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, $440 per semester hour (unless noted otherwise), is due at the first class, or for online courses, upon receipt of your statement.

Fall 2016

EDCI 541 Supporting Positive Classroom Behaviors (3 SH) Kathy Evans
Conducts analyses and critiques of actual cases in education in which behavior management is the major issue. Lectures, discussions, and assignments give students the background and tools needed to conduct case analyses, focusing on important principles of behavior management as well as evidence-based practices found in current literature and personal experience. Aug. 31-Dec. 14 (Wednesdays, 6:00-8:30pm)

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. 1-Dec. 15 (Thursdays, 4:30-7:30pm) (also available through Zoom)

EDSL 551 Methods of Teaching ESL/FL (3 SH) Paul Yoder
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. $30 course fee for practicum. Hybrid format: On-site Sept. 10, 24, Oct. 22, Nov. 12 (Saturdays, 8:30am-4:30pm); Balance of instruction online

EDCC 501 Creating Cultures of Change (3 SH) Ron Schultz
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. 16-17, Sept. 30-Oct. 1, Oct. 14-15, Nov. 4-5, 18-19 (Fri. 4:30-7:30pm, Sat. 8:30am-3:30pm)

EDCC 551 Action Research in Educational Settings (3 SH) Donovan Steiner
Examines quantitative and qualitative research studies that impact education. Presents action research theory and design so that students may apply action research to their individual programs. Prerequisite: Admission to Candidacy. Hybrid format: On-site Sept. 6, 20, Oct. 4, 18, 25, Nov. 8, Dec. 6 (Tuesdays, 4:30-9:00pm); Balance of instruction online and conferencing

Online Educational Technology Course Offerings*

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

EDCT 531 Everything Google for the Classroom (online) (3 SH) Timothy Taylor
Explores Google tools that can be built into lessons to assist with classroom management and instruction. Participants will collaborate on ways to select tools to have the greatest positive impact in their classrooms. Participants should be comfortable with surfing the web. Online Sept. 12-Dec 2

EDCT 541 Instructional Technology for Problem-Based Learning (PBL) (online) (3 SH) 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. Online Sept. 12-Dec. 2

EDCT 681 Online Learning Tools for the Classroom (online)(3 SH) Timothy Taylor
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. Participants should be comfortable with surfing the web. Online Sept. 12-Dec 2

Spring 2017

EDSL 581 Language and Culture (online) (3 SH) Paul Yoder
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. Online Jan. 17-Apr. 25

EDCC 531 Social and Ethical Issues in Education (online) (3 SH)
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. Online Jan. 17-Apr. 25; $50 technology fee

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 use research-based practices and strategies to support teaching and learning, K-12. Hybrid format: On-site Jan. 28, Feb. 25, Mar. 18, Apr. 8 (Saturdays, 8:30am-4:30pm); Balance of instruction online

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. 14, 28, Feb. 11, 25, Mar. 11, 25 (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. Apr. 1, (Saturday, 9:00am-3:30pm), Apr. 12, 19, May 3 (Wednesdays, 4:30-7:30pm)

Online Educational Technology Course Offerings*

*Course tuition is $300 per semester hour for the following Spring 2017 technology courses.

EDCT 531 Everything Google for the Classroom (online) (3 SH) Timothy Taylor
Explores Google tools that can be built into lessons 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 Jan. 17-Apr. 25 (*special tuition rate: $300 per credit hour)

EDCT 611 Creating a Technology-Rich Learning Classroom (online) (3 SH) 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. Online Jan. 17-Apr. 25 (*special tuition rate: $300 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 $440.00 per semester hour unless otherwise noted.* Institutes and special courses contracted with school divisions may vary in tuition rate.

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