EDUC 656 Bullying and Cyberbullying in Schools

Online Course 2 semester hours graduate credit
Instructor: Shannon Mersand

Summer: June 19 - July 28, 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

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

  • Elementary classroom teachers
  • Middle school classroom teachers
  • High school classroom teachers
  • Guidance counselors
  • Special education teachers
  • School Library Media Specialist
  • School Psychologists/Social Workers
  • School administrators

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

You may enroll in this course to meet your goals for professional development, license renewal, or to complete graduate credits and transfer to another university.


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


Purchase the book used or new from online bookstores such as

Colorosa, Barbara (2009). The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander: From Preschool to High School--How Parents and Teachers Can Help Break the Cycle of Violence (Updated Edition). Harper Collins. ISBN 978-0061744600. (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. 2nd ed. Corwin Press.  ISBN 978-1483349930 (paperback)

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

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Apply key concepts and research of the characteristics and behaviors of bullies and their victims when planning classroom instruction.
  2. Research, analyze and discuss the pros and cons of school climate checklists, surveys, and inventories when assessing safe school environments.
  3. Analyze internal and external factors that affect student safety in a school or district and recommend resources for developing secure learning environments.
  4. Evaluate statistical reports and data analyzing the relationship between bullies, gangs, guns, and violence in schools.
  5. Critique and select appropriate values, moral and character education curriculum.
  6. Evaluate and adapt curricula and programs that help educators promote school-family-community partnerships.
  7. Utilize a wide range of online resources, strategies and educational interventions including learning activities, readings, and programs to promote safe and orderly schools.
  8. Design student learning activities that integrate school safety issues with existing curriculum.
  9. Implement best practices for creating and maintaining safe learning environments.
  10. Design and share a school safety action plan with peer teachers, parents, and local community members.

Alignment with Teaching Standards

Course objectives are aligned with the following:
Wisconsin Standards for Teacher Development and Licensure (WI DPI): 4, 5, 7, 10.
Wisconsin Standards for Administrator Development and Licensure (WI DPI) 3

Because this class is online and open to you 24/7, you may participate from your home or work computer during hours that are flexible and convenient for your work and family schedule and responsibilities.

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.

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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. I will continue to be sensitive to the needs of my students and do my best to make sure that every child is heard. The instructor did a great job of organizing the class. I feel empowered with all that I have learned."
~ Department of Defense Schools Teacher/Counselor Italy

"I teach at a technical college, and I was taking this class to acquire the needed credits for my masters degree. I did not think that it would have a great deal to do with my specific age group of students, twenties or older. But 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

"I was pleasantly surprised by the organization of this course. I had not taken an online class before, and I imagined a list of requirements would be submitted and students would complete them at their own pace, and I imagined a huge backlog of work at the end of the course. It wasn't like that at all. I liked the module organization with the weekly due dates. The organization kept me on track."
~Elementary Teacher,Greenwood, Wisconsin

"I had not been exposed to online classes before this class, and I'm not tech savvy. This class format was convenient and easy to navigate. With myself working at school and my wife working evenings and 3 children under the age of 4, I can't imagine a more workable structure for gaining my masters degree."
~ Teacher, River Valley High School

"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

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School of Education
Email: Online Professional Development
University of Wisconsin - Stout
Menomonie, WI 54751
Phone: 715-232-2693


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