Spring 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 April to June 2023. Students are encouraged to contact [email protected] to schedule an academic advising appointment.

Registration for Spring 2023 is OPEN. The registration deadline is March 15, 2023, unless otherwise noted.

There will be no weekday classes during Massachusetts public school vacation (April 17–21), Memorial Day (May 29), and Juneteenth (June 19).

Classes are online unless specifically noted. Online Synchronous courses happen over Zoom at specific times, where you are learning live from an instructor. Online Asynchronous courses happen on Canvas, our Learning Management System, and while they have specific deadlines, you can complete the work at any time of day or night. Self-Paced courses are Online Asynchronous, but the only deadline is the end of the session. Hybrid courses are a combination of some Synchronous class meetings within a primarily Asynchronous course.

The schedule is subject to change. Gordon College reserves the right to cancel classes on the basis of low enrollment. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, and courses may fill up. 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.

Need PDPs? Gordon's 3-credit graduate courses provide 67.5 Professional Development Points. Below are our featured professional development and content area courses for the spring.

ART601 Experimental Drawing: Techniques in Mixed Media (3)
Advanced-level drawing class moving beyond traditional boundaries to work in wet and dry media on two-dimensional surfaces. Explores the depth of creative process and the dialogue of various drawing traditions while enhancing technique and personal visual language. 
Schedule to be determined between 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 professor and enrolled students.

BIO624 Astrobiology (3)
Important topics in modern astronomy for both science and nonscience majors including light, telescopes, planets, normal stars, pulsars, black holes, galaxies, quasars and origin of universe.
Online Synchronous: schedule to be determined by professor and enrolled students.

BIO630 Introduction to Marine Science (3)
The ocean is a complex environment, and as such, the field of Marine Science is interdisciplinary by its very nature. This course will provide an overview of the four main disciplines of oceanography: geological, chemical, physical and biological oceanography in the classroom and lab, out in the field, and out on the water.
Schedule to be determined by professor and enrolled students.
$25 lab fee

BIO641 Bio-Chemistry (3)
Explores inner workings of cellular metabolism, starting with basic biomolecules such as amino acids and building to biosynthesis and maintenance of body homeostasis. Lab fee.
Schedule to be determined between professor and enrolled students.

CHE624 Astrobiology (3)
Important topics in modern astronomy for both science and nonscience majors including light, telescopes, planets, normal stars, pulsars, black holes, galaxies, quasars and origin of universe.
Synchronous: schedule to be determined by professor and enrolled students.

CHE641 Bio-Chemistry (3)
Explores inner workings of cellular metabolism, starting with basic biomolecules such as amino acids and building to biosynthesis and maintenance of body homeostasis. Lab fee.
Schedule to be determined between professor and enrolled students.

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

EDU764 Raising Self-Awareness: Social Emotional Teaching Practices That Impact Student Learning (1)
This graduate course in social and emotional learning proposes to advance the professional teacher’s self-assessment to meet standards that require an inherent ability to connect with students on a human/personal level and consequently demonstrate the ability to be receptive to the social, emotional, and academic engagement of all children.
Online Asynchronous: Self-paced.

EDU765 Building Relationships Through Cultural Proficiency (1)
Through a balanced approach, the course provides the professional educator with an overview of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) as a cultural competency. In accordance with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s emphasis on culturally proficient SEL in the equity continuum, the course will focus on the relationship skills that facilitate serving the needs of all students. Learners are engaged in a process that prepares them to create learning experiences that are bias-free and respectful of students’ diverse backgrounds, identities, strengths, and challenges. The course follows a five-step cycle to meet the five core competencies required by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education for professional growth and development.
Online Asynchronous: Self-paced

EDU766 Sustaining SEL Through Trauma Informed Care (1)
By exploring the link between SEL and trauma-informed care, the course will inform educators on how to create a safe and reliable environment where students who have experienced adversities and trauma feel supported, are welcome to explore their strengths and identities, exercise their agency, can develop meaningful, positive relationships with adults and peers in their learning community, and have access to the mental health supports they need. In addition, educators will learn strategies to work, develop, and model their own social-emotional skills, use self-care practices that allow them to be supportive adults for their students, and actively engage in mental health support as their need for them arises.
Online Asynchronous: Self-paced

ENG604 Advanced Grammar for Writing (3)
Studies and analyzes grammar systems and syntax of the English language. Includes roles of grammar in the construction of written style and pedagogical implications in schools.
Schedule to be determined between professor and enrolled students.

ENG619 The Romantic Period in History and Literature (3)
This course examines the key historical events and literary works of the Romantic Period in both the United States and England. Students will consider the connection between historical events and the literature written at the same time. Authors include Poe, Hawthorne, Melville, Wordsworth, Shelley and Austen.
Schedule to be determined between professor and enrolled students.

