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March 16, 2004
CONTACT: Kathleen Shields
734.487.4400
kathleen.shields@emich.edu

New graduate program at EMU addresses violence in schools

YPSILANTI - The Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents approved the implementation of a master's degree in schools, society and violence at its regular meeting March 16.

The interdisciplinary program, aimed at in-service teachers who want to learn how to reduce violent practices in schools, will be offered jointly through the teacher education department and the sociology, criminology and anthropology department.

"For more than 150 years, EMU has played a major state and national role in the preparation of teachers, other school personnel, and certain related professionals,"said Jerry Robbins, dean of the college of education. " Now we are partnering with our sociology and criminology department to help education professionals fully understand how to reduce the level of violence in our schools."

According to a 2003 report from the National Center for Education Statistics:

  • Students age 12-18 were victims of about 1.2 million crimes of theft and 764,000 nonfatal crimes of violence or theft at school in 2001.
  • Data on homicides and suicides at school show there were 32 school-associated violent deaths in the United States between July 1, 1999 and June 30, 2000, including 24 homicides, 16 of which involved school-age children.

A growing number of educators believe that typical prevention and institutional control responses to school violence, such as security guards, metal detectors, detentions, suspensions and expulsions, only fragment and alienate the school communities they serve. This program will introduce educators to the broad social, economic and political forces that contribute to violence, and help them make substantial changes in the approaches they use to cope with violence over the long term.

The master of arts in schools, society and violence is scheduled to be offered in fall, 2005, and consists of 30 credit hours of coursework.   Classes offered include Sociology of Education; School and Classroom Discipline Management; Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault and Crisis Intervention.

Individuals seeking admission to the program must comply with graduate school admission requirements; have at least a 2.7 undergraduate grade point average; submit a letter of interest describing their career goals and reasons for pursuing this master's degree; and submit two letters of recommendation.

Interested applicants can contact the Department of Teacher Education, 734.487.3260, for more information.

Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive, metropolitan university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better citizens.

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Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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