This course is designed to equip educators with classroom skills, techniques, and structure that enables them to spend less time dealing with behavioral problems and more time on positive interactions with students. It also furnishes administrators, teachers, parents, and management teams with information and a basis for setting school-wide policy. This approach helps children develop their self-esteem while giving them the tools and encouragement necessary for making responsible decisions in their lives. The underlying belief of this discipline approach is that all students' dignity must be enhanced and preserved, regardless of their behavior. This is therefore a three-tiered approach to behavior management: prevention, action, and resolution. Course participants become knowledgeable and skilled in the use of strategies connected to these three tiers.
Carlow University ED 688 • Madonna University EDU 5830.08 • Notre Dame College ED 576 D • The College of Saint Rose EDU 674
The required text for this course is What Do I Do When…..? How to Achieve Discipline with Dignity in the Classroom by Allen Mendler. 978-1-934009-07-9
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.
Session 1: Discipline With Dignity Framework
Objective: Participants will become more aware of in-school factors and identify or create school-based methods that will address each one.
Session 2: Three-Dimensional Discipline: Prevention Dimension
Objective: Participants will learn several methods of discipline prevention other than rules and consequences.
Session 3: Developing Classroom and Schoolwide Social Contracts
Objective: Participants understand the social contract process.
Session 4: Three-Dimensional Discipline: The Action Dimension
Objective: Participants learn how to defuse problem situations in a manner that protects the offending student's dignity, the educator's authority and the class' integrity.
Session 5: Three-Dimensional Discipline: Resolution - Dimension Methods
Objective: Participants learn strategies for working with difficult students.
Session 6: Basic Needs and Behavior
Objective: Participants will identify the five basic psychological needs and see how they are related to the child's behavior.
Session 7: Basic-Needs Strategies Part One: Resolution - Dimension Methods
Objective: Participants will understand school and classroom practices that make students feel welcome and important in class.
Session 8: Basic-Needs Strategies Part Two: Competence/Mastery
Objective: Participants will understand how acting-out behavior is a cover for feelings of intellectual and academic inadequacy.
Session 9: Basic-Needs Strategies Part Three: Power/Autonomy; Virtue/Generosity; Fun/Enjoyment
Objective: Participants will understand three basic needs and identify school/classroom activities that address each one.
Session 10: Schoolwide Discipline
Objective: Participants will understand issues as networking with community resources, involving parents meaningfully in the discipline program, and guidelines for developing a school-based Discipline with Dignity plan.
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.