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Professional Development for Educators

The School of Professional and Continuing Studies offers graduate education classes for teachers at a significant discount. Graduate classes are a convenient way to earn professional development credits needed for licensure renewal. We offer courses to help professional educators achieve the following:

  • Address initial licensure requirements
  • Satisfy licensure renewal regulations
  • Satisfy provisional license requirements for General Education and Special Education
  • Take coursework toward an add-on endorsement in Gifted Education
  • Take coursework related to ESL and Special Educaton
  • Take coursework focused on high need areas and hot topics in education

Already know what you need? Start our streamlined online registration process right now. Or continue reading to learn more about what we offer.

Summer 2017

Registration for Summer 2017 opens on Tuesday, March 14, at 9 a.m. Classes begin Monday, May 15 (5-Week I term), and Monday, June 19 (5-Week II & 6-Week II terms). Review the list of available classes (below) for terms, descriptions, schedules and professors.

1. Get Ready
Review Available Classes

Review the list of classes below to read class descriptions, see schedules and class locations, and learn about the professors by following their name links.

We offer professional development coursework toward and add-on endorsement in Gifted Education as well as coursework related to ESL and Special Education.

Review Licensure Renewal Requirements

VA DOE Licensure Renewal

Visit the Virginia Department of Education Licensure page for details on renewal requirements. Graduate classes count 90 points toward total renewal requirements. Be sure classes you plan to take will address any additional endorsement or licensure requirements.

Contact your division professional development officer or licensure officer for additional information, or contact the Virginia DOE directly.

2. Register Online
New Registrations

Register Online

Select the option to Create a New Account. You’ll receive a confirmation e-mail prompting you to set a password. After setting your password to log in, complete the required fields and select your class.

  • Once your student record is created, you’ll be registered for the class you selected.
  • You’ll receive confirmation of your University of Richmond ID (UR ID) by postal mail.
  • Once you receive your UR ID, please activate your network account for Blackboard and email.
  • Please monitor BannerWeb to verify your enrollment.
Returning Students

If you have previously attended the University of Richmond, please call (804) 289-8133 to be reactivated. If you’ve been away from the University for more than one year, you must reapply following the instructions for New Registrations.

Once your student record is activated, you’ll receive a reminder of your UR ID by postal mail. You must use it to register online via BannerWeb.

3. Make Payments
Pay Fees

Make tuition payments via BannerWeb or in the Student Accounts Office by 5 p.m. on the first day of classes. Contact the Bursar’s Office with questions at (804) 289-8147.

Late registration fee begins on the second day of classes.

Review tuition, fees, and refund schedules.

Order Texts

Purchase your textbooks online at the UR Bookstore, or contact the University Bookstore at (804) 289-8491.

Some professors may post required text purchases in Blackboard. You must activate your network account to access Bannerweb, Blackboard, and email.

4. Review Dates
Important Dates

Registration opens: Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Classes Start

  • May 15 (5-Week I term)
  • June 19 (5-Week II and 6-Week II terms)

Add/Drop Period

  • 5-Week I term: May 15-16
  • 5-Week II & 6-Week II terms: June 19-20

Fees for Add/Drop & Late Payment: N/A for Summer terms

End No-Record Drop Period

  • 5-Week I term: May 17
  • 5-Week II & 6-Week II terms: June 21

Last Day to Withdraw

  • 5-Week I term: May 31
  • 5-Week II term: July 5
  • 6-Week II term: July 7

No-class Holidays:

  • Memorial Day (Monday, May 29)
  • Independence Day (Tuesday, July 4)

End of Term

  • 5-Week I term: June 17
  • 5-Week II term: July 22
  • 6-Week II term: July 29

Exams Start

  • 5-Week I term: June 15
  • 5-Week II term: July 20
  • 6-Week II term: July 26

Review details on the Registrar’s Office academic calendars.

5. Prepare for Class

The following resources will help you navigate your University of Richmond classroom experience.

Order a Parking Permit

Please contact Parking Services to register your vehicle and secure a parking permit.

Review Final Course Location

Use BannerWeb to confirm the final class location. Some changes may occur without notice up to the first day of class.

