Sep 25, 2022  
Fitchburg State University 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
Fitchburg State University 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Descriptions


 

Spanish

  
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    SPAN 1000 - Spanish for Beginners I


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every Semester. Also offered evenings.

    The correct pronunciation, reading ability and fundamentals of grammar and syntax of the Spanish language are studied. Students are taught the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Cultural topics are integrated with these skills. Spanish gradually becomes the working classroom language. Students with a year or more of high school Spanish should register for SPAN 2000 . CTW, GDCN

  
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    SPAN 1100 - Spanish for Beginners II


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every Semester. Also offered evenings.

    The course is a continuation of SPAN 1000 . CTW, GDCN

  
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    SPAN 2000 - Intermediate Spanish I


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every Semester.

    The course focuses on a discussion of advanced grammar points and readings dealing with Spanish life. Emphasis is on developing conversational fluency. CTW, GDCN

    Prerequisite(s): SPAN 1000 .
  
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    SPAN 2001 - Spanish for Heritage Students


    3 cr. 3 hr. Offered once per year.

    This course offers Spanish-speaking students opportunities to study Spanish formally in an academic setting in the same way native English-speaking students study English language arts.  The course allows students to reactivate the Spanish they have learned previously and develop it further, to learn more about their language and cultural heritage, to acquire Spanish literacy skills, to develop or augment Spanish academic language skills.  Students develop strategic Spanish academic vocabulary, learn to critically analyze a text, write poetry, and acquire new information in different academic content areas. LAS, CTW, GD

    Prerequisite(s): Completion of the Spanish exam with a score equivalent to Intermediate Spanish I (356 or above)
  
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    SPAN 2100 - Intermediate Spanish II


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every Semester.

    The course is a continuation of SPAN 2000 . CTW, GDCN

  
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    SPAN 2600 - Hispanic Culture


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every Semester.

    This course is designed to provide students with a knowledge and understanding of the Hispanic world through a study of the historical and cultural development of different countries. Emphasis is placed on contemporary problems and social customs of the Hispanic population in the U.S. .

    Prerequisite(s): SPAN 2100 .
  
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    SPAN 2700 - Hispanic Literature


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every Semester.

    The course focuses on selected works reflecting the Hispanic heritage in contemporary Spanish and Latin American literature. LIT

    Prerequisite(s): SPAN 2100 .
  
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    SPAN 3000 - Cinema for Spanish Conversation


    3 cr. 3 hr. Offered once per year.

    The objective of this course is to help the student to understand the different aspects of Hispanic Culture.  Films will present Spanish and Latin American people, their values, the way they live and behave.  Daily life, geography, history and political systems will be topics for conversation and discussion.  Analysis of social and aesthetic phenomena will be also implemented.  The student will write reviews, critical analyses, creative works, and comparative studies, which will permit the development of the student’s communicative skills and his or her ability to synthesize. LAS, CTW, CGDN

    Prerequisite(s): Intermediate Spanish II, SPAN 2100
  
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    SPAN 3500 - Spanish Conversation and Composition


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every Semester.

    This course is designed to teach skills that increase the student’s overall ability to read, speak and write the language. Students are expected to write compositions on topics developed in class.

    Prerequisite(s): SPAN 2100 .
  
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    SPAN 4000 - Practical Spanish for the Public Services Professional I


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every Semester. Also offered evenings.

    The course teaches practical Spanish to enable people in public services, human services, nursing, medical technology and special education to communicate with their clients. Special emphasis is placed on the cultural and psychological characteristics of Spanish speaking peoples.

  
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    SPAN 4100 - Practical Spanish for the Public Services Professional II


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every Semester.

    The course is a continuation of SPAN 4000 .

  
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    SPAN 4901 - Independent Study in Spanish


    1-3 cr. 1-3 hr. Day course offered every Semester. Also offered evenings.

    The Independent Study is open to students in the language with the permission of the supervising instructor and the department chairman. Meeting times and credit are arranged upon approval.

  
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    SPAN 4902 - Independent Study in Spanish


    1-3 cr. 1-3 hr. Day course offered every Semester. Also offered evenings.

    The Independent Study is open to students in the language with the permission of the supervising instructor and the department chairman. Meeting times and credit are arranged upon approval.

  
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    SPAN 4903 - Independent Study in Spanish


    1-3 cr. 1-3 hr. Day course offered every Semester. Also offered evenings.

