Contact: Karen Kapp
Director of Staff and Leadership Development
kkapp@greenville.k12.sc.us

Professional Development

The Office of Staff and Leadership Development of Greenville County Schools is committed to raising student achievement through high quality professional learning and leadership development that enhances 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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State Department of Education

Professional Learning Opportunity for Elementary School Administrators

Clemson University

For teachers interested in becoming certified in teaching ESOL: ;Starting this spring, Clemson University College of Education will be offering the ESOL add on certification courses online. The five required courses will be offered fully online from Spring 2018 through Fall 2018. More information about the certification

For teachers interested in attaining their full Masters of Education in Literacy, Clemson University offers the program with two possible endorsements: Literacy Coaching and ESOL. Additionally, all Read to Succeed coursework is completed through the M.Ed. More information about the Masters of Education in Literacy degree

For teachers interested in attaining a Masters of Education in Teaching and Learning, Clemson University offers a 100% online program with a choice of three specialization areas: STEAM, Instructional Coaching or Experiential Learning for Early Childhood. More information about the Masters of Education in Teaching and Learning degree

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

For certified employees:

Furman University Graduate Studies Fall 2018

In appreciation of Greenville County educators, Furman University is offering a 50% discount off the regular tuition price on your first fall 2018 course toward a master’s or Educational Specialist degree. 

Furman offers seven Master of Arts in Education programs and two Educational Specialist degrees.  View Furman’s fall term 2018 course offerings.  Classes begin August 28 and end on December 11, with exams the following week.  Registration opens July 16 and ends on August 10.

We are currently accepting applications for a fall Educational Leadership Cohort.  This program is for certified administrators who are planning to add on licensure as a district-level superintendent.  Both Clemson and USC have agreed to accept this Ed.S. toward their respective doctoral programs, making you ½ way toward your doctorate, upon completion of this program!

For more information, please contact Kay Goodwin, Associate Director of Graduate Studies at 864.294.3164 or kay.goodwin@furman.edu.

For classified employees:

Furman University Evening Studies - Set yourself apart.  Achieve your goals.  Advance your career.  

Whether you are just starting your college education, or continuing after time away from the classroom, Furman can help you: Finish your bachelor's degree - Prepare for graduate school -  Add valuable credentials to your resume - Expand into high-demand, high-paying fields and positions.

Designed with the working adult in mind, at Furman Evening Studies you will experience small classes, individualized advising, dedicated instructors, and all the advantages of a nationally-renown university at an affordable cost.  Most of our courses meet one night a week, Monday - Thursday from 6:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m., on the Furman campus or at the University Center of Greenville.

Furman Evening Studies offers Bachelor's Degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Information Technology, and a minor in Environmental Studies. If you already have a degree and are seeking ways to expand your career options and increase your value in the workplace, we offer Post-Baccalaureate Certificates in Data Analytics and Accounting.  We also offer non-degree programs that will provide you with the necessary prerequisites for MBA and MAcc programs, as well as CPA and CMA licensure.

To help you get started, we recommend scheduling a free advisory session with one of our admission counselors who will map out a path forward for you at Furman.  In-person consultations or conference calls are available during the day, as well as early evening after work.  

Contact us at 864.294.2003UES@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

The College of Charleston’s Office of Professional Development is pleased to offer the following Read to Succeed class beginning in June:

EDPD 821-T "Foundations in Reading" This is an approved R2S course for Early Childhood, Elementary, Special Education, and ESOL Teachers

This is an online, 3 credit hour class that will help fulfill credential requirements for Read to Succeed. The cost for this class is $400. Informational flier for more information

The Office of Professional Development in Education at the College of Charleston will also offer several online Read to Succeed courses as well as TESOL Certification course this fall.  Our current titles include:

EDPD 821-T “Foundations in Reading”   R2S # (15-1041) - This is an approved R2S course for Early Childhood, Elementary, Special Education, and ESOL Teachers.

EDPD 823 J “Assessment of Reading” R2S # (16 - 3225) - This course is for Early Childhood and Elementary Teachers.

EDPD 820-PContent Area Reading and Writing for Middle and Secondary Teachers” R2S # (15-5041) - This course is for Middle and Secondary Teachers.

Only the first 25 who register and pay will be accepted into the course.

For more information, please contact Paul Irwin at irwinpj@cofc.edu or call 843.953.6385

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.

Anderson University

Our Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Business Administration - Additional concentrations in Human Resources, Marketing, Supply Chain Management and Healthcare Leadership
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Education - Additional concentration in Administration and Supervision
  • Master of Arts in Teaching – Elementary Education
  • Master of Music in Music Education

Our Undergraduate Degrees

  • Business Administration - Additional concentrations in Healthcare Management, Applied Computing, Accounting (CPA Track) and Supply Chain Management
  • Organizational Leadership - Additional concentration in Human Resource Administration
  • RN to BSN
  • Criminal Justice
  • Homeland Security/Emergency Services
  • Human Services - Additional concentration in Behavioral Science
  • Liberal Studies

Gardner-Webb University

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

Gardner-Webb will offer an information session about their online Master’s program in early May. View/Download flyer for 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. Visit the Liberty University website for more information.

