Professional Institute for Educators

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We are excited to announce that our fall 2022 course registration is now open!

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Classes & Registration

Non-Degree Classes & Registration

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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Graduate Degrees & Certificates

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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Tuition & Policies

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Course Offerings

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Fall 1

ETEC 674 - Classroom as Makerspace
Credits: 3.0
Faculty: Scott Duggan
Format: Online
Dates: August 26 - October 18, 2022 (Fall 1)
Weekly synchronous sessions will be held; days and times based on student + instructor consensus
Tuition: MEd $2025 | NM $1050
Fee: $50

Have you considered designing a makerspace - a creative, DIY center where students can gather to create, invent, and learn- in your classroom, but you’re unsure how to get started? Would you like to know how best to structure learning within this makerspace for a particular grade level or subject area? Have you tried to integrate a makerspace and would like to learn more about best practices? Educators will leave this course with the ability to plan and develop a low-cost makerspace to use with students for the design of creative projects to deepen understanding of content though hands-on, self-directed learning.


INCL 600 - Foundations of Inclusionary Practices in the Classroom 
Credits: 3.0
Faculty: Elana Betts
Format: Online
Dates: August 26 - October 18, 2022 (Fall 1)
Weekly synchronous sessions will be held; days and times based on student + instructor consensus
Tuition: MEd $2025 | NM $1050
Fee: $50

Student diversity is one of the main characteristics that defines today’s classroom. This course helps educators build the capacity to understand, honor and support the ever-increasing diversity of educational needs within classrooms. Recommendations are provided to enable teachers to augment their existing practices by infusing inclusive practices into existing content and curricula. Roles and responsibilities of general and special educators are explored to help facilitate collaboration in serving the needs of students and to make meaningful contributions to the identification, evaluation, re-evaluation, teaching and monitoring of progress of all students. Participants identify potential barriers to learning across curriculum areas in the general education classroom and identify strategies and services to eliminate those barriers.

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

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

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

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

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.

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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