    The Independent Study is open to students in the language with the permission of the supervising instructor and the department chairman. Meeting times and credit are arranged upon approval.

  
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    SPAN 4906 - Advanced Independent Study in Spanish


    6 cr. 6 hr. Day course offered every Semester. Also offered evenings.

  
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    SPAN 4975 - Directed Study


    1-6 cr. Day course offered every Semester. Also offered evenings.


Special Education

  
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    SPED 2210 - Understanding Diversity and Disability


    3 cr. 3 hrs. Day course offered every Semester.

    This course focuses on the critical importance of broadly defining diversity and understanding how it impacts education. Disability is explored as an aspect of diversity in today’s schools.  Participants are introduced to the field of special education including laws, best practices, and the responsibilities of team members. Specific disabilities are explored along with strategies for universal design and inclusion. A pre-practicum of 3 hours is required.  Required for all Education Majors.

  
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    SPED 2510 - Students with Physical and Health Care Needs


    3 cr. 3 hrs. Day course offered in the Spring.

    Teacher candidates examine various physical and health conditions common in children with special needs. Health care plans are developed along with effective implementation strategies. Collaborative models for working with health care professionals and related service providers will be examined. A pre-practicum of 20 hours is required.  Required for all Special Education: Severe Disabilities Majors.

    Prerequisite(s): Stage One Education Unit Review.
  
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    SPED 2800 - Strategies in Reading Instruction and the Assessment of Reading


    3 cr. 3 hrs. Day course offered every Semester. Also offered evenings.

    This course explores essential topics for teaching reading to students with varying abilities and how to use assessment tools to develop effective reading instruction. Candidates develop a knowledge base concerning the skills involved in the total reading process and factors that affect the acquisition of reading skills. Components of effective instruction are a focus. A pre-practicum of 10 hours is required.  Required for all Early Childhood, Elementary, and Special Education: Moderate Disabilities PreK-8 and 5-12 Majors.

    Prerequisite(s): Successful passage of Stage One Education Unit Review. EDUC 2630 .
  
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    SPED 2880 - Science and Social Studies for Students with and without Disabilities


    3 cr. 3 hrs. Day course offered in the Fall.

    This course is designed to address the basic concepts and skills needed for planning, developing and implementing curriculum in science and social studies for students with and without disabilities. Teacher candidates learn about a variety of instructional strategies and specialized techniques that can be implemented in the curricula within inclusive settings as well as substantially separate sites. A pre-practicum of 10 hours is required.  Required for all Special Education: Moderate Disabilities PreK-8 Majors.

    Prerequisite(s): Successful Passage of Stage One Education Unit Review.
  
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    SPED 2950 - Students with Emotional and Autism Spectrum Disorders


    3 cr. 3 hrs. Day course offered in the Spring.

    This course will explore emotional disturbances and autism spectrum disorders including an overview of related educational theories and interventions. Teacher candidates will examine these through a historical context, assessment approaches, developmental risk factors, and instructional interventions for multiple settings. Supportive technology and other evidence-based approaches to assist students with communication and behavior intervention will be addressed. A pre-practicum of 5 hours is required.  Required: For all Special Education Moderate Disabilities K-8 and 5-12 and Severe Disabilities Majors.

    Prerequisite(s): Successful Passage of Stage One Education Unit Review.
  
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    SPED 2970 - Assessment of Students with and without Disabilities


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every Semester. Also offered evenings.

    Introduces candidates to the assessment process, describes a comprehensive evaluation, and addresses legal assessment and eligibility regulations. Topics of descriptive statistics, reliability, validity, and norm sample representativeness are addressed. Various types of assessments across domain areas are studied. Candidates interpret test results and use assessment data to write Individual Educational Plans as well as evaluation reports. A pre-practicum of 15 hours is required if not taken in conjunction with EDUC 3740  or SPED 3100 . This course is also taken in conjunction with SPED 3300  or SPED 3400 , and SPED 3520  or SPED 3720 Required for all Early Childhood and Special Education Majors.

    Prerequisite(s): Successful Passage of Stage One Education Unit Review.
  
