Professional Learner


Whether you wish to take programs or courses online, at our regional centers in Virginia, or on-Grounds at UVA in Charlottesville, you will find a wide range of offerings for our working students here.

At the University of Virginia’s School of Education and Human Development, we respect your desire to expand your knowledge while maintaining your professional and personal obligations. You’ll enjoy a convenient learning structure, share the experience with other professionals, and be taught by our nationally renowned faculty.

The School of Education and Human Development grants reduced tuition rates to eligible preK-12 educators who meet specific eligibility guidelines. Reduced tuition is applicable to credit-bearing courses and can be applied to up to six credits of coursework per semester. Read more about the educator discount.

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Professional Development Offerings


  • Part-time Degree Programs

    If you earned an undergraduate degree and now want to earn a post-graduate degree, we offer learners like you the opportunity to choose from several part-time, post-graduate degrees. These are the same as our full-time degree programs but taught with a flexible schedule to support you in achieving your goal.

    The locations where these learning opportunities are offered follow the course name: Charlottesville (CVL), Northern Virginia (NOVA), Richmond (RIC), and online (ONL).

    Master of Teaching (M.T.) 

    Special Education (leads to licensure): NOVA

    English as a Second Language (leads to licensure): online

    Master of Education (M.Ed.)
    Administration & Supervision: CVL, NOVA, RIC
    Curriculum & Instruction (C&I): ONL
    Curriculum & Instruction (C&I) - Reading Education: CVL, NOVA, RIC, ONL
    Curriculum & Instruction (C&I) - Instructional Technology: CVL
    Educational Psychology - Applied Developmental Science: CVL
    Educational Psychology - Social Foundations: ONL
    Higher Education: CVL

    Education Specialist (Ed.S.)
    Curriculum & Instruction (C&I): CVL, ONL

    Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.)
    Administration & Supervision: NOVA
    Curriculum & Instruction (C&I) - Reading Education: CVL

    Curriculum & Instruction: CVL, ONL

  • Certificates and Course Series for Endorsement and Licensure

    You don’t need to make the commitment of a full-time degree program to enhance your knowledge and gain a competitive advantage. You can add an endorsement to your teaching license, earn a professional certificate, or choose from a range of online and in-person open-enrollment courses to expand your skill set and earn recertification points.

    Registering for the following study opportunities only requires you to establish a student record at the University. An application for admission and supporting documents are not necessary. The locations where these learning opportunities are offered follow the course name: Charlottesville (CVL), Northern Virginia (NOVA), Richmond (RIC), Wise at Abingdon (WISE), and online (ONL).

    Course Series for Alternative Route to Teacher Licensure:

    • Professional Studies: NOVA, ONL
    • Find more information about the School of Education and Human Development's support for alternative routes to licensure here

    Course Series for Endorsement:

    Professional Certificate Programs:

  • Workshops, Institutes & Conferences

    We also offer numerous workshops, institutes, and conferences throughout the school year and summer. These events are a great way to learn something new and meet other professionals in your field. 

    Applied Measurement with jMetrick Workshop
    Take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn from the developer of jMetrik to become proficient using it to analyze your test data.

    Annual Art & Science of Sports Medicine Conference
    Explore the newest strategic areas and challenges in the field of sports medicine. You can even earn academic credit for attending.

    Central Virginia Writing Project
    Help students enhance their writing abilities by learning best instructional practices.

    Leadership Academy: Coaching for Change
    This three-day workshop supports principals, assistant principals, instructional coaches and school and central office teacher leaders who want to improve their coaching skills and cultivate more professionally stimulating work environments for adult learning in their schools.

    Institutes on Academic Diversity
    Discover what creates an optimal learning environment for diverse learners.

    Darden/Curry Partnership for Leaders in Education
    Become an empowered education leader. Our nationally renowned partnership with U.Va.’s Darden School of Business is the most established school turnaround program in the country.

    Reading @ Curry Workshops and Academy
    Take practical activities from our workshops and immediately apply them in your classroom. The Reading Academy provides insights and strategies to mentor struggling readers.

    SCOPE 13 (Statewide Communities of Practice for Excellence 13) | 2018–2019
    As a school administrator, you can further develop your leadership skills in this two-year program.

    SCOPE 14 (Statewide Communities of Practice for Excellence 14) | 2019–2020
    As a school administrator, you can further develop your leadership skills in this two-year program.

    SCOPE 15 (Statewide Communities of Practice for Excellence 14) | 2019–2020
    As a school administrator, you can further develop your leadership skills in this two-year program.

    SCOPE 16 (Statewide Communities of Practice for Excellence 16) | 2020–2021
    As a school administrator, you can further develop your leadership skills in this two-year program.

  • Non-degree Courses

    You don’t need to make the commitment of a full-time degree program to enhance your knowledge and gain a competitive advantage. You can take courses for recertification and professional development, choosing from a myriad of online and in-person open-enrollment courses to expand your skill set and keep your teaching license current. Consult the Virginia Department of Education licensure website for specific information regarding licensure renewal. 

    Registering for the following courses only requires you to establish a student record at the University. An application for admission and supporting documents are not necessary. The locations where these learning opportunities are offered follow the course name: Charlottesville (CVL), Northern Virginia (NOVA), Richmond (RIC), Wise at Abingdon (WISE), and online (ONL).

    Courses - Open Enrollment:

    • Teaching online? Check out EDIS 5075. This web-based course explores the principles of online learning and instructional strategies in the K-12 environment. Students learn to adapt strategies for a variety of course models (e.g. synchronous and asynchronous), employ innovative teaching strategies in an online environment, and select, adapt, and create rich multimedia for instruction. Summer 2020: 6/8-7/31
    • Individual courses non-degree: ONL, CVL, NOVA, RIC
  • Featured 1-Credit and 3-Credit Courses

    EDIS 5075: Online Instructional Procedures for K-12

    Are you teaching online? This web-based course explores the principles of online learning and instructional strategies in the K-12 environment. Students learn to adapt strategies for a variety of course models (e.g. synchronous and asynchronous), employ innovative teaching strategies in an online environment, and select, adapt, and create rich multimedia for instruction. 

    Summer 2020 dates: 6/8-7/31


    Our 1-credit offerings are a great way to learn more about a specific topic while earning licensure renewal points! All of our offerings are online. Some courses run for just a few weeks while others are spread out over an entire semester.

    EDIS 3460: Introduction to English Learners

    This new one-credit, online course is geared toward those who are teaching in various content areas and grade levels (PK-12) who do not have a background in ESL but would like to know more about the English learners in their classrooms. The course is  online with asynchronous discussions, so no set meeting times are required. Because this course is at the undergraduate level, teachers should confirm with their school division whether it can be applied toward a salary step increase. Contact April Salerno ([email protected]) for more information.

    Spring 2020 Dates: March 30-May 1 (March 30-April 6 will be an orientation week)

    EDIS 5141: IEP and Transition Planning

    This class will focus on the development of legally appropriate IEPs and their application to instructional planning. The course will also address transition planning and the strategies for assisting students in sped to move across the grades & from school to post-secondary placements. This on-line class will include readings, cases, hands-on activities, & video analysis.

    Spring 2020 Dates: January 13-April 28

    Summer 2020 Dates: June 14-August 2

     

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    Best Graduate School of Education in the Country, U.S. News & World Report

  • 9

    Academic Programs Ranked in the Top 20 Nationally, U.S. News & World Report

  • 42 %

    of All Superintendents in Virginia Are UVA School of Education and Human Development Graduates