ENG647 Ancient Roman World (3)
In this course, we will consider the entire sweep of Roman history, from the legendary founding myths of Aeneas and Romulus through the Republic, Empire, and eventual “fall” in the West. We will read both primary and secondary sources, particularly with an eye toward using them in a teaching context. Specific topics in Roman history and culture to be arranged with students. The course could incorporate readings in Latin if desired by students.
Schedule to be determined between professor and enrolled students.

HIS647 Ancient Roman World (3)
In this course, we will consider the entire sweep of Roman history, from the legendary founding myths of Aeneas and Romulus through the Republic, Empire, and eventual “fall” in the West. We will read both primary and secondary sources, particularly with an eye toward using them in a teaching context. Specific topics in Roman history and culture to be arranged with students. The course could incorporate readings in Latin if desired by students.
Schedule to be determined between professor and enrolled students.

MAT621 Modeling Mathematics (3)
Acquaints teachers with the development of mathematical concepts in the curriculum with the use of modeling with mathematics... read more ➔
Online Synchronous: Thursdays: April 6–June 22; 6–9:20 p.m.
No class April 20

SPN636 Latin American Poetry (3)
In this course, we will use Audre Lourde's essay "Poetry is Not a Luxury," as the theoretical framework for the class. Given the struggles that so many Latin American countries have dealt with over centuries of injustice, we will look at how Latin American poets address the issues of identity, diversity and social justice within those societies. Students will show how poetry is not a luxury within Latin American struggles, but rather a key element to creatively forge a new vision and future for the individuals and the society at large.
Online Asynchronous: Schedule to be determined between professor and enrolled students.

SPN695 Twenty-First Century Cinema (3)
Examines films released between 2000 and 2012 that are written, directed and/or produced by Latin American filmmakers or set in Latin American spaces. Students will gain broader understanding of contemporary Latin America cinema, allowing the criticism of different meanings, symbols, styles, experiences and fostering emotional and rational responses. Conducted in Spanish.
Online Asynchronous: Schedule to be determined between professor and enrolled students.​
Minimum registration: 3 students

***STAY TUNED FOR MORE SPRING CONTENT COURSES***


 

EDU520 Teaching Strategies (3)
Online Asynchronous learning with periodic meetings with the professor. April 7–June 11. Meetings April 7, April 28, and June 2, 6–7 p.m.

EDU521 Math in the Interactive Classroom (3) 
Online Synchronous: Thursdays: April 6–June 22; 6–9:20 p.m.
No class April 20

EDU522 Integrating English Language Arts in the Classroom (2)
Online Asynchronous learning with periodic meetings with the professor. April 27–June 15. Brief meetings on Most Thursdays, 6–7 p.m.

EDU528 Disciplinary Literacy and Writing (3)
Online Asynchronous. Zoom meetings are to be arranged. Coursework will be done
independently with due dates on Canvas for completion of assignments.
Tuesday, April 4–June 20.

EDU543 Science of Effective Literacy Instruction (3)
Online Synchronous: Tuesdays: April 11–June 20; 6–9:20 p.m.
No class April 18.

EDU562-1 Human Development and Learning (3)
Online Synchronous: Tuesdays: April 4–June 20; 6–9:20 p.m.
No class April 18.

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 schedule of working adults. Opportunities for informal virtual chat (through Zoom) with the instructor and/or other course participants will be available to students at various times throughout the course. 
Online Asynchronous. April 4June 24

EDU564 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 schedule of working adults. Opportunities for informal virtual chat (through Zoom) with the instructor and/or other course participants will be available to students at various times throughout the course.
Online Asynchronous. April 4June 24

EDU583 Methods and Practice in Middle School Education (3)
For the following licensure areas: General Science, Humanities, Math 5-8, Math/Science
Please contact the Graduate Education office for more information.

EDU584 Methods and Practice in Secondary Education (3)
For the following licensure areas: Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Math, Social Sciences, and Physics.
Please contact the Graduate Education office for more information.

EDU586 Methods and Practice in 5–12 (3)
For the following licensure areas: Arts, English, French, History, Spanish
Please contact the Graduate Education office for more information.

EDU587 Practicum and Seminar: Early Childhood (3)
Contact your advisor to determine if you are reading for practicum and to receive the Practicum Application. The application deadline is February 20.
The class will begin with a Zoom meeting on March 6, 6 p.m.

EDU588 Practicum and Seminar: Elementary (3)
Contact your advisor to determine if you are reading for practicum and to receive the Practicum Application. The application deadline is February 20.
The class will begin with a Zoom meeting on March 6, 6 p.m.

