K-12 Educators Institute

Course registration begins: Monday, March 20, 2017

Shippensburg University has been dedicated for over 140 years to providing professional development opportunities to educators. Ship's K-12 Educators Institute is a series of short-term graduate workshop courses offered for professionals at all levels of K-12 instruction. Our wide-variety of courses are great for teachers, counselors, principals, homeschoolers and daycare professionals and are designed by Shippensburg University faculty and district/IU experts.

The courses are specifically designed for K-12 educators and graduate students with departmental approval. No undergraduate students are permitted in these courses. If you are interested in online, undergraduate credit-only courses, see complete list here.

K-12 Educators Institute offers:
  • A variety of subject areas
  • Courses for graduate credit and/or continuing education units
  • Flexible learning experiences online, on-campus, off-campus site
  • Most courses can be completed in one or two weeks

Registration

Current & Past Students

Shippensburg University encourages all students who've taken or are currently taking courses to register for K-12 Educators Institute summer course offerings. To register for summer courses: Log into the myShip portal using your Ship email address and password. If you took any K-12 Educators Institute courses last summer and do not remember your login information, please email p cde@ship.edu for assistance.

Non-Degree Students

Ship welcome individuals who are interested in taking Shippensburg University classes without being a degree-seeking student. You must meet the University’s academic requirements, which can viewed within graduate and undergrad catalogs. Interested non-degree students must complete the following, for successful enrollment into desired class:

  • Must complete the prerequisite coursework for the particular course in which they want to enroll
  • Enrolling in a class that is open and permits non-degree students

View complete guide to help you successfully registering for course on our Non-degree Student page

If you do not see a course or subject of interest, please give PCDE a call (717) 477-1502 or email us

K-12 Summer Course Offerings

Below is a complete list of Summer 2017 courses. Please check back periodically for course information updates.

ART491-71 Selected Topics: Creative Forces: Finding and Developing Content in 2D Media - 3 Credits

CRN - 41229 (Summer A)
June 12 - 16, 2017; Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
Shippensburg University, 215, 218 & 203 Huber Art Center, Painting Studio
Michael Campbell, MFA, Professor of Art and Design

This course will explore methods for finding and then developing content through 2D media. The student will select his or her own media and support(s). Emphasis will be placed on the evolution of the creative process in developing both form and content. The student will have the option of working on other 2D media skills during the course. An optional day trip to art galleries in New York City or Philadelphia will be scheduled to see contemporary painting themes expressed through a variety of styles and media (Wednesday, June 14).

An optional four-day residency program is available with this course.  This involves a four day intense class schedule with evening class hours: Monday and Tuesday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and then 6 - 10 p.m.; Wednesday 6:30 a.m. - 11 p.m. (optional NYC trip); and Thursday 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. with an individual critique with Professor Campbell at 1 p.m.

NOTE:  There is an additional cost for the optional trip.  A suggested materials list is mailed upon enrollment. 


ART492-71 Selected Topics: Innovative Supports, Unique Tools and Processes for Drawing and Painting - 3 Credits  

CRN - 41230 (Summer A)
June 19 - 23, 2017; Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
Shippensburg University, 215, 218 & 203 Huber Art Center, Painting Studio
Michael Campbell, MFA, Professor of Art and Design

This course focuses on exploring innovative supports, unique tools and processes for drawing and painting.  Students will be encouraged to encouraged to experiment and take risks while developing images of personal interest.  Drawing and painting media will be selected by the student.  The student will also have the option of working on a variety of drawing and painting types not related to the course title.  An optional day trip to art galleries in New York City or Philadelphia will be scheduled to see contemporary drawing themes expressed through a variety of styles and media (Wednesday, June 21).

An optional four-day residency program is available with this course.  This involves a four day intense class schedule with evening class hours: Monday and Tuesday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and then 6 - 10 p.m.; Wednesday 6:30 a.m. - 11 p.m. (optional NYC trip); and Thursday 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. with an individual critique with Professor Campbell at 1 p.m.

