Graduate Education Courses

Please find the required Master's and licensure courses at Graduate Education. If you have any questions please feel free to contact your academic advisor or Karen Abbott in the Graduate Education Office at kabbott@smcvt.edu or 802.654.2649. To find if your course requires textbooks, go to the link on the left: "Campus Resources", click on Campus Store, then on "Booklist" in the blue box to the left. Scroll through until you find the start of the GED numbers. They can be found in the Campus Store, Alliot Student Center. The syllabi will be on Canvas, our learning management system.

Find the fall registration forms under Academic Forms 

(to the left in the blue box)

Fall classes start the week of August 29th and the 15th week is December 5th.
(Monday classes are held on Labor Day, September 5, unless otherwise specified by the instructor.)

Future Education Course Offerings

NOTE: This is a tentative schedule for planning purposes. Some courses may need to be offered during other terms or days. Fall and spring courses are offered in the evening from 5:00-7:30 with a few exceptions beginning 30 minutes earlier or later. Contact Karen Abbott, kabbott@smcvt.edu, directly with any questions.

Last updated September 8, 2016

Course Code Course Title CR SUMMER FALL SPRING
GED 508 Current Topics in Special Education

3

X

GED 509 Integrative Curriculum

3

W

GED 510 Becoming A Literacy Leader: Tools & Strategies for Success

3

X
GED 511 Fundamentals of Curriculum

3

TH

W

GED 516

Educational Foundations: Understanding the Past and Creating the Future

3

M

M

GED 517 Teaching Nonfiction in the Elementary Grades 3 M
GED 520 Child and Adolescent Development 3

X

GED 522 Teaching Literacy in the Elementary Classroom 3

TH

GED 526 Special Topics 3

X

X

X

GED 528 K-8 Curriculum, Assessment and Management 4

W

GED 529 Personalized Learning  X   

 TH

GED 530 Literacy in Middle and Secondary Schools 3 TH

 

GED 534 Assessment and Instruction in Reading 3

M

GED 535 Author and Illustrator Studies 3

X

GED 544 Mindfulness Education: Cultivating Caring, Attention, Awareness and Self-Regulation     

 W

GED 547 Middle and Secondary Curriculum and Assessment 4

Th

GED 550 Student Teaching Internship
6    X  X  
GED 555
Student Teaching Seminar
3   T
 T  
GED 558 Educator as Researcher
3

X

T

 
GED 562 Thesis Research 3

X

X

X

GED 565 Computer-Assisted Language Learning (Cross listed with GSL 520) 3 Online
GED 567 Legal and Financial Management of Schools 4

 

M
GED 572 School Leadership 3

 W

GED 578 Visual Learning: Words into Pictures 3

X

GED 580 Approaches to Teaching 
3

 

T
GED 581 Supporting Students with Emotional and Behavioral Challenges 3

T

GED 595 Launching and Developing a Writers' Workshop in the Elementary Grades 3

 

W
GED 596 Digital Media: Imagine the Possibilities 3

T

GED 606 Literacy Development and Instruction K-8 3

M

GED 607 Literacy Instruction for Adolescent Readers Who Struggle 3

X

GED 612 Math and Diversity 3

M

GED 613 Mathematics in the K-8 Classroom 3

T

GED 618 From Assessment to Action: Using Data to Improve Schools 3

X

GED 621 Supervision, Evaluation & Teacher Development 3

Th

GED 623 Ceramics for Educators (off campus at Burlington City Arts) 3

M

GED 631 Development, Learning, Behavior and Individual Differences  3

X

GED 632 Assessment of Students within General and Special Education 3

T

GED 633 Legal and Professional Issues in Special Education 3

Th

GED 635A Middle Grades: Organizational Strand 3

W

GED 635A Middle Grades Summer Institute (off campus) 3

X

GED 636 Special Education Leadership      

 T

 
GED 668 Administration & Interpretation of Woodcock-Johnson IV 3

X

GED 640 Language and Learning 3

TH

GED 641 Teaching in an Inclusive Classroom K-12 3

X

T

GED 643 Instruction of K-6 Students with Learning Challenges in Language Arts 3

X

GED 644 Approaches to Teaching Students with Intensive Special Needs 2

T

GED 645 Assistive Technology: Creating Access

1

   

T

GED 649 Arts: The Creative Process 3

W (Every other year starting SP15)

GED 651 Hand On! Learning in and through the Arts 3

 

X
GED 661 Special Education Practicum & Seminar: Part 1 4

 W

GED 662 Special Education Practicum & Seminar: Part 2 4

 W

GED 669 Oral Traditions & Literacy: Readers' Theater, Poetry Slams and Storytelling 3  

