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Summer & Fall Courses

Tuition: $425 per credit
Tech Fee: $50/semester
Course times: On-site class times are 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. unless noted otherwise under the course.

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July 2016

EDI 602 Facilitating Circle Processes: Building & Sustaining Healthy Learning Environments (2 credits, HYBRID)
Explores ways in which to build a positive classroom climate for learning and resolving behavior problems within a caring community. Describes how circle processes can assist the classroom teacher to provide an orderly and reflective environment that reinforces positive values for student learning.
Pre-requisite: EDI 501 Circles Processes in School Settings (1 credit) ​
Instructor: Vesna Hart​
Dates: July​ 6- July 8

EDCC 501 Creating Cultures of Change (3 credits, TRAD CLASSRM)
Explores practical implications of constructivist theory in classrooms. Emphasizes concepts such as reflective practice, student-centered learning, and processes for change
Instructor: Cathy Smeltzer Erb
Dates: July 11 – July 15​

EDCC 521 Peacebuilding & Conflict Transformation (3 credits, TRAD CLASSRM) – This course is now wait listed
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.
Instructor: Judy Mullet
Dates: July 11-15

EDLA 521 Integrated Literacy Instruction (3 credits, TRAD CLASSRM)
Focuses on literacy learning throughout the curriculum and addresses integrated, interdisciplinary approaches to learning in K-12 classrooms. The course explores instructional strategies, materials, and issues that impact the development and extension of literacy across the content areas. Technology as a tool for literacy is an integral part of designing appropriate instruction. The role of research in learning, and specifically in reading and writing is a focus area.
Instructor: Donovan Steiner
Dates: July 11 – July 15

EDSL 581 Language & Culture (3 credits, TRAD CLASSRM)
Enables students to gain a deeper understanding of the intricate ways in which culture and language influence each other. Surveys the basics of socioloinguistics 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.
Instructor: Carmen Rowe
Dates: July 18 – July 22​

EDCI 501 Curriculum & Instructional Strategies (3 credits, TRAD CLASSRM)
Examines the philosophical foundations of curriculum development and implementation. Curriculum mapping, interdisciplinary inquiry, activity curricula and culturally responsive development will be discussed.
Instructor: Robin Felty
Dates: July 25 – July 29

EDLA 601 Multicultural Children’s Literature (3 credits, TRAD CLASSRM)
Explores multicultural literature for children in a variety of genre. Elementary classroom activities, including critical thinking and writing, are demonstrated.
Instructor: Tracy Hough
Dates: July 25-29

EDRJ 601 Facilitating Circle Processes: Building & Sustaining Healthy Learning Environments (3 credits, TRAD CLASSRM)
Explores ways in which to build a positive classroom climate for learning and resolving behavior problems within a caring community. Describes how circle processes can assist the classroom teacher to provide an orderly and reflective environment that reinforces positive values for student learning.
Instructor: Kathy Evans
Dates: July 25 – July 29

EDDA 511 Teaching Diverse Learners (3 credits, TRAD CLASSRM)
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.
Instructor: Tu Phillips
Dates: July 18 – July 22

EDDA 501 At-Risk Issues In School & Community (3 credits, ONLINE)
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. Emphasizes current trends and program development models empowering collaboration within communicates.
Instructor: Eric Sents
Dates: July 5 – August 5

Fall 2016

Tuition: $440 per credit
Tech Fee: $50/semester
Course times: On-site class times are 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. unless noted otherwise under the course.

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EDCC551 Action Research in Educational Settings (3 credits)
Provides an overview of action research conducted within educational settings. Emphasis is placed upon gaining an understanding of the difference between qualitative and quantitative research design, as well as becoming competent in setting up an action research project. Prerequisite: Admission to Candidacy or director’s permission.
Dates: 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Saturdays – August 27, September 10 (mandatory writing workshop on this date), October 22, November 19 and December 3
Faculty: Nadine Larkin, EdD

EDLA 501 Foundations of Literacy (3 credits)
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.
Dates: Course will meet 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. on Friday and 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Saturday:
September 9 & 10, September 23 & 24, October 7 & 8,October 21 & 22 and November 11 & 12
Faculty: Mary Roth, EdD

EDCI 511 Teaming & Collaboration (3 credits)
Focuses on collaborative strategies for teaming among educators, parents and community agencies. Examines models of consensus building, team leadership, team planning, collaborative strategies and school-community partnerships within the context of inclusive classrooms and transition programs for at-risk learners.
Dates: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., September 10 & 24, October 8 & 22, November 5 & 19
Faculty: TBA

EDRJ 551 Foundations of Restorative Justice in Education (3 credits)
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. This course may be taken via Zoom at EMU Lancaster site or via your computer at home. Participants will need to download Zoom. (If you are not admitted to the MA in Ed Restorative Justice in Education certificate or degree program and wish to take this course, please email: .
Dates: 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Meets weekly on Tuesday evenings, August 30 – December 16
Faculty: Lorraine Amstutz, MA

EDLA 521 Integrated Literacy Instruction (3 credits)
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 content areas. Technology as a tool for literacy will be an integral part of designing appropriate instruction. The role of research in learning, and specifically in reading and writing will be a focus area.
Dates: Face to Face: September 23 & 24, October 7 & 8 and November 11 & 12 (Friday: 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. and Saturday: 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.) Synchronous electronic: September 28, October 19, November 2 (4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.)
Faculty: Donovan Steiner, PhD

Online Educational Technology
Course Offerings

Note: Course tuition is $300 per credit hour for the following Fall 2016 online technology courses

EDCT 531 Everything Google for the Classroom (3 credits)
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.
Dates: September 6 – December 12

Instructional Technology for Problem-Based Learning (PBL) (3 credits)
Explores 21st century workplace success beyond basic knowledge and skills. Students will understand content more deeply, learning 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.
Dates: September 6 – December 12

Online Learning Tools for the Classroom (3 credits)
Explores online applications that can be used in the classroom to support teachers and engage learners. Participants will collaborate on ways to use these tools to have the greatest impact in their classrooms.
Dates: September 6 – December 12

Key and Notes:

Please note that coursework usually extends beyond the last class session.

For more information contact:

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