Course Offerings

Our program offers flexibility when it comes to your schedule!

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.

Spring 2015

EDSL 581 Language and Culture (3 SH) ONLINE Michael Medley
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. Jan. 8 – Apr. 16 online

EDSL 571 Language Acquisition & Grammar (3 SH) ONLINE Tu Phillips
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. 14 – Apr. 14 online; $40 technology fee may apply

EDCC 531 Social and Ethical Issues in Education (3 SH) ONLINE Michael Young
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. 14 – Apr. 14 online; $40 technology fee may apply

EDDS 611 Curriculum & Instructional Support for Special Education Students (3 SH) Nadine Larkin
(Blended course: on site [or WebEx] and online)
Addresses research and best practice in curriculum development, instructional planning and behavior management to support students with high incidence disabilities: cognitive (MR), learning (LD), and emotional needs (ED). Emphasizes culturally sensitive integration of students into family life, schools and community programs and services. On site (or WebEx) dates: Jan. 16, Feb. 27, March 6, April 10 (6-9pm)

EDLA 511 Literacy Assessment (3 SH) Tracy Hough
Focuses on assessment as the basis for instruction. Teachers will learn to administer multiple assessments to diagnose and document a student’s literacy development. Teachers will also examine the design and purpose of national, state and district assessments. (Prerequisite: EDLA 501 Foundations of Literacy or instructor’s permission.) Jan. 17, 31, Feb. 21, Mar. 7, 21, May 30 (Saturdays, 8:30am-4:30pm)

EDLA 581 Word Study (1 SH) Tracy Hough
Explores the development of orthographic knowledge of spelling. Provides hands-on experience in designing, implementing and assessing developmentally appropriate tasks for students’ needs in spelling phonics and vocabulary. Feb. 7 (Saturday, 9:00am-3:30pm), Feb. 18, Mar. 11, 25 (Wednesdays, 4:30-7:30pm)

EDCC 551 Action Research in Educational Settings (3 SH) Sarah Armstrong
Examines quantitative and qualitative research studies that have impacted education. Presents action research theory and design so that students may apply action research to their individual programs. Prerequisite: Admission to Candidacy. Feb. 4, 18, Mar. 4, 25, Apr. 22 (Wednesdays, 4:00-8:00pm); Mar. 14 (Saturday, 8:30-4:30); Apr. 11 (Saturday, 8:30-1:00); 12 hrs online

Online Educational Technology Course Offerings*

*Course tuition is $250 per semester hour for the following Spring 2015 technology courses.

EDCT 531 Everything Google for the Classroom (3 SH) ONLINE Timothy Taylor
Explores standard and new Google tools that can be used in the classroom to assist with classroom management and instruction. Teachers will increase their knowledge using discussion threads, reflection papers, lesson plans involving the implementation of Google tools, and a course project where candidates use a Google tool for professional or student development or enhancement. 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. 14-Apr. 14 online

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. 14-Apr. 14 online

Summer 2015

EDLA 611 Adolescent/Young Adult Literature (3 SH) ONLINE
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 9-August 11 online; $40 technology fee may apply

EDDA 631 Research in Risk & Resiliency (3 SH) ONLINE Sarah Armstrong
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 9-August 11 online

EDDA 501 At-Risk Issues in School and Community (3 SH) ONLINE Eric Sents
Serves as a forum for engaging dialogue among educators, counselors, law enforcement personnel, social service agents, and other community service workers regarding at-risk issues. This course emphasizes current trends and program development models empowering collaboration within communities. June 9-August 11 online

EDAI 541 Shaping a Community of Learners (3 SH) ONLINE Don Steiner
Personal values and beliefs form the integrity of the teachers’s soul and ultimately the learning environment. Teachers will be asked to reflect on their spiritual journey, to craft a personal mission statement for teaching, and to integrate faith seamlessly into their classroom instruction. Faith development for children and youth will inform teaching practice that is content and grade specific. Pedagogical methods will be introduced and/or reviewed for their congruence with Anabaptist Mennonite faith and practice. Offered through Mennonite Education Agency; register here for this course. May 27-July 29 online

EDDS 601 Advocacy Issues Within Special Education (3 SH) BLENDED Nadine Larkin
(Blended course: on site [or WebEx] and online. Participants may opt to take this course entirely online.)
Recognizes the impact and importance of decision-making and the dynamics of advocacy. Includes but is not limited to current topics such as impact of health and medical issues, self-determination by and for students, selection and implementation of instructional and assistive technologies, and creating safe psychological and physical environments. May 13-July 29 (on-site or WebEx sessions: May 13, July 29)

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 15-19, 8am-4:30pm

EDCC 521 Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution (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 22-26, 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. July 6-10, 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 13-17, 8am-4:30pm

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 20-24, 8am-4:30pm

Educational Technology Course Offerings*

Held at the Shenandoah County School Board Office
*Course tuition is $250 per semester hour for the following summer 2015 technology course.

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 13-17, 8am-4:30pm (*special tuition rate: $250 per credit 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.

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.

Questions? Contact Us!

Please contact Yvonne Martin, MA in education program assistant, at 540-432-4350 or 540-432-4142. Email Yvonne at ,

MA in Education Program
Eastern Mennonite University
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Harrisonburg, VA 22802-2462