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    SPED 3100 - Integrated Partial Practicum (IPP)


    4 cr. 4 hr. Offered every semester

    This field experience begins to fulfill the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s hours required for a Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities Grades PreK-8 License and for a Teacher of Elementary Students Grades 1-6 License. Teacher candidates spend half the semester, four days a week from 8:30–11:30 or the equivalent, in a fully integrated classroom, a resource room, or a self-contained classroom, and the other half of the semester in an elementary classroom where students with disabilities are fully integrated or included in the classroom.  Teacher candidates design lessons that meet the learning needs of the students, and then implement and evaluate these lessons.  The practicum experience begins with an observation period during which teacher candidates observe the supervising practitioner, become familiar with the students and classroom routines, and assist the supervising practitioner as needed.  Then, the teacher candidates systematically assume increasing responsibility in the classroom which culminates in their design, implementation, and evaluation of lessons that address the learning needs of the students with whom the candidates work. This course is taken in conjunction with SPED 2970 , SPED 3400 , SPED 3720 , and SPED 4300 Required for all Special Education: Moderate Disabilities PreK-8 Majors.

    Prerequisite(s): Successful passage of Stage One Education Unit Review and all concentration-required MTELs.
  
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    SPED 3200 - Reading and Writing Methods in the Content for 5-12 Students with Moderate Disabilities


    3 cr. 3 hr.

    The identification of reading disabilities will be examined and various approaches to remediation of reading disabilities will be presented. Instructional and managerial strategies to differentiate reading and language-based disabilities within the content will be studied. Emphasis will be placed on exploring and designing Individualized Educational Programs based on specific student needs to plan effective instruction. Current trends in reading and their effect on students with disabilities will be discussed. Students will develop further communication and collaboration skills with peers, parents and other professionals, including those from various reading programs. In addition, the cognitive, physical, cultural, social, and emotional needs of students will be analyzed in order to develop an appropriate, comprehensive, and student-centered reading approach for each individual child.  Required for all Special Education: Moderate Disabilities 5-12 Majors.

    Prerequisite(s): Successful Passage of Stage One Education Unit Review.
  
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    SPED 3300 - Teaching Mathematics to Students with Disabilities (5-12)


    3 cr. 3 hr.

    This course examines an overview of the research and best practices that address mathematically-based learning disabilities in children. Candidates look at how to access, plan and implement math lessons for the students in their classroom that are struggling and/or have a specific learning disability. This course begins by understanding children’s natural development of math skills and examines the specific kinds of difficulties students can have that interfere with their learning math. Using a case study format, candidates look for patterns as to why students have difficulty learning math and learn strategies to use to help them in the classroom.  Candidates explore ways to provide appropriate accommodations as allowed under MCAS guidelines as well as list different adaptations and even divergent methods they can use in their own classrooms to help these children be successful.  In addition, the course discusses diagnostic methods that profile students’ strengths and weaknesses and finally a strategy-based instruction that targets those identified areas of weaknesses. A prepracticum of 15 hours is required if course not taken in conjunction with EDUC 3740 .   This course is also taken in conjunction with SPED 2970  and SPED 3720 Required for all Special Education: Moderate Disabilities 5-12 Majors. Required for majors

    Prerequisite(s): Successful passage of Stage One Education Unit Review and all concentration-required MTELs.
  
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    SPED 3400 - Teaching Mathematics to students with and without Disabilities


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every Semester. Also offered evenings.

    Candidates explore programs designed to teach mathematics to students with and without learning disabilities and develop the knowledge and skills to plan and modify mathematics curriculum based on current research. Candidates administer and analyze informal and formal assessments to guide lesson planning and implementation to meet the needs of all students. A pre-practicum of 15 hours is required if not taken in conjunction with EDUC 3740  or SPED 3100 . This course is also taken in conjunction with SPED 2970  and SPED 3720 Require for all Early Childhood and Special Education: Moderate Disabilities PreK-8 and Severe Disabilities Majors.

    Prerequisite(s): Completion of mathematics course requirements for program; Successful Passage of Stage One Education Unit Review.
  
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    SPED 3401 - Language Development and Speech


    3 cr. 3 hrs. Day course offered in the Fall. Also offered evenings.

    The course addresses the normal development of speech and language and disorders associated with each of these areas of communication. Teacher candidates demonstrate knowledge of phonological problems and language disorders as they affect academic learning. In the area of language/learning disorders, students demonstrate an understanding of delayed language and language disabilities as they relate to reading, mathematics and written language. Teacher candidates analyze second language acquisition and educational practices related to linguistic minority students. A related field experience of 10 hours is required.  Required of all Special Education Majors.

    Prerequisite(s): Successful passage of Communication and Literacy MTEL (Both Beading and Writing ubtests).
  
