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The Professional Development Office of Greenville County Schools is committed to raising student achievement by supporting and facilitating high quality staff development that improves the performance of all district employees.

Over 4000 workshop and seminar sessions are provided to GCS staff members on a yearly basis. Employees may view a list of these offerings and register to attend them on the portal. To get to this information, login to the Employee Portal and click on the Professional Development link.

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Clemson University

The Eugene T. Moore School of Education at Clemson University is pleased to announce details of a new MEd in Teaching and Learning K-12. Please see the flyer about the program with information on a specialty focus on ESOL or Integrated STEAM education Rebecca Kaminski, Coordinator, MEd in Teaching and Learning and Add-On Certification Programs, is available to answer any questions you may have. She can be reached at krebecc@clemson.edu or 864-250-6723.

University of South Carolina

The University of South Carolina - College of Education is pleased to announce their partnership with Greenville County Schools. This affiliation offers the teachers and staff of Greenville County Schools preferred tuition rates for the 100% online graduate degree programs. These affordable programs provide the flexibility and convenience needed to fit into your schedule. To learn more, click on the links below for specific degree information and contact Shanna Kennedy shanna.kennedy@apdegrees.com for more detail information.

Furman University

The Office of Graduate Studies at Furman appreciates the opportunity to work with Greenville County teachers who seek to further their education through a M.A. or Ed.S degree program. For teachers who begin a new master’s or educational specialist program in fall 2016, we are happy to offer the first fall course at ½ the regular tuition rate.

Furman offers seven M.A. programs and two Ed.S. degree programs.

In addition, we are currently taking applications for a new Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) program. This degree program is aimed toward educators, who are leaders and scholars, and who have already earned a master’s degree but are now seeking licensure as a principal. This educational specialist degree allows teachers to gain School Administration licensure by completing 11 three-hour courses. For more information, please contact Kay Goodwin, Assistant Director of Graduate Studies, at 864-294-3164 or kay.goodwin@furman.edu

North Greenville University

The T. Walter Brashier Graduate School of North Greenville University is passionate about assisting you in meeting your educational and career goals. NGU offers Masters degrees in Education, Music Education, and Arts in Teaching. You are also able to complete SC Read to Succeed courses with us if you desire. Our programs are flexible, competitively priced, and are offered both online, on-campus, or as a hybrid of the two options. Please download/view our flyer or visit our website (http://www.ngu.edu/graduate-school-of-education.php) for additional information.  Contact our Graduate Admissions Office at 864-663-0194 or Distinguish@NGU.edu.

College of Charleston


Presbyterian College

The Education Department at Presbyterian College is pleased to announce the Third Annual Charles Chadwell Special Education Institute! We would like to invite you to attend a day-long workshop entitled, “Challenges and Opportunities for Students with Disabilities: Why Poverty Matters and Why Schools Can Matter More” led by Dr. Tammy Pawloski, a national expert on teaching children in poverty. The event will be hosted on the Presbyterian College campus on Saturday, April 1st from 9am – 3pm. Registration is free and includes continental breakfast and deli buffet lunch on the historic Alumni Green. Register and learn more information about the institute.

Gardner-Webb University

Gardner-Webb offers Master’s, EdD, and EdS programs in fully online and hybrid formats. View/Download more information.

Gardner-Webb University also provides a unique opportunity to complete your bachelor's degree. The Degree Completion Program offers traditional undergraduate classes at a more convenient time and location for working adults. Evening classes are held at 12 sites across North Carolina. Eight programs are offered completely online. If you have a minimum of 48 transferable hours from an accredited college, you are now ready to complete your bachelor's degree. Since 1978 Gardner-Webb University's degree completion program has proven to be a greater opportunity for adult learners.

Grand Canyon University College of Education

Grand Canyon University offers continuing education Master degrees and single courses for certified educators in a variety of areas including Special education, TESOL, Curriculum and Instruction (reading and technology), and Administration.

NEW: GCU is announcing new cohort classes. They have selected a number of popular programs to offer a major tuition discount on classes if students begin classes at a particular date. This will offer an opportunity for teachers to save money on classes and begin with a larger support group.

The coursework is 100% online and the degrees are approved in South Carolina. For more information on the programs, grants, scholarships, and loan forgiveness in South Carolina feel free to contact local Greenville representative Chanel Parks at chanel.parks@gcu.edu or 404-710-1152.

