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Registration

We accept registration by fax, mail, in person and online; we also accept registration by phone. To register, you must submit the completed registration form with payment in full, if enrolled in a credit course section.

Payment may be made in the form of a check or money order made payable to The University of the Arts or by credit card – American Express, MasterCard and VISA are accepted. Registration is accepted on a first come, first served basis.

The University reserves the right to deny registration to any student based upon the student’s prior behavior or actions in a previous class, program or workshop at the University.

Additionally, any current student may be dismissed from his/her class and the program if found to be disruptive or behaving inappropriately in class or on the University campus. Students dismissed from any UArts Continuing Studies program will be denied admission to future terms and programs.

Students in the Division of Continuing Studies at The University of the Arts are expected to adhere to a Student Code of Conduct.

Register by fax (215.717.6538), mail, phone (215.717.6006), in person or online (tps.uarts.edu).

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Course Cancellation

The University of the Arts reserves the right to cancel classes due to low enrollment. If a cancellation should occur, students will be notified prior to the start of classes and will have the option of taking another course or receiving a full refund.

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Tuition

Tuition

Non-credit course sections of TPS-UArts courses are free.  Tuition for credit sections of TPS-UArts courses is listed next to each course on this website.

Students who withdraw from a credit section of a TPS-UArts course will be assessed a $50 administrative fee.  See below for full policy.

Refund Policy

 All refunds are calculated as follows:

  • 100% refund less the $50 administrative fee for withdrawal five business days prior to the first class
  • 0% refund for withdrawal within fewer than five business days

All withdrawals must be submitted in writing sent via email to . The date the request is received in writing is the date used to calculate the refund amount. Please allow up to 10 business days for review.

Note: It is not our policy to transfer registration from one course to another. Requests of this nature will be processed as a withdrawal, subject to the refund policy above.

Note: The Professional Institute for Educators strongly encourages students to seek pre-approval from their school district before registering for courses. Refunds will not be granted to students who request withdrawal because their school district denies approval for tuition reimbursement.

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Supplies

Supplies are the responsibility of the student. Supply lists will be available online one week prior to the start of classes.

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Attendance

All students are expected to attend classes regularly and promptly, and for the duration of the scheduled instructional time. Individual instructors will decide the optimum time for taking attendance and may penalize for habitual lateness or absence. Repeated absences may result in a grade of “F” for a course.

Students who withdraw from a course must do so in writing. Non-attendance does not constitute an official withdrawal.

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Academic Information

The University of the Arts is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The Professional Institute for Educators at the University of the Arts offers non-matriculated graduate-level courses. These credits can be used towards Masters Equivalency programs, state and district professional development requirements, and may be considered for transfer into some degree programs, depending upon specific curriculum requirements. Courses in this program are indicated with an “ED” prefix. Courses for credit have a “C” suffix when transcripted.

Educators taking courses for credit are required to complete assignments for evaluation outside of direct contact hours. These assignments may include lesson plans, readings, papers, projects, presentations or other work relating the course content to classroom application. Most final course projects will be due two weeks after the final class meeting. An official grade report will be mailed automatically 10 to 15 business days after course completion.

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Academic Honesty/Integrity Policy 

Academic Integrity is a commitment to the core values of honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility and their role in ensuring the health and vigor of the academic and creative community. The university community is continually mindful of the need to preserve academic integrity standards, inclusive of any technological advances in delivery methods of information access and use.  Please note that students are encouraged to contact their instructors and/or the University librarians for guidance in maintaining academic integrity in their work.

Violations of Academic Integrity
Violations of academic integrity are considered to be acts of academic dishonesty and include (but are not limited to) cheating, plagiarizing, fabrication, denying others access to information or material, and facilitating academic dishonesty, and are subject to the policies and procedures noted here and within the Course Catalog, including the Student Code of Conduct and the Student Judicial System. Please note that lack of knowledge of citations procedures, for example, is an unacceptable explanation for plagiarism, as is having studied together to produce remarkably similar papers or creative works submitted separately by two students.

Procedures for Addressing Violations of Academic Integrity
If an instructor suspects a student of any violation of academic integrity, the following process is to be followed:

  1. After an initial consultation with the Chair/Director/Academic Dean where the infraction is identified and its seriousness assessed, the instructor must address the situation with the student, either in writing or in person. After having addressed the situation with the student, the instructor shall determine an appropriate course of action within his/her purview as a member of the teaching faculty. (Please refer to the "Sanctions" section of this policy for possible actions to be taken in such cases.)
  2. In the case of Assignment Sanctions (see below), the instructor may submit a written summary as outlined above if s/he deems it to be warranted.
  3. In the case of Course Sanctions (see below), the instructor may submit a written summary as outlined above if s/he deems it to be warranted.
  4. In cases where either the Associate Provost or the instructor determines that the offense merits consideration by the Campus Standards Committee, the instructor works in conjunction with the Associate Provost to formally refer the case to the Campus Standards Committee.
  5. In all academic integrity matters that are handled by the faculty member, notification of the sanctions, if any, must be sent to the Provost’s office, which will notify the office of student affairs and dean of students.  Students who receive numerous violations of academic integrity may be brought before a Campus Standards Committee.

Sanctions
After consulting with the department chair/director/Dean of Liberal Arts, it is up to the instructor to determine how serious the offense is (based on her/his academic standards and expectations) as it relates to the sanctions to be imposed within his or her course. Both the Associate Provost and the instructor have the right to determine whether the offense warrants advancement to the Campus Standards Committee. The Associate Provost must be kept apprised by the instructor of the actions taken. If it is judged that a student has violated the University’s standards for academic integrity, sanctions may include but are not limited to:

 Assignment Sanctions

  1. Repeating the assignment or completing an additional assignment. (Please note that when sanctions are imposed in this manner, students become ineligible for an Incomplete or a Withdrawal from the course in which the sanctions are imposed if it is pursued as a result of the sanction.);
  2. Failure of the assignment with no opportunity to repeat it. No points will be earned for the assignment (that is, an F will equal a "0").

