Course Descriptions   M.Ed. Degree Program Elective Courses

Catherine Leahy-Brine Educational Consultants, Inc.
P.O. Box 1060
Brockton, Ma 02303
Phone 781-331-8826              Fax 781-337-6152

Master of Education
Degree Program
Course Descriptions

Elective Courses

Advanced Strategies and Approaches for Teaching Critical Thinking in Content Areas
This specialized seminar integrates all content area subjects in a school curriculum. In particular, it introduces students to the nature and scope of Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and Fine Arts. Students investigate a variety of content models and curriculum programs while they explore theoretical foundations, practical applications, and current issues in the content areas. Strategies and modern techniques for effectively working with diverse populations of students, including computer application in the various content areas, are researched and emphasized. Students demonstrate competencies by developing and demonstrating techniques and activities which illustrate how concepts and practices are learned in each module and how they relate to each students needs.

Connecting Reading and Writing
This research based course is designed for classroom teachers, administrators, Chapter 1, ESL, Bilingual, and special needs teachers who would like to become more knowledgeable about the relationship between reading and writing.

Inclusion of Students with Special Needs in Regular Education
Students will analyze barriers to inclusion and develop effective strategies for integration of individuals with special needs into all aspects of the community including home, school, and work setting. Students will define and redefine their role as professionals as it relates to their philosophy of integration.

Law for the Educator
Constitutional and statutory provisions governing a public school system re examined on local, state and national levels. A thorough review is made of the legal parameters surrounding the local level of the educational system. In addition, students inspect federal and state guidelines generated to meet the needs of diverse student populations in compliance with current judicial decisions and state legislation. The impact of precedent-setting cases is a major focus of this course.

Managing Diversity
This seminar focuses on diversity in schools and on the growing challenges and opportunities diversity provides for educators. Emphasis is given to the unique regional cultural/linguistic demographics of diversity within a proactive perspective. Reflective readings and application strategies prepare the educational leader for rewarding multifaceted communication and a commitment to effective management of diversity.

List of Courses Offered