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PIE + MEd Graduate Course Catalog

A complete listing of courses + course descriptions for all programs offered through the Professional Institute for Educators + MEd Programs.

Fall 2018 + Spring 2019

Professional Institute for Educators Courses

Courses listed below are for non-matriculated students ONLY.  
Please refer to the COURSE NOTES section for in-person meeting dates for Hybrid courses.

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Differentiated Instruction
INCL 508NM 01
Tina Pisch
  • Spring 2019
  • Jan 29 to Mar 01
  • Tue, Thu 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Bucks County IU

Differentiated instruction is an approach to teaching and learning that deals with diversity in learning styles. Discover helpful, well-tested techniques for the creation of an inclusionary classroom for students - from English language learners and special education students to those with various learning differences - to reach all learners effectively. Explore and research concepts, strategies and processes for managing a differentiated instructional setting with accommodations for learning and assessment. This course focuses on the key knowledge and skills needed to employ differentiated instruction and to address student differences across the curriculum, especially in literacy and mathematics.

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Digital Citizenship in Today's K-12 Classroom
ETEC 515NM 01
Cynthia Willits
  • Spring 2019
  • Mar 04 to Apr 05
CS Online Course

Digital technologies are ever-changing, providing students with wonderful opportunities as well as many tough decision-making situations and sometimes risks. Students have the power of the Internet at their fingertips with mobile technologies to explore and learn. However, many issues can emerge from such an always-connected environment both at school and in their personal lives. This course helps teachers understand the importance of providing guidance and leadership to students in their digital world - showing them proper and safe use of digital tools and allowing them to leverage the power of digital tools in both their learning and everyday lives.

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Digital Communication in the Classroom
ETEC 508NM 01
Cynthia Willits
  • Spring 2019
  • Jan 07 to Feb 08
CS Online Course

Digital communication, the exchange of information using diverse media, is central to today's schools and classrooms. Students and teachers interact using blogs, wikis, fora, discussion boards, and much more. This course explores the opportunities that digital communication can present in the classroom setting, and how digital communication strategies can effectively support and enhance the curriculum.

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Exploring Literacy Through the Visual Arts
LITY 502NM 01
Carly Noella Najera
  • Spring 2019
  • Jan 12 to Feb 16
  • Sat 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
UArts

This course is appropriate for K-8 classroom teachers, special needs and ELL teachers, and teachers of science, mathematics and social studies who see literacy as a skill that extends across content areas and wish to investigate how an integrated curriculum with visual art at the core will increase the overall literacy of their students. With the goal of transforming literacy acquisition from learning to read, to reading to learn across all academic content areas, educators will gain a basic understanding of how the brain learns and why a visual art integrated approach can build both the acquisition of literacy skills and the fluency students need to become proficient and advanced learners.

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Game-Based Learning in the Classroom, Introductory
ETEC 521NM 01
Mamta Shah
  • Spring 2019
  • Jan 08 to Mar 05
  • Tue 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
UArts

This course will provide educators an opportunity to explore the principles, processes and theories of game-based learning in the classroom. Educators will critically analyze the characteristics and applications of digital games for various learning needs. The course is designed to explore the symbiotic classroom relationship between games, play and learning. We will identify and analyze current trends such as integration of games, data analytics, and badges for learning. We will explore the fundamental elements of game-based learning and we will write a game design document (GDD), including the story, learning theories, mechanics, technology and aesthetics.

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Integrating Ipad Technology Into Today's K-12 Classroom
ETEC 513NM 01
Scott Duggan
  • Spring 2019
  • Mar 07 to Apr 14
  • Thu 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Unionville ES

The introduction of the iPad brought the power and functionality of a full-size computer system into a lightweight, user-intuitive, powerful mobile tablet. While educators have rapidly embraced the iPad to meet computing needs and fill niche roles, discover how iPad technology can increase engagement and unlock vast content. We will use tablets and their applications to explore the development of grade-appropriate lessons across a wide range of subjects and content areas. Consider how the iPad can be a fully integrated professional tool for your classroom, and explore the financial resources for bringing iPad technology into schools and Districts.

