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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.

Fall 2019

Registration for Fall 2019 opens on Wednesday, July 10.

The Fall 2019 semester begins Monday, August 26. 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: Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Classes Start: Monday, August 26

Late Payment Fee Begins: Tuesday, August 27

Add/Drop Period Ends: Saturday, August 31

Last Day to Withdraw: Friday, October 11

No-class Holidays 

  • Fall Break (Monday-Tuesday, October 14-15)
  • Thanksgiving Break (Wednesday-Saturday, November 27-30)

Last Day of Classes: Saturday, December 7

Exam Period: Monday-Saturday, December 9-14

End of Term: Saturday, December 14

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 517U Foundations of Education
Course Offerings (1)
August 26, 2019 through December 14, 2019
Thursdays: 4:00 - 6:40 pm
Instructor: Allison Brenning
CRN: 11751pde (section: 1)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Educators seeking professional development only.
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 524U Reading Foundations for Early Literacy Instruction
Course Offerings (1)
August 26, 2019 through December 14, 2019
Wednesdays: 7:00 - 9:40 pm
Instructor: Tammy Milby
CRN: 11805pde (section: 1)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Educators seeking professional development only.
Description
In-depth examination of the teaching methods, literacy concepts and development, and materials that are used to support and scaffold children's literacy acquisition from birth to the primary grades. A foundational understanding of the components of reading including phonemic awareness, concepts of print, phonics, fluency, comprehension, vocabulary, and writing will be addressed. Participants will examine early literacy assessment tools and will determine how to implement interventions for diverse learners. Language development, children's literature, and classroom strategies for early literacy instruction will also be investigated.

EDUC 538U Technology-Enhanced 21st Century Teaching and Learning
Course Offerings (1)
August 26, 2019 through December 14, 2019
Mondays: 4:30 - 7:10 pm
CRN: 14537pde (section: 01H)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Educators seeking professional development only. In-class/online hybrid. In-class session dates TBA.
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)
August 26, 2019 through December 14, 2019
Tuesdays: 7:00 - 9:40 pm
Instructor: Robert Spires
CRN: 14253pde (section: 1)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Educators seeking professional development only.
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 543U Assessment and Evaluation in Education
Course Offerings (1)
Monday, August 26, 2019; 
7:00 - 9:40 pm
Instructor: Laura Kuti
CRN: 18290pde (section: 01B)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Educators seeking professional development only. In-class/online hybrid. One in-class session as scheduled.
Description
Introduction to testing, measurement, and evaluation related to instruction, the construction and use of teacher-made tests, a survey of standardized tests, test interpretation, and basic statistical procedures.

EDUC 555U Curriculum for Talented and Gifted Education
Course Offerings (1)
August 26, 2019 through December 14, 2019
Instructor: Joseph Douglas
CRN: 18318pde (section: 02B)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Educators seeking professional development only. Online.
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 558U Classroom and Behavior Management
Course Offerings (1)
Thursday, September 5, 2019; 
7:00 - 9:40 pm
Thursday, September 19, 2019; 
7:00 - 9:40 pm
Thursday, October 3, 2019; 
7:00 - 9:40 pm
Thursday, October 10, 2019; 
7:00 - 9:40 pm
Thursday, October 17, 2019; 
7:00 - 9:40 pm
Thursday, October 31, 2019; 
7:00 - 9:40 pm
Thursday, November 7, 2019; 
7:00 - 9:40 pm
Thursday, November 21, 2019; 
7:00 - 9:40 pm
Thursday, December 5, 2019; 
7:00 - 9:40 pm
Instructor: Rich Hall
CRN: 11755pde (section: 01H)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
In-class/online hybrid. In-class sessions as scheduled. Educators seeking professional development only.
Description
Behavioral theories, principles and procedures for reducing classroom problems, increasing motivation, and strengthening desired classroom behavior. In addition, the developmental stages experienced by students between the ages of birth through adolescence in the areas of speech/language, social, physical, intellectual, and emotional development.

EDUC 563U Social and Emotional Needs of the Gifted Student
Course Offerings (1)
August 26, 2019 through December 14, 2019
Instructor: Matthew Edinger
CRN: 18319pde (section: 01B)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Educators seeking professional development only. Online.
Description
This course examines the social, emotional, and psychological aspects of gifted children, adolescents, and adults. The course reviews current literature on affective growth and potential adjustment issues such as self-concept, self-acceptance and understanding, peer relations, and perfectionism. Family relations and potential sources of problems such as underachievement and career and college planning are also included. Classroom adjustments to facilitate development will also be reviewed.

EDUC 571U Assessment and Evaluation in Special Education
Course Offerings (1)
Tuesday, August 27, 2019; 
4:00 - 6:40 pm
Tuesday, September 10, 2019; 
4:00 - 6:40 pm
Tuesday, September 24, 2019; 
4:00 - 6:40 pm
Tuesday, October 8, 2019; 
4:00 - 6:40 pm
Tuesday, October 22, 2019; 
4:00 - 6:40 pm
Tuesday, November 5, 2019; 
4:00 - 6:40 pm
Tuesday, November 19, 2019; 
4:00 - 6:40 pm
Tuesday, December 3, 2019; 
4:00 - 6:40 pm
Instructor: Nora Bryant
CRN: 18320pde (section: 01H)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Educators seeking professional development only. In-class/online hybrid. In-class sessions as scheduled.
Description
This course is designed to introduce teacher candidates to the variety of assessment and evaluation techniques and their specific purposes, including eligibility for students with disabilities, instructional decision making, and program improvement. This course explores the relationship among the general curriculum, formal and informal assessment results, and instruction for students with disabilities to support instructional planning, decision-making and self-reflection.

EDUC 598U Selected Topics: Creating Mindful Classrooms
Course Offerings (1)
Tuesday, August 27, 2019; 
7:00 - 9:40 pm
Tuesday, September 10, 2019; 
7:00 - 9:40 pm
Tuesday, September 24, 2019; 
7:00 - 9:40 pm
Tuesday, October 8, 2019; 
7:00 - 9:40 pm
Tuesday, October 22, 2019; 
7:00 - 9:40 pm
Tuesday, November 5, 2019; 
7:00 - 9:40 pm
Tuesday, November 19, 2019; 
7:00 - 9:40 pm
Instructor: Connie Honsinger
CRN: 18321pde (section: 01H)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Educators seeking professional development only. In-class/online hybrid. In-class sessions as scheduled.
Description
Exploration of strategies to assist in designing and leading your classroom in ways that promote student attention, reduce levels of stress and anxiety, and support student self-regulation.

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) 287-6573
kbradfor@richmond.edu