Find Your Classroom

Use a Campus Map to make your way to campus, park, and find your classroom building.

Check for Required Texts

Many professors post textbook requirements and course information in Blackboard. Professors may also provide textbook information to the UR Bookstore

Requested by School Divisions
EDUC 598U Selected Topics: Trauma Informed Care: Response Able Paths to Grow Youth
Course Offerings (1)
Summer Term: 5-week II (V2)
Monday, June 26, 2017; 
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday, June 27, 2017; 
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday, June 28, 2017; 
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Instructor: Erik Laursen
CRN: 30236 (section: 02H)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Non-degree seeking teachers only. In-class/online hybrid.
Description
The course examines the influence of toxic stress and adverse childhood experiences on psycho-social growth and brain development. Through reflection and practice, participants will learn response abilities to help students develop resilience and flourish. The course emphasizes relationships, character strengths, executive functions, and culture as pathways to become an intentional practitioner who focuses on positive outcomes for all children.

Gifted Endorsement
EDUC 555U Curriculum for Talented and Gifted Education
Course Offerings (1)
Summer Term: 5-week I (V1)
Monday, May 15, 2017; 
4:00 - 6:45 pm
Wednesday, May 17, 2017; 
4:00 - 6:45 pm
Tuesday, May 23, 2017; 
4:00 - 6:45 pm
Tuesday, May 30, 2017; 
4:00 - 6:45 pm
Monday, June 5, 2017; 
4:00 - 6:45 pm
Wednesday, June 7, 2017; 
4:00 - 6:45 pm
Tuesday, June 13, 2017; 
4:00 - 6:45 pm
Instructor: Susan Albaugh
CRN: 30187 (section: R02)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Non-degree seeking teachers only. In-class/online hybrid. On-campus: Jepson 106.
Description
This course focuses on curriculum adjustments, methods and techniques, as well as classroom organization necessary for teaching gifted and talented students. Emphasis is on curriculum in gifted programs within the context of school reform and restructuring. Topics include development of learner outcomes, selection of resources, and classroom management.

EDUC 561U Perspectives in Gifted Education, Talent Development and Creativity
Course Offerings (1)
Summer Term: 5-week I (V1)
May 15, 2017 through June 17, 2017
Instructor: Matthew Edinger
CRN: 30197 (section: R02)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Non-degree seeking teachers only. Online.
Description
This course explores the concepts of Gifted Education, Talent Development and Creativity (GETDC), and examines their factors, measurement, and application to education. Topics include characteristics of creative individuals, barriers to creative productivity, strategies to increase creative and critical thinking, and teaching creativity in special populations of gifted learners.

EDUC 562U Special Populations of Gifted Students
Course Offerings (1)
Summer Term: 5-week II (V2)
June 19, 2017 through July 22, 2017
Instructor: Matthew Edinger
CRN: 30185 (section: R03)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Non-degree seeking teachers only. Online.
Description
This course provides a critical survey of the research, issues, policy, ethics, and practices related to culturally diverse, economically disadvantaged, limited English proficient, twice exceptional, highly gifted, or very young gifted and talented students. Includes examination of topics such as personal attitudes about diversity, identification of students from special populations, differentiated instruction for students from special populations.

EDUC 570U Talented and Gifted: Working with High Achievers
Course Offerings (1)
Summer Term: 6-Week II (VI2)
July 5, 2017 through July 26, 2017
Mondays and Wednesdays: 4:00 - 6:45 pm
Instructor: Susan Albaugh
CRN: 30173 (section: R03)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Non-degree seeking teachers only. In-class/online hybrid. On-campus class sessions: Jepson 106.
Description
This course provides information on the history of exceptional students in relation to education, current law, and accepted methods for referral, assessment, and identification. It covers major program models and methods of differentiating instruction to meet the rate and level of learning of those students identified. The course gives the learner an understanding of ways to meet the affective needs of the gifted and talented student in the regular classroom and lists resources for teachers and parents who would like more information about the talented and gifted.

