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PIE + MEd Graduate Course Catalogue

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

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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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STEM to STEAM: Connecting the Arts to STEM and Local Collections
UTPS 507NM 01
TBA
  • Summer 2017
  • Jul 31 to Aug 04
  • Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
UArts

STEM education is based four specific disciplines -science, technology, engineering and mathematics-taught in an interdisciplinary, applied approach. STEAM education recognizes that the arts is an essential part of developing creative and critical thinking skills. In this course, educators will connect with primary source collections and artists who take STEM to STEAM. Teaching with primary sources allows educators to design student-centered learning experiences focused on the development of critical skills and building content knowledge. Educators will examine primary sources from direct access to local collections as well as the digital resources made available by the Library of Congress. Site visits include collections in the Philadelphia region and a studio visit with a contemporary artist.

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STEM to STEAM: Connecting the Arts to STEM and Local Collections
ED 8138 01
TBA
  • Summer 2017
  • Jul 31 to Aug 04
  • Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
UArts

STEM education is based four specific disciplines -science, technology, engineering and mathematics-taught in an interdisciplinary, applied approach. STEAM education recognizes that the arts is an essential part of developing creative and critical thinking skills. In this course, educators will connect with primary source collections and artists who take STEM to STEAM. Teaching with primary sources allows educators to design student-centered learning experiences focused on the development of critical skills and building content knowledge. Educators will examine primary sources from direct access to local collections as well as the digital resources made available by the Library of Congress. Site visits include collections in the Philadelphia region and a studio visit with a contemporary artist.

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TeacherQuest: Designing Games for the Classroom
ETEC 581NM 01
TBA
  • Summer 2017
  • Jul 31 to Aug 11
  • Mon, Wed, Thu 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Off-Campus Site

This course is an introduction for K-12 educators to co-designing non-digital game-like learning experiences for the classroom. You will explore and apply game-like learning strategies by: 1) creating student-centered learning experiences to deepen student engagement, 2) testing and simulating these learning experiences with colleagues, while 3) using design thinking as a frame for developing classroom-ready materials.

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Trends in Educational Technology Using Web-Based Technology
ETEC 580NM 01
Scott Duggan
  • Summer 2017
  • Jul 24 to Jul 28
  • Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Unionville ES

This course is one of a continuing series that explores educational technology resources and uses in today's classroom. Educators study and test various products, applications, and explore implementation within elementary, middle and secondary school settings. Educators engage in educational practices including peer review, lesson planning, and instructional design across a range of subject areas. Each Trends course will be proposed with a new course number (ETEC 580-599).

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Understanding the Autism Spectrum Disorders Within the Inclusive Classroom Setting
INCL 506NM 01
Michele McKeone
  • Summer 2017
  • Jul 17 to Jul 28
  • Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Philadelphia Academy

Autism is the fastest growing developmental disorder worldwide with current CDC statistics stating that 1 of every 88 children in the United States is diagnosed with some form of Autism Spectrum Disorder. This course will provide participants with an increased knowledge base of Autism Spectrum Disorders and the impact that this disorder can have on the way students learn. Research-based best practices will be explored to help educators accommodate the needs of these exceptional learners within the inclusive classroom setting; facilitate engagement with their classroom peers; and design educational programs to enable those with ASD to reach their maximum potential. This course will cover such topics as autism spectrum disorder recognition in children; factors that affect learning and development; instructional strategies and the adaptation of the classroom environment; collaboration with special education teachers and other support staff; and behavior management and the affect of positive behavioral supports.

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Visual and Digital Literacy in the Secondary Classroom
LITY 517NM 01
Luke Bilger
  • Summer 2017
  • Aug 07 to Aug 11
  • Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
UArts

How is literacy changing as a result of emerging visual and digital media and technologies? We will explore the implications of the constant cultural and technological shift for teaching and learning in the secondary classroom. How does what you do in the classroom impact your students' visual literacy- the ability to interpret, analyze, and evaluate visual images and underlying messages that images are attempting to convey? This course is designed for educators who are interested in conducting project-based inquiry using a variety of digital texts, tools and technologies. We will dive into current research to inform strategies to design and build challenging and engaging visual and digital learning opportunities for you and your students.