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    SPED 3510 - Severe Behavior Supports


    3 cr. 3 hrs. Day course offered in the Fall.

    Theoretical frameworks for analyzing behaviors are examined with focus on supportive approaches for students with severe disabilities. The influence of legislation/regulations on the design and implementation of optimal education programs (including school-wide support) are considered. Candidates operationalize descriptions of behaviors, assess behaviors using various data collection strategies, and design and implement a multicomponent behavior support plan. Taken in conjunction with EDUC 3740 . This course is also taken in conjunction with SPED 2970  and SPED 3400  Required for all Special Education: Severe Disabilities Majors.

    Prerequisite(s): Successful Passage of Stage One Education Unit Review.
  
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    SPED 3520 - Program Development for Students with Severe Disabilities


    3. cr. 3 hrs. Day course offered in the Fall.

    This course examines effective instructional strategies for teaching students with severe disabilities and includes an overview of specific diagnoses and their implications for teaching. Particular attention is given to program development and implementation within inclusive settings.  Required for all Special Education: Severe Disabilities Majors.

    Prerequisite(s): Successful Passage of Stage One Education Unit Review.
  
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    SPED 3575 - Strategies for Secondary Students with Disabilities


    3 cr. 3 hrs. Day course offered in the Fall.

    This course will focus on adolescents with disabilities. Teacher candidates examine various instructional strategies to address the learning and behavioral challenges typical of adolescent learners with such conditions as learning disabilities, behavioral disorders, and mild retardation. Teacher candidates explore instructional methods relating to reading, written language, mathematics, study skills and social skills for the adolescent with disabilities. Transitions and post-secondary programming will address the specific needs of secondary-school students as they leave the high school environment. A pre-practicum of 10 hours is required.  The course is for Special Education: Moderate Disabilities 5-12 Majors only or by permission of the instructor.

    Prerequisite(s): Successful Passage of Stage One Education Unit Review.
  
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    SPED 3637 - IPP Pre-Practicum/Practicum Moderate Disabilities I (5-12)


    3 cr. 150 min. hrs. Day course offered every Semester.

    Candidates spend the semester, half days four mornings a week in an elementary school in classrooms where students with disabilities are integrated or included. Teacher candidates assist in the design and implementation of lessons and adapt instruction when necessary. Required for all Special Education: Moderate Disabilities PreK-8 Majors.

    Prerequisite(s): Successful Passage of Stage One Education Unit Review.
  
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    SPED 3665 - IPP Pre-Practicum/Practicum: Elementary (Gr. 1-6)


    3 cr. 150 min. hrs. Day course offered every Semester.

    Candidates spend half the semester, half days four mornings a week in an elementary school in classrooms where students with disabilities are integrated or included. Teacher candidates assist in the design and implementation of lessons and adapt instruction when necessary. Required for all Special Education: Moderate PreK-8 Majors.

    Prerequisite(s): Successful Passage of Stage One Education Unit Review.
  
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    SPED 3675 - IPP Pre-Practicum/Practicum: Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8)


    3 cr. 150 min. hrs. Day course offered every Semester.

    Candidates spend half the semester, half days four mornings a week in the role of a special educator teaching children with moderate disabilities (PreK-8). The children are served in resource rooms, in integrated programs or in inclusive classrooms. In this role, teacher candidates are responsible for assisting in assessing children’s performance, direct teaching, evaluation and providing support in general education classrooms whenever appropriate. Required for all Special Education: Moderate PreK-8 Majors.

    Prerequisite(s): Successful Passage of Stage One Education Unit Review.
  
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    SPED 3676 - IPP Pre-Practicum/Practicum: Moderate Disabilities II (5-12)


    3 cr. 150 min. hrs. Day course offered every Semester.

    Candidates spend half the semester, half days four mornings a week in the role of the secondary special educator. Teacher candidates assist in the design and implementation of lessons, adapting instruction and direct teaching.

    Prerequisite(s): Successful Passage of Stage One Education Unit Review.
  
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    SPED 3720 - Classroom Management and Behavior Support


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every Semester. Also offered evenings.

    This course prepares candidates to utilize a variety of behavior support strategies. Candidates develop an awareness of the effect of student variables, room design, instructional strategies, other students’ and teachers’ behavior on the behavior of children and young adults. Emphasis is on the development of a positive problem-solving approach supporting the development of constructive learning and social behavior. A pre-practicum of 15 hours is required if not taken in conjunction with EDUC 3740  or SPED 3100 . This course is also taken in conjunction with EDUC 3300 , EDUC 3480  or SPED 3400  or EDUC 2970  or SPED 2970 Required of all Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle School and Special Education: Moderate Disabilities Majors.

