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Take professional development courses for K-12 in-service teachers in the Arts, Inclusion, Literacy, Educational Technology, and Teaching with Primary Sources. These courses are for non-degree students.

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Earn an online MEd in Educational Program Design or Educational Technology, or a 15-credit graduate certificate in the Arts or Educational Technology.

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Fall 2

ETEC 661 - Game-Based Learning in the Classroom (Introductory) 
Credits: 3.0
Faculty: Matthew Duvall
Format: Online
Dates: October 20 - December 17, 2022 (Fall 2)
Weekly synchronous sessions will be held; days and times based on student + instructor consensus
Tuition: MEd $2025 | NM $1050
Fee: $50

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This course will provide educators an opportunity to explore the principles, processes and theories of game-based learning in the classroom. Educators will critically analyze the characteristics and applications of digital games for various learning needs. The course is designed to explore the symbiotic classroom relationship between games, play and learning. We will identify and analyze current trends such as integration of games, data analytics, and badges for learning. We will explore the fundamental elements of game-based learning and we will write a game design document (GDD), including the story, learning theories, mechanics, technology and aesthetics.



ETEC 670 - Digital Badges: Getting Started with Micro-Credentialing 
Credits: 3.0
Faculty: George Pecchio
Format: Online
Dates: October 20 - December 17, 2022 (Fall 2)
Weekly synchronous sessions will be held; days and times based on student + instructor consensus
Tuition: MEd $2025 | NM $1050
Fee: $50

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Badges make your classroom goals visible to students. Badges, or ‘micro-credentials,’ help motivate students, as students are able to see what they need to do to reach a goal or master a skill. Students want to do well, and they want to be recognized for their accomplishments. Leave this course with a foundational understanding of digital badges- online representations of skills earned- and open badges- verification of student skills, interests and achievements- and how to implement a badge system within your school or classroom. Take your current curriculum, lift up those objectives, skills, understandings and concepts, to represent as badges that show criteria students must meet to earn them. The case study method will be used to illustrate the successful design and implementation of digital badge systems by schools and educators.



ETEC 669 - STEAM for Integrated Learning
Credits: 3.0
Faculty: Cynthia Willits
Format: Online
Dates: October 20 - December 17, 2022 (Fall 2)
Weekly synchronous sessions will be held; days and times based on student + instructor consensus
Tuition: MEd $2025 | NM $1050
Fee: $50

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Creativity saturates science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM). Integrated learning is a powerful means of facilitating meaningful learning. The artistic process and the scientific method are more complementary than one might imagine - both facilitate the exploration of ideas and possibilities. Both involve “process” and “product.” Both require students to engage in creative and critical thinking that supports collaborative learning. This course will explore STEAM integration models, in which you will test lessons and tools to facilitate a STEAM-inspired curriculum. You will have the flexibility to select specific areas of STEAM that are most relevant to your own classroom and teaching style. You will emerge with the confidence and skill to authentically integrate across STEAM content.



VPAS 674 - Visual Arts for the Classroom: Portraiture 
Credits: 3.0
Faculty: Sara Hitz-Arnold
Format: Online
Dates: October 20 - December 17, 2022 (Fall 2)
Weekly synchronous sessions will be held; days and times based on student + instructor consensus
Tuition: MEd $2025 | NM $1050
Fee: $50

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From Ancient Egypt to the selfie, portraits have served as a humanist expression of identity, class, and culture. This class will examine and discuss the meaning and implications of portraiture in its various forms. This course is tailored for K-12 educators to draw and paint the head using charcoal, pencil, and watercolor, and to take these techniques back to the classroom. By manipulating lighting, context, medium, and composition, K-12 educators will create meaningful portraits.

Spring 1

ETEC 681 - TeacherQuest: Designing Games for the Classroom 
Credits: 3.0
Faculty: Rupa Misra
Format: Online
Dates: January 23 - March 21, 2023 (Spring 1)
Synchronous sessions will be scheduled based on student + instructor consensus
Tuition: MEd $2025 | NM $1050
Fee: $50

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This course is an introduction for K-12 educators to co-designing non-digital game-like learning experiences for the classroom. You will explore and apply game-like learning strategies by: 1) creating student-centered learning experiences to deepen student engagement, 2) testing and simulating these learning experiences with colleagues, while 3) using design thinking as a
frame for developing classroom-ready materials.


 

STET 606 - Current Innovations in Ed Tech for Classroom Teachers 
Credits: 3.0
Faculty: Scott Duggan
Format: Online
Dates: January 23 - March 21, 2023 (Spring 1)
Synchronous sessions will be scheduled based on student + instructor consensus
Tuition: MEd $2025 | NM $1050
Fee: $50

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This course is for educators who are eager to learn about the newest and most innovative offerings in educational technology. In the course, students will learn about new web-based technology that is free for use and easy to implement in the classroom. These innovative tech tools will help educators continue to improve accessibility for all students and allow student choice in order to improve student learning outcomes. Within the course, students will design lessons around what they are currently teaching or would like to teach in the future and will work collaboratively to develop engaging and challenging educational material. The course will also help educators learn how to vet new technology before implementing it.



