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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:

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

Spring 2020

Registration for Spring 2020 opens on Tuesday, November 12.

The Spring 2020 semester begins Monday, January 13. 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, along with classes for provisionally licensed teachers.

Record the 5-digit CRN (course registration number), omitting the suffix -pde, 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 12, 2019

Classes Start: Monday, January 13, 2020

Late Payment Fee Begins: Tuesday, January 14

Add/Drop Period Ends: Saturday, January 18

Last Day to Withdraw: Friday, February 28

No-class Holidays 

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Monday, January 20)
  • Spring Break (Monday-Saturday, March 9-14)

Last Day of Classes: Saturday, April 25

Exam Period: Monday-Saturday, April 27–May 2

End of Term: Saturday, May 2

Review all 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 507U Instruction and Assessment in Elementary Science
Course Offerings (1)
January 13, 2020 through May 8, 2020
Mondays: 4:00 - 6:40 pm
Instructor: Emily Loving
CRN: 27427pde (section: 1)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Educators seeking professional development only.
Description
In-depth examination of fundamental science concepts and subject-specific pedagogy, focusing on Earth, life, and physical sciences, the nature of science and scientific inquiry, the social and cultural significance of science, the relationship of science to technology, and the historical development of scientific concepts and scientific reasoning. Course content emphasizes and integrates state and national standards, problem-solving approaches, curriculum integration strategies, content area literacy, and current research.

EDUC 517U Foundations of Education
Course Offerings (1)
Thursday, January 16, 2020; 
7:00 - 9:40 pm
Thursday, January 23, 2020; 
7:00 - 9:40 pm
Thursday, February 6, 2020; 
7:00 - 9:40 pm
Thursday, February 27, 2020; 
7:00 - 9:40 pm
Thursday, March 26, 2020; 
7:00 - 9:40 pm
Thursday, April 9, 2020; 
7:00 - 9:40 pm
Thursday, April 23, 2020; 
7:00 - 9:40 pm
Instructor: Robert Spires
CRN: 20163pde (section: 01H)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
In-class/online hybrid; in-class sessions as scheduled. Educators seeking professional development only. Location: North Court 202.
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. Explores professionalism, ethics, performance standards, and integrity for teachers.

EDUC 518U Diverse Learners and Human Growth and Development
Course Offerings (1)
January 13, 2020 through May 8, 2020
Thursdays: 4:00 - 6:40 pm
Instructor: Laura Kuti
CRN: 26892pde (section: 1)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Educators seeking professional development only. Location: North Court 105.
Description
Introduces students to the wide range of diversity that exists in schools today. Explores diverse learning styles and students' needs, and connections to cultures, communities, and family values as well as student support through trauma informed care. Provides theoretical underpinnings and contemporary perspective on critical issues, professional practices, and state and federal laws influencing the teaching of students with diverse learning needs, including specific learning disabilities (SLD) such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, and auditory processing disorders.

EDUC 538U Technology-Enhanced 21st Century Teaching and Learning
Course Offerings (1)
January 13, 2020 through May 8, 2020
Mondays: 4:30 - 7:10 pm
Instructor: Andrew Baker
CRN: 26008pde (section: 1)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Educators seeking professional development only. Location: MRC LL1.
Description
Instructional design is the systematic and reflective process of translating principles of learning and instruction into plans for instructional materials, activities, information, resources and evaluation (Smith, 1999). This course combines knowledge of learning theory with technology skills to maximize the effectiveness of instructional design. Using hands on learning experiences students will acquire knowledge of instructional methods, digital tools and the principles of design.
Prerequisites
EDUC 542U or EDUC 507U

EDUC 542U Teaching and Learning in Secondary Classrooms
Course Offerings (1)
January 13, 2020 through May 8, 2020
Thursdays: 4:00 - 6:40 pm
Instructor: Robert Spires
CRN: 26052pde (section: 1)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Educators seeking professional development only. Location: North Court 202.
Description
Comprehensive introduction to pedagogy to include principles of learning; application of skills in discipline and grade-specific methodology; selection and use of materials; state and national curriculum standards; and evaluation of student performance.

