Course Offerings

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Main Campus in Harrisonburg, Va.

Courses scheduled for upcoming semesters are listed below. Complete the registration form for Main Campus, Harrisonburg, VA for the courses below to be added to the class roster. Full payment for tuition, $440 per semester hour (unless noted otherwise), is due at the first class, or by payment through your myEMU CASHNet account. Beginning Sept. 1, tuition will be $450 per semester hour unless noted otherwise.

Summer 2017

EDLA 611 Adolescent/Young Adult Literature (online) (3 SH) Kathy Moyer
Concentrates on literature written for and by adolescent/young adult readers while relying on works typically classified as young adult literature as well as literary “classics” found within the curriculum for middle, junior and senior high classrooms. Employs reader-response theory. June 6-Aug. 1; $50 technology fee may apply

EDDA 631 Research in Risk & Resiliency (online) (3 SH) John Gordon, III
Analyzes research bases for understanding risk and resiliency and explores protective factors within the child, family, and community which enable resilience and mitigate risk factors. June 1 –July 31

EDCC 521 Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation (3 SH) Judy Mullet
Explores peacebuilding and conflict resolution within educational contexts. Focuses on peaceable climates and conflict transformation approaches and integrates peace curricula for individual classroom settings and within specific schools. June 19-23, 8am-4:30pm (Northern Tier Cohort); July 10-14, 8am-4:30pm (other students)

EDDA 511 Teaching Diverse Learners (3 SH) Lori Leaman
Focuses on the application of integrated strategies, differentiated instruction, curriculum compacting and adaptations for diverse populations, i.e. students served under alternative education, special education services, ESL and gifted/talented programs. June 26-30, 8am-4:30pm

EDLA 601 Multicultural Children’s Literature (3 SH) Tracy Hough
Explores multicultural children’s literature for children in a variety of genre. Elementary classroom activities including critical thinking and writing are demonstrated. June 26-30, 8:30am-5:00pm

EDCI 501 Curriculum and Instructional Strategies (3 SH) Cathy Smeltzer Erb
Examines the philosophical foundations of curriculum development and implementation. Curriculum mapping, interdisciplinary inquiry, activity curricula and culturally responsive development will be discussed. July 17-21, 8am-4:30pm

EDRJ 601 Facilitating Circle Processes (3 SH) Kathy Evans
Explores the use of circle processes to build and sustain healthy learning environments in schools or other educational settings. Theoretical foundations and core assumptions will be discussed as well as different ways circles can be utilized to build community, resolve conflict, create safe instructional spaces, and promote social and emotional competency. Participants will learn how to design and implement Circles. In addition to learning about the guiding principles of the circle process, participants will have the opportunity to practice facilitating Circles and garnering feedback from the instructor and their colleagues. July 17-21, 8am-4:30pm

EDSL 581 Language and Culture (3 SH) Paul Yoder
Enables students to gain a deeper understanding of the intricate ways in which culture and language influence each other. Surveys the basics of sociolinguistics and language policy through case studies from communities around the world. Includes a critical evaluation of the role of culture in the second-language classroom. July 24-28, 8:00am-4:30pm

Educational Technology Course Offerings*

*Course tuition is $300 per semester hour for the following Summer 2017 technology courses.

EDCT 501 Technology to Enhance Learning (online 3 SH) Stephanie Failes
Explores activities that offer choice, foster creativity, and inspire imagination, promoting a more personalized learning experience for students. Participants will explore and use various technology tools to help them craft instruction to engage and captivate their students! Online June 13-Aug. 4 (*special tuition rate: $300 per semester hour)

EDCT 531 Everything Google for the Classroom (online 3 SH) Timothy Taylor
Explores Google tools that can be built into lessons to assist with classroom management and instruction. Participants will collaborate on ways to use these tools to have the greatest positive impact in their classrooms. Participants should be comfortable with surfing the web. Online June 13-Aug. 4 (*special tuition rate: $300 per semester hour)

The following technology course will be held at the Shenandoah County School Board Office.

