Winter 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 the schedule of Graduate Education courses from January through March 2023. Students are encouraged to contact  to schedule an academic advising appointment.

Registration for Winter 2023 is OPEN. The registration deadline is December 19, 2022, unless otherwise noted.

There will be no weekday classes on Martin Luther King Day (January 16) and during Massachusetts public school vacation (February 20–24) unless otherwise noted.

Classes are online unless specifically noted. Online synchronous courses happen over Zoom at specific times, and you will learn 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.

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FEATURED CONTENT AREA COURSES
Need PDPs? Gordon's 3-credit graduate courses provide 67.5 Professional Development Points. Below are our featured professional development and content courses for Winter 2022.

ART601 Experimental Drawing (3)
Synchronous: schedule to be determined by professor and enrolled students.

ART614 Painting in Mixed Media (3)
Synchronous: schedule to be determined by professor and enrolled students.

BIO601 Forensics (3)
Focuses on biological and chemical principles and processes that aid in solving crimes. Identifies chemical clues and signatures, DNA fingerprinting, decomposition and decomposer life cycles related to timing and location of crimes. Explores the use of science in the service of justice for all. Lab fee.
Synchronous: schedule to be determined by professor and enrolled students.

BIO624 Astrobiology (3)
Important topics in modern astronomy related to biology, physics and chemistry for both science and nonscience majors including properties of light, planets, stars, pulsars, black holes, galaxies, quasars and the origin of universe and life.
Schedule to be determined between professor 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.
Schedule to be determined between professor and enrolled students.

BIO640 Mathematics of Science (3)
Examines connections between and integration of mathematics and science. Focuses on the intersection of biology and mathematics.
Schedule to be determined between professor and enrolled students.

CHE601 Forensics (3)
Focuses on biological and chemical principles and processes that aid in solving crimes. Identifies chemical clues and signatures, DNA fingerprinting, decomposition and decomposer life cycles related to timing and location of crimes. Explores the use of science in the service of justice for all. Lab fee.
Synchronous: schedule to be determined by professor and enrolled students.

CHE624 Astrobiology (3)
Important topics in modern astronomy related to biology, physics and chemistry for both science and nonscience majors including properties of light, planets, stars, pulsars, black holes, galaxies, quasars and the origin of universe and life.
Schedule to be determined between professor 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.
Schedule to be determined between professor and enrolled students.

CHE640 Mathematics of Science (3)
Examines connections between and integration of mathematics and science. Focuses on the intersection of biology and mathematics.
Schedule to be determined between professor 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.
Lab fee: $125.
Start date February 1. Students arrange times with the professor.

CPS520 Object-Oriented Software Development (3)
Introduces object-oriented analysis and design using a statically typed programming language, encapsulation, inheritance, polymorphism, use cases, UML modeling, design patterns and testing methods. Continued development of design and programming skills using UML and Java through weekly laboratories and a semester team project.
Lab fee: $125.
Start date February 1. Students arrange times with the professor.

CPS522 Data Structures and Algorithms (3)
Introduces analysis of algorithms, implementation of data structures, advanced methods for organizing data in primary and secondary storage, problem-solving strategies, recursion, parallel algorithms and continued development of algorithm analysis skills. Weekly laboratories introduce C++ including the use of templates and Standard Template Library.
Lab fee: $125.
Start date February 1. Students arrange times with the professor.

EDU655 Exploring Urban Schools: Character, Culture and Contexts (3)
This course is an overview and study of the character of urban schools, many of which face significant challenges in our society. The study is based upon current research in the field and the real-life narratives of urban teachers, school leaders, students and parents. We will examine areas of education and pedagogy, but also consider the significant role and impact of economics and urban poverty, culture and multiculturalism, race and racism, politics and the role of government and social ethics. The goal of the course is to raise awareness of the issues and challenges of urban schools as well as to consider and develop possibilities for renewal and reform within these vital institutions in our American society and educational system.
Online starting the week of January 17.

EDU670 Neuroscience: Educating the Human Brain (3)
Online synchronous. 
January 13–14, February 10–11, March 10–11
Fridays: 6–9 p.m. and Saturdays: 9:30–11:30 a.m.
Remaining hours online asynchronous.

