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2019 - 2020 Academic Catalog

Teaching English Learners with Disabilities Certificate

NOTE:  Students can elect to earn 120 PDPS or 6 credits for the entire certificate.

The concentration in ELL/SPED provides post-baccalaureate students with the knowledge and skills to work with bilingual English learners who may have special education needs and services across all educational settings.  The program is 100% online and provides an opportunity for a national audience of educators, psychologists, and administrators to enrich their skills in working with the population.  Also, the certificate also addresses the Professional Standards for Teachers required by the state of Massachusetts to maintain their licensure requirements for serving ELLs with or without special education needs and students with disabilities who are not English learners.

ELSP701: Fundamentals of Bilingual Special Education: Policies, Laws, and Practice
ELSP702: Removing Barriers for Classroom Assessment and Instruction of Bilingual Students
ELSP703: Assessment for Equity and Inclusion of Bilingual Students with and without Disabilities
ELSP704: Culturally Responsive Individualized Educational Planning for Bilingual Students with Disabilities

Course Code Course Title Credits
Core Courses
COM725 Advertising 3
COM742 Integrated Marketing Communications 3
MGMT740 Consumer Behavior 3

The certificate program is structured as follows:

  • The ELL/SPED certificate program offers four six-week courses that result in Professional Development Points (30 PDPs per course) for educators.  These courses are also available for credit as an option for teachers who may wish to earn graduate credit.  In this case, there are additional assessments and a different pricing structure for these students. 

ELSP701 - Fundamental of Bilingual Special Education: Policies, Laws, and Practice

This project-based course facilitates understanding of the integrated historical, theoretical and legal foundations of bilingual and multicultural special education. The focus is to address free and appropriate education for racially, culturally and linguistically diverse children with and without disabilities in the least restrictive environment. Participants will examine components of their system, the alignment to legal mandates, ethical practice and recommendations for addressing equity.

ELSP702 - Removing Barriers for Classroom Assessments and Instruction of Bilingual Students

The project-based course will address how to establish prevention practices in the general education classroom that the teacher, ESL teacher, and special educator can address to support preventively bilingual English language learners. Participants will use an ecological assessment perspective of the context of the education environment, culturally responsive practices, and the connection and application of instructional strategies. Data-informed instructional practices and efficient classroom assessment including a focus on screening and progress monitoring will be addressed.

ELSP703 - Assessment for Equity and Inclusion of Bilingual Students with and without (Dis)Abilities

This course includes the assessment of bilingual English learners in the areas of language, culture, and social- emotional development. A process for distinguishing between second language indicators and learning disabilities is studied and selected assessments tools are examined and used. Non-discriminatory report writing will be addressed.

ELSP704 - Culturally Responsive Individualized Educational Planning for Bilingual Students with Disabilitie

This course will address how to implement high leverage, instructional strategies that can be used across all content areas with a focus on reading comprehention, oracy, and vocabulary. Within the context of a multi-tiered system of support (MTSS) framework, the instruction and intervention design that capitalizes on coherence across the general education, ESL, and special education environments. A critical focus on interventions that highlight the use of active learning, such as Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles, growth mindset, and tiered instruction of oral language development will be highlighted

Cristina Haverty

Associate Vice President of Workforce Development and Global Engagement/ Professor, Athletic Training

Office: Alexander STC

Lori Rosenthal

Assistant Provost; Professor of Psychology

Office: Plummer

Janice Barrett

Professor of Communication; Chair, Graduate Communication Program

Office: Donahue 108

Keith Belmore

Associate Professor of Athletic Training and Graduate Chair of Athletic Training

Office: Alexander STC 104N

Linda Bucci

Professor & Program Chair of Justice Studies, Graduate Chair of Criminal Justice

Office: Plummer

Sarah Giasullo

Assistant Professor of Athletic Training; Graduate Chair of Health Sciences

Office: Alexander STC 104T

Elizabeth Hartmann

Professor of Education

Office: Brennan Library

Janet Huetteman

Graduate Chair of Management and Marketing; Associate Professor of Marketing

Office: 23 Maple Street, Office #5

Young-Tae Kim

Associate Professor of Sport Management; Graduate Interim Chair of Sport Management

Office: Alexandar STC

Ron Laham

Assistant Professor of Athletic Training/ Exercise Science

Office: Alexander STC

Luis Lopez-Preciado

Associate Professor of Communication

Office: Donahue

Amy Maynard

Professor of Education

Office: Brennan Library

Meryl Perlson

Chair of Communication; Professor of Communication

Office: Donahue 107

Matthew Reilly

Chair of Business and Interim Chair of Sport Management; Assistant Professor of Business

Office: DeArment

Claudia Rinaldi

The Joan Weiler Arnow ’49 Professor/Professor of Education, Chair of Education

Office: Brennan Library

Daniel Sargeant

Associate Professor of Sport Management

Office: Alexander STC

Nancy Waldron

Assistant Provost; Professor of Entrepreneurship and Management

Office: DeArment

Martin Walsh

Professor of Marketing and Management

Office: DeArment

Brian Wardyga

Professor of Communication; General Manager, 109.2FM WLAS & LCTV

Office: Brennan Library, G04F

Edward Weeks

Associate Professor of Justice Studies

Office: Winslow

Catherine Zeek

Professor Emerita

COM725 - Advertising

The emphasis in this course is on the role of strategic thinking about promotional elements in the field of advertising. The development of an integrated marketing communications program requires an understanding of the overall marketing process, including how organizations plan for advertising and determine their advertising goals and objectives. Students in this course examine the process of planning, developing, and executing an advertising campaign and related integrated marketing communications programs, as well as the various factors and considerations that influence this process. Advertising starts with research, and moves through analysis, planning, action and evaluation; hence, this course requires students to undertake the kind of strategic thinking, planning, and execution that is done by marketers, researchers, media planners, and copywriters. Throughout the course, students learn how advertising is regulated and about the key social issues and consumer problems with advertising.

COM742 - Integrated Marketing Communications

This course introduces students to the theory and practice of integrated marketing communication (IMC) and provide an overview of developments in the field. Students learn about the profession of corporate communication and its interface with society. Some of the topics addressed in the course include the relationship between public relations (PR) and marketing, the history and development of advertising and public relations, public opinion and its role in IMC planning, media relations, research for campaign design, global communication, and crisis management.

MGMT740 - Consumer Behavior

This course explores how and why consumers behave the way they do. Consumers can be indi­vidual households buying goods and services for their own consumption or they can be buyers in industrial and other business-related markets. The course takes an interdisciplinary, in-depth approach to the study of buyer behavior.