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Course Descriptions

Required Courses | Foundation Courses | Core Courses 
Middle Level Concentration | Special Education | ESL Concentration 
Instructional Technology and Global Perspectives | Special Courses

Required Courses

Offered Only On-Campus

The following courses must be taken on campus at the College of Mount Saint Vincent and are
offered according to the indicated schedule:

  • EDUC 502 - Foundations of Urban and Multicultural Education
    (Offered in the Fall and the Spring of each year)
  • EDUC 602 - Research for Classroom Teachers
    (Offered in the Fall and the Spring of each year)
  • EDUC 606 - Urban and Environmental Education
    (Offered in the Spring of each year, and in the Summer Session)

Offered Off-Campus
The following courses may be taken at UFT off-campus sites in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the
Bronx, and in Queens:

  • EDUC 504 - Cross-cultural Communication
    (Offered in the Fall, Spring and Summer Sessions)
  • EDUC 506: Language, Cognitive Development, and Cultural Diversity
    (Offered in the Fall, Spring and Summer Sessions)
  • EDUC 604: Methods in Multicultural Education
    (Offered in the Fall, Spring and Summer Sessions)
  • EDUC 608: Contemporary Health Issues in Urban Education
    (Offered in the Fall, Spring and Summer Sessions)

Program Concentration Courses – 700 Level Courses
The 700 level courses are offered on a rotating basis during the Fall, Spring and Summer Sessions. Although several of these concentration courses are offered each term, during no term are all of the concentration courses available. Program planning should be arranged with the Chairperson of the Graduate Program.

Foundation Courses
Three required foundation courses (nine credits) provide the knowledge and experience basic to multicultural understanding.

All students take these courses. Either EDUC 502 or EDUC 504 now fulfills the New York City Board of Education human relations requirement.

EDUC 502 - Foundations of Urban and Multicultural Education
This course equips teachers with a sound knowledge base in multicultural education. It provides both definition and rationale. Employing historical perspective, and through the use of lecture, video analysis and class reflection, it traces the development of cultures, prejudices, and stereotypes in American society and relates them to economic and political factors. Students apply this information to urban education and formulate a personal philosophy of urban-multicultural education (3 credits).

EDUC 504 - Cross-cultural Communication
This course focuses on self-awareness, group dynamics, effective communication, and conflict resolution with an emphasis on cross-cultural interactions and prejudice reduction (3 credits).

EDUC 506 - Language, Cognitive Development, and Cultural Diversity
This course examines cognitive development and language acquisition across cultures. Through the supplemental use of various technologies the course focuses on issues of bilingualism and dialectal difference and their relationship to language development. The course explores language diversity as it relates to classroom instruction (3 credits).

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Core Courses
Four required core courses (twelve credits) provide students with the theory and methodology needed to teach effectively in multicultural settings.

EDUC 602 - Research for Classroom Teachers
This course examines variations in the structure of educational research as a function of questions under investigation, statistical formulae, and data analysis (including computer applications) as applied to classroom settings. Students will learn to read and interpret research reports and they will develop their own model for a classroom research project. Various technologies are required to effectively fulfill course requirements (3 credits).

EDUC 604 - Methods in Multicultural Education
This course is a study of multicultural teaching approaches, learning processes and evaluation strategies as applied in all curriculum areas. Interdisciplinary approaches to standards-based instruction are studied. Classroom motivation, communication and management are prime considerations. The arts will be presented as a basic component of multicultural education (3 credits).

EDUC 606 - Urban and Environmental Education
This course is a study of the physical environment of the city, natural and built, and the interrelationships between the city and its culturally diverse residents. Students will learn environmental education strategies to reduce the devastation and enhance the beauty of the urban environment. Appropriate technology will be featured and utilized. Fieldwork required (3 credits).

EDUC 608 - Contemporary Health Issues in Urban Education
This course is designed to increase teacher awareness of significant health and social issues-abusive environments, addiction, illness prevention-that impact American education today. It explores the effect of these issues on diverse populations of students and analyzes implications for school personnel. Emphasis is given to integrating new content into the curriculum, initiating referral procedures, and effective use of community ishresources.

Three courses (nine credits) are required from the program’s areas of concentration. Students choose from one of the four available program options: Middle Level Education, Special Education, English as a Second Language, or Instructional Technology & Global Perspectives. With an advisor’s approval, a student may choose courses from different areas of concentration (3 credits).

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Middle Level Concentration
Students who choose this concentration are eligible to apply for New York State certification extension, Grades 5-6, or 7-9, if they have provisional or initial certification in childhood 1-6 and an appropriate baccalaureate major in English, mathematics, social studies, science, or a language other than English.

EDUC 702 - Education and Development of the Middle School Learner
This course is an intensive study of the psychodynamics of adolescent development. It explores the unique cognitive, physical, social, and emotional needs of middle school learners. Emphasis is given to the roles of school personnel in responding to the needs of this age group (3 credits).

EDUC 704 - Curriculum in Middle School Education
This course focuses on interdisciplinary and thematic approaches used in teaching middle grade students. Methods of integration of the arts, language, math, science, and social studies are studied from a multicultural perspective. Teaching strategies and materials that foster the development of skills of inquiry and cognitive processing are examined (3 credits).