    Prerequisite(s): Successful Passage of Stage One Education Unit Review.
  
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    SPED 3800 - Secondary Programs for Adolescents (14-22) with Disabilities


    3 cr. 3 hrs. Day course offered every Semester.

    Teacher candidates in secondary education certification programs are provided with the legal perspective of services to individuals with disabilities. Learning problems and needs of various disabilities are addressed. Strategies for modifying instruction are a major focus. A pre-practicum of 10 hours is required.  Required for all Middle School Education Majors and for all students seeking a secondary license in a content area.

    Prerequisite(s): Successful passage of both Communication and Literacy MTEL (Both Reading and Writing Subtests).
  
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    SPED 3840 - Practicum: Severe Disabilities I (All Levels)


    4.5 cr. Day course offered every Semester.

    Teacher candidates complete the practicum in an educational setting under the direction of a supervising practitioner who is certified in the area of licensure sought by the candidate and under the guidance of the university supervisor. Candidates teach students with severe disabilities. This course is taken in conjunction with EDUC 4550 Required of Special Education: Severe Disabilities Majors.

    Prerequisite(s): Successful Passage of Stage Two Education Unit Review.
  
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    SPED 3845 - Practicum: Severe Disabilities II (All Levels)


    4.5 cr. Day course offered every Semester.

    Teacher candidates complete the practicum in a special education setting under the direction of a mentor who is certified in the area of licensure sought by the candidate and under the guidance of the university supervisor. Candidates assume the role of the teacher of students with severe disabilities. The course is taken in conjunction withEDUC 4550 Required for all Special Education: Severe Disabilities Majors.

    Prerequisite(s): Successful Passage of Stage Two Education Unit Review.
  
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    SPED 3860 - Practicum: Elementary (Gr. 1-6)


    4.5 cr. Day course offered every Semester.

    Teacher candidates complete the practicum in an elementary setting under the guidance of the university supervisor and under the direction of a mentor who is certified in the area of licensure sought by the candidate and under the guidance of the university supervisor. The course is taken in conjunction with EDUC 4550 Required for all Special Education: Moderate Disabilities PreK-8 Majors.

    Prerequisite(s): Successful Passage of Stage Two Education Unit Review.
  
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    SPED 3870 - Practicum: Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8)


    4.5 cr. Day course offered every Semester.

    Teacher candidates complete the practicum in an inclusive or special education pre-kindergarten to eighth grade setting under the direction of a mentor who is certified in the area of licensure sought by the candidate and under the guidance of the university supervisor. The course is taken in conjunction with EDUC 4550 Required for all Special Education: Moderate Disabilities PreK-8 Majors.

    Prerequisite(s): Successful Passage of Stage Two Education Unit Review.
  
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    SPED 3875 - Practicum: Moderate Disabilities I (5-12)


    4.5 cr. Day course offered every Semester.

    Teacher candidates complete the practicum in an inclusive setting or a special education setting at the middle or high school level under the direction of a supervising practitioner who is certified in the area of licensure sought by the candidate and under the guidance of the university supervisor. The course is taken in conjunction with EDUC 4550 Required for all Special Education: Moderate Disabilities (5-12) Majors.

    Prerequisite(s): Successful Passage of Stage Two Education Unit Review.
  
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    SPED 3878 - Practicum: Moderate Disabilities II (5-12)


    4.5 cr. Day course offered every Semester.

    Teacher candidates complete the practicum in an inclusive setting or a special education setting at the middle or high school level under the direction of a supervising practitioner who is certified in the area of licensure sought by the candidate and under the guidance of the university supervisor. The course is taken in conjunction with EDUC 4550 .

    Prerequisite(s): Successful Passage of Stage Two Education Unit Review.
  
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    SPED 4001 - Assessment of Students with Moderate Disabilities


    3 cr. Day course offered every Semester.

    The course introduces teacher candidates to the assessment process, describes a comprehensive evaluation and discusses mandatory assessment regulations. The topics of descriptive statistics, reliability and validity, and norm/criterion-referenced assessments are addressed. Various types of assessment are reviewed and discussed. The focus is on interpreting test results and using assessment data to write Individual Educational Programs. Taken in conjunction with Student Teaching (Practicum) (Fall 2011 Only). Required for all Special Education: Moderate Disabilities Majors.

