Professional Development for Teachers (Summer)

Transform your teaching practice summer session at Otterbein!

We know your summer months are precious time and we want to make every moment count! Otterbein University is the perfect time and place to develop your teaching practice. Our education classes are innovative, interactive, and taught by experts in their field.

Summer semester begins April 29. Apply Now!

Teachers can begin a Master of Arts in Education program in TESOL, Reading, Intervention, or Curriculum and Instruction. Our teacher friendly schedules offer small classes with expert instructors. Summer is a great time to begin the Reading and TESOL endorsement program or take a professional development class. Interested in a career change to become a teacher? Otterbein offers non-degree post baccalaureate and Master of Arts in Teaching initial licensure programs.

Program Contact:
Amy Featherstone

Professional Development Opportunities

Intervention Specialist

Multiple, flexible schedules with blended course designs! Take a course in Assistive Technology, IEP Design, and Orton-Gillingham Training:

  • Start your IS license in our one-year licensure program
  • Earn a Master of Arts in Education in Intervention Specialist
  • Begin your teaching career in a Master of Arts in Teaching program in Intervention Specialist  – finish the program with a master’s degree and initial license!

Read course descriptions and look up course dates/times

EDUC 6310 3 hrs MAE: Profiles of Learners
EDUC 6320 3 hrs MAE: Specialized Instructional Planning
EDUC 6340/41 MAE: Methods of Specialized Instruction for Learners w/ Mild to Moderate Disabilities (Moderate to Intensive)
EDUC 6360/61 MAE: Assessment & Progress Monitoring in IS : Mild to Moderate (Moderate to Intensive)
EDUC 6470 MAE Clinical: Graduate Practicum in IS
EDUC 6780 2 hrs Assistive Technology
EDUC 6790 3 hrs Exploring Orton Gillingham
EDUC 5310 3 hrs MAT: Profiles of Learners
EDUC 5340/41 3 hrs MAT: Methods of Specialized Instruction for Leaners w/ Mild to Moderate Disabilities ( Moderate to Intensive)
EDUC 6780 2 hrs Assistive Technology

Dr. Carol Young is the instructor for EDUC 6310 and EDUC 5310 Profiles of Learners.

Dr. Young has served as a speech-language pathologist, special educator teacher and supervisor, and school administrator.  Her areas of research include child language, autism, and language disabilities, and least restrictive decision making.

21st Century Skills

Read course descriptions and look up course dates/times

EDUC 6100-EV1 30181 21st Century Curriculum/Tech (3 credit hours)
In this course, curriculum theory and design are explored and analyzed. The content of the course is individualized in that students select relevant curricular elements in their own disciplines to investigate and explore. Another focus of the course is contemporary curriculum design and issues, emphasizing 21st Century skills via the 4Cs (Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, and Creativity) and the technologies that enhance blended and online curriculum design. Students incorporate 21st Century technology and tools in their own teaching practice. Likewise, this course is blended.
3.000 Credit hours

Dr. Dee Knoblauch is the instructor for EDUC 6100 21st Century Curriculum Tech.

Dr. Knoblauch is a researcher of creativity in the classroom, educational psychologist, and former high school teacher.

Educational Mathematics

Designed for High School and Community College Mathematics teachers. Our Masters of Arts in Educational Mathematics offers teachers the skills to earn a credential to teach College Credit Plus Math and a graduate degree in mathematics!

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EDUC 6882 3 hrs Representations in Math Education (blended)
MATH 6150 3 hrs Geometry
MATH 6230 2 hrs Topology for Mathematics Teachers

Dr. Jeff Smith is the instructor of EDUC 6880 Problem Solving in Math Education.

Jeff is the Director of Mathematics Education and the Director of Graduate Studies in Mathematics. His research interests include cognitively guided instruction and technological pedagogical content knowledge (TPACK) in Mathematics teaching and learning.

Teaching English Language Learners

TESOL Endorsement

Take classes to earn your TESOL.

Read TESOL course descriptions and look up course dates/times

EDUC 6240 3 hrs TESOL in School/Society (blended)
EDUC 6250 3 hrs TESOL Field Practicum (blended )
EDUC 6260 3 hrs Literacy for Diverse Readers (blended)

Literacy Professional Development

Take a course towards your Reading Endorsement, enroll in Orton-Gillingham Training, or start our online Phonics for Practicing Teachers. Read Literacy course descriptions and look up dates/times

EDUC 6660 3 hrs Research – Based Reading and Writing 4-12
EDUC 6670 3 hrs Clinical: Advanced Literacy Instruction (must have taken EDUC 6640)
EDUC 6790 3 hrs Exploring Orton Gillingham
EDUC 6790 3 hrs Phonics for Practicing Teachers – online format
EDUC 3800 4 hrs Literacies in the Content Area – online format
EDUC 1710 4 hrs Phonics and Language Study – online formatS
EDUC 6790 3 hrs Emergent Literacy in Inclusive Environment

Dr. Kristin Bourdage is the instructor for EDUC 6660 Research-Based Reading and Writing 4-12.

