Summer Special Programs
Special Programs are a selection of unique offerings that delve into relevant topics within particular academic disciplines or areas of study. These engaging, specialized programs, organized below by their core discipline or subject matter, are designed to benefit your educational and career development.
Education | Additional Programs
Summer Writer’s Residency in Umbria, Italy
EN375/EN475, July 21 - August 3
Join us for our writer's residency spanning a total of 14 days (including international air travel) in the heart of the Valle Umbra, the Umbrian Valley, one of Central Italy's most beautiful regions, at a bed and breakfast nestled in a beautiful rural location.
Summer Creative Writing Institute
In-person weekend, Friday, July 26 - Sunday, July 28. Online workshops and exercises: July 29 - August 17.
Three creative writing workshops are offered over the summer, and no matter what writing experience you have, there's one to help you improve your work. Select from our Intermediate Fiction & Poetry Workshop, Intermediate Children's & Young Adults Workshop, or our Introductory Fiction & Poetry Workshop.
Social Justice & Curriculum Development for Pre K-12 [REGISTER NOW]
ED547.OP | Period: 2013 Summer II
Credits: 3 graduate | Dates: July 15-19
Instructor: Rochelle Peterson, Adjunct Professor of Education
What does it mean to be a culturally competent teacher? How can we
design lesson plans and unit plans that not only meet state standards
and student needs, but also honor the diverse backgrounds of students
and teachers? Explore the theoretical and practical knowledge necessary
for designing culturally competent curricula designed to help you
understand and respond to needs of students from a variety of
backgrounds (those living in poverty, those educated in urban or
suburban schools). The course also includes out-of-class experiences in
schools, community and non-profit centers.
Learning through Play [REGISTER NOW]
ED657 | Period: 2013 Summer Session II
Credits: 3 graduate | Dates: July 1 – August 7
Instructor: Dr. Smita Mathur, Assistant Professor of Education
How can teachers tap in to the power and potential of children's
play? How can understanding such play influence and inform
teaching? Find out the benefits and necessities of play in the
development of young children as behaviors and other outcomes are
examined in diverse social, economic, cultural and linguistic settings.
Key course components include examining and applying theoretical
concepts related to play, and exploring psychological theories, core
concepts, and cross-cultural perspectives on children's play.
Tech Savvy Teacher: Introduction to Instructional Technology
ED565 | 2013 Summer Session I and II | Credits: 3 graduate
Dates (Session I): May 17 – June 14 (4 weeks online)
Dates (Session II): July 19 – August 16 (4 weeks online)
Instructor: Mark Erb, Adjunct Professor in the School of Continuing Studies
Join other teachers and professionals in exploring how to put
technology to work in today’s classroom. Learn how technology can
increase student engagement, and how current and emerging technologies
can help you build a foundation in classroom technology management,
extend class time, and design effective lessons rich in technology to
meet Common Care Standards.
Autism Institute: Character Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
ED660, June 21 – August 2
This institute-style seminar is a blended course comprising classroom meetings at the King of Prussia campus and online follow-up study that provides students with introductory knowledge regarding children diagnosed with autism. Topics addressed include characteristics of students with Autism Spectrum Disorders; considerations in school and home programming; family, community and legal issues; and life transitions.
Learning Management Systems in the Classroom [REGISTER NOW]
ED679.KP1 (Institute) | Period: 2013 Summer Session II
The Institute will meet face to face July 26, 27 and 28, and follows with 4 weeks online
Credits: 3 | Dates: July 26 – August 24
Instructor: Tyler Mitchell
The Learning Management System (LMS) has become an integral part of Higher Education and is now being used by many K-12 Institutions. Though software releases often offer new features and change the way in which material is presented, the core functionality of each system remains the same. Throughout the course, students will explore the learning management systems (Blackboard, Moodle, Sakai, and Canvas) in the capacity of a student as well as an instructor so that they can understand the best way in which they can present material to their students in the classroom and beyond.
The initial weekend of the course will involve a refresher of classroom theory and intensive sessions of each of the Learning Management Systems so that the students are comfortable with developing content that addresses the needs of their students. The 4 weeks of online work will consist of working with each of the systems in turn, addressing a different type of online classroom outreach that is best developed in that system.
Schedule: Friday, 7/26, 4:30-7:30 p.m., Saturday, 7/27, 8:30-5 p.m., Sunday 7/28, 8:30-5 p.m.
“Toughing It Out”: Character and Moral Education [REGISTER NOW]
ED691, Credits: 3 graduate
Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 1–August 7, 5-8:30 p.m.
Instructor: Dr. Judd Levingston
seminar-style class will begin with a background in moral philosophy
that sets the stage for an overview of moral education in the 20th and
21st centuries. In the course's second half, students will study how
teachers and schools create an environment conducive to moral growth and
moral development, looking at various school environments. This course
can meet Foundations course requirements.
English Language Institute
The English Language Institute at Arcadia University offers an intensive program of full-time language instruction this summer. Students begin in one of five levels or take a combination of courses according to their English skill abilities and proficiency needs.
