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Professional Studies: Professional Learning

The School of Education and Human Development offers individualized advising and flexible online coursework to help you meet the Professional Studies course requirements for the alternate route to licensure available in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

At a Glance

Program Results

Professional Learning

Professional Studies course requirements:

  • Early/Primary and Elementary Education
  • Middle Education
  • Secondary, PreK-12, and Adult Education
  • Special Education

Program Type

  • Part Time

Location

  • Online

Estimated Length

Students may take courses at their leisure. Once they have completed the requirements set forth by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), they may apply to the VDOE for initial licensure.

Application Deadline

Students should fill out the Non-Degree Student form at least a week before the start of the desired term. Early submission is recommended to secure spots in desired classes.

About This Program

Are you teaching on a Provisional Teaching License in a Virginia public school, PreK-12, and need to fulfill your Professional Studies course requirements? Or, are you interested in teaching, but would like an alternative to a full-time teacher education program?

These course series meet the Professional Studies course requirements that are required by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) for licensure in the different endorsement areas:

  • Early/Primary and Elementary Education
  • Middle Education
  • Secondary, K-12 and Adult Education
  • Special Education

Students enrolled in a Professional Studies course series will be given guidance on how to pursue a Virginia teaching license through the alternative licensure path. Visit our Become a Teacher page to learn more about alternative routes to licensure.

Note: Final licensure requirements are determined and approved by the Virginia Department of Education. Please reach out to the contact listed on this page as you move forward with your next steps.

Course Overview By Endorsement Area

Early/Primary and Elementary Education

  • EDLF 5160-Lifespan Development
  • EDIS 5025-Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, preK-12
  • EDIS 5041-Behavior and Classroom Management
  • EDIS 5175-Issues in K-12 Education -or- EDLF 7601- Social Foundations of Education
  • EDIS 7720- Understanding the Code: Phonics, Phonological Awareness, Orthography 
    *Note the name of this course has previously been titled EDS 7720: Language Structures and Phonics and EDIS 7720: Word Study: Phonics, Phonological Awareness, Orthography
  • EDIS 7700-Foundations of Reading Instruction
  • EDIS 5820: Assessment of and for Learning (a curriculum and instruction course is required prior to taking EDIS 5820)

Professional Learning Admission

Application for admission is made to the School of Education and Human Development Office of Admission & Enrollment. For more information about the professional learning admission process, please visit our Professional Learning Admission page.

Middle Education

  • EDLF 5160-Lifespan Development
  • EDIS 5025-Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, preK-12
  • EDIS 5041-Behavior and Classroom Management
  • EDIS 5175-Issues in K-12 Education -or- EDLF 7601- Social Foundations of Education
  • EDIS 7720- Understanding the Code: Phonics, Phonological Awareness, Orthography 
    *Note the name of this course has previously been titled EDS 7720: Language Structures and Phonics and EDIS 7720: Word Study: Phonics, Phonological Awareness, Orthography
  • EDIS 7710-Reading in the Content Areas
  • EDIS 5820: Assessment of and for Learning (a curriculum and instruction course is required prior to taking EDIS 5820)

Professional Learning Admission

Application for admission is made to the School of Education and Human Development Office of Admission & Enrollment. For more information about the professional learning admission process, please visit our Professional Learning Admission page.

Secondary, PreK-12, and Adult Education

  • EDLF 5160-Lifespan Development
  • EDIS 5025-Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, preK-12*
  • EDIS 5041-Behavior and Classroom Management
  • EDIS 5175-Issues in K-12 Education -or- EDLF 7601- Social Foundations of Education
  • EDIS 7710-Reading in the Content Areas
  • EDIS 5820: Assessment of and for Learning (a curriculum and instruction course is required prior to taking EDIS 5820)

*If your specific PreK-12 endorsement is in ESL and you are cited for an ESL methods course, substitute EDIS 5424: ESL Methods OR 5428: ESL Methods; if your specific preK-12 endorsement is in foreign language, substitute EDIS 5490: World Languages Teaching Methods

Professional Learning Admission

Application for admission is made to the School of Education and Human Development Office of Admission & Enrollment. For more information about the professional learning admission process, please visit our Professional Learning Admission page.

Special Education

  • EDLF 5160-Lifespan Development
  • EDIS 5025-Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, preK-12
  • EDIS 5041-Behavior and Classroom Management
  • EDIS 5175-Issues in K-12 Education -or- EDLF 7601- Social Foundations of Education
  • EDIS 7720- Understanding the Code: Phonics, Phonological Awareness, Orthography 
    *Note the name of this course has previously been titled EDS 7720: Language Structures and Phonics and EDIS 7720: Word Study: Phonics, Phonological Awareness, Orthography
  • EDIS 7700-Foundations of Reading Instruction
  • EDIS 5820: Assessment of and for Learning (a curriculum and instruction course is required prior to taking EDIS 5820)

Professional Learning Admission

Application for admission is made to the School of Education and Human Development Office of Admission & Enrollment. For more information about the professional learning admission process, please visit our Professional Learning Admission page.

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Disclosures

The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements. These publications may be found at http://records.ureg.virginia.edu/content.php?catoid=55&navoid=4441.