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Courses and Requirements

The goal of Hamilton's Education Studies Program is to allow students to focus on a particular major while receiving intensive hands-on training and guidance in the educational dimensions of that discipline.

Characterized by an inquiry-oriented approach to the field of education, coursework in this interdisciplinary minor is integrated into, rather than separated from, the liberal arts curriculum of the College. This course of study is recommended for students who are interested in school administration, public policy and education, school counseling, design and development of curriculum, educational assessment, K-12 private school teaching, graduate studies leading to teaching certification and other related fields. Support from local public school districts allows students to complete upward of 120 hours of field experience in the elementary, middle and/or secondary school environments.

The five-unit minor in education studies consists of 200, 350, 370 and two other approved courses. As each student's interests and needs are unique, specific course selection beyond the required 200, 350 and 370 will be individually determined with guidance and approval from the director in consultation with members of the Education Studies Program Committee.

Courses applied toward meeting concentration requirements may not be applied toward a minor in education studies. Placement for 370 is contingent upon the student achieving at least a 2.7 (B-) overall GPA and the approval of the director of the Education Studies Program.

200F Issues in Education.
Exploration of the cultural foundations of the American Public Education system. Study of the impact of key education reform movements on today’s dynamic and often troubled pre-K through 12th grade classroom environments. Consideration of several contemporary educational issues from historical, philosophical, scientific, multicultural and pedagogical perspectives. Includes lecture, discussion, multi-media projects and small-group interaction. (Oral Presentations.) Department.

201F,S Methods of Tutoring English to Speakers of Other Languages.
Prepares students to perform as ESOL tutors by providing discussion of the practical approaches, methods and techniques tutors use in classroom settings. Using a communicative curricula that emphasizes function over form, this course addresses language teaching methods, interactive strategies for integrated learning for non-native speakers or English language learners and limited English proficient students. Discussion of the concept of culture helps tutors recognize the influence of culture on patterns of thinking and behaving, and language acquisition. Course provides students with the Hamilton College ESOL Tutor Certificate of Completion. Fifteen lecture hours and 20 field study and/or service learning hours required. One-quarter course credit. Evaluated Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory. Maximum enrollment, 18. Britt-Hysell (fall), Bartle (spring).

210S Curriculum Decision-Making.
The research and scholarship of curricular decision-making is studied to better understand the form and substance of the American public school. Federal and state regulations, standards, and testing processes will be considered when looking at innovative and sometimes controversial curricular plans and models. Case studies, curriculum development activities, and oral reports are used. (Oral Presentations.) (Proseminar.) Prerequisite, 200 or permission of instructor. Next offered spring, 2017. Maximum enrollment, 16. Department.

215S Education, Teaching and Social Change.
Analysis of teaching as an act of social justice in response to fundamental societal problems embedded in educational institutions. Through the lenses of critical theory, pedagogy, and policy, this course examines the praxis of teaching and education policy to explore critical methodologies for transforming the classroom and liberating learners. Using a decolonial framework, connections between the classroom and contemporary world issues are studied so that students can address, respond to, and actively participate in engaged citizenship for the good of education and the greater society. (Writing-intensive.) Prerequisite, EDUC 200 or permission of instructor. Maximum enrollment, 20. Meredith Madden.

220F Sign Language and Deaf Culture 1.
An introduction to the techniques and uses of American Sign Language (ASL). Study of deaf culture and the pedagogical role of ASL in the education of hearing-impaired and deaf learners. Maximum enrollment, 18. Allen.

230S Sign Language and Deaf Culture II.
Intermediate level study of the techniques and uses of American Sign Language (ASL). Investigation of the unique characteristics of the American deaf culture. Special attention to the instructional opportunities and challenges encountered in K-12 public inclusive classrooms and other specialized learning environments. Prerequisite, 220. Maximum enrollment, 18. Allen.

[250] Technology in Education: Issues and Opportunities.
What is the difference between learning from technology and learning with technology? This course explores the role of technology in learning and critically analyzes the cognitive, social, political, and logistical aspects of education technology in the K-12 public school setting. Students will research and develop a learning model incorporating technology in a proposal for a specific grade range in a public school system of the future. Hands-on experiences critically assessing technology in constructivist based learning are required. (Oral Presentations.) Prerequisite, one full-unit education studies course or permission of instructors. Multimodal assignments are required. Maximum enrollment, 20.

301S Seminar in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.
Addresses the general principles of language acquisition and pedagogy for teaching English to non-native speakers as a second or foreign language. Specific classroom application of principles and guidelines are emphasized through lesson and unit plan development. Themes are taught interactively, creating a collaborative learning environment that facilitates communicative language teaching focusing on student-to-student interaction and learning. Students finish course with an experiential and theoretical understanding of how to facilitate a quality ESOL classroom. Prerequisite, permission of instructor. Three lecture hours and three field study and/or service learning hours per week. Course provides students with the Hamilton College ESOL Teacher Certificate of Completion. Maximum enrollment, 18. Britt-Hysell.