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. Starting the week of January 23.

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 as a cultural competency. In accordance with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s emphasis on culturally proficient social and emotional learning in the equity continuum, the course will focus on 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 and Secondary Education for professional growth and development.
Online asynchronous. Self-paced. Starting the week of January 23.

EDU 766 Sustaining SEL Through Trauma-Informed Care (1)
By exploring the link between social and emotional learning and trauma-informed care, the course will inform educators 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 agency; 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 mental health support as the need arises.
Online asynchronous. Self-paced. Starting the week of January 23.

ENG632 Literature for Adolescents (3)
In-depth examination of literature for young adults used thematically throughout middle school and secondary curricula. Draws on experiences of students to examine crosscultural implications of literature.
Synchronous: schedule to be determined by professor and enrolled students.

ENG635 Shakespeare Active in Class and History (3)
The reading and performance of Shakespeare has been part of the English classroom canon in both high school and college for many years. This course addresses both 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.
Schedule to be determined between professor and enrolled students.​

ENG643 History and Literature of the Ancient Greeks (3)
Explore the literature of ancient Greece from the Trojan War to the time of St. Paul. Historical periods covered will include the Trojan War, the Dark Ages, Greek colonization, the Persian War, the Classical Period, the Peloponnesian War, the conquests of Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic era. Texts will include, in whole or in part, The Iliad and The Odyssey of Homer, The Oresteia of Aeschylus, Oedipus the King of Sophocles, the Histories of Herodotus, The Peloponnesian War of Thucydides and The Symposium of Plato.
Schedule to be determined by the professor and enrolled students.

HIS643 History and Literature of the Ancient Greeks (3)
Explore the literature of ancient Greece from the Trojan War to the time of St. Paul. Historical periods covered will include the Trojan War, the Dark Ages, Greek colonization, the Persian War, the Classical Period, the Peloponnesian War, the conquests of Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic era. Texts will include in whole or in part The Iliad and The Odyssey of Homer, The Oresteia of Aeschylus, Oedipus the King of Sophocles, the Histories of Herodotus, The Peloponnesian War of Thucydides and The Symposium of Plato.
Schedule to be determined by the professor and enrolled students.

HIS655 Exploring Urban Schools: Character, Culture and Contexts (3)
This course is an overview and study of the character of urban schools, many of which face significant challenges. The study is based upon current research in the field and the real-life narratives of urban teachers, school leaders, students and parents. We will examine areas of education and pedagogy, but also consider the significant role and impact of economics and urban poverty, culture and multiculturalism, race and racism, politics, the role of government and social ethics. The goal of the course is to raise awareness of the issues and challenges of urban schools and to consider and develop possibilities for renewal and reform within these vital institutions in our American society and educational system.
Online starting the week of January 17.

HIS667 Immigration in the USA through Historical Inquiry: The Ellis Island Experience (3)
The course provides an opportunity to use specific methods of historical inquiry to build content knowledge through studying the collection of oral history excerpts from the Ellis Island Oral History Collection, which includes approximately 2,000 full interviews. Audio clips (with accompanying transcripts) have been selected to be useful in middle and high school learning environments in lesson planning or integrated into a literacy/history curriculum. The required workload includes a virtual trip to Ellis Island (online) as part of the research and inquiry project. Expertise in historical inquiry is critical for strong pedagogical practice in learning environments and life. You are the student, conducting historical inquiries in order to be able to share these skills with future students.
Online asynchronous.

MAT627 Investigating Mathematical Concepts (3)
Explores ways to expand teachers' knowledge of strategies to teach mathematics. Topics include number and operation, algebraic thinking, geometry, measurement, problem-solving, justifying and reasoning.
Thursdays: January 5–March 23, 6–9:20 p.m.
No class on February 24.

MAT640 Mathematics of Science (3)
Examines connections between and integration of mathematics and science. Focuses on the intersection of biology and mathematics.
Schedule to be determined between professor and enrolled students.​

PHY624 Astrobiology (3)
Important topics in modern astronomy related to biology, physics and chemistry for both science and nonscience majors including properties of light, planets, stars, pulsars, black holes, galaxies, quasars and the origin of universe and life.
Schedule to be determined between professor and enrolled students.​

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 individuals and society at large.
Online asynchronous: Schedule to be determined between professor and enrolled students.

