Professional development opportunities available this summer through OU

Area educators interested in broadening their knowledge and skills in a
variety of academic areas are invited to take advantage of second summer
term course offerings at Oakland University.

Ten courses are available for college credit or for professional
development purposes, and students not currently enrolled in a degree or
certificate program may be eligible to receive a tuition incentive.

“The courses we have selected are very practical, very hands-on, and
they’re meant to be,” said Jim Cipielewski, an associate dean and
associate professor in OU’s School of Education and Human Services.
“Oakland has a fantastic reputation for offering a very solid education,
and a very rigorous one. In these difficult economic times, this is a
way we can make that accessible to a greater number of people.”

Courses available during the second summer term include:
-Theories of Child Development and Education

-Counseling Issues for Special Needs

-Authors and Illustrators’ Art and Craft
-The Art of Children’s Books
-Narrative Reading and Writing
-Non-Fiction Reading and Writing
-Crisis Intervention: Preventing Self-Harm
-Metropolitan Detroit Youth Studies Seminar
-Current Topics in Higher Education: Studying the Achievement Gap in Higher Education
-Family & Couple Counseling

The tuition incentive, made possible through Oakland University
institutional grants, provides professional development students with
$75 per credit hour for up to four credit hours, resulting in savings of
up to $300 on a single course. Those interested in pursuing this option
should visit the Graduate Admissions Professional Development site at

The second summer term begins on Monday, June 27, and concludes on
Thursday, Aug. 18. Courses meet for just over three hours per day,
either two or four days per week.

For more information on specific courses, application of college or
SBCEU credit, or the tuition incentive, contact Cipielewski at (248)
370-3095 or Those interested in learning more about pursuing a graduate degree at Oakland University should call (248) 370-3167 or visit