EDUC 550U Content Area Literacy
Course Offerings (1)
January 13, 2020 through May 8, 2020
Wednesdays: 4:00 - 6:40 pm
Instructor: Allison Brenning
CRN: 20060pde (section: 1)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Educators seeking professional development only. Location: North Court 105.
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 558U Classroom and Behavior Management
Course Offerings (1)
January 13, 2020 through May 8, 2020
Tuesdays: 7:00 - 9:40 pm
Instructor: William Hall
CRN: 27830pde (section: 1)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Educators seeking professional development only. Location: North Court 201.
Description
Effective classroom and behavior management skills to build individual responsibility and self-discipline, promote self-regulation, and maintain a positive learning environment. Research-based classroom and behavior management techniques, classroom community building, positive behavior supports, and individual interventions.

EDUC 562U Special Populations of Gifted Students
Course Offerings (1)
January 13, 2020 through May 8, 2020
Instructor: Matthew Edinger
CRN: 27791pde (section: 01B)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Online. Educators seeking professional development only.
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)
January 13, 2020 through May 8, 2020
Tuesdays: 7:00 - 9:40 pm
CRN: 27793pde (section: 1)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Educators seeking professional development only. Location: North Court B2.
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 Foundations of Gifted Education
Course Offerings (1)
Monday, January 13, 2020; 
4:30 - 6:30 pm
Monday, February 3, 2020; 
4:30 - 6:30 pm
Monday, March 2, 2020; 
4:30 - 6:30 pm
Monday, March 9, 2020; 
4:30 - 6:30 pm
Monday, April 20, 2020; 
4:30 - 6:30 pm
Instructor: Joe Douglas
CRN: 28216pde (section: 01B)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Online including 5 synchronous class sessions as scheduled. Educators seeking professional development only.
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 573U Trauma Informed Practices in Schools
Course Offerings (1)
Tuesday, January 21, 2020; 
4:00 - 6:40 pm
Tuesday, January 28, 2020; 
4:00 - 6:40 pm
Tuesday, February 4, 2020; 
4:00 - 6:40 pm
Tuesday, February 11, 2020; 
4:00 - 6:40 pm
Tuesday, March 17, 2020; 
4:00 - 6:40 pm
Tuesday, March 31, 2020; 
4:00 - 6:40 pm
Tuesday, April 7, 2020; 
4:00 - 6:40 pm
Tuesday, April 14, 2020; 
4:00 - 6:40 pm
Instructor: Erik Laursen
CRN: 27800pde (section: 01H)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
In-class/online hybrid; in-class sessions as scheduled. Educators seeking professional development only. Location: Weinstein Hall 306.
Description
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.

EDUC 598U Selected Topics: Working with English Language Learners
Course Offerings (1)
January 13, 2020 through May 8, 2020
Instructor: Laura Kuti
CRN: 27797pde (section: 01B)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Online. Educators seeking professional development only.
Description
Provides students with necessary information, practice, and application to prepare for the ETS PRAXIS Test: English to Speakers of Other Languages, the test required in Virginia to earn an add-on ESL endorsement (test #5362). Covers knowledge and practice of the following assessment content categories: Foundations of Linguistics, Foundations of Language Learning, Planning and Implementation of Instruction, Assessment and Evaluation, Culture, and Professionalism & Advocacy.

EDUC 620U Children's Literature
Course Offerings (1)
Wednesday, January 15, 2020; 
7:00 - 9:40 pm
Wednesday, January 29, 2020; 
7:00 - 9:40 pm
Wednesday, February 12, 2020; 
7:00 - 9:40 pm
Wednesday, February 26, 2020; 
7:00 - 9:40 pm
Wednesday, March 18, 2020; 
7:00 - 9:40 pm
Wednesday, April 1, 2020; 
7:00 - 9:40 pm
Wednesday, April 15, 2020; 
7:00 - 9:40 pm
Instructor: Tammy Milby
CRN: 27795pde (section: 01H)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
In-class/online hybrid; in-class sessions as scheduled. Educators seeking professional development only. Location: North Court 201.
Description
The course provides a survey of children's literature with emphasis on recent trends and evaluative criteria used in selecting books based on school and recreational needs and interests of young readers. Course participants will explore multiple genres, including historical fiction, realistic fiction, fantasy, traditional literature, nonfiction, and multicultural, and ways of integrating these books into curricula.

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
jburke@richmond.edu

Kelli Bradford, Registration Coordinator
(804) 287-6572
kbradfor@richmond.edu