    Prerequisite(s): Successful Passage of Stage Two Education Unit Review.
  
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    SPED 4202 - Senior Seminar


    1 cr. 1 hr. Day course offered every Semester.

    This seminar has two purposes: First to provide candidates an opportunity to address important topics. e.g., working constructively with parents and collaborating effectively with Colleagues. The second is to provide an opportunity for reflection on practice. Candidates will complete a Teacher Work Sample. Taken in Conjunction with Student Teaching (Practicum) (Fall 2011 Only) Required for all Special Education Majors

    Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of Stage Two Education Unit Review.
  
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    SPED 4300 - Engaging Scholarship in Education


    1 cr. 1 hr. Offered every semester

    Teacher Candidates in the Special Education Moderate Disabilities PreK-8 with Elementary Education Licensure will engage in a scholarly research approach to bridge the gap between theory and practice.  During the senior year, the candidates in this Special Education major embark on a semester long field-based experience.  The engaged scholarship course is a collaborative inquiry project that will generate useful knowledge and skills between three IDIS disciplines and academic pedagogy as practiced in the public school settings.  Metacognitive activities will be used to assist candidates in reflecting about their teaching while demonstrating scholarly writing. This course is taken in conjunction with  ,  ,  , and  .    Required for all Special Education: Moderate Disabilities PreK-8 Majors.

    Prerequisite(s): Successful passage of Stage One Education Unit Review and all concentration-required MTELs.
  
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    SPED 4900 - Independent Study


    The Independent Study facilitates the review, development and synthesis of a problem in special education. The Independent Study is open to juniors and seniors with permission of the instructor.

  
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    SPED 4975 - Directed Study


    1-6 cr.


Speech

  
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    SPCH 1000 - Introduction to Speech Communication


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every Semester. Also offered evenings.

    The class focuses on theory and practice of interpersonal and public communication, including communication theory, self-concept, perception, language, listening, non-verbal communication and public speaking. ART

  
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    SPCH 1100 - Argumentation and Debate


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every Semester.

    Students participate in projects that emphasize analysis, research, evidence, strategies, briefing, refutation and the delivery of debates on representative questions. ART

  
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    SPCH 1400 - Small Group Communication


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered in the Spring.

    The course explores the fundamentals of group discussion in private and public settings. Emphasis is on group structure, leadership, problem solving and interpersonal relationships, including extensive practice in varied group situations. ART

  
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    SPCH 1600 - Public Speaking


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered in the Spring.

    The course fosters the development of skills and strategies employed in the preparation and presentation of the public address. Students make critical assessments of rhetorical strategies utilizing historical speeches as well as discussing contemporary rhetoric. ART

  
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    SPCH 1700 - Voice and Articulation


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered in the Fall.

    The course concentrates on the elements of vocal production and presentation with special emphasis on the study and application of phonetic theory. ART

  
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    SPCH 2600 - Persuasion


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered in the Fall.

    The course studies the causes of listener belief and action with special emphasis on the development of strategies to influence listener behavior. Special projects emphasize the use of persuasion in everyday life. ART

  
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    SPCH 2800 - Rhetorical Criticism


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every Semester. This course may be offered less than once every two years.

    The class explores approaches to the rhetorical criticism of significant speeches and speech movements, past and present.

  
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    SPCH 3000 - Speech Writing


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every Semester.

    The class will focus on the process of audience analysis as it affects the creation of rhetorical pieces in print and media. Special emphasis on researching, outlining and analysis.

    Prerequisite(s): SPCH 1000 .
  
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    SPCH 3100 - General Semantics


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every Semester.

    The purpose of this course is to provide (1) the understanding of communication as a process, (2) the development of semantic representation—how can we represent the meaning of a sentence in order to capture the essence of truth and context? (3) enhancing the semantic composition to achieve a desired response from listeners and readers.


Technical Theater

  
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    TETA 2100 - Theatrical Design Skills


    3 cr. 4 hr. Day course offered in the Spring.

    This is a lecture/laboratory course presenting basic problem solving skills in scenic and costume craft covering terminology and processes of stage production including integration of design elements/materials, basic drafting, stage carpentry, rigging, equipment use and shop safety.

  
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    TETA 2300 - Fundamentals of Stage Lighting Design


    3 cr. 4 hr. Day course offered every Semester.