NOTE:  There is an additional cost for the optional trip.  A suggested materials list is mailed upon enrollment. 


ART493-71 Selected Topics: Construction and Deconstruction with 2D Media - 3 Credits  

CRN - 41231 (Summer A)
June 26 - 30, 2017; Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
Shippensburg University, 215, 218 & 203 Huber Art Center, Painting Studio
Michael Campbell, MFA, Professor of Art and Design

This course focuses on methods of construction and deconstruction of images with 2D Media. Students will investigate a variety of processes by which the image is created, transformed, removed (in part or wholly) and resurrected.  The student will identify their own form (media, tools and techniques, and supports) and content for their work.  The student will have the option of working on other studio skills during the course and producing other types of art.  An optional day trip to art galleries in New York City or Philadelphia will be scheduled to see contemporary themes expressed through a variety of styles and media (Wednesday, June 28).

An optional four-day residency program is available with this course.  This involves a four day intense class schedule with evening class hours: Monday and Tuesday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and then 6 - 10 p.m.; Wednesday 6:30 a.m. - 11 p.m. (optional NYC trip); and Thursday 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. with an individual critique with Professor Campbell at 1 p.m.

NOTE:  There is an additional cost for the optional trip.  A suggested materials list is mailed upon enrollment. 

COM516-65 Photographic Communication - 3 Credits

CRN - 41193 (Summer A) 
May 22 - June 23, 2017; This course is completely online. 
Dr. Michael Drager, Associate Professor, Communication/Journalism Department

Surveys the history of photograph; studies the theory of photography including light, exposure, optics, photographic chemistry, color and composition, and provides background in using photography as a communication tool.

COM526-61 Emerging Mass Media Technologies - 3 Credits

CRN - 41193 (Summer A) 
May 22 - June 23, 2017; This course is completely online. 
Dr. Ted Carlin, Professor, Communication/Journalism Department

Reviews and analyzes the role of developing and future telecommunications media technologies and their implication for today's media and society. 

COM536-61 World Broadcasting Systems - 3 Credits

CRN - 41194 (Summer A) 
May 22 - June 23, 2017; This course is completely online. 
Dr. Michael Drager, Associate Professor, Communication/Journalism Department

Comparative study of international broadcasting program policies, economic systems, control and organization. The use of broadcasting in international affairs as an instrument of propaganda, culture, and information dissemination. Monitoring of overseas broadcasts and discussions with representatives of domestic and foreign broadcast agencies.

CSC534 Computer Security - 3 Credits

CRN - 42595 (Summer B) 
May 22 - June 23, 2017; Tuesdays - Thursdays, 5 - 9:15 p.m. 
Shippensburg University, MCT165 
Dr. Jeonghwa Lee, Associate Professor, Computer Science/Engineering Department

Network is one of the fastest growing technologies today. In recent years, the need for education in computer security and related topics has grown dramatically and is essential. Explains how networks work and covers several topics in data communications and Internet protocols in order to discuss in-depth topics in security. Students will have a hands-on experience with these concepts. Legal and ethical issues related with security will be discussed. Prerequisite: CSC521 


CSC561 Agile Development Techniques I - 3 Credits 

CRN - 41713 (Summer A) 
May 22 - June 30, 2017; Monday - Thursday, 9 - 11:45 a.m. Class will not meet May 29, June 1 or June 5 - 8.
Shippensburg University, MCT162 
Dr. Charles Girard, Assistant Professor, Computer Science/Engineering Department

Techniques used by individual agile developers including test-driven development, design patterns, and refactoring.  Includes significant development projects in which the techniques are practiced.  Taught as an immersion course in summer.  Pre-requisite:  programming experience.



