NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

Bringing Education to You

K-12 Professionals

Keeping Students Safe!

EDUC 600




Instructor: Beverly Fisher

Grading: Letter or S/U

Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $50 + Course Fee: $40

Class Offered Through EdTrainingCenter

Course Description:

This is a multi-course educational “program”.  It includes 4 courses and associated Exams as well as homework assignment(s).  Students must always BE and FEEL safe in the classroom and the school environment.  The school environment today extends not only to the school grounds, events, and bus rides...it follows students home through the internet and mobile devices.  Educators need to know what steps they can or MUST take to protect students from harm both at school and at home. With everything teachers already have to learn in order to carry out their jobs, many do not receive specific training in how to spot the warning signs of a student in danger and what steps to take in this case.  Dangers can include abuse, neglect, school violence, bullying, and cyberbullying.

This program provides a very thorough and solid foundation of best practices for identifying warning signs, practicing appropriate and legal interventions, and how to lay groundwork for overall prevention of these negative actions and situations.

Courses Include:

  • Preventing Child Abuse & Neglect - 4 hours
  • Preventing School Violence - 4 hours
  • Bullying Prevention - 5 hours
  • Cyberbullying Prevention - 3 hours
  • Exams & Research - 4 hours


Following completion of this entire online program the learner will be able to:

COURSE ONE – Child Abuse Identification & Reporting
Following completion of this course the learner will be able to:

  •  the many types of abuse and neglect;
  •  warning signs of abuse, neglect and maltreatment;
  •  the many risk factors that lead to a mistreated child; and
  •  the many types of disclosure.


  •  the characteristics of abusive caretakers;
  •  the procedures for reporting abuse;
  •  the legal factors associated with reporting;
  •  the protective factors that reduce the risk of child abuse; and
  •  best practices for preventing child abuse.

COURSE TWO – School Violence Intervention & Prevention
Following completion of this course the learner will be able to:

  • List the steps of a school violence prevention program
  •  Identify characteristics of an at-risk student
  •  Describe early warning signs of violence
  •  Describe imminent warning signs of violence
  •  Identify signs of depression
  •  Identify signs of substance abuse
  •  Identify signs of gang involvement, and
  •  Describe approaches for supporting an at-risk student.

COURSE THREE – Bullying Prevention
Following completion of this course the learner will be able to:

  • Define bullying behavior;
  •  List short and long-term consequences of bullying for both bullies and victims including:
    1. medical/health consequences (Ex – depression, anxiety disorders), and
    2. “life” consequences (Ex – incarceration, drug and alcohol abuse);
  •  Identify bullying behavior and list forms of bullying including:
    1. Verbal bullying
    2. Emotional bullying
    3. Physical bullying
    4. Sexual bullying
    5. Cyberbullying, and
    6. “Harassment” as it is legally defined;
  •  List characteristics of bullies
  • List the characteristics of victims, particularly the most commonly victimized;
  •  List warning signs of bullying and the importance of being aware of warning signs due to the often secretive nature of bullying activities;
  •  Apply strategies to handle and prevent bullying including the creation of bullying policies.
  • Describe methods for documenting and reporting bullying behaviors including best practices for discussing bullying with the parents of bullies.

COURSE FOUR – Cyberbullying Prevention
Following completion of this course the learner will be able to:

  • Define “cyberbullying”;
  • Describe the various electronic tools used in   cyberbullying;
  •  Explain how cyberbullying differs from  traditional bullying;
  •  Cite actual case studies of youth who have committed suicide after being cyberbullied;
  •  Recognize the signs of a child who may be a victim of cyberbullying;
  •  Identify behaviors that indicate a student may be a cyber bully;
  •  Instruct students how to handle themselves if they  are cyberbullied or witness cyberbullying;
  •  Apply effective strategies to prevent or halt cyberbullying;
  •  Discuss how school administration can effect policy changes to address cyberbullying;
  •  List situations when it is appropriate to involve police;
  •  Cite new Federal and State laws that enforce rules to protect youth from cyberbullying.

About The Instructor

Beverly Fisher
Beverly Fisher earned an M.S. in Educational Administration and Supervision from the University of North Florida. Beverly has over 35 years of experience in education, program development and management. She has a strong background in motivational speaking, training, writing, teambuilding, diversity training, abuse and violence prevention, and leadership. Beverly has also published her professional work in numerous publications including Working Woman Magazine and The RAVE System.

Special Instructions:

This course will no longer be available after Fall, 2014.

**Registration Instructions:

Pre-registration with EdTrainingCenter is required, please register at http://www.edtrainingcenter.com before registering for NDSU Credit.

A minimum $20 processing fee will be assessed per person for cancellations received after the start of the course. Refunds are not issued after the start of the course or after access to the course has been provided.

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