ETEC 659 - Google for Education 
Credits: 3.0
Faculty: Cynthia Willits
Format: Online
Dates: January 23 - March 21, 2023 (Spring 1)
Synchronous sessions will be scheduled based on student + instructor consensus
Tuition: MEd $2025 | NM $1050
Fee: $50

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Does your school use Google Apps for Education, but you are unsure as to how to best use it to serve your classroom needs? Do you have a basic understanding of Google Apps. but would love to know more? Would you benefit from exploring Google Apps’ formative assessment features and terrific assignment feedback functions? How about the ease of data collection, analysis and interpretation? Creating and building educator communities? This course will serve as a jumping off point as to how Google Apps will integrate seamlessly into the classroom experience for you and your students.


 

VPAS 618/619 - 3D Projects for the Classroom:  Traditional Jewelry Techniques (Intro/Advanced)
Credits: 3.0
Faculty: Christopher Darway
Format: Online
Dates: January 23 - March 21, 2023 (Spring 1)
Synchronous sessions will be scheduled based on student + instructor consensus
Tuition: MEd $2025 | NM $1050
Fee: $100

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Intro (VPAS*618): This course is an introduction to beginning traditional jewelry techniques and metalwork. Participants learn basic fabrication techniques such as hollow construction, linkage, chain making, forming and fabrication. With demonstrations, discussions and hands-on projects, this course provides an overview to the vocabulary and process of working with metals and an understanding of the technical requirements and considerations to bring these skills into the curriculum. Content applicable to K-12 art classrooms, particularly to expand knowledge of 3-D concepts and construction with students. No previous jewelry experience required.

Advanced (VPAS*619): Participants expand on projects using fabrication techniques such as hollow construction, linkage, chain making, forming and fabrication. This course furthers the process of working with metals and the understanding of the technical requirements needed to bring these skills into the curriculum. Content applicable to K-12 art classrooms, particularly to expand knowledge of 3-D concepts and construction with students.

Spring 2

ETEC 693 - TeacherQuest: Using Games & the Design Process to Engage Students 
Credits: 3.0
Faculty: Matthew Duvall
Format: Online
Dates: March 23 - May 13, 2023 (Spring 2)
Synchronous sessions will be scheduled based on student + instructor consensus
Tuition: MEd $2025 | NM $1050
Fee: $50

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The course will allow you to step into the role of your students, reflecting from both then teacher and the learner perspective with a focus on the design and use of games for learning within flexible content area contexts (eg., STEM, social studies, ELA). The course will allow you to experience firsthand practices that are encouraged by Common Core and state standards, as well as 21st Century skills. In this course, you will create “learning games” focused on self-selected skills, practices, and concepts, along with supporting tasks and reflective spaces. Thus, you will produce not just discrete games, but a set of experiences generated by
those games, enabling practical, effective classroom integration. Throughout this process you will ask deep questions about domain content and practice; observe and analyze student reactions and level of engagement; and reflect on your own teaching practice.



ETEC 668 - Google for Education, Advanced
Credits: 3.0
Faculty: Cynthia Willits
Format: Online
Dates: March 23 - May 13, 2023 (Spring 2)
Synchronous sessions will be scheduled based on student + instructor consensus
Tuition: MEd $2025 | NM $1050
Fee: $50

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Do you use Google Apps for Education in your classroom, and want to know more? Go beyond Docs, Sheets, Sites, and Hangouts, and deeper into Google Apps. Explore Google Classroom (which helps teachers create and organize assignments quickly, provide feedback efficiently, and easily communicate with students and across classrooms), Google Expeditions (virtual field trips), Communities (‘clubs’ that are moderated and have a particular focus), Programs (eg Google Teacher Academy) and other resources for your students. This course was developed to address both day-to-day and longer-term classroom needs and interests using Google Apps. 
(Prerequisites ETEC*659)



ETEC 656 - Blended & Flipped Learning: What Is It All About?
Credits: 3.0
Faculty: Luke Bilger
Format: Online
Dates: March 23 - May 13, 2023 (Spring 2)
Synchronous sessions will be scheduled based on student + instructor consensus
Tuition: MEd $2025 | NM $1050
Fee: $50

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Blended and Flipped Learning: What’s it All About will introduce multiple ways to facilitate blended and flipped learning within the K-12 classroom. This introductory courses allows students to explore multiple ways to optimize and balance classroom time and at-home time within blended and flipped formats. Students will experiment with flipped classroom practices using free classroom resources and will learn how to flip learning in any environment, even with limited online access and/or limited devices. The course allows students to explore how they might use structures that are already in place, such as stations and clusters, to tailor the best learning experience for students in your classroom.