CSC562 Agile Development Techniques I - 3 Credits  

CRN - 42085 (Summer B) 
July 9 - July 14, 2017; Sunday, 6 - 8 p.m. and Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
Shippensburg University, MCT162 
Dr. Carol Wellington, Professor, Computer Science/Engineering Department

Techniques used by agile teams including iteration planning, configuration management, continuous integration, stand up meetings, and reflection.  Includes a significant team project in which the techniques are practiced.  Taught as an immersion course in summer. Pre-requisite:  CSC 561

CNS596-75 Selected Topics: Counseling & Spirituality

CRN - 42124 /  3-credits
Define, assess, and apply experiential aspects of spirituality into the counseling process. This course provides an introduction to th essential aspects of spirituality and aids with the development of practical skills in working with spiritual issues in counseling.

Class schedule:
July 3 - August 4, 2017 / Tuesdays & Thursdays
Time: 1 - 4 PM / No class on July 4th

Online & on-campus:
Shippensburg University, Shippen Hall - SPH230
Ford Brooks, Ed.D., LPC, NCC, CADC, Shippensburg University Professor, (Counseling & College Student Personnel Department)

ECH510-65 Diversity and Inclusion in Early Childhood Education - 3 Credits 

CRN - 42093 (Summer B) 
July 3 - August 4, 2017: This course is completely online. 
Dr. Rebecca Ward, Associate Professor, Teacher Education Department

Understanding and respecting the diversity and individuality of every child and family is central to effective educational practice. Students will use an interdisciplinary lens to examine issues of access, equity, and social justice in early childhood education. Specific focus will be on applying knowledge of individual and familial differences in culture, ability, race/ethnicity, gender, and social class to improve inclusive practice in the early childhood classroom.


ECH520-61 Social and Emotional Development in Early Childhood - 3 Credits 

CRN - 41091 (Summer A) 
May 22 - June 23, 2017; This course is completely online. 
Dr. Laureen Nelson, Assistant Professor, Teacher Education Department

Examines current research and theory about social and emotional development in young children, birth through eight years. Emphasis is on classroom practices, including instruction and discipline, which facilitate healthy social and emotional development in young children. Field experiences are required.


ECH540-61 Families and Early Childhood Education - 3 Credits 

CRN - 41224 (Summer A) 
May 22 - June 23, 2017: This course is completely online. 
Dr. Jennifer Pyles, Assistant Professor, Teacher Education Department

Examines theory and research from the area of family studies. Emphasis is on characteristics of families with young children and how early childhood practitioners can best apply this information in their work settings. Field assignments are required.


ECH564-65 The Business of Child Care - 3 Credits

CRN - 42088 (Summer B) 
July 3 - August 4, 2017; This course is completely online. 
Dr. Andrea Malmont, Assistant Professor, Teacher Education Department 

This course is designed specifically for directors of childcare centers seeking a director's credential from the PA Keys to Professional Development with the Office of Child Development and Early Learning. Students will critically reflect on current business practices. Topics will include strategic planning, fiscal management, risk management, policy development, communication and conflict resolution, and grant writing.

 

RDG490-01 Multi Discipline Approaches to Understand Poverty in School Environment - 3 credits 

CRN - 41092 (Summer A) 
May 22 - June 30, 2017; Monday and Wednesday, 4 - 7:45 p.m. 
Shippensburg University, Shippen Hall 230 
Dr. Cheryl Slattery, Associate Professor, Teacher Education Department

Opportunity to offer courses in areas of departmental major interest not covered by the regular courses. 

 


RDG533-01 Advanced Diagnosis and Assessment in Reading - 3 credits 

CRN - 41095 (Summer A) 
June 19 - July 14, 2017; Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 9:59 a.m. 
Shippensburg University, Shippen Hall 230 
Dr. Cheryl Slattery, Associate Professor, Teacher Education Department

Further examines issues introduced in RDG532 with emphasis upon refining and expanding expertise in observation of literacy development. Preparation of a clinical case report required. Other topics investigated include: current issues in literacy assessment, new strategies for assessment, organizing classrooms for optimal diagnosis and instruction, recent literature by reading researchers with implications for assessment. Prerequisite: RDG532.


