Summer Teachers Academy - 2008 Programs

2008 Programs
2008 Courses

As you move ahead in your teaching career, perhaps you have developed new professional goals, such as

  • Earning your master's degree
  • Gaining further training in your field
  • Staying current on today's classroom technology
  • Maintaining permanent certification or meeting Act 48 requirements

The Robert Morris University Summer Teachers Academy (STA) offers several options to help you meet these goals. All programs are offered at the RMU campus in Moon Township, Pa

One-Year Master of Science (M.S.) in Instructional Leadership
This program is designed for professionals seeking to advance their teaching skills and knowledge in educational strategies and techniques (See the M.S. in Instructional Leadership). You can complete the degree in just one year. Class meetings are held during two consecutive summer terms. A 12-credit research and online course component is completed during the school year in between. The following outlines the course schedule:

Summer 2008 (12 credits)
Session ISession II
EDUC6000Critical Issues Affecting American Education EDUC6020Assessment/Educational Statistics
EDUC6010Theories of Learning and Instruction EDUC6060Curriculum Design and Development
Fall 2008 (6 credits) Spring 2009 (6 credits)
EDUC6130Research seminar (online) EDUC6140Instructional Leadership Practicum (online)
EDUC6210Internet/Basic Web Page Design (online)(or off-campus course) EDUC6030Introduction to the Theory and Practice of Online Education (online)(or off-campus course)
Summer 2009 (12 credits)
Session ISession II
EDUC6080Special Learning Problems EDUC6040The Learning Environment
EDUC6090Instructional Management/Decision-Making EDUC6110Computers in the Classroom
Courses during Summer Session I and II are offered on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for two consecutive three-week sessions (six weeks total). Courses for Summer 2008 meet on the following dates from 8a.m.-noon and 1-5p.m.:

Session I: June 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27, 30, July 2
Session II: July 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23

Summer Evening Study (credit only)
Robert Morris University offers a variety of evening graduate courses for teachers during the summer to provide training in some of today's highest demand areas. Courses are offered in an eight-week evening session beginning May 27. Classes meet one night per week from 6 to 10 p.m. For a complete listing of course descriptions and dates, see the 2008 Courses page.

Evening Master's Degree Study
If you prefer to pursue your master's degree in the evenings, one course at a time, you may want to consider enrolling in one of our evening graduate programs. Choose from our Master of Science (M.S.) in Instructional Leadership or Business Education degrees, which are designed for education professionals, or select one of our other M.S. or M.B.A. programs. These degrees are offered in an eight-week evening format, allowing students to concentrate on one course at a time and still complete their degree in about two years. Courses meet one night per week from 6 to 10 p.m.

Daytime Software Application Courses
Software application courses utilizing Microsoft Office 2007 are offered in Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Publisher, as well as Adobe software, during a special three-week daytime session in July. These self-paced study courses are one credit each and can be taken individually or together. Classes meet from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on July 8, 10, 15, 17, 22 and 24 (Tuesdays and Thursdays).

Additional Teacher Certification Preparation
Day and evening courses are also available for teachers seeking a second area of certification. We offer teacher certification preparation in:

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  • Applied Mathematics
  • Business, Computer and Information Technology
  • Communications
  • English
  • Social Studies

RMU also has an Instructional Technology Specialist Certification Preparation program open to teachers as well as qualified applicants of all backgrounds.

Application Procedures
Students interested in enrolling in any of the Summer Teachers Academy programs should complete the Summer Teachers Academy 2008 Application for Admission. Do not submit the online admission application on the RMU website.

If you are seeking the Master of Science in Instructional Leadership or Business Education, or if you plan to pursue Instructional Technology Specialist Certification, you should submit all official undergraduate college transcripts, two letters of recommendation and a current résumé.

Students seeking a second area of teacher certification must provide a copy of their current teaching certificate and official copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts for course evaluation purposes.

Students who plan to enroll in courses to earn credit for professional development, Act 48 or to maintain permanent certification need only submit a copy of their current teaching certificate.

Students are encouraged to have applications and all required credentials submitted to the Graduate Admissions Office at least two weeks prior to their desired start date. The eight-week evening course session begins the week of May 27. Applications will be accepted and processed after that date provided that there is still time to admit and enroll applicants in their chosen courses. However, interested students are encouraged to apply early to have adequate time to make housing, financial aid and payment arrangements.

All materials should be sent to:

Graduate Admissions Office
Robert Morris University
6001 University Blvd.
Moon Township, PA 15108-1189

Course Registration
Students will be contacted upon their acceptance by the Graduate Admissions Office to arrange for course registration for the summer semester.

Tuition and Financial Aid
The cost per credit for all STA education courses is $595 per credit for the Summer 2008 term. Tuition for all preregistered students is due by 5 p.m. on Friday, May 16. Students who register for their summer courses after May 16 must make payment on their account upon registration.

Student loans may be available for those seeking a master's degree or additional teacher certification. To apply for a Federal Stafford Loan, visit and file the 2007-08 Financial Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for loans for the 2008 summer semester. Students must carry at least six credits per semester to be eligible for a student loan. Students who plan to remain enrolled in courses during the 2008-09 academic year should also file the 2008-09 FAFSA application to be considered for aid for that school year.

Students who do not qualify for a Federal Stafford Loan may be eligible to receive funds through a private educational loan source. Private loans are available to creditworthy students or students with a creditworthy co-borrower. Interest rates are generally variable and established by the credit history of the student and potential co-borrower. Students can borrow through a lender of their choice or compare lender options by visiting

For More Information
Contact the Graduate Admissions Office at 412-397-5200 or