Explore some of the highly rated and popular featured courses offered by School of Education departments during Summer Term. These courses cover a wide range of interest areas and many fulfill breadth requirements. Register soon. Some of these courses fill up fast.
176: Digital Photography for Non-Majors
Introduction to tools, techniques and concepts of digital photography, with an emphasis on the workflow beginning with composition and image capture, to digital manipulation and enhancement, to the end goal of print or online publication. Develop a robust fundamental skill set in digital photography through lectures, readings, discussions, practical instruction, instructor review and group critiques.
Color phenomena and visual perception as applied in art problems. Lectures, readings in theory, philosophy, and history of design.
346: Basic Graphic Design
Introduces the basic principles of graphic design. Develop an initial understanding of formal, conceptual, and technical aspects of the field. Emphasis will be given to the importance of working process, presentation and craftsmanship.
225: Intersectionalities, Self -Awareness, and Social Actions for Social Change
An introduction to the intersectionality framework in the United States to enhance skills necessary for culturally responsive awareness and interactions, with specific emphasis on how to think critically about and hold multiple perspectives and how to prepare for service learning. In addition to learning how contexts and social histories matter to situate an understanding of experience, develop self-awareness and understanding of social location as well as learn how contextual factors shape identity, opportunities, and barriers for others. Relevant for all students of different identities, backgrounds, and experiences, who are interested in developing their awareness, knowledge and skills with multiculturalism and diversity.
332: Gender and Queer Issues in Psychology
Explore history, theory, and research related to the psychology of gender and sexuality. A feminist approach is used to deconstruct gender and sexuality within the field of psychology and other mental health fields. Discussions include challenging the current system of psychology, while also integrating concepts to work within the system. An applied approach is used to encourage participation in activities to integrate activism and knowledge into professional identity, bringing in experiences from field placements, internship, and/or places of employment.
237: Mental Health and Diverse Community
Designed to increase knowledge, awareness, and skills of students interested in working on mental health matters within diverse identity groups and communities. Conceptualize mental health and well-being across communities in terms of (a) intersectional identities (individual and groups), (b) mental health and access and utilization of services, and (c) social determinants of health in different contexts and settings. Engage in reflective exercises to understand how their social identities influence their work in different types of communities.
Curriculum & Instruction
240: Critical Aspects of Teaching, Schooling, and Education
Investigates aspects of social justice and equity as they relate to teaching, schooling, and education.
277: Video Games & Learning
Explores current research on videogames and learning. Critically reflect on the intellectual and educational merits and drawbacks of videogames and how videogame culture shapes how individuals think and learn.
406: Race, Intersectionality, and Equity in Education
Addresses a range of issues to help teachers more thoughtfully and equitably serve their students of color and develop a critical and historical understanding of the racism, marginalization, and exclusion that is endemic to the U.S. public school system. Provides an overview of foundational constructs that are essential for pre-service teachers preparing to teach and serve diverse students and families. Explore how race, racism, and racialization in education intersect with class, gender, dis/ability, religion, sexuality, etc. to shape inequitable schooling conditions and experiences for students of color. Analyze the effects at the individual, interactional, institutional, and societal levels Consider how power always-already enables particular policies and practices that reproduce educational inequities and hence sustain white privilege and dominance.
200: Writing the Moving Body
Examines performance texts from the 20th century to the present, and applies them through written analyses.
268: Political and Cultural Perspectives in Dance Studies
Examines the role of dance as a cultural form of expression within the political sphere. Draws on a variety of case studies ranging from popular dance TV shows, to European modern dance and from hip-hop to dancing at public protests and asks the question of what constitutes dance and what is its social and political function.
135: Pilates Mat I
Pilates is a physical conditioning program that creates balance, improves posture, decompresses joints and creates elongated, toned muscles. The exercises focus on core strength, breath, and a flexible spine. Incorporates Level I-III Mat exercises. Explore functional anatomy and imagery-based alignment. This course can count for the Pilates Certificate, a 20-credit program that prepares students to become Pilates instructors.
Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis
542: Law and Public Education
Examines the legal issues related to the policy decisions and delivery of public education (elementary and secondary) in the United States. Learn how law impacts both curriculum development and curricular delivery, explore current legal controversies, constitutional issues, and learn about legal reasoning and analysis. Examines how both legislation and litigation affects public education. Particular attention is paid to law as public policy and the analysis of the same.
832: Resource Allocation & Equity
School finance and resource allocation for educational leaders, with an emphasis on educational adequacy, equity and efficiency. Includes an emphasis on the strategic deployment of human and material resources to address inequality and promote educational opportunity.
Educational Policy Studies
112: Global education through film
Introduces global educational issues, policies, and practices through films. Considers education in context, thinking critically about the role of education in the world. Compares across issues, places, policies, and practices. Examines the diversity of global educational spaces and practices, both in and out the classroom, and the purposes of education in society, including how political socialization, economic development, social mobility, and social solidarity are often in conflict.