RDG534-11 Laboratory Practicum in Reading - 3 credits 

CRN - 41094 (Summer A) 
June 19 - July 14, 2017; Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 11:59 a.m. 
Shippensburg University, Shippen Hall 230 
Tiffany Weaver, Adjunct Instructor, Teacher Education Department

Provides experience in facilitating children's literacy development in a clinical setting with guidance and support from university faculty. Assessment/instructional strategies are practiced and discussed as a means of building insights about literacy processes and individual developmental needs.


RDG537-65 Brain Based Strategies for Literacy Learners Experiencing Difficulties - 3 credits 

CRN - 42029 (Summer B) 
July 3 - August 11, 2017; This is an online course that has online synchronous classes on July 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 31, August 3, 7 & 10 from 6 - 9 p.m.
Dr. Janet Bufalino, Associate Professor, Teacher Education Department

Focuses on differentiating reading and writing instruction within various settings, including supplemental and classroom, for meeting the needs of struggling learners. Includes techniques for using intervention team meetings to select appropriate services, collaborating with teachers across intervention programs, and using assessment to monitor learner's progress.


TCH546-61 Teaching Science in the Elementary School - 3 Credits 

CRN - 41183 (Summer A) 
May 22 - June 23, 2017:  This course is completely online. 
Dr. Christine Royce, Professor and Department Chair, Teacher Education Department

Explores a variety of strategies and techniques for effective N-8 science teaching. An understanding of related science principles is interwoven with practical applications for the classroom. Science curriculum construction and analysis is an emphasis. Science, technological, and societal connections are considered.


TCH600-01 Elements of Research - 3 Credits 

CRN - 41128 (Summer A) 
June 19 - July 14, 2017; Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 11:59 a.m.
Dr. Andrea Malmont, Assistant Professor, Teacher Education Department

Includes a study of the nature and types of research, the selection of appropriate research topics, research techniques including simple statistics, the use of the library resources in research and the systematic collection, evaluation and presentation of research data. Students are guided in developing an action research project in the area of elementary education. 


TCH600-61 Elements of Research - 3 Credits

CRN - 41184 (Summer A) 
May 22 - June 23, 2017; This course is completely online.
Dr. Christine Royce, Professor and Department Chair, Teacher Education Department 

Includes a study of the nature and types of research, the selection of appropriate research topics, research techniques including simple statistics, the use of the library resources in research and the systematic collection, evaluation and presentation of research data. Students are guided in developing an action research project in the area of elementary education.


TCH620-65 Curricular Decision Planning: Standards, Assessment & Accountability - 3 Credits 

CRN - 42072 (Summer B) 
July 3 - August 4, 2017: This course is completely online. 
Dr. Christine Royce, Professor and Department Chair, Teacher Education Department

Curricular Decision Planning: Standards, Assessment & Accountability examines the different attributes, best practices, approaches and resources for curricular design, improvement, decision making, as well as utilization of data for classroom and school wide instruction and accountability. Pennsylvania's Standards Aligned System (SAS), Common Core Standards, Alternative Academic Standards and other state and national guiding documents will be used as the basis for investigating how curricular planning, assessment, accountability and student learning performance are interconnected. In addition to foundational research in curriculum, students will also utilize the SAS portal to focus on integrating the components of Standards, Assessments, Curriculum Framework, Instruction, Materials and Resources, and Safe and Supportive Schools. This course meets the requirements for conversion to Level II Certification. 

