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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 (PD) credits needed for licensure renewal. We offer courses to help professional educators achieve the following:

  • Address initial and renewal licensure requirements
  • Satisfy provisional license requirements
  • Take coursework related to Gifted EducationESL and Special Education
  • 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 2018

Registration for Summer 2018 is now open.

Classes begin Monday, May 14, May 21 or June 25, depending on Summer School term. Review the list of available classes (below) for descriptions, schedules and professors.

Workshop Opportunities

In addition to professional development classes that earn graduate credit, we’re offering several summer workshops that earn points toward VDOE relicensure.

Social Justice Education 101 (New for 2018)

2-day Social Justice Education 101 workshop serves as a primer for K-12 teachers on social justice education.

Community Inquiry & Digital Storytelling (New for 2018)

3-day Community Inquiry & Digital Storytelling workshop from Partners in the Arts introduces K-12 educators to community-based “slow journalism.” 

Joan Oates Institute: Foundations of Arts Integration

5-day Foundations of Arts Integration workshop provides hands-on training in arts integration for K-12 teachers.

Dyslexia Seminar

3-day Dyslexia Seminar includes research, focus on challenges and strengths of dyslexics, an opportunity to hear from dyslexic students and more.

Registering for Graduate Credit

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 including courses related to gifted education, 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
All Registrations

Register Online

Login to the registration system using existing credentials (for anyone who has applied online for an SPCS degree) or select the option to Create a New Account.

If you need to reset your password or create a new account, you’ll receive a confirmation e-mail prompting you to set or reset a password. Upon logging in, complete the required fields and select your class or classes

  1. Your University of Richmond ID (UR ID) will be created or re-activated (for returning students).
  2. You’ll receive confirmation of your UR ID by postal mail.
  3. Make payment arrangements by calling Student Accounts at (804) 289-8148 (see 3. Make Payments below).
  4. SPCS will register you in your course and send an email confirmation.
  5. Once you receive your UR ID, please activate your network account for Blackboard and email.
  6. Please monitor BannerWeb to verify your enrollment.
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

Table of Summer School 2018 Terms

Term Dates
6-Week I May 14-Jun 23
12 Week May 14-Aug 4
5-Week I May 21-Jun 23
8 Week May 21-Jul 13
5-Week II Jun 25-Jul 28
6-Week II Jun 25-Aug 4

Registration opens: Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Classes Start

  • Monday, May 14 (6-Week I & 12 Week terms)
  • Monday, May 21 (5-Week I & 8 Week terms)
  • Monday, June 25 (5-Week II & 6-Week II terms)

No-Fee Add/Drop Period: Varies by term

Late Payment Fee Begins: Varies by term

Fees for Add/Drop: Varies by term

End No-Record Drop Period: Varies by term

Last Day to Withdraw: Varies by term

No-class Holidays

  • Memorial Day (Monday, May 28)
  • Independence Day (Wednesday, July 4) except 8 Week term

Last Day of Classes

  • Saturday, June 23 (5-Week I & 6-Week I terms)
  • Friday, July 13 (8 Week term)
  • Saturday, July 28 (5-Week II term)
  • Saturday, August 4 (6-Week II & 12 Week terms)

Exam Period: Varies by term

End of Term: Same as last day of classes

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

All Classes
EDUC 550U Content Area Literacy
Course Offerings (1)
Summer Term: 5-week I (V1)
May 21, 2018 through June 23, 2018
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 4:00 - 6:40 pm
Instructor: Tammy Milby
CRN: 30165 (section: R02)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Non-degree seeking teachers only. Department approval required.
Description
Examination of reading, writing and critical thinking in secondary content areas. Specific techniques for teaching and assessing comprehensions, vocabulary knowledge, and study skills will be addressed. The effects of text organization and relationship between reading and writing are investigated. The course integrates theory with practice and is designed to help content area instructors learn how to integrate literacy principles into subject matter instruction. A strong emphasis will be placed on the elements of effective comprehension instruction. Literacy techniques designed to support the needs of diverse learners will be studied. Participants will learn strategies to foster motivation and appreciation of a variety of types of literature utilized for independent and collaborative reading.

