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Professional Studies Academy

The University of Saint Francis offers online courses for license renewal and continuing education through the Professional Studies Academy. More information on each of these programs is available through the School of Professional Studies and the Department of Education.

RtI/21st Century Interventions Certificate

The RtI (Response to Intervention)/21st Century Certificate program consists of five low-cost, fully online courses. Qualifying students pay $750 per course, which covers tuition and all course materials. The Certificate requiremetns established by the federally mandated initiative align with three sets of standards: Indiana Educator, Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), and National Common Core State (CCSS). RtI is a tiered, instructional, and behavior intervention program that serves students who are in need of remediation and/or enrichment.

  • EDUC 539 Behavioral Assessment and Intervention
    • Methods and habits of practice must be aligned to student needs and evidence of learning if progressive instructional options are to prevail in the classroom. This means that many teachers, counselors, social workers, and principals may have a collaborative role in working with students and providing a multitude of services to them. Data collection measures often go unused due to lack of training and support specific to “reading” the outcomes and findings patterns within the data reports. Participants of this course will look at ways to move beyond data collection and begin to process, read, internalize, and evaluate outcomes and implications for use with P-12 students. This work will expand and enrich current movements of “student growth” artifact collection often used with collaborating with colleagues in a P-12 setting. Learning pathways will also be provided for those class participants who wish to expand personal reflection and mental processing equated with data evaluation.
  • EDUC 567 Authentic Creative Assessment: Showing Student Growth through Data
    • Ongoing educational reform practices require an in-depth understanding of correlations between assessment types and student growth. As many states move to demonstrate academic success through the use of a “student-growth” model, people responsible for the facilitation of learning must also expand their use and appreciation of diverse assessment formats. The work designed for this course will infuse the expansion of conceptual understanding around assessment practices with 21st century skill development. Participants learn to utilize alternative measures of non-traditional testing and assessment forums to show student growth. They plan for instruction using case studies and theory-based practices. Elements of Response to Intervention (RtI) are integrated to show how best to motivate and promote learning for all students through the lens of National Core Standards. Participants share authentic assessment grading approaches, curriculum mapping, unpacking standards, and classroom management.
  • EDUC 575 Leveraging Interventions into Practice
    • Methods and habits of practice must be aligned to student needs and evidence of learning if progressive instructional options are to prevail in the classroom. This means that many teachers, counselors, social workers, and principals may have a collaborative role in working with students and providing a multitude of services to them. Participants will look at case studies and elements of learning transfer, coaching adult learners, and the ethical considerations of intervention and instruction that meet the identified needs of students in the classroom – as ESL/ELL, Special Ed/inclusion, or high-ability/GT learners.
  • EDUC 645 Reflective Tools of Intervention
    • Through professional development and collaborative settings, we strengthen pedagogy to make better instructional decisions for the students we serve. Course participants learn how student work/artifacts can determine future instructional needs and goals. With such knowledge, participants better integrate instructional/organizational/conceptual strategies and interventions of the 21st century workplace. Reflections and investigations of instructional methods reveal classroom options, assessments, technological supports, National Core Standard integration, and considerations that promote extended learning for all students.
  • EDUC 650 Strategies for High Ability and Gifted Students: Practices and Philosphies of Education and Instruction
    • With recent changes to the High-Ability, Gifted and Talented expectations for classroom instruction and services, comes and array of questions and concerns by classroom teachers as they determine how best to support the growth of their students. This course provides diverse 21st century learning experiences around methods and philosophies of education recommended for classroom use with High-Ability students. As course participants prepare themselves to face the challenges of urban and rural education, they will explore such concepts as Problem-Based Learning (PBL), creative problem solving, intervention techniques (RtI), alternative assessment, Discovery Learning, and additional models of teaching strategies. Case studies and scenarios will be analyzed and integrated in an effort to increase the depth of understanding required to work effectively with P-12 students of high-ability in all content areas.

License Renewal

The University of Saint Francis offers many low-cost courses for license renewal ($750 per course covers tuition). Courses taken as part of the license renewal process can also be applied to a master’s degree or a 21st Century Intervention Certificate. If you’re interested in taking courses to renew your education license, you must submit an online application, university transcripts, and a copy of your teaching license.

Admissions Requirements

  • Hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States
  • Have an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 point scale

Steps to Apply

  • Completed application form (plus $20 fee if submitting the paper application)
  • Official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions attended
    • Must be sent directly from Registrar of institution(s) attended
  • Submit a copy of your teaching license

Contact Us

If you have questions about getting started in our Professional Studies Academy, please contact your graduate counselor.