Jun 18, 2024  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Professional Development and Community Programs

Shenandoah Conservatory Arts Academy (SCAA)

Jennifer Green-Flint, Director
John Kerr Building, (540) 665-4602

Purpose and Mission Statement

The Shenandoah Conservatory Arts Academy (SCAA) was founded in 1977 with two piano teachers to provide enrichment opportunities in the fine arts for area students of all ages. Today, SCAA has over 80 faculty members of professionally trained musicians, dancers, artists and educators with many faculty members serving on both the Shenandoah University Conservatory faculty and the faculty of SCAA. The student body of SCAA includes over 1,100 students weekly. Instruction serves two purposes; community introduction and outreach in the arts for students of all levels and ages who may not have art instruction as part of their K-12 education, or desire to learn recreationally, as well as serving students who have a desire to pursue the performing arts in a conservatory collegiate environment.

Central to the SCAA mission is developing the next generation of performers, arts educators, arts patrons and audience members. Many SCAA students begin classes or lessons at the Arts Academy as young children and remain active students until they graduate from high school. The Arts Academy is an avenue for adult learners as well, whether they are re-visiting an instrument from their past, or exploring one for the first time.

SCAA offerings during the academic year (September-May) meet weekly in dance, theater, fencing, fitness, choirs, youth and chamber orchestras and early childhood music classes. The Academy also offers applied instrumental and vocal instruction in over 35 instruments. The Early Childhood Music program fosters a love of arts and music instruction for the Academy’s youngest learners, beginning as early as infants. Summer instruction (June-August) focuses on dance and theater intensives as well as light-hearted musical exploration classes designed for all learners with a passion for the arts. Performing opportunities on the campus of Shenandoah University and in the community are numerous.

Learn more about the Shenandoah Conservatory Arts Academy by visiting the website at scartsacademy.org or by visiting our facility at 203 South Cameron Street in downtown Winchester.

The Center for Civic Engagement

Rebecca Gibson, Director
Cooley Hall, Room 112, (540) 665-4862, rgibson@su.edu; serve@su.edu 

Mission Statement:

The mission of the Center for Civic Engagement is to prepare students to participate in a just and democratic society by providing experiences in service-learning, civic dialogue, and community engagement inside and outside the classroom through mutually beneficial partnerships that inspire responsibility towards a community, nation, and world.


The Center for Civic Engagement supports the entire Shenandoah University community by furthering its commitment to prepare students and the broader community to become active, informed citizens. We organize and promote community and volunteer engagement, dialogues across difference, and public scholarship.

The Center develops student leaders who are looking to make responsible contributions in their communities. It also serves as a resource for faculty, staff, and community members for the integration of community-engaged teaching, research, and service-learning. It also supports mutually-beneficial partnership with community organizations to advance positive change. 

For more information, please visit our website at www.su.edu/service

Office of Education Outreach

Dennis L. Keffer, Director
Bowman Building, School of Education and Leadership
(540) 535-3544 or (540) 535-3552

The Office of Education Outreach is a department within Shenandoah University’s School of Education and Leadership which provides professional and licensure courses approved by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) for teacher licensure and recertification. A variety of licensure and recertification courses are available via distance learning each trimester.

Initial Teacher Licensure Courses (graduate credit)

Students may enroll in OEO initial licensure courses as a Visiting Student. These courses are beneficial, allowing students to enroll at an affordable tuition rate as they select the licensure program that best fits their needs.

OEO initial licensure courses will transfer into PSC (Professional Studies Certificate) or M.S.Ed. (Masters of Education) programs. It is important that students apply for admission to the university once they are enrolled in their first OEO licensure course, since the number of credits that transfer does vary by program. OEO course offerings and registration information may be found at www.su.edu/oeo.

School Development and Partnerships

OEO is able to offer individualized courses for school districts to meet specific needs the district may have. School divisions may also contract with OEO to arrange sponsored sections.

Teachers for Tomorrow — EDU 201

Advanced Academic Dual Enrollment

Four Hours of Undergraduate Credit

OEO also offers the Teachers for Tomorrow Dual Credit program to high schools participating in the “Grow Your Own” program. This program is designed to attract teacher candidates from high school to the field of education through exposure to a world-class curriculum and hands-on experiences that focus on teaching.

This course is offered to high school seniors through the dual enrollment process. Students are awarded four hours of undergraduate credit upon successful completion of the program. In keeping with the challenge to increase the pool of highly qualified teachers, the purposes of the Virginia Teachers for Tomorrow Program are:

  • to identify, train and nurture high school students interested in a teaching career;
  • to support the efforts of Virginia’s school divisions to meet hiring targets by cultivating an effective “grow your own” recruitment program;
  • to create a high school curricular experience designed to foster student interest, understanding and appreciation of the teaching profession; and
  • to attract students to teaching in critical shortage and high needs areas of the state.

For information on either individualized courses or greater details of the Teachers for Tomorrow program, please contact the Director of the Office of Education Outreach.