EDPD 525 – Theory & Practice for High Poverty Schools

Graduate Professional Development Course
Francis Marion University

Get the Summer Institute 2022 & 3 Hours Graduate Credit

Required introductory LIVE online classes: 4–6pm June 1 & June 2

June 1 – June 28

This NEW course, EDPD 525: Theory & Practice of High Poverty Schools: 2022 Summer Institute Online Series, is offered in a distance format, including two required initial live online introductory sessions, followed by a self-paced, individualized distance study of the topics featured in the 2022 Summer Institute.

Course Description

This online course is designed to provide educators with a study of theories and strategies for teaching children of poverty. Educators will explore the research and practice of nationally recognized experts that serve as 2022 Virtual Summer Institute Online Series featured speakers, especially as it aligns with the 25 Best Practices identified by the Center of Excellence to Prepare Teachers of Children of Poverty. Representations of learning and individualized plans for applying selected practices in a range of educational settings will be required.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the course, those enrolled will be able to:

  • Redefine poverty as the absence of any resource that can negatively impact school and life success
  • Explore theories and research associated with life without one or more resources through the online webinar
  • Design strategies for authentically applying research and theory in a range of educational settings

Course Materials Requirements

  • One ‘Marble’ notebook & art supplies (colored pencils, crayons, gel pens, etc.)
  • Internet capabilities
  • Ability to scan or photograph journal entries and transmit electronically

Course Information

Enrollment is limited for this course. Online registrations will be accepted on a first-come basis. Online registration and payment (accepted by email, postal mail, or personal delivery) must be received to complete the registration process.

Only COMPLETE registrations (online registration and payment) can be accepted to reserve a seat in the class.

Required LIVE Online Sessions

  • Two REQUIRED distance class meetings will introduce the course and the learning platform (June 1 and 2).
  • Students MUST attend these two virtual meetings (offered online through Zoom).
  • The remainder of the course instruction will be offered via distance. Students must be able to view approximately 30 hours of class content using your internet connection.

Course Cost(s) (NON-REFUNDABLE)

  • $100 – Check payable to Pee Dee Education Center – DO NOT PAY ONLINE!
  • $ 25 – Additional fee for out-of-state students required by SC law

Credits Earned

  • 3 Graduate Professional Development Credit Hours

Grades Submitted 

Students may access official transcripts approximately 2 weeks after the end of the course by visiting the Francis Marion University website at http://www.fmarion.edu. Letters stating successful course completion for certification purposes can be provided for those who have expiring teaching certificates on June 30. 

Course Objectives 

Upon successful completion of this course, the graduate student will: 

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of life in poverty. 
  • Explore strategies grounded in the science of learning that are specifically designed to support the needs of under-resourced learners. 
  • Demonstrate a commitment to ongoing learning, teacher leadership and advocacy for children of poverty. 

Ready to Register?

Enrollment is limited for this course. Online registrations will be accepted on a first-come basis. Only COMPLETE registrations (online application and payment) can be accepted to reserve a seat in the class.

Application Identification Required

You will be asked to provide a COPY of your Driver’s License AND COPY of your Teaching Certificate

Steps to Register:

  1. Create an account and complete the graduate application online at: https://gradapply.fmarion.edu/
  2. Be sure to Attach copies of Driver’s License AND Teaching Certificate
  3. SKIP the prompt to pay the application fee (waived!) and submit application.
  4. Email the Center (bmhill@fmarion.edu) to alert us that you wish to reserve a seat and your payment is on its way. Be sure to identify the specific course (number and semester) in which you wish to reserve a seat.
  5. Mail or deliver payment in the form of Check or Money Order (NO electronic payments can be received):
    • $100 – SC resident
    • $125 – Out of SC resident
    • Payable to Pee Dee Education Center
      • Mail or deliver payment to: Center of Excellence to Prepare Teachers of Children of Poverty 520 Francis Marion Road Florence SC 29506 ATTENTION: EDPD Registration
    • NOTE: Your payment must also be received to secure your seat.