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, $425 per semester hour, is due at the first class, or for online courses, upon receipt of your statement.

Fall 2015

EDDS 511 Foundations & Procedural Issues in Special Education (3 SH) Nadine Larkin
(Blended course: on site [or Zoom] and online)
Focuses on recent changes within special education policy and law that directly impact the classroom teacher. Presents ways to use Internet services to keep current with procedural issues. TBA; $40 technology fee may apply

EDSL 551 Methods of Teaching ESL/FL (3 SH) Mike Medley
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. Additional $30 course fee for practicum may apply. Sept. 1-Dec. 15 (Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:50-5:05pm)

EDSP 699 Foundations of Curriculum Development (1-3 SH) Bonnie Yoder
Explores curriculum development through the design and delivery of instruction for student learning that will prepare candidates for teaching in the classroom. This foundation course explores how to plan for instruction including daily and unit lesson planning, how to create learning objectives, enabling activities and tasks, and how to develop formative and summative assessments, using contemporary learning theories. Considers Documentation of Student Learning activities used in MA coursework. Sept. 10-Dec. 17 (Thursdays, 1:30-3:30pm)

EDCC 501 Creating Cultures of Change (3 SH) Kathy Evans
Emphasizes concepts such as reflective practice, student centered learning, and processes for change. Applying a constructivist perspective, participants will learn how to become meaningful change agents in classrooms and school. Emphasis will be placed on integrating theory with the world of practice as participants work through models of change utilizing their first-hand experiences within their own classrooms and educational settings. Sept. 18-19, Oct. 2-3, 9-10, 23-24, Nov. 20-21 (Fri. 4:30-7:30pm, Sat. 8:30am-3:30pm)

EDCI 561 Neuro-education: Application of Research on the Brain and Learning in the K-12 Classroom (3 SH) Sarah Armstrong
Focuses on how advances in neuroscience and the cognitive sciences reveal implications for classroom instruction and student achievement. Looking through the lenses of research about the brain and learning, participants will learn how to transform practice and become more knowledgeable as advocates in the field who can teach students and coach colleagues. This course will equip participants with research-based practices and strategies to train and guide learners, K-12. September 12, October 17, November 14, (9:00am-4:00pm); December 5 (9:00am-2:00pm); 20 hours online

EDLA 521 Integrated Literacy Instruction (3 SH) Donovan Steiner
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. 12, Oct. 17, Nov. 7 (Saturdays, 8:30am-4:30pm); 20 hours online

EDLA 501 Foundations of Literacy (3 SH) Tracy Hough
Examines the psychological, social and linguistic components of the developmental processes of reading and writing including phonemic awareness, alphabetic code, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Emphasizes the importance of appropriate instruction and materials according to the child’s developmental stage. Sept. 8-Dec. 15 (Tuesdays, 5:00-8:00pm)

EDCI 511 Teaming and Collaboration in Secondary Schools (3 SH) Greg Domecq (Held at the Dixon Educational Center in Staunton)
Focuses on collaborative strategies for learning among educators, parents, and community agencies to facilitate appropriate instruction for students. Models of consensus building, team leadership, team planning, conflict resolution, and school-community partnerships will be examined. Participants will explore the role of collaboration in inclusive classrooms and transition programs for diverse learners. Sept. 1-Dec. 8 (Tuesdays, 5:30-8:30pm), Oct. 3, Nov. 7 (Saturdays, 8:30am-2:30pm)

PAX 571 – Restorative Justice: the Promise, the Challenge (3 SH)
(required for the Restorative Justice in Education certificate and degree)
Provides a critical examination of the fundamental roots, principles and practices of restorative justice. Participants will examine how restorative justice presents an alternative approach that addresses the needs and roles of key “stakeholders” (victims, offenders, communities, and justice systems) and draws from traditional or indigenous approaches to justice. The intersections of restorative justice and trauma healing, nonviolence, community building, and transitional justice processes will be explored. Sept. 7-Dec. 14 (Mondays, 6:30-9:30pm; may be accessed by Zoom)

Online Educational Technology Course Offerings*

*Course tuition is $300 per semester hour for the following Fall 2015 online technology courses.

EDCT 531 Everything Google for the Classroom (3 SH, online) 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. 8-Dec. 15

EDCT 681 Online Learning Tools for the Classroom (3 SH, online) Timothy Taylor
Explores Web 2.0 and 3.0 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. 8-Dec. 15

Spring 2016

EDSL 571 Language Acquisition & Grammar (3 SH, online)
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. Jan. 12-Apr. 19; $40 technology fee

EDCC 531 Social and Ethical Issues in Education (3 SH, online) Beth Lehman
Examines educational and ethical values through discussion of case studies and current issues in education. Analyzes how public policy in education is shaped via the community’s social and ethical concerns. Jan. 12-Apr. 19

EDLA 651 Developing an Effective Reading Program (3 SH) Michelle Crotteau
Provides practical knowledge about developing and implementing K-12 reading programs. Develops the strategies and understandings needed to provide a diverse student body with effective reading instruction. Emphasizes professional development, leadership and advocacy for reading specialists. TBA

Online Educational Technology Course Offerings*

*Course tuition is $300 per semester hour for the following Spring 2016 online technology courses.

EDCT 541 Instructional Technology for Problem-Based Learning (PBL) (3 SH, online) 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. Jan. 12-Apr. 19

EDCT 531 Everything Google for the Classroom (3 SH, online) 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. Jan. 12-Apr. 19

EDCT 611 Creating a Technology-Rich Learning Classroom (3 SH, online) Timothy Taylor
Identifies, uses and evaluates technology resources in the context of designing and delivering instruction that is consistent with current best practices for integrating technology. The National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers will be referenced throughout the course. Jan. 12-Apr. 19

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.

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 $425.00 per semester hour unless otherwise noted.* Institutes and special courses contracted with school divisions may vary in tuition rate.

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