ETEC 647 - Web-Based Lessons & Resources for Teachers
Credits: 3.0
Faculty: Scott Duggan
Format: Online
Dates: March 23 - May 13, 2023 (Spring 2)
Synchronous sessions will be scheduled based on student + instructor consensus
Tuition: MEd $2025 | NM $1050
Fee: $50

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Learn how and where to find the most effective educational resources on the web, including lesson plans, model education sites, and presentation tools. This course enables novices and advanced users to explore web-based active learning and consider methods to incorporate skills into lessons. Learn web page/simple website creation skills as well as the latest presentation techniques using multi-media tools, slide shows, and concept mapping.



STIP 605 - Trauma-Informed Classroom Practices for Teachers
Credits: 3.0
Faculty: Laura Murtaugh
Format: Online
Dates: March 23 - May 13, 2023 (Spring 2)
Synchronous sessions will be scheduled based on student + instructor consensus
Tuition: MEd $2025 | NM $1050
Fee: $50

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Approximately two-thirds of K-12 students will experience an adverse childhood event prior to the age of 18 and the majority of K-12 educators will work with students who have a history of personal or community trauma. Knowing that trauma histories can manifest in academic and social behaviors, it is essential that teachers are equipped with trauma-informed skills and strategies to help support all of the students in their care. This course will review the impacts of trauma on brain development, stress tolerance, social/emotional skills, and academic and life outcomes. It will also focus on further exploring what it means to be trauma-informed with a particular focus on strategies that can be implemented within schools and classrooms to increase opportunities for student regulation and feelings of emotional safety. Lastly, the course will review how trauma-informed teaching is an extension of the equity work already occurring in many school systems.



INCL 605 - Gifted Education in Inclusive Classrooms
Credits: 3.0
Faculty: Rupa Misra
Format: Online
Dates: March 23 - May 13, 2023 (Spring 2)
Synchronous sessions will be scheduled based on student + instructor consensus
Tuition: MEd $2025 | NM $1050
Fee: $50

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Explore techniques to improve instruction to all students in advanced programs and bring gifted education pedagogy into regular classrooms more effectively. Renzulli to Bloom to Torrance are discussed and modeled, while participants investigate gifted research, gifted programming, and gifted curricula. While some school services for gifted and talented students involve part-time opportunities beyond the regular classroom, this course deepens approaches and methods to enhance learning opportunities within the regular classroom. This course also examines the theory that gifted education can address not only the needs of children who show talent, but may promote the emergence and development of gifted and talented children who show potential but have not had the opportunity to fully develop that potential.



VPAS 605 - Mural Arts & Storytelling for the Classroom
Credits: 3.0
Faculty: Shira Walinsky
Format: Online
Dates: March 23 - May 13, 2023 (Spring 2)
Synchronous sessions will be scheduled based on student + instructor consensus
Tuition: MEd $2025 | NM $1050
Fee: $100

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Murals are stories - written or spoken - that make their way onto the walls of the city. The work of Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program is fueled by the diverse stories of individuals, families and communities. In this class, developed through a partnership with the Mural Arts Program, participants study the historic context of murals in Philadelphia and explore the process of visual translation and community collaboration. Participants learn how to transform writing, storytelling and oral history traditions into the creation of a small-scale mural project in their schools and how this activity can be adapted to a variety of subject areas and diverse learners. The course includes a guided tour of Philadelphia murals, as well as guest speakers and projects that build an understanding of collaborative artmaking. Each participant creates a small panel that is installed as a group mural and learns some of the technical steps that are required to develop mural proposals and installations in school environments.



VPAS 686 - Image in the Age of Social Media
Credits: 3.0
Faculty: Sara Hitz
Format: Online
Dates: March 23 - May 13, 2023 (Spring 2)
Synchronous sessions will be scheduled based on student + instructor consensus
Tuition: MEd $2025 | NM $1050
Fee: $100

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Social Media has forever changed the way we digest, consume, share, and think about photography, and about imagery more generally. How does this proliferation of images on social media change the way society is communicating? This course explores why, how, and to what end will this evolution play out in today's K-12 classroom. Educators will think deeply about- and design and plan lessons around- how social media has changed the way that artists and society relate to the photographic image.

ArtsWeek & Partnership Courses

ArtsWeek

During summer ArtsWeek, teachers across all content areas work with practicing artists to explore art-specific techniques, concepts, and history that they can bring back to their classrooms.

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Teaching with Primary Sources

Funded by a grant from the Library of Congress, the Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program offers tuition-free professional development opportunities for K-12 educators in the greater-Philadelphia area.

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Partnership Courses

The Professional Institute for Educators is pleased to partner with organizations to serve as a credit provider for professional development opportunities in the greater Philadelphia region.

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Looking for Programs for Music Educators?

The Summer Music Studies + MM in Music Education serve the needs of music teachers, offering matriculated degrees and non-matriculated graduate-level courses for professional development that meet PA Act 48 requirements.

Summer Music Studies

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