Professional Institute for Educators + MEd Programs
Enrich yourself. Enrich your classroom.
Through graduate programs and courses, the Professional Institute for Educators develops innovative and creative educational programming to serve the professional development needs of K-12 teachers in and through the arts.
The Professional Institute for Educators is a recipient of the Pennsylvania State Education Association Seal of Recognition.
Classes & Registration
Professional development courses for K-12 in-service teachers in the Arts, Inclusion, Literacy, Educational Technology, and Teaching with Primary Sources.
Tuition & Policies
Review tuition and fees for courses, and learn about program policies.
Graduate Degrees & Certificates
Our programs provide the individual attention and support that are the hallmark of every learning experience at UArts.
Library of Congress | 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 that focus on incorporating arts-based primary sources into the classroom. Graduate credit is also available for these courses at a significantly reduced rate.
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.
Fulfill Act 48 hours and earn graduate credits while gaining new practices to bring to your classroom.
Our practice-centered programs provide individual attention and support at your own pace, so you can advance your professional goals without career interruption.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, with priority given to those submitted by March 1st. Learn more about the application process here.
Director, Professional Institute for Educators + MEd Programs
School of Professional Studies
Sarah Anne Eckert obtained her Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University in Educational Theory and Policy. She served as an Assistant Professor of Education at Notre Dame of Maryland University before returning to Philadelphia to teach history and provide research support to the Center for the Advancement of Girls at the Agnes Irwin School in Bryn Mawr, PA. She teaches US History and Women’s Global Health. Dr. Eckert previously taught 3rd grade in North Philadelphia and 7th grade at the Woodlynde School.
Fulfill Act 48 hours and earn graduate credits early in 2019 on your own schedule. Online courses allow you to advance your career without interrupting it.
Don't miss these courses starting in January:
Digital Communication in the Classroom
Explore the opportunities that digital communication such as blogs, fora, wikis, discussion boards, and others can present in the classroom setting, and how digital communication strategies can effectively support and enhance curriculum.
Online + 5 synchronous sessions | January 7-February 8
Instructor: Cynthia Willits
Special Topics in Ed Tech: Integrating Technology into Content Areas
Blend technology tools into lessons that engage students and enhance learning. Discover specific strategies for your individual content area(s) while engaging with teachers from other disciplines. Hands-on activities for classroom application include desktop publishing projects to combine text with images, web-based activities, podcasting and more.
Online + 4 synchronous sessions | January 21-February 22
Instructor: Howard Glasser
View a full course listing here.
Christianna Berg, MEd in Educational Program Design, presented her MEd Capstone Project - an integrated science and social studies curriculum designed for 5th grade - at Pennsylvania's Curriculum Summit in Pittsburgh, PA. Since her presentation, Christianna has reflected on and adapted her curriculum. You can read more about Christianna's journey as an MEd graduate on her blog here.
DEC 14 — Bills due for Matriculated Students
Winter Break — University Closed
University Administrative Offices Open
JAN 7 — First Spring Classes Begin
MLK Jr Day — University Closed
FEB 2 — Summer Registration Opens for Matriculated Students
FEB 25 — Summer Registration Opens for Non-Matriculated Students
MARCH 1 — Priority Deadline for MEd Applications
MARCH 11 - 15
Spring Break — University Closed
MAY 14 — Graduate Hooding Ceremony
MAY 16 — Commencement
JUNE 24 - 28 — ArtsWeek: Wayne Arts Center
JULY 8 — 12th SummerCore at Villanova University
AUG 5 - 9 — ArtsWeek: UArts
View UArts Academic Calendar
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.