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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

Continue reading for step-by-step application, registration and payment instructions.

Spring 2019

Registration for Spring 2019 opens on Tuesday, November 13.

The Spring 2019 term begins Monday, January 14. Review the list of All Classes (below) for descriptions, schedules and professors.

Take a Graduate Professional Development Class at UR 

1. Review Available Classes
Available Classes

Review the list of classes (below or on this page) 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.

Record the 5-digit CRN (course registration number) for the course(s) you’re interested in taking. You’ll need that CRN for 3: Register (below)

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. Apply Online

Apply Online

Login to the application 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 email prompting you to set or reset a password. Upon logging in, complete the required fields and select your class or classes.

  • Your University of Richmond ID (UR ID) will be created (or re-activated for returning students).
  • You’ll receive confirmation of your 8-digit UR ID by email along with instructions to activate your network account.
3. Register in BannerWeb

After you have activated your network account successfully, you’ll be able to register for your class in BannerWeb.

  • Register online for your selected class via BannerWeb. You may use the Register by CRN feature (using the CRN you recorded in step 1) to quickly register for your course.
  • Your registration will generate an invoice that you’ll access in BannerWeb and/or receive to your UR email account.
  • Once registered, monitor BannerWeb for any changes.
4. Make Payment

Once you have registered for your class, you’ll receive an invoice to your UR email account and/or accessible in BannerWeb.

  • Make tuition payments via BannerWeb (select Student Services > Payment of Tuition and Fees) or in the Student Accounts Office as soon as possible.
  • Avoid late fees by making payment by the second day of classes. Late registration fee begins on the second day of classes.
  • Contact Student Accounts to make payment or with questions at (804) 289-8147.

Review tuition, fees, and refund schedules.

5. Review Dates

Registration Opens: Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Classes Start: Monday, January 14, 2019

Late Payment Fee Begins: Tuesday, January 15

Add/Drop Period Ends: Saturday, January 19

Last Day to Withdraw: Friday, March 1 (notify Graduate Education office if withdrawing)

No-class Holidays (Labor Day Monday, September 3, is a class day) 

Last Day of Classes: Saturday, April 27

Exam Period: Monday-Saturday, April 29–May 4

End of Term: Saturday, May 4

SPCS Commencement: Saturday, May 11

Review details on the Registrar’s Office academic calendars.

6. Prepare for Class

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

Check Your Email Regularly

Once you activate your network account, use your network account credentials to access your University of Richmond email.

You must use your UR email for all course-related messages, and all messages sent from SPCS and UR will be sent to your UR email address.

Your invoice and payment notices will be sent to your UR email address.

Access Blackboard

Many instructors set up classes in Blackboard, the campus learning management system (LMS).

If your instructor has set up your class in Blackboard, you must log into Blackboard prior to the start of class using your network account credentials.

Order a Parking Permit

Please contact Parking Services to register your vehicle and secure a parking permit. Vehicles can be registered online or in person at the Parking and Transportation office in the Special Programs Building. Parking permits are valid from August to July.

All vehicles on campus must be registered and display a current parking permit or temporary parking pass. The SPCS parking permit allows the vehicle to be parked in lots C61 and C66 off College Road, the G Permit sections lot U6 off of UR Drive, and lot W87, Modlin Center parking lot off Westhampton Way. Faculty and staff lots are available to SPCS student vehicles after 5pm Monday through Friday.

Confirm Payment Details & Final Course Location

Use BannerWeb to make, complete or confirm tuition payment and review the final class location.

Some class location 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, find your classroom building and identify the nearest eligible parking lot. Faculty & staff parking lots are available to SPCS students after 5 p.m.

Purchase Required Texts and Materials

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.

All Classes
EDUC 517U Foundations of Education
Course Offerings (1)
January 14, 2019 through May 10, 2019
Thursdays: 7:00 - 9:40 pm
Instructor: Robert Spires
CRN: 20163 (section: 2)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
North Court 101. Educators seeking professional development only.
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. Explores professionalism, ethics, performance standards, and integrity for teachers.

EDUC 555U Curriculum for Talented and Gifted Education
Course Offerings (1)
Monday, January 14, 2019; 
4:00 - 6:40 pm
Monday, January 28, 2019; 
4:00 - 6:40 pm
Monday, February 4, 2019; 
4:00 - 6:40 pm
Monday, February 11, 2019; 
4:00 - 6:40 pm
Monday, February 25, 2019; 
4:00 - 6:40 pm
Monday, March 18, 2019; 
4:00 - 6:40 pm
Monday, April 8, 2019; 
4:00 - 6:40 pm
Monday, April 22, 2019; 
4:00 - 6:40 pm
Instructor: Susan Albaugh
CRN: 26056 (section: 01B)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
In-class/online hybrid. In-class sessions as scheduled in Gottwald Science Center D308. Educators seeking professional development only.
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)
January 14, 2019 through May 10, 2019
Instructor: Matthew Edinger
CRN: 27432 (section: 01B)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Online. Educators seeking professional development only.
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 565U Foundations and Legal Aspects of Special Education
Course Offerings (1)
January 14, 2019 through May 10, 2019
Tuesdays: 7:00 - 9:40 pm
Instructors: Pat Abrams Theresa Lee
CRN: 28040 (section: 01)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Jepson Hall 108. Educators seeking professional development only.
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 573U Trauma Informed Practices in Schools
Course Offerings (1)
Saturday, January 19, 2019; 
9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Saturday, January 26, 2019; 
9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Saturday, February 16, 2019; 
9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Saturday, February 23, 2019; 
9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Saturday, March 2, 2019; 
9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Saturday, April 27, 2019; 
9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Instructor: Erik Laursen
CRN: 28054 (section: 01H)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
In-class/online hybrid. In-class sessions as scheduled in North Court 202. Educators seeking professional development only.
In-depth examination of the influence of adverse childhood experience and adverse community environments on psycho-social growth and brain development in young people. Emphasizes developing responsive practices to support children in overcoming adversity and thriving. Includes solution-finding practices that can be used as crisis intervention, behavior support, co-creation of positive outcomes, and clarification of young people's hope for the future. Project will be incorporated into the course with emphasis placed on reflection and practice.

Contact Us

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

Julia Burke, Program Manager
(804) 484-1584

Kelli Bradford, Registration Coordinator
(804) 287-6573