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Course Guidelines

Credit Hours

  • PDE courses can be designed for three, two, or one hours of graduate credit.
  • The minimum number of class instructional contact hours for 3 credits is 45 hours.
  • The minimum number of class instructional contact hours for 2 credits is 30 hours.
  • The minimum number of class instructional contact hours for 1 credit is 15 hours.
  • The course syllabus must specify the dates and times of class meetings.

Class Size

  • The minimum that can be in a course shall be 10.
  • The maximum class size shall be twenty five (25) unless approved by C of C. A second section can be added if needed.

Recommendations For Class Hours

These recommendations are drawn from SACS requirements. Because PDE courses are designed for teacher development, those courses are content/skill specific, based on the particular goals of the course. PDE courses are planned around the teacher’s work day and academic calendar. However, because PDE course quality and integrity must be maintained to optimize student learning, establishing recommended standards for the length of the course during the academic year and the summer is critical.

  • Academic Year Recommendations: During the academic year, the recommended maximum hours of in-class instruction per day is 6 hours. The recommended maximum hours of in-class instruction per week is 9 hours, Sunday through Saturday.
  • Summer Schedule Recommendations: During summer courses, the recommended maximum hours of in-class instruction per week is 30 hours, for a period of no less than 10 days. In the case of summer PDE courses scheduled for fewer than ten days, it is recommended that a follow up day/days be scheduled at a later date to allow for teacher reflection and application of course content and skills.
  • Exceptions to Recommended Practice: When proposed PDE courses do not adhere to the recommendations above, the course syllabus must provide a rationale for how the course design maximizes student learning. For example, a foreign language institute for teachers, where teachers are totally immersed in a foreign language environment could arguably be designed for 10 – 12 hour days in order to optimize student learning.

Professional Development (EDPD) Fees: Please see Fees page


Class attendance is expected. Students are responsible for all content and assignments for each class. If, for serious personal or medical reasons, several classes are missed, the instructor should be informed of the reason. A student may be dropped from a course for excessive absences (i.e., in excess of 15% of course time). A student enrolled in a PDE course must attend at least 85% of the total class hours required for course completion.

Classroom Procedures

Adjunct instructors are responsible for developing appropriate classroom procedures in conjunction with the standards exemplified by the faculty at the College of Charleston. Comprehensive and explicit syllabi, strict confidentiality of student grades, complete and accurate attendance records, and detailed records of completed student assignments are all an integral part of the adjunct instructor’s role in facilitation of a course at the College of Charleston.

Course Evaluations

The Office of Professional Development in Education provides evaluation materials to be completed by EDPD students upon completion of their courses. These materials have been revised to include Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) guidelines and requirements. Results of the evaluation will be emailed to the initiator and instructor the semester after the course has been completed.  This feedback will be used to improve future OPDE courses.

On Site Evaluations

The College of Charleston wants to ensure that all courses offered through the institution are of top quality. The Assistant for Administration and Public Relations will visit select courses offered each semester and either leave with the adjunct or mail an observation form to him/her. Another copy will be mailed to the initiator of the course. Thirdly, we provide a mid-term form for the participants of the course to evaluate the adjunct to provide feedback to ensure that all needs and expectations of the course are being met. This form is given to the adjunct for feedback purposes only.  

Revised June 25, 2018

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