Certificate Requirements

Certificate Requirements: 3 courses, 12 credits


Core Requirements (2 courses, 8 credits)

  • EDUC-315 Strategies for Emerging English Learners

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course examines the specific needs and challenges of the various language and cultural groups in schools. Topics include: theories of 1st and 2nd language acquisition, strategies for teaching academic content, modifying instruction in the mainstream classroom, creating classroom cultures that invite all students into learning, the role of advocacy and professional collaboration in ESL, and analysis of policies related to assessment and placement of English Language Learners.

  • EDUC-316 TESOL Practice

    Prerequisites:

    Take EDUC-315

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Students will have opportunities to put the theories and techniques learned in EDUC 315- Strategies for Working with English Learners into practice. Students will be placed in various Suffolk University sites or classrooms where they will work to meet the specific needs and challenges of educating various language and cultural groups. Students will be required to spend 30 hours working in their placements. Students will attend a weekly seminar where connections between theory and practice are explored, experiences are shared, and Teaching & Service Portfolios will be created.

Elective (1 course, 4 credits)

Choose one of the following:

  • CJN-216 Intercultural Communication

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    An examination of communication variations and cultural viewpoints and their impact on cross-cultural communication. A special emphasis is placed on rituals and message patterns in non-Western cultures.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • CJN-270 Speaking Across Cultures

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Helps students learn to communicate with and speak to culturally diverse audiences. Audience analysis, organizational patterns, speech creation, research skills, and delivery skills are all critical to understanding when interacting with diverse audiences. Provides students with opportunities for oral presentations and interactions in different contexts.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • EDUC-205 SL-Community Tutoring Project

    Prerequisites:

    This class fulfills the Expanded Classroom Requirement

    Credits:

    4.00- 8.00

    Description:

    In this course students meet community needs by engaging in service-learning outside the classroom. Students complete 35 hours per semester of educational tutoring in a local school (K-5), in conjunction with a weekly seminar on campus. Open to all majors. No previous experience required.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    Local Engagement Experience,Service Learning

  • EDUC-214 SL-Introduction to Teaching

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    In this course students meet community needs by engaging in service-learning outside the classroom. This course introduces students to the basic competencies of school teaching. Topics include: lesson planning, classroom management, grouping for instruction, effective pedagogical practices, assessment methods, requirements for licensure in Massachusetts, and discipline specific curriculum development using the curriculum frameworks/common core state standards. Field observations (25 hours) required.

    Type:

    Service Learning

  • EDUC-310 Culturally Responsive Education

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    The relationship between cultural diversity and schooling is explored by examining impediments to academic achievement and advancement by minority students, non-native English speaking students, and other under-represented groups. Topics include: standardized testing, identification of inequities, legal and ethical responsibilities of teachers, and promoting equity. Ten pre-practicum observation hours required for teacher candidates.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • EDUC-313 Classroom Communication

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Examines communication between and among teachers and students in the classroom setting. Topics include: communication apprehension, building oral fluency, use of media technology to enhance student learning, cooperative learning, and related professional and legal responsibilities of teachers. Ten pre-practicum observation hours required for Teacher Candidates.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • ENG-212 Introduction to Creative Writing

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    A study of the major genres in creative writing (poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction) in which students will read as writers. Students will write a combination of analytical and original works, and learn the format and processes of writing workshops of writing workshops. Offered every semester.

  • ENG-301 Literary Criticism Seminar

    Prerequisites:

    WRI-102 or WRI-H103

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course seeks to answer the following questions. What is literature? Why do we study literature? What methods aid the study of literature? What are English Studies all about? This course extends reading and writing skills, and provides more specialized terms, knowledge, and approaches to prepare students for study at the junior and senior level. Topics vary from term to term. Student must have completed 80 credits or less Normally offered Fall and Spring semesters.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • ENG-312 English Grammar and Usage

    Prerequisites:

    WRI-102 or WRI-H103

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course provides a thorough review and analysis of the rules of standard English grammar and usage, including the debate between prescriptive and descriptive grammar, the origin and authority of the rules taught in school and in handbooks of English, and the insights of modern linguistics. Normally offered alternate years

    Term:

    Occasional

  • ENG-396 Varieties of Workplace Writing

    Prerequisites:

    WRI-102 or WRI-H103

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course studies a variety of workplace writing including summaries,memos, letters, directions, descriptions, reports and other technical and professional documents. Students may be required to complete certain assignments in collaborative teams. Document design and layout will also be emphasized. Normally offered alternate years

    Term:

    Occasional

  • FR-306 Composition, Conversation and Advanced Grammar

    Prerequisites:

    FR-202;

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course enhances students' conversational and writing skills in French. Authentic language and formal writing skills are detailed. The development of oral proficiency is stressed with a focus on listening comprehension, reading and writing. Advanced French grammar is stressed with a focus on written grammatical exercises. This class is open to heritage speakers as well as those who have participated or are planning on participating in the CAVILAM, CCFS-Sorbonne Programs.

