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Courses for Professional Licensed Educators

The School of Professional & Continuing Studies provides approved courses for teachers holding a provisional license from the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). Only VDOE may grant a provisional license upon request of a Virginia public school division seeking to employ an individual with minimal competency gaps.

Review additional details about the VDOE provisional license below. If you have questions, please contact Dr. Julia Burke at jburke@richmond.edu or (804) 484-1584.

What is a provisional license?

Provisional licenses are issued by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) at the request of the hiring school division.

The provisional license is a nonrenewable license valid for a period not to exceed three years. It is issued to an individual who has minimal competency gaps for full licensure as set forth by the VDOE in the Virginia Licensure Regulations for School Personnel. The individual must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.

The provisional license, with the exception of those individuals seeking licensure through a career switcher program, is issued for three years. Individuals must complete the requirements for the regular, ten-year license within the Provisional License’s three-year term.

Who might seek a provisional license?

A provisional licensure is one alternative route to licensure approved by the VDOE. For example, individuals who graduate from an accredited college or university without education coursework would not meet the VDOE requirements for an initial teaching license. However, such individuals may seek an alternative route to licensure like the provisional license. VDOE regulations allow an individual with minimal competency gaps to be employed by a school division and be granted a provisional license.

This license must be requested by the hiring school division, not by the individual.

The VDOE is the licensure authority for all teaching licenses for grades K-12 in the state. The VDOE grants licensure to individuals who meet the requirements either via a state-approved Teacher Education program or through an alternative route to licensure.

Where can I learn more about a provisional license?

Please contact a Licensure Specialist in the Office of Teacher Education and Licensure at the VDOE at (804) 225-2022 with any questions specific to a provisional license and/or fulfilling competency gaps during the term of your provisional license.

What courses does SPCS offer for provisional licensed teachers?

The University of Richmond is authorized by VDOE as an “approved licensure program,” meaning approved courses taken at UR will address licensure requirements.

The SPCS Education program offers many courses that are open to provisional license holders seeking coursework related to the VDOE’s professional studies requirements. The following classes are offered on a regular, predictable rotation.

Course Elementary Secondary & Comprehensive Schedule
EDUC 507U Instruction & Assessment in Elementary Science
Available
Fall, Spring
EDUC 508U Instruction & Assessment in Elementary Social Studies
Available
Spring, Summer
EDUC 517U Foundations of Education
Available
Available
Fall, Spring, Summer
EDUC 518U Diverse Learners
Available
Available
Spring, Summer
EDUC 524U Reading Foundations for Early Literacy Instruction
Available
Fall, Summer
EDUC 526U Assessment, Intervention and Literacy Strategies for Elementary Readers
Available
Fall, Spring
EDUC 527U Content & Pedagogy for Elementary Mathematics
Available
Fall
EDUC 538U Technology-Enhanced 21st Century Teaching and Learning
Available
Available
Fall, Summer
EDUC 542U Teaching and Learning in Secondary Classrooms
Available
Fall, Spring
EDUC 550U Content Area Literacy
Available
Spring, Summer
EDUC 558U Classroom and Behavior Management
Available
Available
Spring, Summer

Additionally, we offer classes related to Gifted Education and Special Education that may be used to complete requirements for add-on endorsements. We also periodically offer classes focused on specific instructional needs, including Arts Integration, English Language Learners (ELL) and Trauma-Informed Care.

Provisionally licensed individuals should confirm with a VDOE Licensure Specialist that a course meets VDOE’s professional studies requirements before registering for any course. 

Review the schedule of classes (below) to see which classes are being offered or will be offered in an upcoming term.

Available Classes

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.

Contact Us

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

Phone: (804) 289-8427
spcs@richmond.edu