TH

 
GED 673 The Art of the Book (new GED# SU17) 3

 

X
GED 673 Special Topics: Arts 1-3

X

X

X

GED 674 Multicultural Arts 3

T

 
GED 675  Educator as Artist: Personalized Learning, Teaching, and Engaging in the Artistic Process  3      X  
GED 676 Elementary, Middle, and Secondary Curriculum and Assessment 4

M

GED 678 Heroes, Art & Social Justice: Aesthetic Perspectives 3

W (Every other year starting FA14)

GED 684 School and Community 3

X

GED 686 Independent Study 1 to 6

X

X

X

GED 687 Directed Readings 1 to 6

X

X

X

GED 688 School Leadership Practicum, Part 1 (summer), Part II (fall), Part III (spring)
for Principal Endorsement, Director of Curriculum, and Director of
Special Education (2 credits each semester) Year-long Practicum
2 X

 

 

 GED 688D
Literacy Practicum: Reading/Language Arts Specialist Endorsement
 3    X  X  
 GED 693  Integrating Art, Social Studies & Language Arts:
 K-8
 3

W (Every other year starting FA15)

 


GED 695
Teaching K-8 Science and Engineering 3 X

GED 699
Capstone Seminar 3

X

T

Fall 2016 Graduate Education Courses - Classes held Labor Day, 9/5

Course Code Day Scheduled Course Name and Credits Instructor(s)

Time and Rooms

STE=Saint Edmund's
JEM=Jeanmaire

MONDAY

GED 516 Educational Foundations: Understanding the Past and Creating the Future (3) 

Janet Stearns 5:00pm-7:30pm
STE 321

GED 606 Literacy Development and Instruction K-8 (3) Kristin Gehsmann 5:00pm-7:30pm
STE 334

GED 612 Math and Diversity (3) John Tapper 5:00pm-7:30pm
STE 309

GED 688

School Leadership Practicum for: Principal, Director of Curriculum or Director of Special Education - Part II
 (2 cr.)  (Part III is SP17 for 2 cr.)
First class is September 12th.

Valerie Gardner 5:00pm-7:30pm 
JEM 380
TUESDAY
GED 550 Student Teaching Internship (6 cr.) Students register with GED 555 (Paper registration) N/A Off Campus
GED 555 Student Teaching Seminar (3 cr.) Students register with GED 550  Claudine Bedell 3:45pm-5:45pm
STE 321 

GED 558 Educator as Researcher (3 cr.)
Instructor Approval Needed, paper registration only.  
James Nagle 5:00pm-7:30pm
STE 307

GED 632 Assessment of Students within General and Special Ed (3) Rich Reid 5:00pm-7:30pm
JEM 290

GED 636 Special Education Leadership (3 cr.)
Mary Lundeen  5:00pm-7:30pm
McCarthy 221

GED 641
Teaching in an Inclusive Classroom K-12 (3)
Pre-requisite: Must have taken GED 516 Educational Foundations. 
Cathy Quinn 5:00pm-7:30pm
JEM 366

WEDNESDAY
GED 509 Integrative Curriculum (3) Aostre Johnson 5:00pm-7:30pm
STE 309

GED 572 School Leadership (3)    Dan French 5:00pm-7:30pm
STE 307

GED 661 Special Education Practicum & Seminar: Part 1 (Every other Wednesday starting Sept. 7th)  (4 cr.) Tania Hayes 4:00pm-6:15pm
STE 116

GED 678 Heroes, Art & Social Justice: Aesthetic Perspectives (3 cr.) Jonathan Silverman  4:30pm-7:00pm
STE 321

THURSDAY
GED 511 Fundamentals of Curriculum (3) John Barone 5:00pm-7:30pm
JEM 380

GED 530 Literacy in Middle and Secondary Schools (3) Becky Wigglesworth 5:00pm-7:30pm
STE 309

GED 522 Teaching Literacy in the Elementary Classroom (3) Jessica Eaton 5:00pm-7:30pm
STE 307

GED 640 Language and Learning (3)
Tania Hayes 5:00pm-7:30pm
STE 321

GED 669 Oral Traditions & Literacy: Readers' Theater, Poetry Slams and Storytelling (3 cr.)
Dates:  September 1 - December 1 
Joan Robinson 5:00pm-8:00pm
JEM 281

ONLINE      
GED 565 Computer-Assisted Language Learning (3) Cross listed with GSL 520
Registration must be completed by August 15, 2016.
Christine Bauer-Ramazani

Online

 

GED 509 Integrative Curriculum (3cr.)
Instructor: Aostre Johnson
Wednesday, 5:00pm-7:30pm

This course is designed to offer a theoretical and historical overview of the concept of integrative curriculum, as well as many practical applications. We will consider integrated curriculum as expressed by interdisciplinary, thematic, place based, student directed and standards based curriculum. Students will have the opportunity to explore multiple intelligences, brain based learning and the integration of technological, artistic, ethical, social/emotional, mindful and spiritual approaches to curriculum.