EDUC 562U Special Populations of Gifted Students
Course Offerings (1)
Summer Term: 5-week II (V2)
June 25, 2018 through July 28, 2018
Instructor: Matthew Edinger
CRN: 30122 (section: R02)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Online. Non-degree seeking teachers only. Department approval required.
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 565U Foundations and Legal Aspects of Special Education
Course Offerings (1)
Summer Term: 8-Week (8)
May 21, 2018 through July 13, 2018
Tuesdays: 4:00 - 6:40 pm
Instructor: Nora Bryant
CRN: 30171 (section: R02)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Non-degree seeking teachers only. Department approval required.
Description
This is an introductory course that provides an overview of the nature and educational implications of serving students with disabilities and emphasizes the legal aspects of special education at national, state, and local levels. Relevant legislation associated with the identification, education and evaluation of students with disabilities will be included in this foundations course.

EDUC 570U Talented and Gifted: Working with High Achievers
Course Offerings (2)
Summer Term: 6-Week II (VI2)
Monday, July 2, 2018; 
4:30 - 7:10 pm
Thursday, July 5, 2018; 
4:30 - 7:10 pm
Wednesday, July 18, 2018; 
4:30 - 7:10 pm
Thursday, July 19, 2018; 
4:30 - 7:10 pm
Tuesday, July 24, 2018; 
4:30 - 7:10 pm
Monday, July 30, 2018; 
4:30 - 7:10 pm
Tuesday, July 31, 2018; 
4:30 - 7:10 pm
Instructor: Joseph Douglas
CRN: 30124 (section: R02)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
In-class/online hybrid. In-class sessions as scheduled. Non-degree seeking teachers only. Department approval required.
Summer Term: 5-week I (V1)
May 21, 2018 through June 23, 2018
Mondays and Wednesdays: 4:00 - 6:45 pm
Instructor: Susan Albaugh
CRN: 30128 (section: 06H)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
In-class/online hybrid. In-class sessions as scheduled. Non-degree seeking teachers only. Department approval required.
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: Social Justice Education: Creating More Equitable Classroom Environments
Course Offerings (1)
Summer Term: 6-Week II (VI2)
June 25, 2018 through August 4, 2018
Instructor: Deborah Napoli
CRN: 30167 (section: R03)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Online with one face-to-face meeting, July 26, 9 a.m.-noon, North Court 202. Non-degree seeking teachers only.
Description
Social, political and economic inequality are considered through the lens of institutional power, socialization and oppression, as opposed to the consequences of behavior problems and cultural misunderstandings.  Understanding inequality in systemic terms, participants will: unpack terms such as culturally sustaining pedagogy; rethink the ways in which the problems of inequality are normalized as everyday practices; identify opportunities and concrete steps for creating more equitable classroom environments; explore social justice curriculum and resources; and experience and model social justice lessons. Suitable for K-12 practitioners. Participants will register for a week-long, online course for credit.

EDUC 598U Selected Topics: Strategies for Supporting Struggling Readers & Learners with Dyslexia
Course Offerings (1)
Summer Term: 6-Week II (VI2)
Monday, July 23, 2018; 
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday, July 24, 2018; 
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday, July 25, 2018; 
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Instructor: Tammy Milby
CRN: 30205 (section: R05)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
In-class/online hybrid runs 7/16-7/27. In-class sessions as scheduled at New Community School, 4211 Hermitage Rd. Non-degree seeking teachers only.
Description
This course provides an overview of research-based practices that promote implementation of high-quality literacy instruction. Participants will explore engaging techniques for teaching reading and writing. Special emphasis will be placed on literacy strategies for struggling readers. Participants will explore how to utilize assessment information to develop interventions.

EDUC 652U Differentiated Instruction
Course Offerings (1)
Summer Term: 8-Week (8)
May 21, 2018 through July 13, 2018
Instructor: Mark Allan
CRN: 30175 (section: R02)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Online. Non-degree seeking teachers only. Department approval required.
Description
Introduction to differentiated instruction and examination of why it is appropriate for all learners, how to plan for it, and how to become comfortable enough with student differences to make school comfortable for every learner in the classroom.

EDUC 661U Instructional Leadership
Course Offerings (1)
Summer Term: 6-Week II (VI2)
July 16, 2018 through July 26, 2018
Mondays/Tuesdays/Wednesdays/Thursdays: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Instructor: Catherine Fisher
CRN: 30173 (section: R02)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Non-degree seeking teachers only. Department approval required.
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