What is a Cohort?
The Office of Virtual Education offers professional development cohorts through VirtualSC Professional Development.
A cohort is a group of South Carolina certified teachers from a district, school, agency or association that would like to study specific online content. Such as:
- Read to Succeed courses
- Online Teaching Endorsement courses
- Graduate course catalog
- Renewal course catalog
The content could be courses that we have in our catalog, or it could be a course that is customized to your needs. (Please see the Building a Custom Course Example below for customization information.)
Our courses are delivered completely online and last for a total of 7 weeks.
We offer renewal credit and graduate credit courses. All of our renewal courses have been approved by the South Carolina Department of Education, Office of Educator Services. Our graduate courses are approved and offered in partnership with the College of Charleston.
There are three options for course payment:
- The course participant pays the full course amount
- The sponsor (district or school) pays the full amount for each course participant
- Splitting the course cost between the sponsor (district or school) and the course participant
Cohort Enrollment Requirements:
- Read to Succeed courses require a minimum of 20 participants to a maximum of 30 participants per section
- Graduate credit courses require a minimum of 20 participants to a maximum of 35 participants per section
- 40 renewal credit courses require a minimum of 25 participants to a maximum of 30 participants per section
What do you have to do to form a cohort?
Contact Tammy Hegler: 803-734-8030 or Kathleen Whittle: 803-734-3738
You just promote the program and send out directions and we do the rest.
Examples of how our cohorts could work
Read to Succeed Example:
The sponsor (district or school) pays for their teachers to take the Read to Succeed courses to help their teachers meet the Read to Succeed endorsement requirements.
All of our Read to Succeed courses are 60 renewal credits and are $85.00 per course. Forming a cohort with our program will give your school or district a $5.00 discount per participant. Meaning the course cost will be $80.00 per course participant.
Intel Teach Elements Example:
The sponsor (district or school) pays for their teachers to take the Intel Elements Courses to help their teachers meet their technology proficiency.
The sponsor (district or school) pays $80.00 per teacher for a 60 renewal credit course and offers the teacher the opportunity to pay an additional fee of $145.00 to receive 3 graduate credits. The course work for these two courses is the same. The courses that we have that are currently set up with these type credits are as follows:
- Intel Teach Elements: Project-Based Approaches
- Intel Teach Elements: Collaboration in the Digital Classroom
- Intel Teach Elements: Inquiry in the Science Classroom
- Intel Teach Elements: Designing Blended Learning
Please note: Most of our renewal credit courses are 40 renewal credits, however if you wanted them to be reciprocal in nature where teachers could choose renewal or graduate credit for the same course we would have to add some rigor to our renewal courses to be 60 renewal credits and to meet the College of Charleston’s guidelines. This is not a lengthy process but advanced notice is required.
Online Teaching Endorsement Example:
The sponsor (district or school) pays the complete graduate level fee for a group of their teachers to take all 4 courses for the add-on Teaching Online Certification/Endorsement.
The sponsor (district or school) pays the entire fee for their teachers to enroll in our course for the add-on Teaching Online Certification/Endorsement. There are 2 required courses and 2 elective courses. Each course is a 3 graduate credit course and cost $225.00 each.
For more information concerning the add-on Teaching Online Certification/Endorsement click here.
Graduate and Renewal Courses Example:
The sponsor (district or school) could use existing graduate or renewal courses and pay $225.00 for a graduate level course or $75.00 for 40 renewal credit.
Our system can also just charge the participant a partial fee for the courses, if the sponsor (district or school) did not want to pay the entire fee.
Building a Custom Course Example:
The sponsor (district or school) could work with an instructional designer from our office to build a custom built course.
The content for the course would be provided by you and would have to meet copyright laws. A renewal course with 6 instructional modules would cost approximately $3,000.00. A graduate course build will be $3,500.00. If a course build contains complex components then the cost would increase.