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 by payment through your myEMU CASHNet account.

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) Mike 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. Online Jan. 9-Apr. 25; $50 technology fee

EDI 621 Restorative Discipline: Accountability & Restoration in Schools (hybrid) (3 SH) Bob Garrity
Applies restorative justice principles to individual student, classroom, school and community practices that support safe, caring schools. Designed for teachers, counselors, administrators, social workers and others who work with discipline issues in K-12 schools. Participants learn how to facilitate classroom meetings and family group conferences. Hybrid format: on-site (or via Zoom) Jan. 12, 26, Feb. 9, 16, Mar. 2, 16, 23, Apr. 20 (Thursdays 4:30-7:30pm); balance of instruction online Jan. 12-Apr. 20

EDDA 631 Research in Risk & Resiliency (online) (3 SH) John Gordon, III
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. Online Jan. 17 – Apr. 4

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)

EDCI 500 Foundations of Curriculum Development (3 SH) Bonnie Yoder
Explores curriculum development through the design and delivery of instruction for student learning that will prepare candidates for course assignments encountered within the MA in education program. This foundation course explores how to plan for instruction including daily and unit lesson planning, how to create learning objectives, enabling activities and tasks, and how to develop formative and summative assessments. Major contemporary learning theorists are discussed. TBD

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)

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 Jan. 17-Apr. 25 (*special tuition rate: $300 per credit hour)

Summer 2017

EDLA 611 Adolescent/Young Adult Literature (online) (3 SH)
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 13-Aug. 15; $50 technology fee may apply

EDDA 631 Research in Risk & Resiliency (online) (3 SH) John Gordon, III
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 13 –Aug. 15

EDCC 521 Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation (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 19-23, 8am-4:30pm (Northern Tier Cohort); July 10-14, 8am-4:30pm (other students)

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 26-30, 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. June 26-30, 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 17-21, 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 17-21, 8am-4:30pm

EDSL 581 Language and Culture (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. July 24-28, 8:00am-4:30pm

Educational Technology Course Offerings*

*Course tuition is $300 per semester hour for the following Summer 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 June 13-Aug. 15 (*special tuition rate: $300 per credit hour)

The following technology course will be held at the Shenandoah County School Board Office.

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 10-14, 8am-4:30pm (*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 or through your myEMU CASHNet account.

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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