Erin Elman, Dean, College of Critical & Professional Studies
Introduction to the School
The School of Professional Studies supports K-12 educators, offering matriculated degree and certificate programs as well as non-matriculated graduate coursework for professional development that meet PA Act 48 and NJ professional development requirements. The School includes the Professional Institute for Educators (PIE) and Summer Music Studies (SMS).
The Professional Institute for Educators was founded as the New Teacher Center in 1973. The Center offered community outreach courses within the Philadelphia College of Performing Arts. The mission has remained - to provide innovative and creative graduate-level courses to expand the knowledge and skill base for teaching in and through the arts. Serving educators for over 40 years, PIE has featured a wide range of educational experiences - including studio intensives, arts travel, cultural partnerships, custom programming, and more. In recognition of the ever-changing needs of today’s educator in today’s classroom, PIE continues to design and develop rewarding and practical educational experiences for educators across all experience levels throughout the region.
The Summer Music Studies Program has a a legacy of serving over 300 music educators from across the country each summer for over twenty years. The Summer Music Studies Program offers graduate level coursework for students interested in expanding upon their pedagogical, technological, musical, and instructional skills in all genre of music classrooms. Renowned faculty from The University of the Arts, as well as content experts from across the country, provide week-long graduate level instruction that is all about making and creating meaningful music.
- Educators will enhance skills to design and develop high-quality curriculum and instruction.
- Educators will explore diverse ways to assess student learning.
- Educators will gain skills, tools and techniques to enrich creative education through the arts.
- Educators will strengthen their role in the lives of students through participation in and exploration of the arts and humanities to integrate cultural resources into the classroom.
ProgramsDegree Programs, Graduate