SPN695 20th Century Cinema (3)
Schedule to be determined between professor and enrolled students.​ Minimum registration: 3 students.


Gordon College is offering Wilson Reading Systems® Level 1 and Level 2 Certification:

EDU 696/697: These concurrent courses begin with a live webinar on Jan. 5, 6:30–9 p.m. (plus seven follow-up webinars on Thursdays)
EDU796: Starting January 9
EDU796: Starting January 9
EDU798: Rolling admission upon completion of Step 6

Find a full list of  Wilson Reading Systems®  Level 1 and 2 certification course offerings➔


 

EDU520 Teaching Strategies (3)
Online asynchronous.
January 5–March 16.
Brief Zoom meetings on Thursdays, 7–8 p.m., January 5, 19, February 2, 23, and March 2.

EDU523 Integrating History in the Classroom (2)
Online synchronous.
January 27–28, March 3–4. Fridays, 6–9 p.m. and Saturdays, 8 a.m.–3 p.m.

EDU524 Integrating Science in the Classroom (2)
Online synchronous.
Thursdays 6–9 p.m.

EDU527 Exploring Mathematical Concepts (3)
Online synchronous.
Thursdays: January 5–March 23, 6–9 p.m.

No class on February 23.

EDU528 Disciplinary Literacy (3)
Online asynchronous.
January 10–March 14.
Brief meetings are to be scheduled on Tuesdays as needed.

EDU533 Science of Reading (3)
Online synchronous.
Tuesdays: January 3–March 28, 6–9 p.m.

No class on February 21.

EDU562-1 Human Development and Learning (3) 
Online synchronous.
Tuesdays: January 3–March 28, 6–9 p.m.
No class on February 21.

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 other course participants will be available at various times throughout the course.
Online asynchronous.
January 3
March 28.

EDU564-1 Introduction to Exceptionality (3) 
Thursdays: January 5–March 30, 6–9 p.m.
No class on February 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 schedule of working adults. Opportunities for informal virtual chat (through Zoom) with the instructor and other course participants will be available to students at various times throughout the course.
Online asynchronous.
January 5-March 30.

EDU575 Classroom Management and Organization (3)
Online synchronous.
Wednesdays: January 18–March 29, 6–9 p.m.
No class on February 22.

EDU580 Methods and Practice in Early Childhood (3)
Online synchronous.
Wednesdays: January 18–March 29, 6–9 p.m.
No class on February 22.

EDU581 Methods and Practice in Elementary Education (3)
Online asynchronous.
January 6–March 21.
Zoom meetings for class discussion will be scheduled with enrolled students.

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, 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 December 19. 
The class will begin with a Zoom meeting on January 9, 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 December 19. 
The class will begin with a Zoom meeting on January 9, 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 December 19. 
The class will begin with a Zoom meeting on January 9, 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 December 19. 
The class will begin with a Zoom meeting on January 9, 6 p.m.

EDU613 Assistive Technology, Augmentative and Alternative Forms of Communication (1)
This course reviews common assistive technology and augmentative communication.
Online asynchronous.

EDU614 Technology for All Students (3)
Online synchronous. 
Tuesdays, January 17–March 28.
6–9 p.m.

EDU623 Integrating History in the Classroom (2)
Online synchronous.
January 27–28, March 3–4.
Fridays: 6–9 p.m.; Saturdays, 8 a.m.–3 p.m.

EDU624 Integrating Science in the Classroom (2)
Online synchronous.
Thursdays.
Dates to be announced.

EDU629 Integrating Reading, Writing and Technology (3)
Online asynchronous.
January 2–February 17.

EDU630 Integrating Math, Writing and Technology (3)
Online synchronous.
Tuesdays.
January 17–March 28.

EDU631 Integrating Literature throughout the Curriculum (3)
Online asynchronous.
January 4–March 15.
The class will begin with one Zoom meeting on Wednesday, January 4, from 6–7 p.m.

