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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.

Winter/Spring 2017
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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
ED 8138 01
TBA
  • SC 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
  • SC 2017
  • Jul 31 to Aug 11
  • Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu 4:00 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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Teaching Gifted and Advanced K-5 Readers
LITY 520NM 01
Sara Tilles
  • Spring 2017
  • Feb 02 to Mar 02
CS Online Course

In this course, you will examine the unique needs of the gifted and advanced reader within the context of the K-5 regular education classroom. Educators will develop instructionally appropriate lessons and reading routines that support young readers in developing higher order and critical thinking skills when transacting with text. Select and pilot texts that strike a balance between the advanced reading level of your students and age-appropriate content that addresses unique and diverse needs and interests within your classroom.

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Trends in Educational Technology Using Web-Based Technology
ETEC 580NM 01
Scott Duggan
  • SC 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
  • SC 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
  • SC 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: Drawing
VPAS 541NM 01
Coy Gu
  • Spring 2017
  • Mar 18 to Mar 26
  • Mar 18 to Mar 26
  • Sat 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Sun 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • UArts

    Drawing is at the fundamental foundation of all fine arts, crafts, media and design areas. Working from direct observation using still life, figure models and the urban landscape, participants improve perception and technical skills. Create in a variety of basic drawing media is explored such as charcoal, pencil, ink and conte crayon. This course considers proportion, line and tone in illustrating the physical world. Content designed for those seeking to establish drawing skills as well as those interested in developing existing skills in more depth. Classroom applications for all grade levels are addressed.

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    Visual Arts for the Classroom: Drawing Advanced
    VPAS 569NM 01
    Coy Gu
    • Spring 2017
    • Mar 18 to Mar 26
    • Mar 18 to Mar 26
    • Sat 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Sun 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • UArts

    Improve perception and technical skills in drawing by working from direct observation using still life, figure models and landscape. Utilize a variety of drawing media such as charcoal, pencil, ink and conte crayon. Participants will consider proportion, line and tone in illustrating the physical world. Historical and contemporary references across many traditions are built into each class session. Projects are adaptable for K-12 students across content areas.

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    Visual Arts for the Classroom: Landscape Painting, Advanced I
    VPAS 547NM 01
    Joseph Sweeney
    • SC 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
    • SC 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
    • SC 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: Oil Painting
    VPAS 565NM 01
    Joseph Sweeney
    • Spring 2017
    • Apr 01 to Apr 09
    • Apr 01 to Apr 09
    • Sat 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Sun 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wayne Art Center

    This studio (weather permitting, 'in the field') painting course provides K-12 teachers with the opportunity to refine color theory and design concepts using oil. Evaluate the effects of light and color using oil as a medium, refine technique to achieve desired results, examine the principles and elements of composition. Studio time, critiques and conversations provide opportunities for personal growth and classroom application of course content.

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