 16.
Fridays: 6–9:30 p.m. September 15, October 13, November 10, December 8, January 5, February 2, March 15, April 4, May 3 and June 7.

Gordon College is offering Wilson Reading Systems® Level 1 Certification:

EDU 695 Online asynchronous. November 1–30.
EDU696/697 will start on September 7, 2023, with a live webinar at 6:30 via Zoom.

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EDU701 Educational Leadership I—Theoretical Seminar (3)
Online synchronous with some asynchronous learning. September 1–December 15. Meetings Mondays: September 18, October 16, November 13 and December 4, 6–9 p.m.

EDU705 Principled Leadership-Ethics, Values and Moral Leadership (3)
Online asynchronous. October 3–December 16.

EDU715 Collegial Supervision and Mentoring (3)
Online synchronous. Schedule to be announced.

EDU730 School Law (3) 
Online synchronous. Starting the week of September 22. Other dates to be announced.

EDU741 Sheltering English Immersion Endorsement Course for Administrators (3)
Online synchronous. Dates to be announced.

EDU751 School and Program Improvement (6)
Online synchronous. Informational Meeting on June 16.
Fridays: 6–9:30 p.m., September 15, October 13, November 10, December 8, January 5, February 2, March 15, April 4, May 3 and June 7.

EDU764 Raising Self-Awareness: Social Emotional Teaching Practices That Impact Student Learning (1)
Online asynchronous: Self-paced. September 22–November 10.

EDU765 Building Relationships Through Cultural Proficiency (1)
Online asynchronous: Self-paced. September 22–November 10.

EDU766 Sustaining SEL Through Trauma (1)
Online asynchronous: Self-paced. September 22–November 10.

EDU781-786 Educational Leadership Practicum (6)
Online synchronous. Informational meeting on June 16.
Saturdays: 6–9:30 p.m., September 16, October 14, November 11, December 9, January 6, February 3, March 16, April 5, May 4 and June 8.

Gordon College is offering Wilson Reading Systems® Level 2 Certification:

EDU 795 online synchronous. November 8–10.
EDU796/797 will start on September 11, 2023, with a live webinar at 6:30 via Zoom.
EDU798 rolling admission upon completion of Step 6.

ENG632 Literature for Adolescents (3)
In-depth examination of literature for young adults used thematically throughout middle school and secondary curricula. Examines crosscultural implications of literature.
Online synchronous. Schedule to be determined between professors and enrolled students.

ENG635 Shakespeare Active in the Classroom (3)
The reading and performance of Shakespeare have been part of the English classroom canon in both high school and college for many years. This course addresses the historical context of Shakespeare’s plays and the themes within the plays. Strategies for the reading and performance of Shakespeare’s plays are examined.
Online synchronous. Schedule to be determined between professors and enrolled students.

HIS610 Principles of Geography (3)
Instructs students to think geographically about the world. Covers historical development, terminology and major themes of geography; current geographical issues in the world’s regions. Special emphasis is placed on the skill of teaching geography and geography’s role in education.
Online synchronous. Tuesdays, starting September 5, 6:30–9:30 p.m.

HIS614 History of Massachusetts (3)
Covers the history of Massachusetts with emphasis on the colonial era through the American Civil War, including the rise of the world-famous Massachusetts leather and textile industries.
Online synchronous. Tuesdays: September 19–December 5.

MAT621 Math in the Interactive Classroom (3)
Online synchronous. Thursdays, September 14–November 30, 6–9:20 p.m. EST.
No class Thursday, November 23.

SPN664 Hispanic Youth Literature (3)
This course will explore how to teach literature to students of different levels of linguistic abilities. We will explore three major facets of teaching texts. First, what kind of prereading activities are needed to prepare students for what they are about to read? Students need cultural and linguistic context before they dive into a text.  Strategies include: exploring context through images and research; introducing vocabulary through images; and activities where students develop skills to negotiate to mean, and, based on cultural and linguistic clues, begin to engage in psycho-linguistic guessing to form ideas of what they are about to read. Second, how can they engage in the text to confirm or deny the guesses they have formed? Third, how can they use the text to engage in an integrated performance activity? We will look at different texts and examples to explore these three major questions.
Online synchronous. Schedule to be determined between professor and enrolled students.