EDU633 Principles of Structured Literacy (3) 
January 4–March 22.
8 asynchronous modules.
Office Hours: Wednesdays 8-9 p.m.

EDU634 Language Acquisition, Learning Disabilities and ESL (3)
Online synchronous.
Friday, January 27, 5–8 p.m.
Saturday, January 28, 7:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Monday-Wednesday, February 20–22*, 7:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

*This course is intentionally scheduled during February vacation.

EDU635 Sheltering Content Instruction for English as a Second Language (3) 
Asynchronous.
January 8–March 4
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EDU 639 Assessment & Diagnosis of Reading/Language Difficulties (3)
Online asynchronous.
Starting January 6.

Prerequisites: EDU633.

EDU640 Differentiation and Remediation of Reading/Language Difficulties (3)
Online asynchronous.
Starting January 12.

Prerequisites: EDU633, EDU639.

EDU641 Sheltering English Immersion (3)
The purpose of this course is to prepare teachers with the knowledge and skills to effectively shelter their content instruction so that English language learners (ELLs) can access the curriculum, achieve academic success and contribute their multilingual and multicultural resources in the classroom and beyond. Teachers will have opportunities to practice strategies, analyze their practice, provide and receive feedback and reflect on their experiences.
Online synchronous.
Friday, January 27; Saturday, February 11; March 10–11; March 31–April 1; April 28–29;
Fridays, 6–9 p.m. and Saturdays, 8 a.m.–3 p.m., plus two sessions to be scheduled.

EDU650 Differentiation and Remediation of Math Difficulties (3)
Online synchronous.
Mondays: January 9–March 27, 6–9 p.m.

No classes on January 16 or February 20. 
Prerequisites: MAT636, EDU649.

EDU655 Exploring Urban Schools: Character, Culture and Contexts (3)
Online asynchronous.
Starting the week of January 18.

EDU662 Learning Development and Diversity (3)
Schedule to be determined between professor and enrolled students.

EDU665 Meeting the Needs of the Exceptional Child in the Regular Classroom (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 other course participants will be available to students at various times throughout the course. 
Online asynchronous.
January 10
March 31.

EDU670 Neuroscience: Educating the Human Brain (3)
Online synchronous.
Weekends: January 13–14, February 10–11, March 10–11.
Fridays: 6–9 p.m. and Saturdays: 9:30–11:30 a.m.
Remaining hours online asynchronous.

EDU681 Advanced Methods and Practice in Elementary Education (3)
Online asynchronous.
January 6–March 21.
Zoom meetings for class discussion will be scheduled with enrolled students.

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 December 19. 
The class will begin with a Zoom meeting on January 9, 6 p.m.

EDU702 Educational Leadership II-Applied Concepts and Case Studies (3)
Online synchronous.
Weekends: January 6–7,  February 3–4, March 3–4, 24–25
Fridays: 6–9 p.m. and Saturdays 8 a.m.–3 p.m.

EDU705 Principles in Leadership (3)
Online asynchronous.
January 17–March 31.

EDU710 Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction (3)
Online synchronous.
Mondays: January 9–March 27, 6–9:20 p.m.

No classes on January 16 and February 20.

EDU715 Collegial Supervision and Mentoring (3)
Schedule to be arranged with the professor and enrolled students.

EDU741 Sheltering English Immersion for Administrators (3)
Online synchronous. 
Friday, January 27; Saturday, February 11; Weekends: March 10–11; March 31–April 1; April 28–29
Fridays, 6–9 p.m. and Saturdays, 8 a.m.–3 p.m., plus two online sessions.

EDU764 Raising Self-Awareness: Social Emotional Teaching Practices That Impact Student Learning (1)
Online asynchronous.
Self-paced.
Starting the week of January 23.

EDU765 Building Relationships Through Cultural Proficiency (1)
Online asynchronous.
Self-paced. 
Starting the week of January 23.

EDU 766 Sustaining SEL Through Trauma-Informed Care (1)
Online asynchronous.
Self-paced.
 
Starting the week of January 23.

Additional courses may be added as the need arises. If you do not see a course you need, please contact the