EDUC 706 - Applied Research in Middle Level Education
This course is designed to enable teachers to conduct research related to Middle Level Education. Curriculum, instruction, cooperative learning, interdisciplinary teaching, advisory, team learning and affective development are explored from a multicultural perspective. Intensive field studies will be designed, implemented and reported (3 credits).
Prerequisites: EDUC 702 and EDUC 704 or permission of instructor.

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Special Education Concentration
EDUC 712 - Strategies for Inclusion of Special Learners
This course is designed to help teachers instruct students with learning and behavior problems in the least restrictive environment. Areas considered are cooperative planning, differentiated instruction, communication, use of special resources (e.g., assistive technology) motivation and behavior management. Participants collaborate in teams to improve their decision-making and problem-solving skills (3 credits).

EDUC 714 - Practicum in Assessment and Instruction of Special Learners
This course is designed to provide participants with information on standardized and informal assessment procedures and materials and on research-based effective strategies for teaching students with mild to moderate learning and behavior problems. Emphasis is on assessment in literacy and mathematics and appropriate use of technologies including assistive technologies. Focus will also be on those strategies of differentiated instruction that can be effectively implemented or modified within the general education program (3 credits).
Prerequisites: EDUC 712 or permission of instructor.

EDUC 716 - Life Span Special Education: Transition from Birth to Adulthood
This course will focus on the many transitions which special education students and their families must take throughout their education as well as how teachers, administrators, and other professionals in education can facilitate these transitions. The course emphasizes human motivation and effective communication procedures (3 credits).

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English as a Second Language Concentration
This concentration provides teachers with basic knowledge and skills to meet the needs of multilingual youngsters in their classrooms.

EDUC 722 - Teaching English as a Second Language I
This course provides an introduction to the theoretical foundations of second language
acquisition that includes an examination of theories and research findings and their applicability to classroom practice. Course work also involves a review of relevant
psycholinguistic and socio-linguistic research (3 credits).

EDUC 724 - Teaching English as a Second Language II
In this course students examine and develop a variety of methods, approaches, techniques, and materials used in teaching listening, speaking, reading, and writing to speakers of other languages on the elementary, middle school, and high school levels (3 credits).
Prerequisite: EDUC 722Special Education Concentration

EDUC 726 - Assessment in English as a Second Language
This course includes an examination of procedures and instruments, standardized and
informal, used in second language instruction programs. Focus on assessment as an integral part of instruction (3 credits).
Prerequisites: EDUC 722 and EDUC 724 or permission of instructor.

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Instructional Technology and Global Perspectives Concentration
EDUC 732 - Technology for Classroom Teachers 
Technology for Classroom Teachers examines the philosophy, rationale, ethics, and
intercultural value of technology usage. Teachers learn how to implement technology as
effective productivity tools. Common platforms (IBM compatibles and Macintosh) and
operating Systems as well as software of various types are explored. This course
emphasizes commercially available applications such as Microsoft Office (word
processing, data base, spread sheets) and Microsoft Publisher (graphic design). Desktop
publishing is a featured activity. Trouble-shooting strategies relating to technology use
within the classroom are explored (3 credits).

EDUC 734 - Technology for Communication and Instruction 
Technology for Communication and Instruction prepares the classroom teacher to use
multimedia computers to enhance teaching and learning. Participants explore sources of
materials through utilization of print and online (Internet) catalogues and compendia. Criteria for
selection of appropriate materials will be developed and applied. Emphasis is
on identification, evaluation, and incorporation of published instructional software into
classroom instruction and research using the World Wide Web. Application is made to various
disciplines (3 credits).

EDUC 736 - Advanced Technology: Curriculum and Development 
Advanced Technology: Curriculum and Development explores the use of authoring
systems to create discipline-specific multimedia instructional presentations. Students will
develop individual curriculum projects that will incorporate text, graphics, animation,
video, and scanned images for instructional purposes. The creation of customized websites is a
featured activity (3 credits).
Prerequisites: EDUC 732, EDUC 734. Pre-requisites apply to students enrolled in the
complete concentration.


Special Courses
EDUC 570 - Special Topics
An option designed to offer students the opportunity of studying a “special topic” not regularly
offered as part of the Graduate Program curriculum. See below for an example of one such topic (3 credits).

EDUC 570 - Arts Integration I: Methods and Materials 
A comprehensive studio workshop course that exposes teachers to two- and three- dimensional
art projects. Disciplines such as drawing, painting, sculpture (papier-mâché, clay cardboard, etc)
will be utilized. Design, collage, and multimedia, will be explored and basic skills attained.
“Setting up” for art projects in the classroom and strategies for classroom management will be taught.
Critiques of projects and discussions of age appropriate use of materials and techniques
will be a major component of this course (3 credits).

EDUC 614 - Independent Study
An option designed to enable students to engage in the pursuit of knowledge in an area of special
interest related to urban and multicultural education. This course is designed to foster critical
thinking through individualized instruction. Permission and approval of the Director of the
program is required (3 credits).

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