MA in Education Course Descriptions

Our program offers flexibility when it comes to your schedule!

Main Campus in Harrisonburg, Va.

Courses scheduled for upcoming semesters are listed below.

  • Returning students can register through myEMU.
  • New students should complete the registration form for Main Campus, Harrisonburg, VA for the courses below to be added to the class roster.

Full payment for tuition, $450 per semester hour (unless noted otherwise), is due at the first class, or by pre-payment through your myEMU CASHNet account.

Fall 2017

EDLA 531 Literacy in Community & Family Arenas (online 3 SH) Don Steiner 
Addresses literacy development in a larger scope than traditionally covered through school, focusing on personal, cultural and political issues related to adult literacy. Addresses adult literacy in the context of various settings, including family literacy, workplace literacy and community literacy programs. Aug. 28-Dec. 8; $50 technology fee may apply

EDSL 571 Language Acquisition & Grammar (online 3 SH) Tu Phillips 
Explores current topics and issues in the study of language acquisition, language development, and grammar. Offers teachers practical ideas for teaching grammar in the context of today’s classroom. Aug. 28-Dec. 8; $50 technology fee may apply

EDLA 501 Foundations of Literacy (Hybrid format, 3 SH) Jennifer Whorrall
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. Online begins Sept. 12; face-to-face dates are Oct. 7, Nov. 4, Dec. 9 (Saturdays, 8:30-12:30); remainder of instruction online

EDRJ 551 Foundations of Restorative Justice in Education (Hybrid format, 3 SH) Kathy Evans
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. Sept. 22-23 (Fri. 4:30-7:45, Sat. 8:30-3:30) Sept. 28, Oct. 12, Nov. 2, 16, Dec. 7 (Thursdays 4:30-7:45), remainder of instruction online

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. Sept. 9, 23, Oct. 21, Nov. 11 (Saturdays, 8:30am-4:30pm), remainder of instruction online

EDLA 521 Integrated Literacy Instruction (3 SH) Tracy Hough
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 curriculum. Students will use technology to share information and design appropriate instruction. Research in literacy instruction and specifically in oral language, reading, writing, and viewing will be a focus area. Sept. 16, 23, Oct. 14, 28, Nov. 18, Dec. 2 (Saturdays, 9:00-4:00)

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, and will have the opportunity to practice facilitating Circles, garnering feedback from instructor and colleagues. Sept. 14, 21, Oct. 5, Nov. 9, 30, Dec. 14, (Thursdays, 4:30-8:30), Oct. 27-28 (Fri. 4:30-7:30, Sat. 8:30-3:30), remainder of instruction online

EDCC 551 Action Research in Educational Settings (3 SH) Meg Sander
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. Sept. 6 – Dec. 13 (Wednesdays, 4:30-7:30pm)

Educational Technology Course Offerings*

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

EDCT 531 Everything Google for the Classroom (online 3 SH) Timothy Taylor
Explores Google 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. Sept. 12-Dec. 8 (*special tuition rate: $300 per semester 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 Sept. 12-Dec. 8 (*special tuition rate: $300 per semester hour)

EDCT 681 Online Learning Tools for the Classroom (online 3 SH) Timothy Taylor
Explores online 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 impact in their classrooms. Participants should be comfortable with surfing the web. Online Sept. 12-Dec. 8 (*special tuition rate: $300 per semester 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.

Questions? Contact Us!

Please contact Yvonne Martin, MA in education program assistant, at 540-432-4350 or 540-432-4142. Email Yvonne at,

MA in Education Program
Eastern Mennonite University
1200 Park Road
Harrisonburg, VA 22802-2462

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