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Integrating Media Literacy into Today's K-12 Classroom
ETEC 501NM 01
Luke Bilger
  • Fall 2018
  • Sep 19 to Nov 21
  • Sat 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
UArts

Media education has become a growing priority in today's classroom because of the extent of the media's importance in people's lives. However, many teachers are unaware of the necessity and the techniques for making media literacy an integral part of the K-12 educational experience. On average, children in their middle and high school years spend 6-10 hours a day engaged either actively or passively in some sort of media-related activity. Because students, regardless of their learning style, attend more fully to activities and ideas that they connect with, media is often used to influence them from a very young age. This makes it necessary for teahers to "train" their students to analyze messages and understand the techniques utilized to influence them via a broad range of sound and visual communication technologies so they can function in the 21st century. Learn how to incorporate media literacy into your classroom curriculum, regardless of the subject taught. This course will provide you with the resources necessary to help students hone their critical thinking skills in a functional context so they are able to recognize various marketing approaches, identify propaganda, understand stereotypes, critically evaluate media conveyed messages, and use the media as a tool for life-long learning.

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Interactive Presentations
ETEC 518NM 01
Maria Geiger
  • Spring 2019
  • Mar 11 to Apr 08
CS Online Course

While Powerpoint and Prezi are options, they are nowhere near the only options, with which to create interactive presentations for use in today's classroom. Browser-based applications present countless presentation features to help foster student engagement, interaction, assessment, and communication. This course will explore the web's potential for interactivity, including slideshows and videos, back channeling, 3-D, animations, interactive whiteboards, screencasting, online debates, collaboration, and brainstorming tools. All applications introduced in the course are free, with iPad-approved options available for those teachers who use them in their classrooms.

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Leadership in Educational Technology
ETEC 523NM 01
Scott Duggan
  • Fall 2018
  • Sep 13 to Oct 21
  • Thu 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Unionville ES

Have you ever been approached by your colleagues as a technology resource in the classroom? Have you ever been asked to deliver a technology training session? Do you see yourself as the technology lead at your school? You will leave this course with the ability to design and deliver technology direction and optimize digital learning environments both within the classroom and across your school or District. We will explore the history of modern-day educational technology, the psychology of media, and the relationship of each to your role as an ed tech leader and advocate. Our final project will be a research-based technology plan for your school or District.

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Printmaking for the Classroom: Letterpress Printing, Advanced
VPAS 535NM 01
Marisha Simons
  • Spring 2019
  • Jan 26 to Feb 10
  • Sat, Sun 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
UArts

Participants expand on printing projects using engraved plates and metal type from the University's collection of metal and wood typefaces. Create several printed works via typesetting and the Vandercook Proofing Press. Design custom polymer plates and perform multi-color printing. Participants consider how letterpress techniques and process can be taught to students in the K-12 classroom.

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Printmaking for the Classroom: Letterpress Printing, Introductory
VPAS 534NM 01
Marisha Simons
  • Spring 2019
  • Jan 26 to Feb 10
  • Sat, Sun 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
UArts

The traditional art of printing from engraved plates and metal type is explored using the University's collection of metal and wood typefaces. Create several printed works via typesetting and the Vandercook Proofing Press. Design custom polymer plates and perform multi-color printing. Participants consider how letterpress techniques and process can be taught to students in the K-12 classroom.

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Reading + Writing Across the Curriculum
LITY 506NM 01
TBA
  • Fall 2018
  • Oct 01 to Dec 02
CS Online Course

Explore a variety of reading, writing, speaking and literature experiences designed to encourage students. This course helps classroom or reading teachers discover national programs and new avenues and strategies including: making children independent and reflective learners, interactive instruction, teaching across the curriculum, alternative assessment, divergent teaching strategies and interdisciplinary teaching.

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