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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 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.

Spring 2018

Registration for Spring 2018 opens Tuesday, November 14. Classes begin Tuesday, January 16, 2018. Review the list of available classes (below) for 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, November 14, 2017

Classes Start: Tuesday, January 16, 2018

No-Fee Add/Drop Period: January 16-20

Late Payment Fee Begins: January 17

Fees for Add/Drop: January 21-29

End No-Record Drop Period: Monday, January 29

Last Day to Withdraw: Friday, March 2

No-class Holidays

  • Spring Break (Monday-Friday, March 12-16)

Last Day of Classes: Saturday, April 28

Exam Period: April 30–May 5

End of Term: Saturday, May 5

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 555U Curriculum for Talented and Gifted Education
Course Offerings (1)
January 16, 2018 through May 5, 2018
Tuesdays: 4:15 - 6:55 pm
Instructor: Susan Albaugh
CRN: 26864 (section: R02)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Non-degree seeking teachers 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 16, 2018 through May 5, 2018
Instructor: Matthew Edinger
CRN: 27433 (section: R02)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Non-degree seeking teachers only. Online.
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 571U Assessment and Evaluation in Special Education
Course Offerings (1)
January 16, 2018 through May 5, 2018
Mondays: 7:00 - 9:40 pm
Instructor: Nora Bryant
CRN: 27436 (section: R02)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Non-degree seeking teachers only.
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: ST: Trauma Informed Care: Response Able Paths to Grow Youth
Course Offerings (1)
Saturday, January 20, 2018; 
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday, January 27, 2018; 
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday, February 10, 2018; 
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday, February 17, 2018; 
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday, April 28, 2018; 
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Instructor: Erik Laursen
CRN: 27438 (section: R02)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Non-degree seeking teachers only. In-class/online hybrid. In-class sessions as scheduled.
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.

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