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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.

Summer 2019

Registration for Summer 2019 opens on Tuesday, March 19.

The Summer 2019 semester includes several different terms. The first terms begin Monday, May 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.

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, March 19

Classes Start

  • Monday, May 13 (6-Week I & 12 Week terms)
  • Monday, May 20 (5-Week I & 8 Week terms)
  • Monday, June 24 (5-Week II & 6-Week II terms)

Late Payment Fee Begins: Varies by term

Add/Drop Period Ends: Varies by term

Last Day to Withdraw: Varies by term

No-class Holidays 

  • Memorial Day (Monday, May 27)
  • Independence Day (Thursday, July 4 — except class day for 8 Week term)

Last Day of Classes

  • Saturday, June 22 (5-Week I & 6-Week I terms)
  • Friday, July 12 (8 Week term)
  • Saturday, July 27 (5-Week II term)
  • Saturday, August 3 (6-Week II & 12 Week terms)

Exam Period: Last day of class

End of Term: Last day of class

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 503U Foundations of Arts Integration
Course Offerings (1)
Summer Term: 12-Week (XII)
August 12, 2019 through August 16, 2019
Weekdays: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Instructor: Robert Spires
CRN: 30140 (section: S01)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800. Special application required. Visit spcs.richmond.edu/arts to select Joan Oates Institute - Foundations of Arts Integration.
Partners in the Arts Joan Oates Institute.
Description
Explores theory and pedagogy of integrating all arts form (visual, music, drama, dance, literary) across the curriculum and throughout the teaching and learning environment. Includes best practices, skill building, and exploration of resources to provide educators the tools and ability to effectively address and variety of students' learning styles while promoting curiosity, mastery of content and collaborative problem-solving skills.

EDUC 508U Instruction and Assessment in Elementary Social Studies
Course Offerings (1)
Summer Term: 8-Week (8)
May 20, 2019 through July 12, 2019
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 4:00 - 6:40 pm
Instructor: Patricia Stohr-Hunt
CRN: 30122 (section: 1)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Educators seeking professional development only.
Description
In-depth examination of fundamental social studies concepts and subject-specific pedagogy, focusing on history, geography, economics, and civics. Course content emphasizes instructional design and integrates state and national standards, project-based learning approaches, curriculum integration strategies, content area literacy, and current research.

EDUC 517U Foundations of Education
Course Offerings (1)
Summer Term: 5-week II (V2)
June 24, 2019 through July 27, 2019
Instructor: Robert Spires
CRN: 30112 (section: 01B)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Online. 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 518U Diverse Learners
Course Offerings (1)
Summer Term: 8-Week (8)
May 20, 2019 through July 12, 2019
Thursdays: 7:00 - 9:40 pm
Instructor: Laura Kuti
CRN: 30127 (section: 01H)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
In-class/online hybrid. In-class meetings as scheduled. Educators seeking professional development only.
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 524U Reading Foundations for Early Literacy Instruction
Course Offerings (1)
Summer Term: 6-Week I (VI1)
May 14, 2019 through May 22, 2019
Mondays and Wednesdays: 4:00 - 6:40 pm
Instructor: Tammy Milby
CRN: 30114 (section: 01H)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
In-class/field trip hybrid. Class visits 5/14-5/18, schedules TBA. Twice-weekly in-class sessions beginning 5/20. 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 527U Content and Pedagogy for Elementary Mathematics
Course Offerings (1)
Summer Term: 8-Week (8)
May 20, 2019 through July 12, 2019
Mondays and Wednesdays: 4:00 - 6:40 pm
Instructor: Patricia Stohr-Hunt
CRN: 30119 (section: 1)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Educators seeking professional development only.
Description
In-depth examination of fundamental mathematics concepts and subject-specific pedagogy. Course content emphasizes and integrates state and national standards, problem-solving approaches, use of manipulatives and technology, current research, and learning theory.