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Visual Arts for the Classroom: Landscape Painting, Advanced I
VPAS 547NM 01
Joseph Sweeney
  • Summer 2017
  • Aug 07 to Aug 11
  • Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
UArts

Explore landscape painting at a more advanced level. Working in the field, participants discuss themes inherent in this subject matter, evaluate the effects of light and color, and refine specific techniques. As weather permits, work outdoors in the Bucks County landscape with expansive vistas to consider. This course takes into account the immediacy of changing conditions while working en plein air. Participants work from direct observation and consider techniques that achieve desired results. Choice of media may be oil, acrylic or pastel. Topics include mediums and techniques for the efficient use of time, analyzing composition, color studies, reading weather and light conditions, and basic color mixing. Course content and critiques applicable to art classroom instruction.

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Visual Arts for the Classroom: Landscape Painting, Advanced II
VPAS 572NM 01
Joseph Sweeney
  • Summer 2017
  • Aug 07 to Aug 11
  • Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
UArts

Continue to refine advanced techniques with an emphasis on an in-the-field approach to landscape as subject matter. In addition to producing finished paintings, discuss this genre and the themes in it, including the concept of place, scale, the nature of light, and the balance of man and nature. Work outdoors in the local area, including Daniel Boone?s Homestead, to address the process of working with the immediacy of changing conditions. Participants may choose oil, acrylic or pastel for their medium and present a series of thematic pieces.

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Visual Arts for the Classroom: Landscape Painting, Introductory
VPAS 546NM 01
Joseph Sweeney
  • Summer 2017
  • Aug 07 to Aug 11
  • Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
UArts

Emphasis will be on an 'in the field' approach to landscape as subject matter. In addition to producing finished paintings, participants will discuss this genre and the themes often illustrated in it, including the concept of place, scale, the nature of light, and the balance of man and nature. As weather permits, participants will work outdoors to address the process of working with the immediacy of changing conditions. Participants will work from direct observation and cover concepts in landscape composition that will help them achieve their desired results. Choice of media may be oil, acrylic or pastel. Topics include: proper grounds (surfaces) for oil paint, materials, mediums, and techniques for the efficient use of the time, how to use a loose drawing to form a strong composition; and making color studies. Participants will also discuss choosing a location, reading the weather, reading the light, and color mixing for landscape. This course is intended for educators with previous experience in basic drawing and painting. All course content will be directly applicable to classroom instruction and curriculum for art educators. Instructor provides locations and information for inclement weather plans.

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Visual Arts for the Classroom: Portraiture
VPAS 574NM 01
TBA
  • Summer 2017
  • Jun 26 to Jun 30
  • Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wayne Art Center

From Ancient Egypt to the selfie, portraits have served as a humanist expression of identity, class, and culture. This class will examine and discuss the meaning and implications of portraiture in its various forms. This course is tailored for K-12 educators to draw and paint the head using charcoal, pencil, and watercolor, and to take these techniques back to the classroom. By manipulating lighting, context, medium, and composition, K-12 educators will create meaningful portraits.

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Wearable Technology and Its Application to Learning
ETEC 534NM 01
TBA
  • Summer 2017
  • Jul 17 to Jul 21
  • Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
UArts

What is "wearable technology" and how does it apply to your classroom? Wearable technology, or wearables, wearable devices, even tech togs- consists of clothing and accessories that incorporate advanced technologies that have practical functions and features. This course is designed for educators looking to integrate wearables such as the AppleWatch into the classroom for hands-on learning. Educators will leave this course with the ability to identify and use wearables for various learning activities, design lesson plans that integrate learning activities that involve wearables, explore the history of wearables and learning, and understand privacy implications with wearables.

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Wearable Technology and Its Application to Learning
ETEC 534NM 01
TBA
  • Summer 2017
  • Jul 17 to Jul 28
  • Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Philadelphia Academy

What is "wearable technology" and how does it apply to your classroom? Wearable technology, or wearables, wearable devices, even tech togs- consists of clothing and accessories that incorporate advanced technologies that have practical functions and features. This course is designed for educators looking to integrate wearables such as the AppleWatch into the classroom for hands-on learning. Educators will leave this course with the ability to identify and use wearables for various learning activities, design lesson plans that integrate learning activities that involve wearables, explore the history of wearables and learning, and understand privacy implications with wearables.

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