Southern Wesleyan University

Online Programs for Educators

Southern Wesleyan University has upcoming classes starting in their MED programs: 

Graduate Education Teacher Endorsement:

  • Teacher Leader Endorsement
  • Literacy - Read to Succeed Endorsement Coursework
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Gifted and Talented
  • Early Childhood Special Education
  • More information on these courses

Additional MEDAS and MEDCL programs start the week of January 7-11. More information regarding these programs

For questions, please contact Brice Bickel at bdbickel@swu.edu or 864.644.5604.

Project Read – Offered in Greenville and Central (main campus)

To submit an application go online to: www.swu.edu/apply. For more information contact: Brice Bickel; Regional Director of Enrollment and Academic Services - 864.644.5604 

USC Aiken

USC Aiken will launch Special Education add-on certification courses in the fall, through USC’s Palmetto College. These courses are online in 8-week or 16-week formats and offer educators flexibility with their already busy schedules.  Add-on certifications are available in:

  • Emotional Disabilities
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Intellectual Disabilities
  • Multicategorical Disabilities

For more information, contact Program Coordinator, Mary Claire Millies, at 803-641-3595 or MaryM@usca.edu.

Coker College

Coker College offers two Master of Education programs. The MEd in Curriculum and Instructional Technology is a 100% on-line degree program. The Office of Graduate Admissions at Coker College offers an incentive to any past Teacher of the Year winners (at the school level basis). Contact Regan Kennen, Graduate Admissions Counselor for details. Coker Graduate Programs

Upstate Schools Consortium

The Upstate Schools Consortium at Furman University has announced its 2017-18 Seminars. Details and registration.

South Carolina Association of School Administrators

2017-18 Center for Executive Education Leadership (CEEL) Development Programs

SCASA offers excellent leadership development courses for school administrators. All offerings are facilitated by successful veteran administrators and business leaders, are research-based and centered on content predictive of leadership effectiveness at each level.  Individual CEU credit certificates will be provided for completion of each course. 

Until August 16, you may only register for the Year One FULL SERIES in your job classification.  After August 16, registration for available slots in individual sessions for both Year One and Year Two will be open.  Session descriptions and registration

Additional professional development is also offered by:

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 June. Details and registration information 


The Children’s Museum of the Upstate

The Children’s Museum of the Upstate offers professional development courses for educators that provide practical and innovative ways for educators to inspire their students’ passion for learning in and out of the classroom. Workshops are free and take place at the Children’s Museum.  Educators will receive a certificate of participation at the completion of each course. Information on the 2017-2018 offerings.  For questions please contact Jane A. Gomez, Director of Educational Outreach jgomez@TCMUpstate.org

Learn with ETV … Teacher Recertification Courses

ETV’s TeacherLine Southeast program (www.teacherlinesoutheast.org) offers educators facilitated courses earning renewal and graduate credit, including one R2S-approved course (RDLA152) and one PACE-approved course (SOST502), and ‘mini’ self-paced courses that can be taken anytime.

Summer facilitated courses begin June 14 (enroll by midnight Fri, June 16!) and July 19, 2017. Prices vary and depend on credit type.

Sample summer facilitated courses:  

  • RDLA152   Intro. to Underlying Principles and Research for Effective Literacy Instruction (R2S approved)
  • RDLA400   Developing Passionate Readers in a Digital World
  • TECH335   Digital Tools for Innovative Learning
  • TECH345   Developing Understanding with Dynamic Media and Digital Storytelling
  • MATH165   Enabling Students with Special Needs to Succeed in Math Class
  • MATH330   Differentiating Math Lessons for a Range of Learners
  • SOST507    America's History in the Making: A Special Collection from Annenberg Learner
  • INST180     Differentiated Instruction
  • INST315     Teaching for Multiple Intelligences
  • SCIE504     Plants and Animals - STEM Professional Development from WGBH
  • SCIE607     Accomplished Science Teaching: Letting Science Lead

View all and learn more at www.teacherlinesoutheast.org/summer.htm

Several of TeacherLine’s self-paced courses are FREE; others only $49. These courses do not earn credit unless your district will give credit directly upon your request.

Sample self-paced courses: www.teacherlinesoutheast.org/SelfPaced.htm

  • TECH1215    Integrating Technology into Project Based Learning
  • SOST1031    Resistance, Rebellion, and Reform
  • MATH1035  Connecting with the Sounds and Motions of Mathematics
  • SCIE1302     Science Teaching Strategies for Center-Based Preschool Educators
  • LEAD1171    Classroom Video Production

Read our FAQs (www.teacherlinesoutheast.org/faq.htm) and/or contact us for assistance: teacherline@scetv.org or 800-277-0829.


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.

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.