EDUC 538U Technology-Enhanced 21st Century Teaching and Learning
Course Offerings (1)
Summer Term: 8-Week (8)
May 20, 2019 through July 12, 2019
Mondays and Wednesdays: 4:00 - 6:40 pm
CRN: 30125 (section: 1)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Educators seeking professional development only.
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 550U Content Area Literacy
Course Offerings (1)
Summer Term: 8-Week (8)
May 20, 2019 through July 12, 2019
Tuesdays: 4:00 - 6:40 pm
Instructor: Allison Brenning
CRN: 30128 (section: 01H)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
In-class/online hybrid. In-class meetings as scheduled. Educators seeking professional development only.
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)
Summer Term: 5-week II (V2)
June 24, 2019 through July 27, 2019
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 7:00 - 9:40 pm
Instructor: William Hall
CRN: 30116 (section: 01H)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
In-class/online hybrid. In-class meetings 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 562U Special Populations of Gifted Students
Course Offerings (1)
Summer Term: 5-week I (V1)
May 20, 2019 through June 22, 2019
Instructor: Matt Edinger
CRN: 30134 (section: 1)
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 570U Talented and Gifted: Working with High Achievers
Course Offerings (1)
Summer Term: 5-week II (V2)
June 24, 2019 through July 25, 2019
Mondays: 4:00 - 6:40 pm
June 25, 2019 through July 25, 2019
Tuesdays: 4:00 - 6:40 pm
July 2, 2019 through July 25, 2019
Tuesdays: 4:00 - 6:40 pm
July 8, 2019 through July 25, 2019
Mondays: 4:00 - 6:40 pm
July 9, 2019 through July 25, 2019
Tuesdays: 4:00 - 6:40 pm
July 15, 2019 through July 25, 2019
Mondays: 4:00 - 6:40 pm
July 24, 2019 through July 25, 2019
Wednesdays: 4:00 - 6:40 pm
Thursday, July 25, 2019; 
4:00 - 6:40 pm
Instructor: Joseph Douglas
CRN: 30135 (section: 01H)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
In-class/online hybrid. In-class meetings as scheduled, held in North Court 201. 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 574U Understanding and Implementing the IEP
Course Offerings (1)
Summer Term: 8-Week (8)
May 20, 2019 through July 12, 2019
Instructor: Allison Brenning
CRN: 30133 (section: 01B)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Online. Educators seeking professional development only.
Description
This course provides students with critical information and hands-on practice regarding the developmentvand implementation of the Individual Education Program (IEP), the federally required document that describes all the components of special education services and safeguards for students with disabilities. Participants will learn regulatory background, essential components, procedural requirements, implementation practices, and monitoring strategies that support effective IEP implementation and lead to positive student outcomes. Participants will analyze and evaluate IEPs, gaining expertise in IEP development and implementation.

EDUC 598U Selected Topics: Strategies for Teaching Writing
Course Offerings (1)
Summer Term: 6-Week II (VI2)
Monday, July 29, 2019; 
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday, July 30, 2019; 
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday, July 31, 2019; 
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday, August 1, 2019; 
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Friday, August 2, 2019; 
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Instructor: Tammy Milby
CRN: 30138 (section: 01H)
Semester hours: 1
Fee: $800
In-class/online hybrid. Online July 8-26; In-class sessions as scheduled. Educators seeking professional development only.
Description
Course participants will reflect on the best practices and research related to teaching writing effectively. The course includes an in-depth look at writing workshop and considers teaching strategies focusing on the steps of the writing process and different forms of writing (narrative, descriptive, expository, persuasive, and informational). Class sessions focus on discovering inspiring teaching strategies for classroom practice. Participants will also explore the connection between reading and writing instruction and learn how to include writing across the content areas.

EDUC 598U Selected Topics: Integrating Disciplines to Tell STEAM Stories
Course Offerings (1)
Summer Term: 5-week II (V2)
June 24, 2019 through June 27, 2019
Mondays/Tuesdays/Wednesdays/Thursdays: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Instructor: Rob McAdams
CRN: 30139 (section: S03)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800. Separate application required. Visit spcs.richmond.edu/arts to select Joan Oates Institute - Focused Course.
Partners in the Arts
Description
This course will provide educators with the knowledge and skills to use the principles of arts integration to expand their instructional practice. Creative practices in observing and communicating through visual, sound, and literary arts will provide participants with opportunities for researching, exploring, and telling learning stories (assessing) their STEAM+Humanities curricula. 'Bird Box' author Josh Malerman will guide the experiential writing framework throughout the course.

EDUC 652U Differentiated Instruction
Course Offerings (1)
Summer Term: 8-Week (8)
May 20, 2019 through July 12, 2019
Instructor: Mark Allan
CRN: 30137 (section: 01B)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
Online. Educators seeking professional development only.
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: 5-week I (V1)
Monday, May 20, 2019; 
7:00 - 9:40 pm
Wednesday, May 22, 2019; 
7:00 - 9:40 pm
Monday, May 27, 2019; 
7:00 - 9:40 pm
Wednesday, May 29, 2019; 
7:00 - 9:40 pm
Monday, June 3, 2019; 
7:00 - 9:40 pm
Wednesday, June 5, 2019; 
7:00 - 9:40 pm
Monday, June 10, 2019; 
7:00 - 9:40 pm
Wednesday, June 12, 2019; 
7:00 - 9:40 pm
Monday, June 17, 2019; 
7:00 - 9:40 pm
Wednesday, June 19, 2019; 
7:00 - 9:40 pm
Instructor: Katherine Cassada
CRN: 30136 (section: 01H)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $800
In-class/online hybrid. In-class meetings as scheduled, held in North Court 202. Educators seeking professional development only.
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
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