ESL Related
EDUC 598U Selected Topics: Working with English Learners (Praxis Test Prep Seminar Embedded)
Course Offerings (1)
Summer Term: 5-week II (V2)
Monday, July 10, 2017; 
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday, July 11, 2017; 
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday, July 12, 2017; 
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday, July 13, 2017; 
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Friday, July 14, 2017; 
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Instructor: Laura Kuti
CRN: 30238 (section: 04H)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Non-degree seeking teachers only. In-class/online hybrid.
Description
This course will provide students with necessary information, practice, and application to prepare for the ETS PRAXIS Test: English to Speakers of Other Languages (test number 5362, the required test in Virginia to earn an add-on ESL endorsement). Content to be presented and practiced encompasses content categories of the assessment: Foundations of Linguistics, Foundations of Language Learning, Planning and Implementation of Instruction, Assessment and Evaluation, Culture, Professionalism and Advocacy.

Special Education Related
EDUC 568U Successful Transition through Consultation and Collaboration
Course Offerings (1)
Summer Term: 5-week I (V1)
May 15, 2017 through June 17, 2017
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 4:00 - 6:40 pm
Instructor: Patricia West
CRN: 30181 (section: R01)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Non-degree seeking teachers only. In-class/online hybrid.
Description
This course is designed to prepare teacher candidates with the ability to prepare their students and work with families to provide successful student transitions throughout the educational experience. Additionally, teacher candidates will learn strategies for successful consultation, case management and collaboration for establishing an effective school environment, postsecondary training, employment, and independent living that address an understanding of long-term planning, career development, life skills, community experiences and resources, self-advocacy, and self-determination, guardianship and legal considerations.

All Classes
EDUC 517U Foundations of Education
Course Offerings (1)
Summer Term: 5-week I (V1)
May 15, 2017 through June 17, 2017
Instructor: Shaun Dance
CRN: 30192 (section: 04B)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Non-degree seeking teachers only. Online.
Description
Introduction to the American educational system. Explores the philosophical, sociological, historical, and political roots of schools today. Attention also given to the legal status of teachers and students, including federal and state laws and regulations, school as an organization/culture, and contemporary issues in education.

EDUC 555U Curriculum for Talented and Gifted Education
Course Offerings (1)
Summer Term: 5-week I (V1)
Monday, May 15, 2017; 
4:00 - 6:45 pm
Wednesday, May 17, 2017; 
4:00 - 6:45 pm
Tuesday, May 23, 2017; 
4:00 - 6:45 pm
Tuesday, May 30, 2017; 
4:00 - 6:45 pm
Monday, June 5, 2017; 
4:00 - 6:45 pm
Wednesday, June 7, 2017; 
4:00 - 6:45 pm
Tuesday, June 13, 2017; 
4:00 - 6:45 pm
Instructor: Susan Albaugh
CRN: 30187 (section: R02)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Non-degree seeking teachers only. In-class/online hybrid. On-campus: Jepson 106.
Description
This course focuses on curriculum adjustments, methods and techniques, as well as classroom organization necessary for teaching gifted and talented students. Emphasis is on curriculum in gifted programs within the context of school reform and restructuring. Topics include development of learner outcomes, selection of resources, and classroom management.

EDUC 561U Perspectives in Gifted Education, Talent Development and Creativity
Course Offerings (1)
Summer Term: 5-week I (V1)
May 15, 2017 through June 17, 2017
Instructor: Matthew Edinger
CRN: 30197 (section: R02)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Non-degree seeking teachers only. Online.
Description
This course explores the concepts of Gifted Education, Talent Development and Creativity (GETDC), and examines their factors, measurement, and application to education. Topics include characteristics of creative individuals, barriers to creative productivity, strategies to increase creative and critical thinking, and teaching creativity in special populations of gifted learners.

EDUC 562U Special Populations of Gifted Students
Course Offerings (1)
Summer Term: 5-week II (V2)
June 19, 2017 through July 22, 2017
Instructor: Matthew Edinger
CRN: 30185 (section: R03)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Non-degree seeking teachers only. Online.
Description
This course provides a critical survey of the research, issues, policy, ethics, and practices related to culturally diverse, economically disadvantaged, limited English proficient, twice exceptional, highly gifted, or very young gifted and talented students. Includes examination of topics such as personal attitudes about diversity, identification of students from special populations, differentiated instruction for students from special populations.

