We encourage and support development and implementation of innovative programs and delivery models.

The Division of Professional Studies (DOPS) provides access to educational resources for the people of Virginia and the extended community. 

Professional Studies courses at Longwood University are for-credit classes open to individuals who may be interested in professional development, enhancing skills and knowledge, fulfilling recertification or certification requirements in their career field, or taking prerequisites before entering a degree program. 

We offer courses throughout the year in a variety of formats such as fully online, hybrid (online with several in-person meetings), or fully face-to-face. 

Although professional studies courses carry university credit, they do not fulfill degree requirements.  Taking courses as a non-degree student does not constitute admission to a program or imply later applicability of these courses toward a program.  If you later seek admission to a degree program here or at another university, courses with non-degree (professional studies) status could possibly be evaluated to determine applicability to the degree you seek.

The courses below are being offered Online for the Summer 2017 term. 


Foundations of Education*, 3 Credits 
(PEDU 506 - P03) CRN 5124 

This course provides a foundation to the scope and nature of education in American society as reflected in the historical, philosophical, and sociological forces affecting the development and organization of schooling. Emphasis is given to contemporary cultural issues impacting teaching and learning in a diverse society.

Instructor: D. Carrington, May 22 - June 30 
PEDU 506 Sample Syllabus (pdf)

Human Growth Development*, 3 Credits 
(PEDU 521 - P03) CRN 6183

The principles and processes of human development covering the entire lifespan. Major aspects of development (social, physical, mental, emotional, etc.) are traced through the various stages of development and their interaction in organized behavior examined.

Instructor: H. Frazier, July 1 - August 5
PEDU 521 Sample Syllabus (pdf)

Teaching Reading in the Content Area*, 3 Credits 
(PEDU 530 - P03) CRN 6185

This course provides the graduate student with an analysis of skills and strategies for facilitating content area reading and writing in intermediate grades, middle school, high school and with developmental college students.

Instructor: J. Perry, July 1 - August 5
PEDU 530 Sample Syllabus (pdf)

Classroom & Behavior Management*, 3 Credits 
(PEDU 550 - P03) CRN 5123

Examination of classroom and behavior management techniques and the development of skills necessary to foster a supportive classroom learning environment congruent with norms and rules. Includes an examination of system problems and solutions within traditional and alternative education settings. Includes a variety of behavioral, cognitive and theoretical approaches that are developmentally appropriate. Designed for practicing regular education teachers or for licensure in PreK-12 classrooms. 

Instructor: J. Mersiowsky, May 22 - June 30
PEDU 550 Sample Syllabus (pdf)

Teaching Math with Children's Literature, 1 Credit
(PEDU 595 - P01) CRN 6186

Teaching Mathematics with Children’s Literature Children’s literature as a vehicle for teaching mathematics concepts, increasing mathematical language and writing, and enjoying real world math situations is the focus of this course. You will explore a variety of children’s books that can be used to teach concepts in geometry, pattern, number, data and statistics, measurement and problem-solving. Lesson ideas will be discussed, and participants will develop their own lesson as well as compile a bibliography of math-related literature pertinent to their grade level curriculum objectives. This course focuses mostly on K-6 books and mathematics concepts but can be very helpful for upper-grade remediation, special education, and concept reinforcement. Useful for teachers, school library media specialists, reading specialists, math specialists, homeschool instructors.

Instructor: J. Perry, June 3- July 1

Creative Problem Solving, 1 Credit 
(PEDU 595 - P01) CRN 6184

This course is designed to develop thinking and facilitation skills to improve effectiveness in team problem solving and individual problem solving that require creativity for an optimal solution. It is designed to introduce several creative problem solving (CPS) models, divergent and convergent thinking techniques, and organizational skills used in problem-solving sessions.

Instructor: J. Perry/S. Madden, June 3 - July 1

 *Indicates courses required by the State of Virginia for full teacher licensure status. 

Driver Education Endorsement - Summer 2017

Foundations of Traffic Safety, 3 credits
(Health 301)

Instructor: V. Colvin, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Class begins Wednesday, July 5 

Last day Tuesday, July 18  

Principles and Methodologies of Classroom and In-Car Instruction, 3 credits
(Health 302)

Instructor: V. Colvin, Monday -Friday 

  • Class begins Tuesday, July 18 at 1 p.m. -5 p.m
  • Wednesday, July 19 - Wednesday, July 26 (last day) 8 a.m.- 12 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  

Contact Vonnie Colvin (434) 223-7734 or (434) 395-2533