GED 511 Fundamentals of Curriculum (3cr.)
Instructor:  John Barone
Thursday, 5:00pm-7:30pm

What do we mean when we use the word curriculum?” As one would expect, the definitions offered run a spectrum.”  The development, implementation, and evaluation of curriculum is a complex process.  (Miller/Seller, p. 3).  This course will focus on the definition(s) and varying perspectives of curriculum. In addition, participants will examine the major frameworks of curriculum; become familiar with the varying approaches to curriculum planning, development, design, implementation, and evaluation; articulate their own perspectives on curriculum; examine the link between curriculum, instruction, and assessment; and be able to critique curriculum from a variety of different perspectives.

GED 516  Educational Foundations: Understanding the Past and Creating the Future (3cr.)
Instructor: Janet Stearns
Monday, 5:00pm-7:30pm

This course reviews the role of teacher in contemporary education and includes at least 20 hours of focused observation outside of class time. Students examine the practical and philosophical influences on teachers’ decision making processes in reaction to curriculum, motivation, educational history, classroom culture, instructional strategy, Common Core State Standards, and Vermont’s Framework of Standards and Learning Opportunities. The emphasis is on critical and creative reflection of readings, observations, and in-class discussions and activities. Students gain the experience of planning and teaching lessons during the course. Students emerge from the course with a personal philosophy of education.  Required writing assessment for candidacy is included in this course.

GED 522 Teaching Literacy in the Elementary Classroom (3cr.)
Instructor: Jessica Eaton
Thursday, 5:00pm-7:30pm

This course is designed to be an introduction to best practices in literacy instruction and development.  Throughout the course students will gain an understanding of the five components of balanced literacy, word study and the workshop model, including: focus lessons, read aloud, small group instruction, conferring, sharing and formative assessment.  The class structure will consist of field observations in elementary classrooms, role-playing, video and student work analysis, small group discussions as well as whole class presentations, discussions and lectures.  This course is designed to be interactive.  This course is a requirement in the Elementary Education Licensure Program.  Practicing teachers are encouraged to take GED 606 - Literacy Development and Instruction in the elementary classroom.

GED 530 Literacy in Middle and Secondary Schools (3 cr.)
Instructor: Becky Wigglesworth
Thursday, 5:00pm-7:30pm

In this course students examine the development of literacy skills in the content area through theory, resource analysis, case studies, and personal reflection. Students explore and design curriculum for the concurrent instruction of reading, writing, and other literacy skills within their content areas.  Vermont Standards and Grade Expectations and Common Core State Standards are reviewed and integrated throughout the course as students create ways to address the standards in middle and secondary classrooms and curricula.

GED 550 Student Teaching Internship (6cr.)Includes Art, Elementary Education, English Language Learners, Middle and Secondary Licensure Programs.  Students register for this with GED 555 Student Teaching Seminar at the same time.  

GED 555 Student Teaching Seminar (3cr.)
Instructor:  Claudine BedellTuesdays, 3:45pm-5:00pm

Taken concurrently with the student teaching internship (GED 555), this course focuses on standards, teaching strategies, classroom culture, management techniques, collaboration, problem solving, philosophical questions, assessment, and communication skills.  Students complete their required portfolio for licensure during this course.  The seminar is designed to provide support for student teachers in the field.  Enrollment by special arrangement only.

GED 558 Educator as Researcher (3cr.)
Instructor: James Nagle
Tuesday
, 5:00pm-7:30pm

This course introduces students to the world of educational research so that they will be able to read qualitative and quantitative studies intelligently, and learn to design and conduct qualitatively oriented studies themselves. The overall purpose of this course is to prepare students to use educational research methods as investigative tools to address significant educational issues. Beginning with an overview of the epistemological assumptions behind different kinds of research, the course will explore various types of research approaches and the kinds of topics and queries they support. Students will read and critique various examples of published research chosen from the participants’ research interests. They will develop skills in research design and data collection and analysis to assist in their design of a research proposal for their capstone project. Prerequisite: This course should be taken at the end of your master’s program and two semesters prior to capstone so that students will have at least one semester to collect data for the capstone project. Requirement: Students must bring a one page single-spaced memo describing their research interests for the Capstone Project to the first class. Please request a paper registration form from Karen Abbott, kabbott@smcvt.edu. 