310F,S Education Field Experience.
Systematic examination, analysis and evaluation of education within a specific public school system. Focus on the intersection of factors including classroom instruction, school structures, public policies and decision-making prerogatives. Self-directed off-campus field experience. Must arrange own transportation. Open to students who have declared an education studies minor or consent of instructor. One-quarter course credit. Maximum enrollment, 20. Mason.

[311] Youth and Cultural Reproduction.
The notion of youth as a lifespan period has grown in salience and pervasiveness in the world. Explores three major aspects of social scientists’ attention to youth: as a category to probe intersections among culture, aesthetics, and class in post-industrial societies; as a means for imagining the relationship between colonial and post-colonial forms of governance; and as a means for tracing the flows of capital among nation-states. Youth thus provides us with a window into pressing concerns in late-20th and early-21st century social science. Prerequisite, 100-level anthropology course or consent of instructor. (Same as Anthropology 311.)

[318] Anthropology of Education.
Examines the school as a site for the reconstruction of cultural difference. Special attention paid to links between schooling and the nation, to connections between schooling and modernity, and to themes such as discipline, value, gender, language and labor. Examples from Bolivia, Tanzania, India and the United States, among other nation-states. Concludes with a consideration of globalization, specifically the rise in neoliberal approaches in the governance of school systems. Prerequisite, one course in anthropology or consent of instructor. (Same as Anthropology 318.)

[333] Design, Development, and Delivery of Instruction.
Study of theoretical and practical approaches to the design, development, delivery, and assessment of learner-centered instruction. Topics include planning and organizing instructional messages, adapting to learner styles, using Socratic discourse, integrating instructional technologies, and identifying classroom teacher prerogatives. Experiential sessions and videotaping. (Oral Presentations.) Prerequisite, One full unit Education Studies course or permission of instructor. Maximum enrollment, 18.

335S Educational Leadership.
Investigation of critical topics/issues/contexts of educational leadership using the pillars of engaged citizenship, social innovation, and transformational leadership. Some topics to be addressed are: Qualities of Leaders; Federal Policies and Leadership; State Leaders, Local Leadership; K-12 Administrators as Leaders; Teacher Leadership, and Parental Leadership (e.g. Opt Out, Advisory Boards, Classroom Volunteers, Parent-Teacher Associations. This seminar will draw on Hamilton’s network of education leaders at the Federal, State, and Local levels for in-class lectures and discussions. (Oral Presentations.) Prerequisite, EDUC 200 and EDUC 350. Maximum enrollment, 12. Richard Hunt.

340Su Ethnography of Leadership in Organizations.
Study and investigation of organizational leadership theories and practices from a liberal education standpoint. Specific attention to how organizational culture, ethics, and communications systems impact leadership practices and decision-making processes. Review of contemporary leadership models that address diversity, globalization, transformational change, and uses of power. Systematic observation within a specific organizational setting to document leadership theory in practice. (Oral Presentations.) Prerequisite, Minimum overall GPA of 2.5. Students registering under EDUC 340 must have an education-based internship/field placement that is approved by the Education Studies Program director. Summer Seminar; Oral Presentations; Field Placement; Open to rising sophomores, juniors and seniors. (Same as College Courses and Seminars 340.) Maximum enrollment, 12. Susan Mason.

350F Seminar in Ethnography of Learning Environments.
Systematic observation of a specific learning environment. Examination of classroom discourse and the development and analysis of curriculum. Assessment of the effect social context and relationships have on the enactment of teaching and learning. (Oral Presentations.) Prerequisite, 200 and consent of instructor. Maximum enrollment, 12. Department.

370S Education Practicum.
Applied field experience in a K-12 functional area, including classroom instruction, guidance counseling or school administration. Mentored activities with education professionals. Semester-long placements directed toward analysis and evaluation of educational theories in practice. (Oral Presentations.) Prerequisite, 350 and consent of director. Maximum enrollment, 15. Wieczorek.

395N Clinical Teaching Intensive Special Needs.
Each student is assigned full-time teaching responsibilities, under supervision, in a setting with learners with intensive special needs. Includes extensive practicum experience with a focus on teaching and case management. Papers and attendance at weekly seminars required. Course available to students enrolled in the cooperative program at the New England Center for Children; earns two course credits with only one course credit counting toward requirements for the minor in education studies. Evaluated Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory.

(from the Hamilton Course Catalogue)

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