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Effective Discipline in the Classroom

Effective Discipline in the Classroom

Course Description

This course offers an effective and positive approach to disciplining students called “Discipline with Dignity”.  Through “Discipline with Dignity”, the focus is to teach students responsibility rather than requiring them to be obedient.  The goal of this approach is to try to prevent disciplinary issues and then offer appropriate interventions when necessary.  With a variety of strategies, educators will be able to discipline their students in ways that result in positive behavior changes, which will then put the focus back on learning.

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Course Numbers

  • Adams State: ED 589
  • UMass Global: EDCU 9993
  • CSU Pueblo: ED 501


Course Learning Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • Students will learn the approach to disciplining their own students called “Discipline with Dignity”, which involves a variety of prevention and intervention strategies.
  • Students will understand the importance of teaching responsibility to their own students as a way to achieve positive student behavior in the classroom.
  • Students will be able to apply different strategies of “Discipline with Dignity” to develop student responsibility and to have a positive environment for student learning.
  • Students will develop skills to reflect on & improve their own teaching practices.


Relevancy to Practice:  This course provides educators with the following relevant information to help improve their practice:

  • Utilizing prevention and intervention strategies from the “Discipline with Dignity” approach to prevent disciplinary issues in the classroom.
  • Creating appropriate and effective interventions for disciplinary issues when they arise in and out of the classroom.
  • Teaching students to take responsibility for their behavior rather than demanding obedience to encourage positive behavior in the classroom.
  • Examining the positives, negatives, and examples of rewards, punishments and consequences.
  • Using consequences when necessary to get desired results and empowering students to make the right choice and take responsibility for their actions.
  • Developing logical consequences and effective consequence implementation.
  • Evaluating your current classroom discipline practices and making changes to match best practices.

Course Format 

This is an online course. Please use course materials emailed to you upon your original registration.

Effective Discipline Syllabus

Click here for a preview syllabus for the “graduate level version” of the course. This syllabus applies to students receiving credits from Adams State University or UMass Global or those taking the course for Continuing Education (no credits).

Click here for a preview syllabus for the “Master’s (degree seeking) version” of the course. This syllabus applies to students receiving credits from Colorado State University Pueblo. This version is also graduate level and can be (but does not have to be) used towards an online Master’s degree with CSU Pueblo.

No-Risk Guarantee: 

You can cancel a course registration within 30-days and receive a 100% refund, no questions asked.

Registration Now Open: Register now and receive your course materials within 24 hours.  Course materials are due within 6 months of registering for the course.


Starting at $189.00



Graduate Credits

*Pricing may not include University Fees. Select option to include fees.

University Fee

Course fee may or may not include the university’s registration fee depending on the university partner. University fees are not included in the registration fee for Adam’s State University and University of Massachusetts Global. 

Those additional fees are:
University of Massachusetts Global: $70/credit
Adam’s State University: $55/credit  

Instructions for how to register with your selected University Partner and pay additional fees will be provided after registering with Credits for Teachers.

University fees for Colorado State University Pueblo are included in the course fees. 

Please note that we cannot grant refunds for students who have already turned in work for a course, even if it is within the 30-day window.

Refunds Policy

Students are able to request a full refund of any Credits for Teachers course within 30 days of registration.  In order to do so, please fill out the “Contact Us” form including your full name and the course you registered for and we will complete the refund.

Exchange Policy

Students are able to exchange one course for another within 30 days of registration as long as the course price is the same and the student does not change the university Partner.  In order to exchange a course, please fill out the “Contact Us” form including your full name, course you have registered for and the course you would like to switch to.

Please note that we cannot exchange a course once for students who have already submitted their course for grading, even if it is within the 30-day window.

Transfer Policy

Students that would like to transfer their course from one university partner to another may have the opportunity to do so within the first 30 days of registering for a course.  In order to transfer your course to a different University Partner, please fill out the “Contact Us” form including your full name, the course you are currently registered for and the new University Partner you’d like to switch to.