GED 562 Thesis Research (3cr.)

By arrangement only. The Thesis is an in-depth research study that contributes to the existing body of knowledge in the field of education. The student works with an advisor planning, researching and writing the Thesis.  This is a two semester course with a grade of XT given at the end of the first semester.  Students meet with their academic advisors to discuss topics and projects before registering.
Prerequisite: GED 558 Educator as Researcher and permission from advisor.

GED 565 Computer-Assisted Language Learning (ONLINE) (3cr.)
Instructor:  Christine Bauer-Ramazani

Participants learn how to incorporate computer and mobile technology into flipped classroom lessons that enhance the skills of English language learners (K-12, adult) through project-based activities, including newsletters, animated slide shows, and free Web-based multimedia and assessment tools. Participants construct an interactive/collaborative portfolio Web space (Wiki) for teaching and learning, review current research and follow the professional dialogue about technology in the classroom. They discuss the effectiveness of technological media through peer reviews and critical evaluation of Web sites and/or courseware. Course meets requirements for ESL licensure. Cross-listed with GSL 520.  Must be registered by August 15, 2016.

GED 572 School Leadership (3cr.)
Instructor: Dan French
Wednesdays, 5:00pm-7:30pm

Students examine the relationship of the leader, and the led, in the context of several dynamic forces at play within the school organization. Students reflect upon values and draw upon experiences as they explore theories and practice the behaviors of effective leadership. Students will become familiar with the process of change as it impacts school organizations. Topics include: human resource management, instructional leadership, school culture, creating a vision, facilitating change, effective communication, and ethical decision making. Relevant for any educator in, or aspiring to, a leadership position.

GED 606 Literacy Development and Instruction K-8 (3cr.)
Instructor:  Kristin Gehsmann
Mondays, 5:00pm-7:30pm

This course is designed for licensed teachers and will focus on literacy development and instruction in grades preK-8.  We will explore the research and “best practices” in literacy instruction with a particular emphasis on differentiated instruction within the context of the new Common Core Standards. (Pre-licensure students are encouraged to take this course after student teaching.)

GED 612 Math and Diversity (3 cr.)
Instructor:  John Tapper
Mondays, 5:00pm-7:30pm

This course will explore theories, ideas and practices for guiding learning in math for students with diverse characteristics at the pre-K – 8 levels. Students will investigate current literature on cultural, pedagogical and developmental issues related to how children learn mathematics in the four selected areas of diversity; math and students who are speakers of other languages (ELL), math and students with special needs, math and students with math disabilities, and math and students in poverty. Course content will include  the math pedagogical content knowledge associated with numeracy, operations and problem solving, the SIOP model of instruction, the WIDA standards, strategies for differentiating instruction and assessing diverse learner characteristics as well as issues associated with developmentally appropriate practice.

GED 632 Assessment of Students within General and Special Education (3cr.)
Instructor: Rich Reid
Tuesdays, 5:00pm-7:30pm

Participants will become familiar with assessment procedures associated with establishing the existence of the IDEA eligible disabilities. In addition, an emphasis will been placed on the assessment of student progress and functioning relative to the general education curriculum. Participants will examine assessment practices and tools that respond to the requirements of IDEA, NCLB, and State Special Education Regulations and will need access to students in order to complete course requirements.

GED 636 Special Education Leadership (3 cr.)
Instructor:  Mary Lundeen
Tuesdays, 5:00pm-7:30 pm

Participants should have:

  1. Course/knowledge regarding special education law (GED 633 Legal and Professional Issues in Special Education)
  2. Course/knowledge regarding special education assessment and evaluation (GED 632 Assessment of Students Within General and Special Education).

This course will focus on leadership and will include competency in providing, administering, supervising and evaluating special education programs and services.  This will include coordination of these services with regular education programs, home-based and community-based services for students with disabilities.  Students will also become competent in

applying the principles of leadership, special education finance, and analyzing related services.  This course also provides educators and special educators with the framework and skills necessary for cooperation and collaboration among the school community, parent/families, and interagency partners in the elementary, middle and secondary schools.  Participants will be expected to apply strategies of consultation and collaboration within a school community.

