EDUC 656 Bullying and Cyberbullying in Schools

Online Course 2 semester hours graduate credit
Instructor: Shannon Mersand

Summer: June 19 - July 28, 2017
Fall: October 2 - November 10, 2017

Tuition, Due Dates and Registration

You Will Learn

  • Practical instructional strategies to prevent bullying and cyberbullying in both face-to-face settings, and when students use text messages, personal websites, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and other social media to harass peers.
  • How to specifically support marginalized groups prone to bullying, including LGBT, learning disabled and students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds
  • Necessary elements of a comprehensive school bullying policy
  • The internal and external factors that affect student safety in a school or district and recommend resources for developing secure learning environments.
  • How to adapt existing programs and curriculum to meet the individual needs of your school.
  • How to implement best practices for creating and maintaining safe learning environments.

This course is a must for new and veteran educators who wish to refresh their knowledge with the latest programs and get new ideas to build positive, safe and respectful school cultures.

Who Should Enroll

Our students include:

  • PK-12 classroom teachers
  • Guidance counselors
  • Special education teachers
  • School Library Media Specialist
  • School Psychologists/Social Workers
  • School administrators

You may enroll in this course for

  • continuing education
  • license renewal/recertification
  • graduate credits
  • transfer credit to another university

This course is an approved elective in the Master of Science in Education online degree program.


Issues, educational interventions and instructional strategies for creating a safe learning environment to break the cycle of bullying and cyberbullying.


Our Students Say

"This class has impacted my perspective on the importance of creating circles of caring and bully free classrooms... Every student has the right to feel safe at school."
~ Department of Defense Schools Teacher/Counselor Italy

"From this class I have realized that no matter what age a student is they need an environment where they feel safe and free of bullying."
~ CTVC Instructor, Eau Claire, Wisconsin

"It was sad to see this class come to an end. Unlike other classes I have taken, I felt this course had so much to offer that is really relevant to what I do every day. I can't say it loud enough, I will never look at a bully or a bullied kid the same way again. This year I will volunteer to teach an in-service on The Bully, the Bullied and the Bystander. I feel strongly enough about what we learned in this course to take the time to do this."
~ Middle School Family and Consumer Education Teacher, Kenosha, Wisconsin

"Because this was my first online experience, I was a bit frightened in the beginning as to how I would do and whether I could keep up. I loved the interaction with instructor and classmates. I'd take another online class in a heartbeat."
~ High School 'At Risk' Teacher,Cambridge, Wisconsin


Purchase the book used or new from online bookstores such as

Colorosa, Barbara (2016). Bully, the Bullied, and the Not-So-Innocent Bystander. From Preschool to High School and Beyond: Breaking the Cycle of Violence and Creating More Deeply Caring Communities. (Updated Edition). William Morrow Paperbacks, HarperCollins Publishers. ISBN-13: 978-0062572165 (paperback).

The second text (an e-textbook) will be provided as part of the course tuition after you login to the course.

Hinduja, Sameer, Patchin, Justin W. (2015).  Bullying-Beyond the Schoolyard: Preventing and Responding to Cyberbullying. Updated edition. William Morrow Paperbacks, HarperCollins Publishers ISBN:978-0062572165 (paperback)

Additional readings and lectures will be available online within the text of each module.

If you need a copy of the syllabus for your district to approve enrollment in the class, email: Online Professional Development
Phone: 715-232-2693 

No travel to campus is required.

  • Participate from your home or work computer during hours that are best for your work and family schedule.
  • The class is highly interactive with a significant discussion component.
  • All discussion postings, projects, and assignments will be submitted via the course discussion board and Dropbox.
  • Activities are conducted according to a schedule with specific due dates each week; there are no required "live" chat sessions.
  • This is not a self-paced class.

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University of Wisconsin - Stout
Menomonie, WI 54751
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