Eyes on the Prize: A Study of the Human Drama in Social Justice [REGISTER NOW]
SO 22O.2 | Period: 2013 Summer Session II (Online with 2 classroom meetings: July10 & August 7 -- 4:00-7 p.m.)
Credits: 3 | Dates: July 1 – August 7
Instructor: Doreen Loury
- Eyes on the Prize is an integrated course of study combining textbook readings with coordinated video programs, which are designed to help you gain a greater appreciation of the historical social movement and the changes that took place in the United States from the mid-1950s to the mid-1980s.
- Using contemporary interviews and historical footage, Eyes on the Prize traces the civil rights movement from early acts of individual courage through the flowering of a mass movement. The course will also examine the triumphs and failures of individuals along with the communities of people who were a part of the movement’s hard won gains. Eyes on the Prize provides the stories of blacks and whites, of civil rights organizers from the South and the North, of government officials at all levels, of Southerners who fought to maintain a way of life they had cherished since Reconstruction and of Blacks who were determined to make America live up to its promise of equality.
History and Culture of Sports in Philadelphia [REGISTER NOW]
LB285.1 | Period: 2013 Summer Session I
Credits: 3 | Dates: May 20 – June 26
Instructor: Larry Atkins
- The City of Philadelphia has a rich tradition of professional, college, and amateur sports. This course will examine that rich history. The course will include a field trip to Citizens Bank Park, as well as other possible field trips to places such as Lincoln Financial Field, the Palestra, and the Wells-Fargo Center. Among the subjects covered will include the history of major professional sports teams in Philadelphia, including the Phillies, Eagles, Warriors/76ers, Flyers, Atoms, and Union, the World Football League and USFL.
- We will also cover the history of local college sports teams, including Temple, La Salle, Saint Josephs, Penn, Drexel, and Villanova, and the formation and tradition of the Big 5. Other topics will include well known boxing matches, venues, and boxers from the city; famous incidents such as the 1964 Phillies collapse, Santa Claus and the snowballs, and the booing of the Easter Bunny; historic venues such as Franklin Field, the Palestra, Connie Mack Stadium/Shibe Park, Baker Bowl, Blue Horizon, JFK Stadium, and Veterans Stadium; sports movies that focused on Philadelphia, such as Rocky and Invicible; famous and accomplished athletes and other sports figures, such as Steve Carlton, Mike Schmidt, Rich Ashburn, Grover Cleveland Alexander, Lefty Grove, Chuck Bednarik, Dick Vermeil, Wilt Chamberlain, Julius Erving, Charles Barkley, Bobby Clarke, Bernie Parent, Bill Tilden, Joe Frazier, etc.; amateur events like the Dad Vail regatta and Penn Relays; history of sports media in Philadelphia, including well known writers and broadcasters; the SPHAS and the Jewish Basketball League; best and worst moments in Philadelphia sports history; and guest speakers.
- Students will be expected to read books and articles related to the topic, and they will be presented with various oral and written assignments.
Nutrition [REGISTER NOW]
BI285 | 2013 Summer Session I (online)
Credits: 3 undergraduate | Dates: May 20 – July 9
Instructor: Dr. Megan Wright, Assistant Professor of Biology
Explore the basic principles of human nutrition, including current and historical nutritional concepts, and research related to nutrition. Particular emphasis is placed on the processes of digestion, absorption and metabolism of major food nutrients; key characteristics of these nutrients; and measurement of the bodily requirements of these nutrients.
Stress [REGISTER NOW]
PBH576 | 2013 Summer Session I (online)
Credits: 3 graduate | Dates: May 20 – July 9
Instructor: Alison Tartaglia, Adjunct Professor of Community Health
- This course brings to light the many forms that stress takes in our lives from both a healthcare and a public health perspective. The healthcare perspective addresses the role of stress in individuals and coping techniques used to address health and disease related to stress. The public health perspective explores stress as a chronic condition present not only in individuals, but also as an integral part of communities – specifically, neighborhoods and family dynamics that lead to chronic stress, and how it effects health and wellbeing.
Talking TED: Ideas Worth Spreading [REGISTER NOW]
HN390 | 2013 Summer Session I (online)
Credits: 4 undergraduate | Dates: May 20 – August 7
Instructor: Celeste Walker, Adjunct Professor of Interdisciplinary
For nearly three decades, TED has brought together global leaders in technology, entertainment and design through conferences and programs. Explore how these creative individuals think and act in a given circumstance, and how they positively impact our global society. Students question their own processes and develop creative ways of identifying and solving problems; explore multiple forces that create, shape and sustain the development of self-identity; and examine how individuals and groups live together, form societies and distribute resources and power. Students also focus on understanding the mechanisms and processes that shape a society’s identity and future, analyzing how and why societies and social institutions function and evolve. Students are evaluated on a research project that includes a survey and interview format, including extensive research on potential Arcadia University contributing speakers.