    The course is a lecture/laboratory course dealing with the application of the elements of design relating to lighting for the theatre and dance. Mechanics of basic electricity, color theory, instrumentation, distribution and control are discussed.

  
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    TETA 2400 - Scene Design


    3 cr. 4 hr. Day course offered in the Fall.

    The course is a lecture/laboratory study of the historical and contemporary contribution of space and environment atmospherics to the creation of the world of the play/dance and the theatre experience as a whole. Rendering, graphic media, specification writing and scenic models are addressed.

    Prerequisite(s): TETA 2100 .
  
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    TETA 2500 - Costume Design


    3 cr. 4 hr. Day course offered in the Spring.

    The history of fashion silhouette is explored along with the design elements used in developing a character’s costume. Students will apply historical perspective and utilize the design elements of line, texture, color and gesture in designing costumes.

  
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    TETA 3300 - Advanced Stage Lighting Design


    3 cr. 4 hr. Day course offered every Semester.

    The class is a lecture/laboratory study of the problems of stage lighting for the proscenium and non-proscenium stages. Students are expected to develop and apply concept and historical lighting techniques in various theater and dance genre (musical-comedy, cabaret, modern and jazz dance). Computer applied lighting will be used in a production environment.

    Prerequisite(s): TETA 2300 .
  
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    TETA 3400 - Advanced Scene Design


    3 cr. 4 hr. Day course offered every Semester.

    Advanced Scene Design is an advanced course emphasizing approaches and techniques relating to the design, development and implementation of scenic concepts. Students will utilize approaches to research design and develop scenic concepts. Concepts will be developed, rendered, constructed and rigged to production standards.

    Prerequisite(s): TETA 2400 .
  
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    TETA 3600 - Stage Makeup


    3 cr. 4 hr. Day course offered every Semester.

    This is a lecture/laboratory course investigating the principles, techniques and materials of character stage makeup and practical application. Students will apply, in a production setting, principles, techniques and materials of character stage makeup. They will identify historical justification for period makeup and apply techniques for live animation, clowning and dramatic character.

  
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    TETA 4000 - Production Implications


    3 cr. 4 hr. Day course offered every Semester.

    In a laboratory situation, this class is a hands-on production class. It provides the student with practical applications for building techniques, lighting, make-up, sound, props and other production needs for a realized production. This production work is possible through the Main Stage Theatre productions, student works, as well as film and video applications. Work done in this class can be used for the student’s portfolio as well.

  
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    TETA 4100 - Stage Management


    3 cr. 4 hr. Day course offered every Semester.

    Stage Management is a lecture/laboratory study of the professional union approach to stage management and personnel mediation in stage production. Students will apply knowledge and technique related to contract and union policy in various repertory scenarios. The aspects of prompt books, blocking documentation, callsheets, rehearsal set-up and running and calling the show will be implemented.

  
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    TETA 4200 - Portfolio Presentation


    3 cr. 4 hr. Day course offered every Semester.

    This course will provide the Technical Theatre student with practical application for presenting a professional portfolio. Practical application of common professional practices along with interviewing skills will be applied through lectures, demonstrations and projects designed to build the student’s portfolio and confidence in presenting their work to the professional world.

  
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    TETA 4900 - Independent Study


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every Semester.

    The independent study allows students to enroll in a directed study. Upper level production responsibilities such as set, light, costume, prop, sound design and stage management fall under these responsibilities. Production responsibilities could also be in film or video productions.

  
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    TETA 4950 - Theatre Internship


    3 cr. Day course offered every Semester.


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    THEA 1700 - Stage Movement


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every Semester.

    This workshop-oriented course utilizes the basis techniques of movement with emphasis on developing each student’s potential for effective physicalization of a character on stage. Introduction to techniques of stage combat may be taught.

  
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    THEA 2000 - Introduction to Theater


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every Semester. Also offered evenings.

    This introductory course surveys theater with emphasis on its history, focuses, practices and major practitioners, including directors, actors and scenic designers. The focus is on historical and social contexts. L, C

  
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    THEA 2100 - Children’s Theater


    3 cr. 3 hr.

    This is a hands-on course in developing theatre for young audiences. Students will learn techniques of using theater as a teaching device. Students will develop and perform short plays for young audiences on themes of mythology, social skills and history. It is a threshold course in learning how to use theatre in the classroom and also how to develop professional performance pieces targeting youth.