EDU589 Practicum and Seminar: Content (3)
Contact your advisor to determine if you are reading for practicum and to receive the Practicum Application. The application deadline is February 20.
The class will begin with a Zoom meeting on March 6, 6 p.m.

EDU599 Practicum and Seminar: Moderate Disabilities (3)
Contact your advisor to determine if you are reading for practicum and to receive the Practicum Application. The application deadline is February 20.
The class will begin with a Zoom meeting on March 6, 6 p.m.

EDU604 Philosophy, Ethics and Teaching in Schools (3)
Online Synchronous. Wednesdays: April 5–June 21; 6–9:20 p.m.
No class April 19.

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

EDU614 Integrating Technology in the Classroom (3)
Online Synchronous: Dates To Be Announced

EDU622 Integrating English Language Arts into the Classroom (2)
Online Asynchronous learning with periodic meetings with the professor. April 27–June 15. Brief meetings on most Thursdays 6–7 p.m.

EDU630 Integrating Math, Writing & Technology (3)
Online Synchronous: Dates To Be Announced

EDU633 Principles of Structured Literacy (3)
8 Asynchronous Modules: April 5–June 21
Office hours: Wednesdays 8 p.m.9 p.m.

EDU640 Differentiation and Remediation of Reading/Language Difficulties (3)
Online Asynchronous: Starting April 6.
Prerequisites: EDU633, EDU639

EDU654 Understanding Families and Culture (3)
Online Synchronous. Wednesdays: April 5–June 21; 6–9:20 p.m.
No class April 19

EDU662 Learning Development and Diversity (3)
Primarily asynchronous with some meetings in a virtual classroom. April 22June 25

EDU668 Advanced Disciplinary Literacy (3)
Online Asynchronous: April 4–June 20. Office hours: Tuesdays, 7–8 p.m.

EDU676 Collaborative Teaming of Special and Regular Educators (3)
Please contact the Graduate Education office if you are interested in this course.

EDU683 Advanced Theory and Practice for Reading Specialists (3)
Online Asynchronous: April 7–June 11.

EDU684 Advanced Theory and Practice for Teachers of English as a Second Language (3)
Online Synchronous: Mondays: April 3–June 12; 5:30–9:15 p.m.
No class April 17 or May 29.

EDU685 Advanced Theory and Practice for Math Specialists (3)
Online Synchronous: Starting April 10 at 6 p.m. Additional component to be scheduled.

EDU687 Practicum and Seminar: ESL (3)
Contact your advisor to determine if you are reading for practicum and to receive the Practicum Application. The application deadline is February 20.
The class will begin with a Zoom meeting on March 6, 6 p.m.

EDU705 Principles of Leadership (3)
Online Asynchronous: April 3–June 23.

EDU715 Collegial Supervision and Mentoring (3)
Online Synchronous: Dates to be determined.

EDU720 Human Resources and Personnel Administration (3)
Online Hybrid: Asynchronous work from April 1–May 27. Zoom meetings on April 22, May 6, May 20; 9 a.m.–2 p.m.

EDU740 School and Community Relations (3)
Online Synchronous: Mondays: April 3–June 12; 5:30–9:15 p.m.
No class April 17 or May 29.

EDU764 Raising Self-Awareness: Social Emotional Teaching Practices That Impact Student Learning (1)
This graduate course in social and emotional learning proposes to advance the professional teacher’s self-assessment to meet standards that require an inherent ability to connect with students on a human/personal level and consequently demonstrate the ability to be receptive to the social, emotional, and academic engagement of all children.
Online Asynchronous: Self-paced.

EDU765 Building Relationships Through Cultural Proficiency (1)
Through a balanced approach, the course provides the professional educator with an overview of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) as a cultural competency. In accordance with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s emphasis on culturally proficient SEL in the equity continuum, the course will focus on the relationship skills that facilitate serving the needs of all students. Learners are engaged in a process that prepares them to create learning experiences that are bias-free and respectful of students’ diverse backgrounds, identities, strengths, and challenges. The course follows a five-step cycle to meet the five core competencies required by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education for professional growth and development.
Online Asynchronous: Self-paced

EDU766 Sustaining SEL Through Trauma Informed Care (1)
By exploring the link between SEL and trauma-informed care, the course will inform educators on how to create a safe and reliable environment where students who have experienced adversities and trauma feel supported, are welcome to explore their strengths and identities, exercise their agency, can develop meaningful, positive relationships with adults and peers in their learning community, and have access to the mental health supports they need. In addition, educators will learn strategies to work, develop, and model their own social-emotional skills, use self-care practices that allow them to be supportive adults for their students, and actively engage in mental health support as their need for them arises.
Online Asynchronous: Self-paced