Teaching & Instruction

The School of Professional & Continuing Studies offers classes and programs focused on learning to teach or to teach more effectively.

Our classes and programs address teaching a particular audience or using particular modalities, technologies or levels.

Our Teaching & Instruction classes and programs seek to extend the values and resources of a liberal arts education into teaching and instruction.

The selections listed in the tabs below represent a portion of what we have to offer. Additional listings are available and include a wide range of classes.

  • Our Think Again catalog lists Teaching & Instruction classes available from SPCS (generally face-to-face) and from the Learning Resource Network (LERN, all online) for registration.
  • Our online partner portals list classes in a variety of areas offered through our online partners.


In the tabs below, classes and programs include a registration link. For specific information on how to register for online classes, review the information in the Online Partner Registration page. Procedures differ slightly by partner, but may all be completed online.

Programming Levels

In our Professional Education & Enrichment areas of study, we seek to provide a selection of coursework and programs that meet different enrichment and workforce levels of study. Each is described below:

  • Career-curious and enrichment: Designed to explore a career or expand an interest
  • Career-level: Designed to build skills or shift to a new career
  • Professional-level: Designed to deepen or widen knowledge and experience
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  • Career-Level Programs
    LERN Certified Online Instructor (COI) Program

    Online: The Certified Online Instructor (COI) designation is provided to those who successfully complete the three courses from the Certificate in Online Teaching: Advanced Teaching Online, Designing Online Instruction, and Fostering Online Discussion. Those students wishing to receive the COI designation must complete additional coursework, teach a course online and receive student evaluation. Instructor-led (start dates vary) through LERN.

    LERN Certificate in Online Teaching

    Online: For those new to teaching online, or those already teaching online: get the best instruction from the foremost authorities in online learning. Consists of three courses: Advanced Teaching Online, Designing Online Instruction and Fostering Online Discussion. Instructor-led (start dates vary) with LERN.

    LERN Certificate in Teaching Adults

    Online: This is your invitation to teach others in-person and join in one of the more important functions in life — passing on knowledge and skills to others. It’s both an opportunity and a responsibility. Whether you want to teach others or currently teach others, in any setting, either formally or informally, this course is for you. Instructor-led (start dates vary) with LERN.

Partners in the Arts Partners in the Arts is the Richmond region’s premier provider training and professional development in arts integrated teaching and learning. Arts Integrated Learning & Teaching
Center for Leadership in Education The Center for Leadership in Education (CLE) provides thought leadership and research tools to assist elementary and secondary institutions in leadership studies and practice. For Richmond's K-12 School Leaders