Online Graduate Courses, Summer 2020

All courses listed here are 100% online.

This page is intended as a quick reference only. For official course descriptions, please visit the Kent State University catalog.


Intersession (May 14 - June 3)

Developing a Balanced Literacy Program

ECED 60102 001 (CRN# 14006)  -  3 credits
Instructor: Dr. Zimmerman

Principles of Secondary Teaching

ADED 62145 001 (CRN# 10940)  -  3 credits
Instructor: Dr. Testa


Summer I (June 4 - July 8)

Teaching Reading Comprehension with Award-Winning Literature Across the Curriculum, K-12

CI 67095 010 (CRN# 12644) / CI 77095 010 (CRN# 12645) - 3 credits
Instructor: Dr. Bintz
This course focuses specifically on teaching reading comprehension. Students will be introduced to a wide range of award-winning literature, especially picture books, and a variety of research and CCSS-based instructional strategies to improve reading comprehension across the curriculum, K-12.
Students can use this 3-credit course in the Additional Study Strands section of the Plan of Study for the Master’s Degree Program in Reading Specialization. Doctoral students can register for this course with permission from their advisor.

Reading and Writing in Adolescence/Adulthood

CI 57330 010 (CRN# 12190)  -  3 credits
Instructor: Dr. Testa

Improving Classroom Instruction

CI 67105 010 (CRN# 12246) / CI 77105 010 (CRN# 12247) - 3 credits
Instructor: Dr. Knapp
This course is designed to inspire teachers to gather new tools for teaching all of today's students. Research-based, yet very practical strategies will be considered with a focus on Inquiry-Based Learning. Participants are given choices so they can investigate what matters most to them!

Multicultural Voices in Teaching Children’s and Young Adult Literature

CI 67353 010 (CRN# 11131) / CI 77353 010 (CRN# 11132) - 3 credits
Instructor: Dr. Monobe
For M.Ed. (Reading Specialization) and Ph.D. students: Explore diverse voices in children’s and young adult literature in K-12 literacy classrooms to support culturally responsive teaching and learning and broaden student understandings of diversity.

New Literacies in Practice

CI 67517 010 (CRN# 14009) / CI 87517 010 (CRN# 14010) - 3 credits
Instructor: Dr. Pytash
This course will focus on how technology is changing the very definition of literacy and what it means to be literate today. Participants will explore the question, how is the definition of literacy changing and will engage in discussions of theoretical positions related to this question.
Participants will also learn how to implement digital tools, media, and other technologies. This course is designed for educators of all subject areas and grade levels, and all levels of technology abilities and interests.
Students can use this 3-credit course in the Additional Study Strands section of the Plan of Study for the Master’s Degree Program in Reading Specialization. Doctoral students can register for this course with permission from their advisor.

Critical Inquiry into Integrated Curriculum in the Primary Years

ECED 50123 010 (CRN# 14005)  -  3 credits
Instructor: Dr. Lash

Trends in Educational Technology

ETEC 57400 010 (CRN# 12662)  -  3 credits
Instructor: Dr. Novak

Instructional Design

ETEC 57403 010 (CRN# 12664)  -  3 credits
Instructor: Dr. Kuo
Instructional Design is a systematic approach using reliable and effective processes and techniques to analyze, design, develop, evaluate, and implement instruction in a variety of media and technologies. This systematic approach is beneficial anywhere that employee productivity is related to overall success.
In this course, students will follow a standard instructional design model to design and develop an instructional unit to be used in their profession.

Designing Multimedia for Education

ETEC 67432 010 (CRN# 12665) / ETEC 77432 010 (CRN# 12666)  -  3 credits
Instructor: Dr. Novak


Summer II (June 4 - July 29)

Clinical Practicum in Corrective Reading

CI 67692 020 (CRN# 11762)  -  4 credits
Instructor: Dr. Zimmerman

Teaching Reading and Writing in Middle Grades

CI 57504 020 (CRN# 10856)  -  3 credits
Instructor: Dr. Bintz

Intercultural Dimensions of Teaching and Learning

CI 67005 020 (CRN# 14012) / CI 77005 020 (CRN# 14013)  -  3 credits
Instructor: Dr. Monobe

Practicum and Portfolio

ETEC 67492 020 (CRN# 12669)  -  3 credits
Instructor: Dr. Kuo​​​

Effective Use of Phonics in Reading

MCED 50005 020 (CRN# 10870)  -  3 credits
Instructor: Dr. Rasinski


Summer III (July 9 - August 12)

Teaching Social Studies: Early Years

ECED 60145 030 (CRN# 14007)  -  3 credits
Instructor: Dr. Knapp

Teaching Adolescents in the Secondary School Culture

ADED 67147 030 (CRN# 12647)  -  3 credits
Instructor: Dr. Hawley

Curriculum Evaluation

CI 67010 030 (CRN# 11752) /CI 77010 030 (CRN# 12001)  -  3 credits
Instructor: Dr. Hawley
Educators in school and non-school settings participate in a variety of decisions each day. Their decisions focus on areas such as facilities, instruction, personnel, and curriculum. Too often, for numerous reasons, the decisions in these areas are haphazard, lack sufficient information, and are ill-timed. This course is designed to help participants learn to plan for and use a variety of techniques to gather information in systematic ways, across different phases of curriculum planning, development, implementation, and evaluation to enhance this decision-making process. Each student will develop evaluation questions around a curriculum or program of their choice and then design a detailed evaluation plan. The design will integrate the content covered throughout the course.

Curriculum and Organization in the Middle Grades

CI 67107 030 (CRN# 10845)  -  3 credits
Instructor: Dr. Irving
This course is designed for teachers who want to deepen their understanding of the historical, theoretical, philosophical and empirical basis of middle level education. We will investigate and critique middle level programs and curricula regarding their ability to promote learning and equity, and regarding their responsiveness to the needs of students in grades 4-8. Over the course of the summer session, students will develop a project that is grounded in course content while addressing their own interests and their school’s needs. Past projects have included the development of an anti-bullying program, a research presentation on single gender classrooms, and the creation of professional development model for middle level teachers.

Teaching and Learning in the Middle Grades

CI 67108 030 (CRN# 10752)  -  3 credits
Instructor: Dr. Irving
This class is designed for teachers who want to explore the developmental characteristics and educational needs of young adolescents. We will consider the essential attributes and characteristics of successful middle level teachers; explore efficient, effective strategies for instruction and assessment to support young adolescent learning; and investigate attributes of effective classroom management for middle level classrooms. Over the course of the summer session, students will develop a project that is grounded in course content while addressing their own interests and their school’s needs. Past projects have included the development of an integrated music and mathematics plan, a research presentation about team teaching, and a proposal for a blended learning model for science.

Understanding Emergent Bilingual and Immigrant Students and Their Families

ECED 60169 030 (CRN# 14014) - 3 credits
Instructor: Dr. Monobe
As the number of immigrant/refugee/international students entering school systems increases across the globe, preparing teachers to become effective for these students is of critical importance. It is important for educators to create child-centered, culturally, linguistically relevant and sustaining environments. However, unless we understand each student and her/his family, we cannot make this happen.
In this course, we are going to discuss understanding immigrant students and their families holistically, including but not limited to culture, language, religion, socio-emotional development, identity development, hybridity, bicultural and bilingual aspects, communication, and more.
This course will be beneficial for teachers of all grade levels.