150: Becoming a Teacher: Paths and Policies
How are U.S. teachers recruited and trained? How can the next generation of teachers prepare for 21st-century schools? What should we do about the ongoing teacher shortage crisis? You’ll be introduced to these controversial debates and more as we analyze university teacher education programs, teacher policies, and the alternative pathways to teaching.
150: Education, Technology and Society
Technology today reflects and reproduces society’s dynamics of power and inequality more than ever before. A vast number of people now consume news and entertainment via content platforms that use algorithms which influence their media consumption. How does education fit into the mold? Technology’s relationship with schooling has been revolutionized because of the pandemic, and now students must learn in an age where they have large quantities of information and misinformation at their fingertips. In this course, you will learn about the relationship between technology, schooling and society, and the dilemmas, controversies, and consequences that come with it.
301: How People Learn
Introduction to theories of learning in formal and informal settings, including theories related to memory, learning, and intelligence; cognitive, social, and affective aspects of learning; the influence of context on learning, including learning with psychological tools, such as language and technological resources; individual differences that may affect learning; and practical applications of learning theory.
506: School Safety and Crisis Response
School safety and crisis response provides knowledge about school violence, crisis intervention theory, and strategies for responding to crisis events when working with children and youth in schools. Emphasis is on application to child-centered and school-based crises such as school and community-based violence, suicide, child abuse and neglect, and loss and grief. This course also examines prevention and intervention theory for creating peaceable and inclusive classrooms, schools, and communities.
326: Mind, Brain and Education
Provides an overview of methods and findings at the interface between education and neuroscience. Findings on brain development from birth to adolescence, brain changes in response to learning and how individual differences in brains relate to individual differences in learning. Educationally relevant domains including language acquisition and bilingualism, the brain basis of reading and mathematics and executive functions like memory, attention and emotion will be highlighted.
200: Introductory Neuroscience
Entry-level course provides a systematic introduction to the mammalian nervous system, with emphasis on the structure and function of the human brain. Topics include the function of nerve cells, sensory systems, control of movement, learning and memory, and diseases of the nervous system. The foundational knowledge covered in this course serves students interested in health sciences majors, as well as non-science students interested in neuroscience and its relation to human health, wellness, and disease.
318: Biomechanics of Human Movement
Analysis of human action through the application of mechanical principles.
540: Diversity in Health & Phys Act
Designed for practicing educators and health professionals. It examines issues related to promoting equal learning opportunities in the classroom and other community settings, including effective approaches to encouraging collaboration among colleagues, staff, parents, and students who are culturally, ethnically and socio-economically diverse. Also addresses effective instructional and coaching methods for an inclusive sport environment, athletic programs, and health professions as they relate to diverse individuals. Introduces the theoretical and practical paradigm of cultural differences. Focuses particularly on diversity issues as they relate to race, ethnicity, gender, social class, sexuality, and racial considerations, development and ability differences, variations in learning styles and a variety of physical, mental, and emotional disabilities.
Rehabilitation Psychology & Special Education
125: Health and Rehabilitation Professions
An exploration of various health and rehabilitation professions within the United States health care system, including educational requirements, professional expectations, and practice sites. Consideration is given to career planning in health and rehabilitation professions with review of current employment opportunities and workforce trends.
300: Individuals with Disabilities
Designed to expand the knowledge base of future educators, clinicians, and society members to better understand and serve the diverse needs and interests of individuals with disabilities. Introduces the concept of disability as well as the field of special education. The history, etiology, and characteristics of specific categories of disability are examined, as are educational and other federally mandated programs designed to address the needs of both children and adults with disabilities. Topics germane to the study of disability and the field of special education are explored.
310: Positive Psychology and Well Being
Introduction to positive psychology, or the science of human strengths, mental health, and well-being. Covers theory and current research on positive psychology including concepts of optimism, flow, gratitude, and purpose in life. Positive psychology concepts are discussed within the context of health promotion, with an emphasis on minimizing the impact of illness and disability. Learn to apply positive psychology concepts in personal and professional contexts to cultivate fulfilling, healthy, and meaningful lives.
Theatre & Drama
120: Introduction to Theatre and Dramatic Literature
Reading important plays, attending stage productions, writing and thinking critically about theatre and drama. Emphasis on developing analytic skills in dramatic literature and theatre production.
150: Acting I: Introduction to Acting
Be introduced to the craft of acting. This course develops disciplines and tools of the actor as they relate to voice, movement, language skills, and engaging communication. You will explore how actor training skills can be a benefit in a wide context of professional and personal endeavors.
200: Acting Skills for Life
Skills learned by actors in the theatre world can be applied to presentations and interactions in business, education, and beyond. Utilizing acting techniques traditionally used in theatre to enhance confidence and communication in interviews, presentations, elevator pitches, authentically connecting on a personal level with others, and how to avoid or better deal with stage fright.