Professional Development for Teachers (Summer)

If you want to become a teacher, or step up to a new license or endorsement, we are ready to support you!

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. Courses will be a mix of modalities: Online, Blended, and Face-to Face.


Summer semester begins May 3. Apply Now!

Teachers can begin a Master of Arts in Education program in Curriculum and Instruction, with strands in Reading, TESOL, and Professional Development. 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 or Specialized Systemic Instruction for Students with Reading Disabilities

  • Take a PD or Continuing Education course in Special Education
  • 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 6340/41 3 hrs MAE: Methods of Specialized Instruction for Learners w/ Mild to Moderate Disabilities (Moderate to Intensive)
EDUC 6470 3 hrs MAE Clinical: Graduate Practicum in IS
EDUC 6780 3 hrs Assistive Technology
EDUC 5390 3 hrs Specialized Systemic Instruction for Students with Reading Disabilities
EDUC 5310 3 hrs MAT: Profiles of Learners

Dr. Allison McGrath is the instructor for EDUC 6310 and EDUC 5310 Profiles of Learners.


21st Century Skills

Read course descriptions and look up course dates/times

EDUC 6100-EV1 30034 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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Read course descriptions and look up course dates/times

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 6210  3 hrs Linguistics and Language Acquisition (online)
EDUC 6250 3 hrs TESOL Field Practicum (blended )

Literacy Professional Development

Take a course towards your Reading Endorsement or enroll in Systemic Instruction for Students with Reading Disabilities. 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 5390 3 hrs Specialized Systemic Instruction for Students with Reading Disabilities
EDUC 3800 3 hrs Literacies in the Content Area – online format

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 3800 Literacies in the Content Area.

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

Tuition and Fees

The cost for graduate level courses is $559 per credit hour, and most graduate-level education courses are 3 or 4 hours. Some graduate students may need to take additional undergraduate coursework—the cost of undergraduate classes is $564 per hour, with most at 3 to 4 credit hours. Some education courses with field experiences require an additional fee. Additionally, all students pay a student life fee of $100.

There is an additional fee for each Capstone hour. Tuition waivers may not be used to cover the additional Capstone fee.

Please consult the Business Office site for a complete list of fees.

Otterbein University Tuition Benefit

Ohio Health Associates enrolling as graduate students (up to 2 classes or 6 credit hours for graduate level coursework) will receive a scholarship reducing cost per credit hour to $500, or $1,500 per 3 credit course. Scholarship is valid for one graduate degree. Graduate Nursing degree(s) not included in this Scholarship.

Financial Aid

Otterbein is dedicated to making sure students have the financial opportunity to pursue their degree. Along with financial aid, graduate students are eligible for consideration for a variety of loans.

How to apply 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.

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

If you have questions, please email Student Financial Services or call 614-823-1502.

Tuition Waivers

Teachers currently working at a school that has partnered with Otterbein University for supporting teacher candidates with observations, methods field experiences, and student teaching may be eligible for tuition waiver certificates. We provide these waivers directly to districts or independent schools. Please note that the distribution of these waivers is determined by the district or school.

The following provisions and conditions apply:

  • Tuition waiver certificates may be assigned to school employees who have been admitted to Otterbein University’s Graduate School. The university is not obligated to admit candidates solely based on this agreement with schools.
  • Students may use multiple fee waivers in the same semester, however, the number of fee waiver credits may not exceed the number of course credits taken.
  • Teachers utilizing a tuition waiver certificate must submit a valid certificate at the time of registration or make other arrangements with the Business Office. Otterbein University has the right to refuse acceptance of expired waivers.
  • Tuition waivers do not cover the cost of special fees for testing, Capstone hours, or computer labs.

Payment Plans

We understand that meeting the expense of a college education is a big investment for many families. To aid in this process, we have developed two methods of payment for comprehensive fee charges. See the Business Office site for more information.

How to Apply

  • Submit an online Graduate application. The application fee is $40.

  • Submit proof of 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 only be admitted through special consideration 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 are provisionally admitted may register for up to 12 graduate semester hours. 

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.