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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

Already know what you need? Start our streamlined online registration process right now. Continue reading for step-by-step registration, payment and enrollment instructions.

Fall 2018

Registration for Fall 2018 opens on Wednesday, July 11.

The Fall 2018 term begins Monday, August 27. Review the list of All Classes (below) for descriptions, schedules and professors.

Registering for Graduate Credit

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 including courses related to gifted education, 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
All Registrations

Register Online

Login to the registration 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.

  1. Your University of Richmond ID (UR ID) will be created or re-activated (for returning students).
  2. You’ll receive confirmation of your 8-digit UR ID by email along with instructions to make payment.
  3. You’ll be asked to make payment arrangements via BannerWeb or by in the Student Accounts Office as soon as possible (see 3. Make Payments below).
  4. Once payment is confirmed, SPCS will register you in your course and send an email confirmation.
  5. Once you receive your UR ID, please activate your network account for Blackboard and email.
  6. Please monitor BannerWeb to verify your enrollment.
3. Make Payments
Pay Fees

Make tuition payments via BannerWeb or in the Student Accounts Office as soon as possible. You will not be enrolled in the class until payment is made or a plan for payment is filed. Contact Student Accounts 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: Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Classes Start: Monday, August 27, 2018

Late Payment Fee Begins: Tuesday, August 28

Add/Drop Period Ends: Saturday, September 1

Last Day to Withdraw: Friday, October 12 (notify Graduate Education office if withdrawing)

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

  • Fall Break (Monday & Tuesday, October 15-16)
  • Thanksgiving Break (Wednesday-Friday, November 21-23)

Last Day of Classes: Saturday, December 8

Exam Period: Monday-Saturday, December 10-15

End of Term: Saturday, December 15

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.

Activate your Network Account
Once you received your 8-digit UR ID, visit Account Activation to activate your network account to access email, registration, and financial messages and portals.

Access Your Email
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.

Access Blackboard
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.

Confirm Payment Details and 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, 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 517U Foundations of Education
Course Offerings (1)
August 27, 2018 through December 15, 2018
Thursdays: 4:00 - 6:40 pm
Instructor: Allison Brenning
CRN: 11751 (section: 1)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $1,860
Location: North Court 103. Educators taking course for professional development pay discounted rate of $800 by applying at
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)
August 27, 2018 through December 15, 2018
Mondays: 4:00 - 6:40 pm
Instructor: Susan Albaugh
CRN: 17882 (section: 1)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $1,860
Location: Weinstein 209. Educators taking course for professional development pay discounted rate of $800 by applying at
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 570U Talented and Gifted: Working with High Achievers
Course Offerings (1)
Monday, August 27, 2018; 
7:00 - 9:40 pm
Monday, September 10, 2018; 
7:00 - 9:40 pm
Monday, September 17, 2018; 
7:00 - 9:40 pm
Monday, October 1, 2018; 
7:00 - 9:40 pm
Monday, October 22, 2018; 
7:00 - 9:40 pm
Monday, October 29, 2018; 
7:00 - 9:40 pm
Monday, November 12, 2018; 
7:00 - 9:40 pm
Monday, November 26, 2018; 
7:00 - 9:40 pm
Monday, December 3, 2018; 
7:00 - 9:40 pm
Instructor: Joseph Douglas
CRN: 17361 (section: 02H)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $1,860
In-class/online hybrid. In-class sessions as scheduled in Ryland Hall 215. Educators taking course for professional development pay discounted rate of $800 by applying at
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 652U Differentiated Instruction
Course Offerings (1)
August 27, 2018 through December 15, 2018
Instructor: Mark Allan
CRN: 17884 (section: 01B)
Semester hours: 3
Fee: $1,860
Online. Educators taking course for professional development pay discounted rate of $800 by applying at
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.

Contact Us

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

Dr. Julia Burke, Program Manager
(804) 484-1584