EPSY 530: Keeping Our Students Safe: Bullying Prevention and Intervention

EPSY 530 Keeping Our Students Safe:  Bullying Prevention and Intervention 

Winter Semester: January 21, 2019 - March 31, 2019

Tracie Peterson, Instructor

COURSE DESCRIPTION:                                              4.5 CEUs

This course examines bullying behaviors from Pre-K through middle and high school levels.  It considers the social/ecological relationships of bullying, educator/parental resources and “Best Practices” for addressing and preventing bullying in both school and cyberspace settings.  This course is offered ONLINE or occasionally may be offered in a hybrid-weekend schedule in a physical location (please check course schedule).  Participants will learn about their own school policies, look at case studies, and apply what they learn to their own school environment.

When taken as an online course, the instructor, Tracie Peterson,  has a personal, friendly relationship with students and will assist them with use of Google Classroom.


Espelage, D. L., Napolitano, S. A., & Swearer, S. M. (2009). Bullying Prevention and Intervention: Realistic Strategies for Schools (The Guilford Practical Intervention in Schools Series) (1 ed.). New York: The Guilford Press.

  • * Define bullying at the elementary, middle and high school levels of education.
  • * Survey the social/ecological problems associated with bullying and their consequences—family, school, peers and society-at-large.
  • * Understand bullying as a social relationship problem.
  • * Consider legal implications for school personnel—administrators, teachers, and educational technicians.
  • * Explain and/or implement data-driven resources for combating bullying.
  • * Implement practical strategies to reduce bullying.
  • * Address the impact of technology on bullying.
  • * Evaluate the effectiveness of bullying prevention and response in your school.
  • * Interpret and implement the State of Maine’s “Best Practices” for bullying prevention and response.
  • * Use case studies as a methodology for understanding and addressing bullying.


Instructional methods are highly participatory and may include large/small group discussions, direct instruction, multi-media presentations, problem-based learning, writing activities, modeling, practice with peers and reflection.