Course Offerings

Current Course Offerings

Our program offers flexibility when it comes to your schedule with various methods of course delivery and participation! All times listed are EST/EDT. In-person classes are held in Harrisonburg, VA.

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Full payment for tuition, is due in the month you register, or by pre-payment through your myEMU CASHNet account. A student services fee of $14 per semester hour will be charged. 

Fall semester 2023 (registration now open)

EDCC 501 Creating Cultures of Change (3 SH online) Ron Shultz
Emphasizes concepts such as reflective practice, student centered learning, and processes for transformative change. Applying a constructivist perspective, participants will learn how to become meaningful change agents in classrooms and educational settings. Emphasis will be placed on integrating theory with practice as participants work through models of change utilizing their first-hand experiences within their own classrooms and educational settings. Online Asynchronous and Synchronous, Sept. 4 - Dec. 11; Synchronous sessions (via Zoom) on Sept 11,  Oct 2, Nov 27, Dec 4, 7:15-9:45pm.

EDCI 501 Curriculum and Instructional Strategies (3 SH online) Barbara Wheatley
Examines the philosophical foundations of curriculum development and implementation, and provides an introduction to development, delivery, and evaluation of curriculum. Curriculum is broadly defined and includes purposes, methods, and organization of time, space and resources available in schools as well as consideration of content and strategy. Curriculum theory, curriculum mapping, culturally responsive instruction, equitable instruction, and strategies for teaching and assessment applicable to P-12 classroom settings will be examined and demonstrated throughout the course. Students will complete a curriculum development project that will be applicable to their individual settings in regular and special education settings. Online Asynchronous and Synchronous, Sept. 4 - Dec. 11; Synchronous sessions (via Zoom) on Sept 14, 28, Oct 12, Nov 2, 16, Dec. 7, 7:15-9:45pm.

EDCC 521 Peacebuilding & Conflict Transformation in Education (3 SH in person) Judy Mullet
Introduces the theories and processes of conflict transformation and peacebuilding within educational contexts.  Creating a culture of peace in education goes beyond solving problems.  The goal is to nurture peaceful, just and caring relationships within communities through active processes of tending, friending and mending.  As such, educators, nurses and counselors will examine educational systems and relational literacy approaches, as well as their own personal beliefs, conflict resolution style(s), relationships, communication skills, curriculum and instructional strategies, discipline systems and classroom organization processes.  Participants will learn restorative teaching approaches and conflict resolution strategies and develop culturally sensitive peaceable curricula (modeling integrated, infused, or direct instruction) for specific classroom, clinical or community settings. In person, Sept. 14, 28, Oct. 5, 19, Nov. 2, 16, 30, 4:30-7:30pm

EDRJ 551 Foundations of Restorative Justice in Education (3 SH online) Aundrea Smiley 
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. Online Asynchronous and Synchronous, Sept. 11 - Dec. 11; Synchronous sessions (via Zoom) on Sept 14, 28, Oct 5, 19, Nov 2, 16, 30, 7:15-9:45pm.

EDRJ 601 Facilitating Circle Processes (3 SH in person) 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, create safe learning spaces, promote social and emotional competency, and resolve conflict. Participants, including educators, administrators, school counselors, or other school-based personnel, will learn how to design and facilitate Circles in education related contexts. 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. In person (Harrisonburg campus), Sept 14-Dec 7; In- person sessions meet Sept 14, 21, Oct 12, 19, Nov 2, 16, Dec 7, 4:30-7:30pm EST

EDRJ 621 RJE Principles and Practices for Schools (3 SH online) Bob Garrity
Applies restorative justice principles to individual student, classroom, school, and community-based practices that support safe, just, and caring schools. Restorative justice practices are based on restorative justice values and principles that promote relational approaches to school discipline, communication, pedagogy, and other interactions. Designed for teachers, counselors, administrators, social workers, and others who work within educational contexts. Participants engage with both formal and informal RJE practices, including the facilitation of classroom meetings, restorative circles, and family group conferences. Prerequisite: EDRJ 551 Foundations of Restorative Justice in Education
Online Asynchronous and Synchronous, Sept. 11 - Dec. 11; Synchronous sessions (via Zoom) on Sept 14, 28, Oct 5, 19, Nov 2, 16, 30, 7:15-9:45pm.

Online Educational Technology classes (asynchronous)

*Special tuition pricing on the following fall online course: $325 per semester hour

EDCT 561 Designing Personal and Authentic Learning Experiences (3 SH online) Timothy Taylor
Inspires educators to implement real-world, personal, authentic learning experiences that lead to student success, investigating relevant problems and creating products that have real-life purposes while offering a rich variety of strategies and ideas to spark interest and deepen content knowledge. Students acquire skills in the 5 Cs of communication, creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, and citizenship. Integration of literacy, strategic use of technology and performance assessments are emphasized, aligning with ISTE Standards for Educators and Students. Online Asynchronous, Sept. 11 - Dec. 5, 2023

EDCT 681 Online Learning Tools for the Classroom (3 SH online) Timothy Taylor
Gives participants the opportunity to explore Web 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. Online Asynchronous, Sept. 11 - Dec. 5, 2023


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The tuition rate for the Graduate Teacher Education courses is $499.00 per semester hour unless otherwise noted.* There is also a general student services fee of $14/semester hour. Institutes, cohort agreements, and special courses contracted with school divisions may vary in tuition rate. 

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Graduate Teacher Education Program
Eastern Mennonite University
1200 Park Road
Harrisonburg, VA 22802-2462

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