Dr. Bourdage is a former language arts teacher, researcher of classroom discussions, and instructional coach of literacy practices.

Dr. Sue Constable is the instructor for EDUC 6670 Clinical : Advanced Literary Instruction and EDUC 6790 Exploring Orton – Gillingham.

Dr. Constable is a former language arts teacher and reading specialist. Her emphasis as a researcher and lifelong scholar is on early literacy acquisition and programs that support early readers. She is a trained Reading Recovery teacher – leader and is a certified Orton-Gillingham workshop participant.

Celebrating the Arts

Multiple and flexible schedules for teachers!

  • Explore Creative Drama Techniques to Engage Student Learning
  • Integrate Art Across Your Curriculum
  • Participate in Ceramic Studio Experience

Read course descriptions for the Arts and look up course dates/times

EDUC 6770-01 3 hrs Summer Ceramic Institute
EDUC 6770 1-2 hrs Process Drama as a Tool for Literacy Learning
6770-04 1-3 hrs OCDA Choral Workshop

Tuition & financial Aid

Master of Arts in Teaching Scholarships Available

The Otterbein MAT Program is committed to supporting students in need. All MAT candidates who are eligible for student teaching will be considered for a need-based scholarship during the semester in which they are student teaching. The scholarship is a one-time, non-renewable award, with the funds allocated during the semester of student teaching.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition for graduate education programs is $559 per hour and most courses are 3 or 4 semester hours. Some graduate students take undergraduate classes to meet licensure requirements. The cost of undergraduate courses is $564 an hour, with most classes being 2 to 4 semester hours. There is a student life fee of $100. Some education courses with field experiences have additional fees. Please consult the Business Office site for a complete list of fees.


There is an additional fee for each Capstone hour. Please consult the Business Office site for a complete list of fees. Tuition waivers may not be used to cover the additional Capstone fee.

Financial Aid

Earning your graduate degree is not as daunting as you think. With our financial aid options we can help remove any cost challenges you may have. Otterbein is prepared to help you answer the question; how are you going to pay for your education? Graduate students are eligible for consideration for a variety of loans.

Applying for Financial Aid at Otterbein

1. Obtain your PIN number from the U.S. Department of Education.
2. Complete the FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid. (Otterbein’s School Code is 003110).
3. Complete the Institutional Aid Form.

There is NO COST to apply for financial aid or to complete the FAFSA.

Questions? Email Student Financial Services or call 614-823-1502.

Tuition Waivers

Teachers in schools with student teaching and field experience agreements with Otterbein University may qualify for tuition waiver certificates. Otterbein University provides these waivers to districts or independent schools in return for their provision of field placements for Otterbein students. However, Otterbein University has no control over the distribution of the waivers to teachers, which is determined by each district/school. The following provisions and conditions apply:

  • Tuition waiver certificates may be assigned by the proper school officials to school employees admitted to graduate study at Otterbein University. Admission to graduate study is solely at the option of the University. There is no obligation on the part of the institution to admit students because of this agreement who would not otherwise meet graduate study admission requirements.
  • Students may use multiple fee waivers within a semester, however, the number of fee waiver credits may not exceed the number of course credits taken.
  • Teachers paying tuition with tuition waiver certificates from their schools must submit a valid waiver certificate at the time of registration or make other arrangements with the Business office. Otterbein University has the right to refuse acceptance of an “expired” fee waiver.
  • Tuition waivers do not cover the costs of special fees for testing, Capstone hours, or computer labs.

Payment Plans

We realize that meeting the expense of a college education is one of the larger investments made by most families. For this reason, we have developed two methods of payment for comprehensive fee charges. See the Business Office site for information about payment plans.

How to Apply

  • Submit an online Graduate application. Application fee is $40 for graduate applicants.
  • Submit evidence of a state-issued teaching license. Applicants who hold an Ohio teaching license should indicate the license number on the application. Applicants who hold an out-of-state license will need to provide a copy of their teaching license and official transcripts documenting completion of a bachelor’s degree. Candidates not holding a teaching certificate/license may be admitted only through special action of the Graduate Education Committee. Applicants who hold a non-standard teaching certificate/license are strongly encouraged to meet with the Graduate Education Advisor prior to enrollment in classes. Students who have been provisionally admitted may register for up to 12 graduate semester hours.

Summer 2019 Workshops

Intervention Specialist Program

Teachers – start an IS license in our one-year licensure program.  Use the classes for the licensure program towards a master’s degree in Intervention.  Our classes are blended, with most face-to face meetings on Wednesday evenings.

New to Education? – Students in Otterbein’s Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) can get their initial Intervention Specialist license (K-12) and master’s degree at the same time.