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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. 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. 

Spring 2023 (registration now open)

Spring semester runs January 11 - May 4; see individual courses below for synchronous or in-person meeting dates and times.

EDLA 521 Integrated Literacy Instruction (3 SH in-person) Barbara Wheatley
Focuses on literacy learning across all content areas through 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. Participants will use technology to share information and design appropriate instruction. A focus of the course will be understanding literacy instruction research, specifically in oral language, reading, and writing. In person Thursdays, 4:30-7:30pm ET, Jan. 19, Feb. 2, 16, Mar. 2, 23, Apr. 6, 27

EDRJ 551 Foundations of RJE (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, Synchronous sessions: Thursdays, 7:30-9:30pm ET, Jan. 19, Feb. 2, 16, Mar. 2, 16, 30, Apr. 13, 27

EDRJ 601 Facilitating Circle Processes (3 SH online) Martha Brown
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. Online Asynchronous and Synchronous, Synchronous sessions: Thursdays, 7:30-9:30pm ET, Jan. 19, Feb. 2, 16, Mar. 2, 16, 30, Apr. 13, 27

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. Online Asynchronous and Synchronous, Synchronous sessions: Tuesdays, 7:30-9:30pm ET, Jan. 17, 31, Feb. 14, 28, Mar. 14, 28, Apr. 11, 25 
Prerequisite: EDRJ 551 Foundations of Restorative Justice in Education

EDCC 531 Social and Ethical Issues in Education (3 SH) Paul Yoder
Examines historical, sociological, philosophical, ethical, legal, and multicultural topics through discussion of case studies and current issues in education. The course is designed to further equip you as a decision maker and leader in educational settings. Special attention is given to discussion of how public policy in education is shaped by the community’s social and ethical concerns. Student presentations, round-tables, case studies, and large group discussion are used. Online Asynchronous and Synchronous, Synchronous sessions: Wednesdays, 7:30-9:00pm ET, Jan. 11, Mar. 8, May 3.

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Online Educational Technology classes (asynchronous)

*Special tuition pricing on the following spring online courses: $325 per semester hour

EDCT 531 Everything Google for the Classroom (3 SH online) Timothy Taylor
Examines Google tools that can be used in physical and virtual classrooms to assist with learning
management and instruction. Teachers and administrators will increase their knowledge and apply
Google tools for professional or student development and enhancement. Participants will collaborate on ways to integrate these tools via such platforms as Google Classroom, Schoology, and Canvas to have the greatest positive impact in their schools and classrooms. Online Asynchronous January 17-April 7; *Special tuition $325/SH

EDCT 541 Instructional Technology for Problem (Project) Based Learning (PBL)(3 SH online) Timothy Taylor
In the 21st century workplace, success requires more than just 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 Asynchronous Jan. 17-April 7; *Special tuition $325/SH


The tuition rate for the Graduate Teacher Education courses is $489.00 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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Questions? Contact Us!

Please contact Yvonne Martin, graduate education program assistant, at 540-432-4142. Email Yvonne at,

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

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