    Term:

    Alternates Fall & Spring

  • SOC-228 Cultural, Global and Social Perspectives

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Enables students to examine, as well as develop an awareness and appreciation of, diversity within today's society. Providing an overview of the major racial, ethnic, and cultural groups in the U.S., the focus is on the ways in which cultural awareness enhances professional helping relationships and improves the operation of human services systems.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • SPAN-290 Advanced Composition & Conversation

    Prerequisites:

    Prerequisite: Spanish 202, 203 or 250 or Instructor's consent

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Develops written and oral skills in various contexts and registers. Emphasis on strengthening written skills and learning to speak clearly and persuasively in Spanish. Short texts and audio-visual materials provide the basis for classroom activities which include regularly assigned essays, group discussions and debates.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

    Type:

    Modern Language

Note: Some elective course offerings may have prerequisites. Any French course above FR-306 or any Spanish course above SPAN-290 may also fulfill the elective requirement.

Education Studies Courses

  • EDUC-110 Introduction to Education

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Working with children and adolescents is a facet of many professions. This course will introduce students to the study of education occurring in formal and informal settings. This course focuses on the relationships among, and between, teachers, discourse, and community. Students will glean insight into the relationship of school and society as well as power and control in American Education. Required of all education minors. Five hours of field work required.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • EDUC-202 Educational Psychology

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Examines the nature and development of human abilities and the teaching-learning process. Considers the facts and generalizations of child and adolescent growth and development, working with diverse cultures, and special needs children in school settings. Ten hours of field work.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • EDUC-203 Service Learning: Pre-K Outreach and Tutoring

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Students complete a minimum of 35 hours of tutoring in an educational setting, or community organization, in conjunction with a weekly seminar on campus. Open to all majors. No previous experience required.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • EDUC-205 SL-Community Tutoring Project

    Prerequisites:

    This class fulfills the Expanded Classroom Requirement

    Credits:

    4.00- 8.00

    Description:

    In this course students meet community needs by engaging in service-learning outside the classroom. Students complete 35 hours per semester of educational tutoring in a local school (K-5), in conjunction with a weekly seminar on campus. Open to all majors. No previous experience required.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    Local Engagement Experience,Service Learning

  • EDUC-208 Service Learning: College Access

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Students complete a minimum of 35 hours of tutoring and coaching in an educational setting, or a community organization in conjunction with a weekly seminar on campus. Programs include COACH, Connections to College, and others. Open to all majors. No previous experience required.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • EDUC-209 Reading and Writing in the Classroom

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Students will become knowledgeable about the various approaches to teaching reading and writing in the content areas. This course is designed for teaching the necessary literacy skills in both Middle School and High School. Topics include: formal and informal assessment techniques, differentiation of instruction, diagnosing problems and integrating reading and writing into curriculum and instruction.

  • EDUC-210 Service Learning: Alternative Spring Break

    Prerequisites:

    Open to all majors,Instructor's signature required

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Students complete all research, travel, and reporting requirements in conjunction with Suffolk University's Alternative Spring Break. Open to all majors. No previous experience required.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • EDUC-214 SL-Introduction to Teaching

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    In this course students meet community needs by engaging in service-learning outside the classroom. This course introduces students to the basic competencies of school teaching. Topics include: lesson planning, classroom management, grouping for instruction, effective pedagogical practices, assessment methods, requirements for licensure in Massachusetts, and discipline specific curriculum development using the curriculum frameworks/common core state standards. Field observations (25 hours) required.

    Type:

    Service Learning

  • EDUC-215 Service Learning Jumpstart Community Literacies

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course is designed for Jumpstart Corps members to develop competencies in teaching strategies for reading and writing. The course introduces theoretical and instructional issues in the development of literacy skills. Students will be engaged in reflective, critical consideration of students' diverse needs in the acquisition of literacy.