GED 640 Language and Learning (3 cr.)
Instructor:  Tania Hayes
Thursdays, 5:00pm-7:30pm

This course considers how difficulties in language acquisition and usage affect a student’s ability to succeed in the classroom. Students will learn research-based approaches to teaching oral language, written language, academic language, vocabulary and reading comprehension for atypically developing students in whole class, small group and individual instructional settings.  Emphasis will be placed on students in grades K-12 with language based disabilities in inclusive and remedial settings. Students will develop a unit to teach a specific reading or writing skill.  PrerequisiteGED 522 Teaching Literacy in the Elementary Classroom or Elementary License.

GED 641 Teaching in an Inclusive Classroom K-12 (3cr.)
Instructor: Cathy Quinn
Tuesdays, 5:00pm-7:30pm

In this course participants will learn how to teach and accommodate students with disabilities in any regular classroom. Basic special education history and laws will be examined. Participants will explore the complex nature of serving students with special needs and discover specific strategies for making inclusion work.  Participants will be responsible for finding a student to tutor for 2 hours per week to complete a case study as a part of the course requirements.  Prerequisite:  Taken GED 516 Educational Foundations: Understanding the Past and Creating the Future.

GED 661 Special Education Practicum & Seminar: Part 1 (4cr.)
Instructor: Tania Hayes
Every other Wednesday starting September 7th; 4:00pm-6:15pm

In this practicum, graduate students work in local schools as a team member to learn about providing services to students in special education. Students design, implement, and evaluate instructional programs for students with disabilities. They are involved in all aspects of the special education process.  (This is a school-based internship for students in the Special Education Program.) Limited to students completing the Special Education Program. Permission of instructors required.

GED 669 Oral Traditions and Literacy: Readers’ Theater, Poetry Slams and Storytelling (3 cr.)
Instructor:  Joan Robinson
Thursdays, 5:00pm-8:00pm, September 1 - December 1

Storytelling, readers’ theater, and poetry slams are just a few of the ways teachers can help improve students' motivation and engagement with the written and spoken word.  In this course, participants will explore ways to effectively engage K-12 students in developing oral communication skills while increasing student literacy, extending fluency and deepening comprehension. Adhering to the Common Core and national arts standards, class activities will help students investigate text through multiple lenses whether reading poetry, fiction, or informational text, and will be carefully scaffolded to meet all levels of performing experience. 

GED 678 Heroes, Art and Social Justice: Aesthetic Perspectives (3 cr.)
Instructor: Jonathan Silverman
Wednesdays, 4:30pm-7:00pm

From defiance to expression and from those individuals who are visionary to those who join world-wide activism, this course examines broad perspectives on education through the lens of heroes, the arts, and social justice. With the help of literature, paintings, performances, and memoirs we will juxtapose our stories with stories of those who have influenced our evolving understanding of beauty and truth. We will critique our visual and material culture to understand current habits and values of local and global societies. Familiar and unfamiliar “heroes,” whether printmaker, dancer, environmentalist, civil servant, athlete, or social worker, will inspire us to discourse about the attributes and deeds of some who have changed the course of history.   Through critical discourse, collaborative projects, and artistic interpretations of current issues we ideally will expand our aesthetic, social, and spiritual consciousness for the future. 

GED 686 Independent Research
1 – 6 credits

GED 687 Directed Readings
1 - 6 credits

These two courses allow matriculated students to study special topics in depth.  The student and instructor submit a proposed course description and an “Independent Study Learning Contract” to the Academic Advisor using guidelines provided by Graduate Programs in Education. After approval by the academic advisor, the course proposal must also be approved by the Director of Graduate Programs in Education. Registration must be completed by the third week of the semester.

GED 688 School Leadership Practicum for: Principal, Director of Curriculum or Director of Special Education, Part II (2 cr.)
Instructor:  Valerie Gardner
Mondays, 5:00pm - 7:30pm, First class is September 12.
    Part I   (Summer) (2 Credits)       
Part II (Fall) (2 Credits)
            Part III (Spring) (2 Credits)

This course is designed for students in School Leadership (Principal, Director of Special Education, and Director of Curriculum) who are seeking endorsements from the Agency of Education.   The course includes a 300-hour internship, completion of a professional portfolio, and additional study in the areas of leadership. The course is broken into 3 parts and requires a Full Year commitment.   Student will be expected to complete internship hours during the summer. Students will enroll in each part when the semester registration opens.  They must be taken in sequence during one academic year.

 

Students will receive grades of Pass/Fail for Part I and Part II.  A final grade will be given for Part III, spring semester.

 

GED 688D Practicum: Reading Teacher (3 cr.) Note: students must alert Kristin Gehsmann, kgehsmann@smcvt.edu, of their intention to register for this practicum by October 15th for the spring semester and by February 15th for the fall semester.

 

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