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Bully Prevention in Schools

The goal of this course is to create a classroom climate in which all students feel safe. In American schools today, one child in four is bullied and one in five admit to bullying others. If fear and anxiety are the norm, students cannot achieve their goals, nor can they reach their full potential. In this course, participants will review the research on the causes and effects of bullying, as well as study the best practices relating to controlling bullying in the classroom. Participants will learn strategies for meeting the underlying needs of bullies in order to prevent bullying.

Carlow University ED 620 • Madonna University EDU 5960.03 •

Mercy University EDUT 510


The required text for this course is The Bully, the Bullied, and the Not-So-Innocent Bystander by Barbara Coloroso

ISBN 978-0062572165

Graduate participants earn 3 semester hours of graduate credit and will receive a transcript from one of our partner institutions below. Professional development participants will receive a certificate of completion for 45 hours of professional developments credit for face-to-face classes and 60 hours of professional development credit for online classes.

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Course Schedule

  • 1/9/24 - 4/9/24
  • 3/12/24 -6/11/24
  • 5/14/24 - 8/13/24
  • 7/9/24 - 10/8/24
  • 9/10/24 - 12/10/24
  • 11/12/24 - 2/11/25

Session 1: Debunking The Myths

Objective: To be aware of common misconceptions regarding bullies.

  • Overview
  • Requirements & Expectations
  • Setting Personal Goals
  • A Definition of Bullying
  • Facts and Myths Regarding Bullying

Session 2: Identifying Different Types of Bullying Behavior

Objective: Recognize and identify incidences of bullying and identify its various types, styles and forms.

  • Strategies for Identifying Bully Behavior at School
  • Direct Forms of Bullying: Open Attacks; Name-Calling; Threats
  • Indirect Bullying: Exclusion, Isolation, Rejection, Gossip
  • Repeated Abuse Versus Isolated Incidences
  • Verbal Versus Physical Bullying
  • Sexual
  • Racial

Session 3: The Consequences of Bullying

Objective: Become aware of both the short and long-term consequences of ignoring bullying.

  • Personal Testaments
  • Statistics
  • The Bullying Cycle
  • Distress in Victim
  • Classroom Effect

Session 4: Characteristics of Bullies and Victims

Objective: Identify the characteristics of bullies and their victims. 

  • Bullies: Who are They?
  • What Makes Bullies Tick
  • The True Needs of Bullies
  • Victims: Why Do They Get Picked On?
  • Warning Signs

Session 5: Classroom Surveys

Objective: Review bullying behaviors in the classroom.

  • Classroom Surveys
  • This Week in School
  • Bullying Survey
  • Reactions To The Results
  • Intervention/Prevention Strategies

Session 6: The Role of Collusion

Objective: Identify collusion and its role in the bullying cycle. 

  • Collusion: What Does It Sound And Look Like In Your Classroom?
  • Silent Collusion: What To Do About It
  • Taking The Power Away From Negative Collusion
  • Positive Collusion And How It Can Help Create A Classroom Environment That Is Safe For Everyone

Session 7: Creating a Safe Classroom Environment

Objective: Learn strategies for creating a classroom environment where everyone feels safe, accepted and contributing members of the classroom. 

  • Dialogues With Students About Bullying Behavior
  • Strategies For Building Acceptance Among Students
  • Building Empathy
  • Confronting Bullies
  • Using I-Messages
  • Tips On Establishing Classroom Rules With Students
  • Getting Students Involved With Service Projects

Session 8: Creating a Safe Classroom Environment

Objective: Learn the core elements of a comprehensive, school-wide approach to bullying.

  • Accessing The Extent Of Bullying In Your School
  • Developing A School-Wide Plan For The Prevention And Intervention
  • Parental Involvement
  • Involving The Community

Session 9: Strategies for Parents of Bullies and Victims

Objective: Identify approaches for parents who are dealing with a child who is being bullied or who is a bully. 

  • Why Is Bullying Harmful?
  • Why Some Children Bully
  • If Your Child Is Being Bullied
  • If Your Child Is A Bully
  • 20 Things To Do Instead Of Hurting Someone
  • Ways To Stay Bully Free
  • "What Should You Do" Quiz For Kids

Session 10: Project Presentations and Final Exams

Objective: Present projects on research and application of best practices.

  • Project Presentations
  • Course Evaluation
  • Final Exam
  • Develop a working definition of bullying.
  • Assess characteristics, traits and behaviors of bullies.
  • Analyze the negative consequences of bullying behavior on the bully, the victim, witnesses and the school environment.
  • Compare and contrast bullying and teasing.
  • Appraise characteristics, traits and behaviors of victims
  • Compare and contrast types of victims
  • Create strategies to counteract the negative effects of collusion
  • Evaluate reasons that children become bullies
  • Evaluate reasons that children become victims
  • Examine the prevalence of bullying behaviors in the classroom and school
  • Develop strategies for creating a caring classroom environment where students feel a sense of community
  • Identify core elements of a comprehensive school wide approach to preventing bullying
  • Identify appropriate strategies for school-wide intervention of bullying behaviors
  • Evaluate current anti-bullying policies
  • Develop techniques to bring children into discussions on what to do about bullying
  • Select strategies to help children reduce a bully's power
  • Identify children's literature with examples of bullying behavior
  • Develop techniques to bring children's literature into discussions on what to do about bullying
  • Identify additional resources available to participants
  • Address approaches that can be shared with parents who are dealing with a child who is being bullied or who is a bully
  • Evaluate conferencing and intervention techniques for working with the parents of bullies, victims and/or bystanders
Partner Universities

Our Partners are well-established regionally and nationally accredited colleges and universities, recognized for academic excellence and their commitment to teachers.

Important Information

Online 3-graduate credit courses are 13 weeks in length.

On-site weekend courses are held Friday evening from 6:00pm-9:00pm and Saturday/Sunday, 8:30am-5:30pm.

Weekday courses are Monday-Friday from 8:00am- 6:00pm.

It is the responsibility of the student to check with their state, county, district, or school to ensure that all requirements are being met by the course you're taking.  

Check the Partner Universities page for specific university information as well as course numbers which are specific to the university partner. 

Students are required to purchase their own textbook, the information for which can be found here. If no book is required it will be specified on the list. We have copies of many of the textbooks should you wish to purchase directly from TEI. 

Professional development (PD) participants receive a certificate of completion from TEI for 45 hours of PD credit for face to face classes and 60 hours of PD credit for online classes. These certificates are mailed within one week of the end of the class and reflect the course title, dates of attendance, and credit hour information. 

Student Academic Integrity
Participants guarantee that all academic class work is original. Any academic dishonesty or plagiarism (to take ideas, writings, etc. from another and offer them as one's own), is a violation of student academic behavior standards as outlined by our partnering colleges and universities and is subject to academic disciplinary action.