  
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    THEA 2700 - Acting I


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every Semester.

    This is an introduction to professional stage performance techniques. Students will learn how to build a character using techniques such as playing actions, status, physical transformation, improvisation, relaxation and script analysis. Students will perform monologues and scene work for the class and analyze and develop them. ART

  
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    THEA 2730 - History of the Theater I


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every Semester. Also offered evenings.

    This is the first course in a two-semester survey on the history of theater, from its roots in pre-history through the Greeks, the Middle Ages, the renaissance, and ending with Moliere. This course examines the times of Sophocles, Shakespeare and Moliere, among others, discovering how playwrights were products of their times and how their work contributed to shaping those times. The focus is on western theater, but also included are theater traditions of East Asia, India, Oceania and Africa, such as Balinese Dance Theater, Noh, Bunraku and Chinese Opera. ART, GDAN

  
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    THEA 2740 - History of the Theater II


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every Semester.

    This is the second course in a two-semester survey on the history of theater, from late renaissance to the present. This course examines restoration drama and works of such playwrights as Ibsen, Brecht and Beckett, among others, discovering how they were products of their times and how their work contributed to shaping those times. The focus is on western theater, but also included are theater traditions of East Asia, India, Oceania and Africa as living traditions and new voices. ART, GDAN

  
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    THEA 2800 - Acting II


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered in the Spring.

    This will be an advanced course in examining the art of the actor building on the preliminary skills learned in Acting I. Students will perform scenes from the contemporary and classical repertoire. Traditional and contemporary methods of character development will be studied and attempted. Techniques of acting Shakespeare will be learned. Audition technique will be introduced and developed.

  
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    THEA 2850 - Applied Acting


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every Semester. Also offered evenings.

    This course will offer the practical, on-stage experience of realizing a role in a fully mounted main stage production. Students will accomplish this through performance, maintaining an actor’s journal and writing an analysis of the experience after the production is completed. This course may be taken for up to two times for credit.

    Prerequisite(s): THEA 2700 .
  
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    THEA 3010 - Acting for the Camera


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every Semester.

    An intensive scene study course for the advanced student actor. Scenes will be selected from extant and new film scripts and will be directed, filmed and edited y film students who are taking a companion course in the Communications department.

    Prerequisite(s): THEA 2700 .
  
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    THEA 3400 - Advanced Stage Movement


    3 cr. 3 hr

    This course will expand and deepen the actor’s understanding of how they move and physically embody characters in performance building on the vocabulary learned in Movement I. This will be accomplished through research, dance, observation and improvisation.

    Prerequisite(s): THEA 1700 .
  
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    THEA 3500 - Voice II


    3 cr. 3 hr

    This course expands the fundamentals of Voice I that included breath, diction, relaxation, articulation and resonance. This will involve work on verse and lyric vocal education with works of Shakespeare, Restoration, Moliere and The Greeks. Techniques gained from these classical structures will be applied to various forms of character voice work, dialect and commercial voice-over techniques.

  
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    THEA 3550 - Play Analysis/Mise en scène


    3 cr. 3 hr

    This course addresses some broad intellectual problems and themes in play analysis and theater practice. This content represents an effort to acquaint students with the best plays written and produced during specific historic periods, and to engage them in the analysis, criticism, dramaturgy, staging, and performing of some of these plays. ART

  
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    THEA 3600 - Auditioning


    3 cr. 3 hr Day course offered in the Fall.

    This is a course linking the work of the performance classroom and the Fitchburg State University Main Stage with the professional performing arts scene. Students will develop audition pieces and learn auditioning techniques. The will learn to write resumes and choose a headshot. They will go to professional auditions and engage in the painful process of finding work in the performing arts beyond the college setting.

  
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    THEA 3700 - Directing the Play


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every Semester.

    This is an introduction to the professional stage director. Students will study the work of great directors. They will stage short productions for the class. Students will learn to analyze and develop their scene work. Students will attend performances of productions on and off campus and actively analyze them in class.

  
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    THEA 4903 - Independent Study


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every Semester. Also offered evenings.

    The Independent Study is for exceptional students excelling in scholarship and is taken upon approval of department head and advising instructor. Course of study, meetings, and credit are arranged upon approval.

  
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    THEA 4940 - Internship


    3 cr. Day course offered every Semester.

  
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    THEA 4975 - Directed Study


    1-6 cr. Day course offered every Semester.

 

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