ELP 490-71 Selected Topics: Educator in the Workplace - 3 Credits

CRN - 41226 (Summer A)
May 18, 2017 - 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM Orientation meeting
June 12 & 16, 2017 - Monday and Friday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
June 13 - 15, 2017 - Tuesday through Thursday Three 8 hr days in the workplace                          
Dallastown Area Senior High School Room 116, Dallastown, PA
Dr. Jud Stauffer


ELP 490-72 Selected Topics: Educator in the Workplace - 3 Credits

CRN - 41227 (Summer A)
May 25, 2017 - 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM Orientation Meeting
June 19 & 23, 2017 - Monday and Friday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
June 20 - 22, 2017 - Tuesday through Thursday Three 8hr days in the workplace 
Southwestern High School Room 404, Hanover, PA
Dr. Jud Stauffer

Course will provide experience for educators in meeting the requirements of the proposed state academic standards for career education and work. The course will provide relevant practical first-hand knowledge of business/industry workplace environment, expectations and experiences to develop ways to incorporate workplace development, interest/career selection and relevancy issues into the curriculum.


ELP491-75 Selected Topics: Creating Mentally Healthy Classrooms - An Adlerian Approach - 3 Credits 

CRN - 42099 (Summer B) 
July 24 - 28, 2017; Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
Shippensburg University, Shippen Hall 200 
Dr. Wes Wingett, Adjunct Faculty

Participants will gather, process, and apply information focusing on creating mentally healthy classrooms. Six components of mentally healthy classrooms will be discussed including classroom management, teacher/student relationships, student/student relationships, student engagement, student self-concept, and student self efficacy. Information will be gathered on each of the six components. The information will be processed and strategies will be developed for use to elementary, middle school and secondary venues. Information and interventions will be based on current educational literature and the psychology of Alfred Adler focusing on equality, empathy, encouragement and empowerment in a democratic atmosphere.


HIS502-61 Introduction to Archives - 3 Credits

CRN - 41198 (Summer A) 
May 22 - June 23, 2017; online with required face-to-face meetings on Monday, May 22, 2017 from 6 - 8 p.m. and Thursday, June 22, 2017 from 6 - 9 p.m. in Shippen Hall 340, Shippensburg University
Dr. Steven Burg, Professor and History/Philosophy Department Chair 
Christy Fic, Instructor, Lehman Library

Explores the history of archives and the historical roots of modern archival practices, and the rise of the archival profession in the United States. Examines the principles and best practices in archival collection development, accessioning, appraisal, arrangement, description, and reference, including consideration of the special issues posed by electronic records and audiovisual materials. Surveys the basic principles and techniques for the preservation and conservation of archival records, including paper documents, photographs, and electronic media.  Students will investigate the different missions, audiences, and approaches used by government, church, business, labor, and educational archives.


HIS592-71 Selected Topics: Teaching the History of American Material Culture - 3 Credits 

CRN - 41219 (Summer A) 
June 19 - 23, 2017; Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
Shippensburg University, Shippen Hall 340 
Dr. David Godshalk, Professor, History/Philosophy Department 
Dr. John Bloom, Associate Professor, History/Philosophy Department

This course is an interactive workshop on recent trends in the scholarship of American material culture and strategies for incorporating these fresh perspectives into meaningful experiential learning experiences for students and the larger public. Participants will gain theoretical knowledge and practical skills in the art of analyzing material artifacts - such as everyday objects, clothing and architecture. Through field trips and practical exercises, teachers and aspiring public historians will uncover the rich research and learning resources available on the internet and at local historic sites and museums. They will also gain new insights into using material objects for creating engaging educational activities for diverse audiences.  Visits to museums and historical societies will provide opportunities for identifying potential internship opportunities and networking with local public historians. NOTE:  Field trip expenses are not included with tuition and fees.

SOC560-61 Leadership Change and Innovation - 3 Credits  

CRN - 41045 (Summer A)
May 22 - June 30, 2017: This course is completely online. 
Dr. Chad Kimmel, Associate Professor, Sociology/Anthropology Department

Analysis of leaders as agents of social change. Leadership characteristics and strategies that have changed the world will be identified through a diverse set of case studies.