 Course Sanctions

  1. Issuance of a warning or verbal reprimand with a written description of the interaction by the instructor. Copies of such reprimands must be kept by the instructor, and submitted to the Office of the Provost who will forward copies to the Student’s Judicial File and the student;
  2. Failure of the class;
  3. Referral to the Campus Standards Committee for possible actions that may include but are not limited to suspension, dismissal or expulsion. Such referral is likely in the extreme or repeated cases involving a violation of academic integrity.

Appeals Procedure
Students who wish to appeal the instructor’s sanction(s) should follow the procedure as outlined in the Academic Policies section of the Course Catalog under "Academic Grievances". Students who wish to appeal the decision of the Campus Standards Committee should follow the procedure outlined in the "Judicial System" section of this handbook.

Grading System

A  4.00 A- 3.67 B+ 3.33 B 3.00 B- 2.67
C+ 2.33 C 2.00 C-  1.67 D+  1.33 D 1.00
F 0.00 I Incomplete P Pass    

An incomplete grade may be granted only in extraordinary circumstances that prevent the student from completing coursework by the end of the semester. The grade “I” is only given when the completed portion of the student’s coursework is of passing quality.

Extraordinary circumstances include:

  • Serious student illness, accompanied by a doctor’s certificate
  • Extreme emergency, substantiated by written documentation

Incomplete grades not cleared by the end of the sixth week following the due date of the final coursework will automatically be assigned grade of “F.”

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Teacher Professional Development

PA Act 48

We are an approved provider for the Pennsylvania Department of Education Act 48 professional development requirements. These requirements are for teachers certified for Pennsylvania. Courses for credit qualify for PA Act 48 standards; non-credit coursework earns activity hours. A three-credit graduate course requires outside work and is posted as Act 48 90 hour equivalency. Students must supply their unique PA Act 48 Professional Personal ID number upon registration in order to have their credit course posted. Students should log in to the PA Department of Education website (www.pde.state.pa.us) to obtain this ID number. Act 48 posting to the State occurs at the end of each month after final grading for coursework is complete.

NJ

We are an approved provider for New Jersey Professional Development (provider #4700). New Jersey teachers should follow the administrative policies of their school district, which will require either a grade report or an official transcript to be submitted by the student.

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Transcript Requests

For your convenience and security, all official transcript requests must be made online through the National Student Clearinghouse website. Full details and instructions are available online at registrar.uarts.edu/services/transcript-request

Along with this order process being more secure, the University is now offering official electronic transcripts, which is the fastest and most affordable method to receive your transcript. You can request one copy for yourself, save it and then forward it to as many places as needed. The transcript is official and does not expire.

Current students can also view and print their unofficial transcripts through the Self Service Student Planning module, or through the student portal under their Academic Profile Menu.

All questions pertaining to transcript requests should be directed to the Office of the Registrar at 215.717.6420.

Graduate Credit Petition

Students who have completed course work in the Professional Institute for Educators program earn graduate credit but this has not been reflected on the transcript type issued by The University of the Arts.  PIE students are asked to list their highest university credentials on registration materials but to date have not been required to provide official documentation of these credentials.  If a student would like for his/her official University of the Arts transcript to reflect Graduate Record, please complete the steps below for a Graduate Credit Petition.  In addition to completing the Graduate Record Petition, students will be required to submit a copy of their transcript from universities attended where the highest level degree was earned.

The completion of the Graduate Credit Petition will convert all existing and future coursework taken through either PIE or SMS to be listed on The University of the Arts transcript as an academic level of "Graduate Record" instead of "Continuing Studies."  This petition will only need to be completed one time in order for a student’s coursework to be reflected as Graduate Record.

Download instructions to complete a Graduate Credit Petition here.

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Center City Parking

Students enrolled in a TPS-UArts credit course section are eligible for a free parking voucher to cover the costs of parking during class meeting times.  are eligible for a special free parking voucher to cover the costs of parking during class meeting times. Students must park in the LAZ garage in the Symphony House building, located at 440 South Broad Street - the corner of Broad and Pine. Participants must bring their parking ticket to the Continuing Studies office at 211 South Broad Street, 9th floor, Room 901, in order to receive the voucher.

Student enrolled in a TPS-UArts non-credit section must make their own parking arrangements.

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School Closings

On Campus

In the event of inclement weather, University officials will make every attempt to render a prompt decision regarding whether classes will be canceled. This information will be communicated throughout campus and to the local media.

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Advising

Please call, email or stop by with any questions.

The Professional Institute for Educators at The University of the Arts
Phone: 215.717.6092
Email: 

Walk-In Location

Terra Hall
211 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, 9th Floor, Room 901

Download map + directions - 2 pages (PDF)

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This is not a contractual document.The University of the Arts reserves the right to change any curricular offering, policy, faculty assignment, or financial regulation described on this website. The University of the Arts gives equal consideration to all applicants for admission and scholarships, and conducts all educational programs, activities, and employment practices without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national or ethnic origin, or disability.

In-Service Workshops

We are out in the community, bringing In-Service Workshops to school districts throughout Pennsylvania + New Jersey. Interested in hosting an on-site TPS Workshop for your school? Visit our In-Service Days page for more information.