  • EDUC-310 Culturally Responsive Education

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    The relationship between cultural diversity and schooling is explored by examining impediments to academic achievement and advancement by minority students, non-native English speaking students, and other under-represented groups. Topics include: standardized testing, identification of inequities, legal and ethical responsibilities of teachers, and promoting equity. Ten pre-practicum observation hours required for teacher candidates.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • EDUC-312 Curriculum and Pedagogy: Middle and Secondary School

    Prerequisites:

    This course fulfills the Expanded Classroom Requirement

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Introduces students to the basic competencies of Middle and Secondary school teaching. Topics include: behavioral problems, classroom management,grouping for instruction, motivation and reward systems, individualized instruction, IEP's, requirements for licensure in Massachusetts, and discipline specific curriculum development using the curriculum frameworks developed by the Massachusetts Department of Education. Field observations and experiences are grounded in theoretical discussion as students begin to develop their personal philosophies of education. Field observations (40 hours) required. Required prior to student teaching.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • EDUC-313 Classroom Communication

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Examines communication between and among teachers and students in the classroom setting. Topics include: communication apprehension, building oral fluency, use of media technology to enhance student learning, cooperative learning, and related professional and legal responsibilities of teachers. Ten pre-practicum observation hours required for Teacher Candidates.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • EDUC-315 Strategies for Emerging English Learners

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course examines the specific needs and challenges of the various language and cultural groups in schools. Topics include: theories of 1st and 2nd language acquisition, strategies for teaching academic content, modifying instruction in the mainstream classroom, creating classroom cultures that invite all students into learning, the role of advocacy and professional collaboration in ESL, and analysis of policies related to assessment and placement of English Language Learners.

  • EDUC-316 TESOL Practice

    Prerequisites:

    Take EDUC-315

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Students will have opportunities to put the theories and techniques learned in EDUC 315- Strategies for Working with English Learners into practice. Students will be placed in various Suffolk University sites or classrooms where they will work to meet the specific needs and challenges of educating various language and cultural groups. Students will be required to spend 30 hours working in their placements. Students will attend a weekly seminar where connections between theory and practice are explored, experiences are shared, and Teaching & Service Portfolios will be created.

  • EDUC-402 History & Philosophy of American Education

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Explores the evolution of schooling in the United States from The English High School to present. Theorists include: Mann, Franklin, Dewey, Sizer, and others.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • EDUC-408 Youth Programming

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course focuses on the exploration and understanding of issues, strategies and frameworks related to developing and implementing youth programs. Students will be exposed to developmental theories, and various components of effective youth programmatic planning. Topics include: conducting needs assessments, developing goals and objectives, logistics planning, recruitment and training, and program evaluation.

  • EDUC-414 Urban Schooling

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course is an in-depth investigation of policies effecting urban schools; topics include: demographic influence on education, influences of national and state regulations on urban schools, sociological factors unique to urban schools, and in-depth analysis of equity and achievement.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • EDUC-415 Practicum: Middle School Teaching

    Prerequisites:

    Coordinator of Student Teaching or Program Director's Consent

    Credits:

    8.00

    Description:

    A 12-week practicum experience as a student teacher in a middle school. See regulations regarding student teaching.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • EDUC-416 Practicum: Secondary School Teaching

    Prerequisites:

    Instructor's or Program Director's Consent

    Credits:

    8.00

    Description:

    A 12-week practicum experience as a student teacher in a secondary school. See regulations regarding student teaching.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • EDUC-417 Assessment Theory and Practice

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course examines the development of formative, summative, authentic, and alternative assessment in education. Seminal works by Archbald, Baron, Bloom, Kleinsasser, Schwab, and others comprise the theoretical component. The second half of the course is dedicated to the selection, application, and integration of formal and informal assessment strategies and tools. A final project requires students to design an assessment tool appropriate for their academic area and age level. Instructional strategies include case studies, class discussions, student presentations, and research reviews.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • EDUC-424 Global Issues and Trends in American Education

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Examines major current issues of educational policy against the background of demographic trends, technological innovations, standardized testing, and curricular shifts.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • EDUC-510 Independent Study

    Prerequisites:

    An independent study form must be submitted to the CAS Dean's Office.

    Credits:

    1.00- 4.00

    Description:

    Members of the Department will meet with students to direct their research in areas of special interest to them. Projects of this sort will be authorized only in unusual circumstances upon the recommendations of the Department Chairperson and with the approval of the Dean. Offered by arrangement only.