Professional Institute for Educators FAQ

This FAQ addresses frequently asked questions about Professional Institute for Educators.

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What is the Professional Institute for Educators (PIE)?

The Professional Institute for Educators empowers educators across disciplines to continually advance their teaching skills to improve learning for all students. Through graduate courses, certificates, and degree programs, PIE develops innovative and creative educational programming to serve the professional development needs of K-12 teachers in and through the arts.

Professional Institute for Educators Student Learning Outcomes

  • Educators will enhance skills to design and develop high-quality curriculum and instruction.
  • Educators will explore diverse ways to assess student learning.
  • Educators will gain skills, tools, and techniques to enrich creative education through the arts.
  • Educators will strengthen their role in the lives of students through the exploration of the arts and humanities to integrate cultural resources into the classroom.
Why are PIE courses referred to as non-matriculated options?

Matriculated students earn an official credential (either a Master's degree or a Graduate Certificate) from UArts upon completion of the course of study. The following matriculated programs are offered through the School of Professional Studies: Master of Education in Educational Program Design (MEd), Master of Education in Educational Technology (MEd), Master of Music in Music Education (MM); Graduate Certificates in Arts and Educational Technology. These programs require an application for admission.  

Non-matriculated courses in the Professional Institute for Educators are geared toward students who are taking courses for professional development and not as part of a course of study leading to a graduate degree or certificate. These courses are still graduate credit-bearing. Non-matriculated students may enroll in some of the same course options available to matriculated students. Corresponding non-matriculated course sections are designated with an “NM” following the course code. Those who wish to later transfer credits into one of our MEd programs may transfer up to six credits.

How do I register for Professional Institute for Educators Is there a deadline?

Registration for non-matriculated students is accepted until a course reaches capacity, or until one week before the first day of class, whichever comes first. We recommend registering early to ensure that you receive all the information regarding the class ahead of time.

PIE students can register and pay online through Instant Enrollment.

View Professional Studies Policies

Who teaches PIE classes and programs?

PIE courses are taught by expert educators, artists, and creative professionals who enjoy the opportunity to share their expertise and collaborate with our students. Learn more about our faculty by visiting the course pages.

Is financial assistance available?

No, financial assistance is not available for PIE & SMS classes or graduate programs. 

Financial assistance is not available for PIE courses, though we offer discounts. Learn more about discounts.


Do I have to attend every class?  What if I need to miss class/es?

Your instructor will go over synchronous and in-person attendance policies and expectations on the first day of class. Please discuss any absences and necessary makeup work with your instructor. The online nature of our courses allows for the flexibility educators need to match their schedules.

How do I access my grades / unofficial transcript?

Your grades and unofficial transcript can be accessed in Self Service. Grades are typically available one week following the completion of your course / your submission of any final projects. Your instructor will go over grading policies and expectations on the first day of class. You will also have the opportunity to provide feedback to PIE & SMS about your experience via an exit survey at the end of the course. View more about PIE Grading in Policies.

You can also access an unofficial transcript in Self Service (Self Service > Academic > Student Planning).

UArts Portal First-Time Login Instructions

How do I request an official transcript?

Requests for official transcripts (both paper & digital) are processed by the Registrar's Office via an online form.  Please note, there is a fee to process this request.  

Request transcript

If you have additional questions regarding your student records, please contact the Registrar's office at registrar@uarts.eduPlease note: it is best to use your email address when communicating about your student record.

How do I log in to the UArts Portal / my UArts email?

Access the UArts Portal to view grades, registration statement, unofficial transcript, and more.

You can use your UArts credentials to log in to your email account via Gmail.  

First-time log in instructions

Trouble logging in? Contact the Help Desk: (215)717-6677 or

When will my Act 48 hours be posted?

The School of Professional Studies posts Act 48 to the state after final grades have been submitted, in batch uploads that typically occur during the last week of each month.

Learn more about Act 48 & Teacher Professional Development

Download Act 48 Request Form

Can I transfer non-matriculated ("NM") credits into matriculated programs (MEd, MM, or Graduate Certificates)?

Yes, six "NM" credits can be transferred into either of the MEd programs (PIE), or the MM program (SMS). Three "NM" credits can be applied to Graduate Certificate programs. 


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Interested in our MEd Programs? View more information here.

Contact Professional Studies |
Graduate & Professional Studies
211 S. Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 717 - 6006

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