EDUC 568U Successful Transition through Consultation and Collaboration
Course Offerings (1)
Summer Term: 5-week I (V1)
May 15, 2017 through June 17, 2017
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 4:00 - 6:40 pm
Instructor: Patricia West
CRN: 30181 (section: R01)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Non-degree seeking teachers only. In-class/online hybrid.
Description
This course is designed to prepare teacher candidates with the ability to prepare their students and work with families to provide successful student transitions throughout the educational experience. Additionally, teacher candidates will learn strategies for successful consultation, case management and collaboration for establishing an effective school environment, postsecondary training, employment, and independent living that address an understanding of long-term planning, career development, life skills, community experiences and resources, self-advocacy, and self-determination, guardianship and legal considerations.

EDUC 570U Talented and Gifted: Working with High Achievers
Course Offerings (1)
Summer Term: 6-Week II (VI2)
July 5, 2017 through July 26, 2017
Mondays and Wednesdays: 4:00 - 6:45 pm
Instructor: Susan Albaugh
CRN: 30173 (section: R03)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Non-degree seeking teachers only. In-class/online hybrid. On-campus class sessions: Jepson 106.
Description
This course provides information on the history of exceptional students in relation to education, current law, and accepted methods for referral, assessment, and identification. It covers major program models and methods of differentiating instruction to meet the rate and level of learning of those students identified. The course gives the learner an understanding of ways to meet the affective needs of the gifted and talented student in the regular classroom and lists resources for teachers and parents who would like more information about the talented and gifted.

EDUC 598U Selected Topics: Trauma Informed Care: Response Able Paths to Grow Youth
Course Offerings (1)
Summer Term: 5-week II (V2)
Monday, June 26, 2017; 
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday, June 27, 2017; 
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday, June 28, 2017; 
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Instructor: Erik Laursen
CRN: 30236 (section: 02H)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Non-degree seeking teachers only. In-class/online hybrid.
Description
The course examines the influence of toxic stress and adverse childhood experiences on psycho-social growth and brain development. Through reflection and practice, participants will learn response abilities to help students develop resilience and flourish. The course emphasizes relationships, character strengths, executive functions, and culture as pathways to become an intentional practitioner who focuses on positive outcomes for all children.

EDUC 598U Selected Topics: Working with English Learners (Praxis Test Prep Seminar Embedded)
Course Offerings (1)
Summer Term: 5-week II (V2)
Monday, July 10, 2017; 
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday, July 11, 2017; 
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday, July 12, 2017; 
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday, July 13, 2017; 
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Friday, July 14, 2017; 
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Instructor: Laura Kuti
CRN: 30238 (section: 04H)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Non-degree seeking teachers only. In-class/online hybrid.
Description
This course will provide students with necessary information, practice, and application to prepare for the ETS PRAXIS Test: English to Speakers of Other Languages (test number 5362, the required test in Virginia to earn an add-on ESL endorsement). Content to be presented and practiced encompasses content categories of the assessment: Foundations of Linguistics, Foundations of Language Learning, Planning and Implementation of Instruction, Assessment and Evaluation, Culture, Professionalism and Advocacy.

EDUC 661U Instructional Leadership
Course Offerings (1)
Summer Term: 6-Week II (VI2)
July 17, 2017 through July 27, 2017
Mondays/Tuesdays/Wednesdays/Thursdays: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Instructor: Catherine Fisher
CRN: 30170 (section: R02)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Non-degree seeking teachers only. On-campus: North Court 105.
Description
This course emphasizes techniques of improving instruction through application of research on effective schools and models of instruction. Topics covered include foundations of leadership, leadership for curriculum instruction and assessment, leadership for supervision and professional development, leadership for communication and community partnerships, and leadership for organizational management.

Contact Us

Graduate Education Program
School of Professional & Continuing Studies
North Court
28 Westhampton Way
Univ. of Richmond, VA 23173

Dr. Julia Burke, Program Manager
(804) 484-1584
jburke@richmond.edu

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