EDCT 691 “Creating” with 21st Century Tools (3 SH) Timothy Taylor
Participants will identify, use and evaluate 21st Century Learning Tools that can be used to address the top level of the “new” Bloom’s Taxonomy – Creating. These tools will be used in the context of designing and delivering instruction that is consistent with current best practices for integrating technology. July 10-14, 8am-4:30pm (*special tuition rate: $300 per semester hour)

Fall 2017

EDLA 531 Literacy in Community & Family Arenas (online 3 SH)
Addresses literacy development in a larger scope than traditionally covered through school, focusing on personal, cultural and political issues related to adult literacy. Addresses adult literacy in the context of various settings, including family literacy, workplace literacy and community literacy programs. TBA; $50 technology fee may apply

EDSL 571 Language Acquisition & Grammar (online 3 SH)
Explores current topics and issues in the study of language acquisition, language development, and grammar. Offers teachers practical ideas for teaching grammar in the context of today’s classroom. TBA; $50 technology fee may apply

EDRJ 551 Foundations of Restorative Justice in Education (3 SH) Kathy Evans
Introduces Restorative Justice in Education (RJE) as a culture and a set of practices that are implemented to facilitate learning communities, supporting and respecting the inherent dignity and worth of all. Viewing RJE as a holistic approach, this course examines the three core components of RJE: creating just and equitable learning environments; nurturing healthy relationships; and repairing harm and transforming conflict. Class focuses on the underlying values of RJE and the foundational beliefs that guide RJE, and includes application of case studies and situations provided by class participants. Hybrid Sept. 7, 28, Oct. 19, Nov. 2, 9, 16, Dec. 7 (Thursdays, 4:30-7:45), remainder of instruction online

EDSL 551 Methods of Teaching ESL/FL (3 SH) Paul Yoder
Enables students to identify, compare, and contrast various approaches to language teaching, and underlying beliefs about language learning/teaching. There will be exposure to a variety of teaching techniques in each of the main language skills (listening, speaking, reading, writing, grammar, and vocabulary). Attention will be given to ways of assessing language proficiency and doing needs assessment for a variety of student populations in order to shape instruction effectively. $30 course fee for practicum. Sept. 9, 23, Oct. 21, Nov. 11 (Saturdays, 8:30am-4:30pm), remainder of instruction online

EDLA 521 Integrated Literacy Instruction (3 SH) Tracy Hough
Focuses on literacy learning throughout the curriculum and addresses integrated, interdisciplinary approaches to learning in K-12 classrooms. The course will explore instructional strategies, materials, and issues that impact the development and extension of literacy across the curriculum. Students will use technology to share information and design appropriate instruction. Research in literacy instruction and specifically in oral language, reading, writing, and viewing will be a focus area. Sept. 16, 30, Oct. 14, 28, Nov. 18, Dec. 2 (Saturdays, 9:00-4:00)

EDCC 551 Action Research in Educational Settings (3 SH) Meg Sander
Examines quantitative and qualitative research studies that impact education. Presents action research theory and design so that students may apply action research to their individual programs. Prerequisite: Admission to Candidacy. Sept. 6 – Dec. 13 (Wednesdays, 4:30-7:30pm)

Educational Technology Course Offerings*

*Course tuition is $300 per semester hour for the following Fall 2017 technology courses.

EDCT 531 Everything Google for the Classroom (online 3 SH) Timothy Taylor
Explores Google tools that can be used in the classroom to assist with classroom management and instruction. Participants will collaborate on ways to use these tools to have the greatest positive impact in their classrooms. Participants should be comfortable with surfing the web. Sept. 12-Dec. 8 (*special tuition rate: $300 per semester hour)

EDCT 541 Instructional Technology for Problem-Based Learning (PBL) (online 3 SH) Timothy Taylor
Explores 21st century workplace success beyond basic knowledge and skills. In Problem-Based Learning, students not only understand content more deeply but also learn how to take responsibility and build confidence, solve problems, work collaboratively, communicate ideas, and be creative innovators. Participants will identify, use and evaluate technology resources in the context of designing and delivering instruction using the Problem-Based Learning instructional method. Online Sept. 12-Dec. 8 (*special tuition rate: $300 per semester hour)

EDCT 681 Online Learning Tools for the Classroom (online 3 SH) Timothy Taylor
Explores online tools that can be used in the classroom to assist with classroom management and instruction. Participants will collaborate on ways to use these tools to have the greatest impact in their classrooms. Participants should be comfortable with surfing the web. Online Sept. 12-Dec. 8 (*special tuition rate: $300 per semester hour)

Please note that course work typically extends beyond the last class session.

Pre-register by completing and submitting the registration form for Main Campus, Harrisonburg, VA. You will be put on the class roster. Official registration will take place prior to the first session of each course. Full payment will be due at the first session or through your myEMU CASHNet account.

Order your textbooks from EMU bookstore, delivered to your home or to be picked up at EMU. The tuition rate for the Master of Arts in Education Program and the Graduate in Education Non-degree Program is $440.00 per semester hour unless otherwise noted.* Institutes and special courses contracted with school divisions may vary in tuition rate.

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