Liberty University

Liberty University is pleased to offer employees of Greenville County Schools their Advantage Partner Program. (Download Advantage Partner Program PDF Information Flyer.). The degree programs will be online and provide the flexibility and convenience to fit courses into your schedule. Tuition rates and timelines. For questions, contact Drew Nickerson at Liberty University at dnickerson3@liberty.edu

Southern Wesleyan University

SWU offers students the opportunity to work toward their Administration and Supervision degree and we also work with teachers that desire to obtain their degree in Classroom Leadership. Students that desire to obtain additional special education endorsements, gifted and talented, and Read to Succeed may do so through our online electives. To submit an application go online to: www.swu.edu/apply. Contact: Debra Nodine, Admissions Coordinator, Southern Wesleyan University-Greenville for information about waiving the $25.00 application fee. Office: 864-644-5335 Toll free number: 877-644-5557.

Additional professional development is also offered by:

Upstate Schools Consortium

The Upstate Schools Consortium provides free professional development to Greenville County Schools teachers and administrators. 2016-2017 schedule of offerings.

Autism Conference Sponsored by Pine Grove Inc. in Cooperation with Family Connections of SC.

Pine Grove Inc is hosting a conference on Autism on March 31, 2017 in Columbia SC. 

Professional Development Opportunity for Educators

Globalize your classroom with an awesome PD opportunity this summer in London, England, or Sydney, Australia!  You can earn 25 hours of PD Credit teaching alongside teachers in London, or Sydney and establish a Project Based Learning opportunity for your classroom!  In addition, it’s tax deductible (Additional information) Contact us at contact@bookbagtours.com , or visit www.bookbagtours.com  If you would like to talk to us, call Ken George at 864-361-4633.  Space is limited to 20 participants, don’t miss out!

Classroom Management Seminar

Time To Teach is offering a one day Classroom Management seminar in March and in June. Details and registration information 

Learn with ETV … Teacher Recertification Courses

ETV Teacher Recertification provides a variety of 20 renewal credit courses for SC educators that are  approved by SDE and facilitated online. Four of these popular courses will no longer be offered after the SPRING II session that ends June 16. Enroll starting March 1 for SPRING I session or plan ahead to participate in SPRING II session. (Brochure/Information)

Courses being eliminated - ONLY available in SPRING I and SPRING II 2017:

  • Safe Schools: Bullying and Cyber Safety – Elementary* 
  • Safe Schools: Bullying and Cyber Safety – Middle/High*
  • Math Strategies and Resources: Elementary
  • Math Strategies and Resources: Middle/High

With Safe Schools courses - You may take either elem. or mid/high level course, not both

SPRING I session : Register March 1 thru March 31    SPRING II session: Register April 4 thru May 8            

Information, register/payhttp://www.scetv.org/teacher-recertification

Questions/Need Help? (Toll free) 1-888-761-8132/1-800-277-3245 or (Local) 803-737-9915/737-3245  

Lifelong Learning - Lifelong Learning, Adult Education and Training for Greenville County Schools, provides academic and pre-employment education and training opportunities for adults to achieve success.

e-Learning South Carolina - Online education portal provided by the S.C. Department of Education (including graduate and SDE renewal courses)

PBS TeacherLine Southeast - On-line professional development courses (including graduate and SC recertification courses)

PBS TeacherLine is offering 85 course options: 40 facilitated courses (start Jun 15 or Jul 13) and 45 self-paced courses.
Download this flyer, visit www.teacherlinesoutheast.org, or call ETV at 800-277-0829 for details.

University Center of Greenville - Graduate courses: visit website or call 864.250.1111

HotChalk Partner Network – M.Ed and Ed.D Programs Available ~ HotChalk Partner Network and Concordia University provide scholarship opportunities to Greenville County Schools employees who are interested in obtaining Master or Doctoral degrees through any of our partner Universities. Teachers can choose from multiple accredited universities and their 100% online programs. We now offer many education, sciences, math, business and healthcare options for staff. (FLYER).

VESi has partnered with Georgia College to offer online, self-paced, continuing education courses. VESi Courses make is easier to recertify. All courses are now tablet compatible for your convenience. Courses are offered for 3 or 4.5 CEUs with fees starting at just $195. VESi information.

All Professional Development content and links provided on this site are for informational purposes only. We strive to provide our employees with information about opportunities they may be interested in that are generated by other institutions. Employees are encouraged to use their discretion before making any decisions based on the information on this site. Greenville County Schools will not be liable for any errors in this information nor will we compensate you in any way whatsoever if you make use of information on this site.