Online Courses in MA in Education

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Spring 2015

EDSL 581 Language and Culture (3 SH) ONLINE Michael Medley
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. Jan. 8 – Apr. 16 online

EDSL 571 Language Acquisition & Grammar (3 SH) ONLINE 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. Jan. 14 – Apr. 14 online; $40 technology fee

EDCC 531 Social and Ethical Issues in Education (3 SH) ONLINE 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. Jan. 14 – Apr. 14 online; $40 technology fee

EDDS 611 Curriculum & Instructional Support for Special Education Students (3 SH) Nadine Larkin (Blended course: on site [or WebEx] and online)
Addresses research and best practice in curriculum development, instructional planning and behavior management to support students with high incidence disabilities: cognitive (MR), learning (LD), and emotional needs (ED). Emphasizes culturally sensitive integration of students into family life, schools and community programs and services. TBA

EDCT 531 Everything Google for the Classroom (3 SH) ONLINE* Timothy Taylor
Explores standard and new Google tools that can be used in the classroom to assist with classroom management and instruction. Teachers will increase their knowledge using discussion threads, reflection papers, lesson plans involving the implementation of Google tools, and a course project where candidates use a Google tool for professional or student development or enhancement. 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. Jan. 14-Apr. 14 online (*special tuition rate: $250 per credit hour)

EDCT 611 Creating a Technology-Rich Learning Classroom (3 SH) ONLINE* 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. Jan. 14-Apr. 14 online (*special tuition rate: $250 per credit hour)

Summer 2015

EDLA 611 Adolescent/Young Adult Literature (3 SH) ONLINE
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 9-August 11 online; $40 technology fee may apply

EDDA 631 Research in Risk & Resiliency (3 SH) ONLINE Sarah Armstrong
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 9-August 11 online

EDDA 501 At-Risk Issues in School and Community (3 SH) ONLINE Eric Sents
Serves as a forum for engaging dialogue among educators, counselors, law enforcement personnel, social service agents, and other community service workers regarding at-risk issues. This course emphasizes current trends and program development models empowering collaboration within communities. July 6-August 7 online; $40 technology fee may apply

EDAI 541 Shaping a Community of Learners (3 SH) ONLINE Don Steiner
Personal values and beliefs form the integrity of the teachers’s soul and ultimately the learning environment. Teachers will be asked to reflect on their spiritual journey, to craft a personal mission statement for teaching, and to integrate faith seamlessly into their classroom instruction. Faith development for children and youth will inform teaching practice that is content and grade specific. Pedagogical methods will be introduced and/or reviewed for their congruence with Anabaptist Mennonite faith and practice. Offered through Mennonite Education Agency; register here for this course. May 27-July 29 online

EDDS 601 Advocacy Issues Within Special Education (3 SH) BLENDED Nadine Larkin
(Blended course: on site [or WebEx] and online. Participants may opt to take this course entirely online.)
Recognizes the impact and importance of decision-making and the dynamics of advocacy. Includes but is not limited to current topics such as impact of health and medical issues, self-determination by and for students, selection and implementation of instructional and assistive technologies, and creating safe psychological and physical environments. May 13-July 29 (on-site or WebEx sessions: May 13, July 29)


1 Meets requirement towards Pennsylvania ESL certification

2 Meets requirement towards the Graduate Certificate Peacebuilding & Conflict Transformation in Educational Settings

3 Meets requirement towards Pennsylvania Reading Specialist certification

How do I register for online courses?

Pre-register by completing a Registration form. You will be put on the class roster(s). Full payment is due upon receipt of your statement.

The tuition rate for the Master of Arts in Education Program and the Graduate in Education Non-degree Program is $425.00 per semester hour unless otherwise noted.* A $40 technology fee may also be charged to your account each term classes are taken. Institutes and special courses contracted with school divisions may vary in tuition rate.

In Harrisonburg, Va.
MA in Education Program
Eastern Mennonite University
1200 Park Road
Harrisonburg, VA 22802-2462
(540) 432-4142 or (540) 432-4350

In Lancaster, Pa.
MA in Education Program
EMU Lancaster
1846 Charter Lane
P.O. Box 10936
Lancaster PA 17605-0936
(717) 397-5190 or (866) EMU-LANC