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Summer for Educators at UR

Summer is an ideal time for educators to catch up on licensure renewal requirements or pursue professional development opportunities. We offer credit-earning and noncredit learning opportunities for educators and school leaders, online and on the University of Richmond campus.

Summer Opportunities for Educators

Summer provides teachers and school leaders a little bit more time to advance their careers and work on relicensure requirements. As a result, we provide learning opportunities that meet scheduling and relicensure needs of Richmond-area educators.

Our summer programs for teachers include:

Summer Teacher Institutes and Workshops

Online Classes in Teaching and Instruction

We offer a variety of online opportunities in instructional and teaching topics year-round, including the summer.

Graduate Degree Programs

Graduate-level Professional Development Courses

  • Classes & electives (listed below) for professional development
  • Non-degree seeking classes are offered at a signficant discount to teachers 
  • Visit our Professional Development for Educators page to register

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Classes for Graduate Credit

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 Learning and Human Development
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 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: 3
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.

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Students in a Teacher Licensure Preparation (TLP) class, EDUC 542U Teaching in Middle & Secondary Schools. Taught by Dr. Scott Bray, Assistant ...
Students in a Teacher Licensure Preparation (TLP) class, EDUC 542U Teaching in Middle & Secondary Schools. Taught by Dr. Scott Bray, Assistant ...