ARS 500 Arts and Learning Studio (Residency) 3 cr.
The residency is a one-week, studio-based, discoveryoriented immersion in the art process. Through individual and group work, students will focus on the elements of creativity, exploration of process and materials, group and community collaboration, and the development of imagination and creativity in others.
ARS 501 Visual Arts 3 cr.
An examination of the expressive nature of art materials and processes appropriate for educational settings. Principles and techniques of presenting visual arts to enhance curriculum, personal growth, and visual perception will be explored in-depth. Students will experientially explore the various ways visual arts communicate concepts, information and ideas, with application to educational settings.
ARS 502 Poetry and Creative Writing 3 cr.
This course explores the origins and sources of poetry, the oral tradition of the poem, the process of writing and teaching poetry, the relationship of poetry to the other arts, sound improvisation, and chants. Students will enhance their abilities to combine poetry with other art forms and to integrate creative writing into education curriculum.
ARS 503 Arts and Learning Differences 3 cr.
Students will investigate developmental learning and the psychological and social needs of students with special needs to determine how arts can enhance and enrich their learning experiences. The adaptation of the creative process into inclusive classrooms and curriculum will be a major emphasis of this course.
ARS 504 Voice and Music 3 cr.
Participatory approach to music and to the voice as mediums in the classroom. Curriculum will include consideration of communication and expression. Concentration will be on the exploration of approaches to musical techniques and instruments, in addition to finding and using one's voice as a conveyor of thought and articulation of ideas, concepts,
emotions, and traditional, contemporary and improvisational voice and musical formats.
ARS 505 Creative Movement 3 cr.
This course will provide an overview of approaches for integrating movement into the classroom. Students will investigate creative movement as a tool for self-expression and a source of motivation for learning and enrichment and enlivening of subject areas. Focus will be on communication, self-expression, illustration, and drama with adaptations to educational and classroom settings as well as on the development of an understanding of the role of movement in promoting creative thinking skills.
ARS 506 Storytelling 3 cr.
This course will introduce students to the basic elements of storytelling. They will learn how to relate folk tales from a particular culture, understand their purposes and functions, and explore background and traditions surrounding such a story. Students will be exposed to many styles and approaches to storytelling and will learn to select, research, develop, adapt, and apply storytelling techniques. Final emphasis will be placed on the integration of various art forms
including creative movement, song and rhythms, pantomime, and visual arts into storytelling.
ARS 507 Drama 3 cr.
This course demonstrates the power of drama as a tool to deepen learning, especially when integrated into the classroom curriculum and other institutional environments. Each participant will gain personal experience in various approaches to drama, including spontaneous and improvisational drama, drama though movement, role play, and development of character and scene. Students will translate these techniques into the classroom or other work environments. Applications include emphasizing institutional change, conflict resolution, leadership, and team building.
ARS 508 Creative Arts Seminar 3 cr.
A summative experience for students during which they will develop a curriculum portfolio based on their experiences with arts and the creative processes. This will lead to a demonstration of new and enhanced skills, the exhibition of innovative applications, and the integration of the creative processes in a variety of learning contexts.
ED 580 Innovative Methods in Education 3 cr.
The course is designed to enhance the knowledge base for professionals in an era of school restructuring, technological innovation, and social change. Teachers and administrators will learn first-hand about innovative practices and recent research in the field. Topics include: student self-assessment, teacher reflection, cooperative learning, mentoring, the use of technology in schools, home-school communication, inclusion to support learning diversity, and the challenge of school restructuring. Areas covered include learning theory, curriculum design, classroom atmosphere, instructional strategies, among others. This course also covers the dilemma children face who are experiencing difficulty in learning situations because of ethnic group frustrations in the community, problems of social adjustment, socio-economic inequities, and learning gaps. The role of the school in facilitating the program for children of various cultures to become valued members of the community is discussed. Activities, content, and materials are related to the current and relevant Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks.
ED 581 Technology in Education 3 cr.
This course explores the major concepts related to instructional computing as well as the impact technology has on education. Required of all graduate students as they begin to integrate curriculum trends into their awareness of current sources for information and their role in a technologically-rich learning environment. Activities, content, and materials are
related to the current Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks for Technology.
ED 582 Research Methods 3 cr.
This course is designed to acquaint graduate students with the design, analysis, and interpretation of research in the social sciences with a focus in the area of reading. Emphasis will be given to the development of empirical questions from theory, research design and control, construction of survey instruments, statistical analysis, and interpretation of results. Activities, content, and materials are related to the current and relevant Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks.
For more information, please contact:
Dr. Enid E. Larsen, M.S.W., M.Ed, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean of Academic Programs & Associate Professor