Our Evening and Weekend Programs provide continuing education in Washington, DC designed for individuals pursuing both personal and professional goals.
The Graduate School USA Evening and Weekend Programs is seeking experienced instructors for 10-week courses
Graduate School USA classes are offered on weeknights at Graduate School USA’s Capital Gallery location (L’Enfant Plaza) in downtown DC, one evening a week from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., for ten weeks. The fall term begins October 1, 2018.
Potential instructors are required to have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in the subject or related field, with three to five years of demonstrated work and teaching experience in the discipline. For some disciplines, especially those in technical and applied areas, instructors with less than a bachelor’s degree may be considered with five to ten years of teaching experience. A minimum of an associate degree is required for instructors teaching courses in certificate programs.
Please submit your resume with teaching experience and one letter of recommendation to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than September 7, 2018.
Principles of Horticulture: Explore the basic principles of growing fruits, vegetables, flowers, and ornamental plants. Learn about botany, taxonomy, plant pathology, soils, gardening techniques, greenhouse growing/nursery production, and equipment. It is recommended that certificate participants complete this course before taking other horticulture courses. Field trips to be announced.
Principles of Landscape Design I: Improve your home's appearance or launch your landscape design career. Learn how to design and landscape with plants and structures by generating a basic landscape design of a property.
Landscaping with Plants for the professional and Home Gardener: Explore how plants are used in landscape design, their associations in nature, and their most interesting characteristics. Dates and locations of field trips are discussed at the first class meeting. This course is taught in gardens, fields, and woods. Wear walking shoes and bring a sketchbook.
Propagating perennials and Woody Plants: Discover basic plant reproduction techniques. Learn to work with seeds with simple germination requirements; seeds with complex germination requirements; stem and leaf cuttings; grafting and budding; bulbs; and tubers. The course, highlighted by hands-on experience, also covers soil preparation, watering, and transplanting.
Landscape Plants of Fall: Explore landscape plants and how to use them. Utilizing the resources of the National Arboretum, participants hold laboratory and field sessions to examine the seasonal value of selected trees, shrubs, vines, and ground covers, identifying their characteristics and general cultural requirements. The class also covers broadleaf evergreens, berried trees and shrubs, trees for autumn coloration, and plants for espalier.
Perennials for Fall: Learn how to incorporate fall perennials to keep your landscaping blooming. This course provides you with the necessary tools to maintain and successfully grow fall perennials.
Introductory Greek I: This course emphasizes vocabulary and foundation work in speaking, understanding, reading and writing. Grammar is also included.
Introductory Hebrew I: This course is designed to introduce beginning students to the basics of biblical Hebrew so as to provide a clear basis for further study of the language and the texts written in it. Through a variety of approaches, students are familiarized with the basic building blocks of the language.
Introductory Hindi I: Designed for those with no prior knowledge of the language, this course introduces the basics of Hindi culture and language while focusing on grammar, reading and writing.
Conversational Italian I: Practice simple dialogues to introduce yourself and others, identify people and professions, tell time and talk about the weather. Cultural topics may include family life and food. Prerequisite: Students who have studied the language already should not enroll in this very elementary course.
Introductory Korean I: Designed for the beginner, the course emphasizes vocabulary, phrases and expressions in everyday conversation. Practice on pronunciation and intonation patterns is included. Also included are some reading and writing exercises and discussions on Korean culture and beliefs.
Introductory Latin I: Begin the study of Latin vocabulary and grammar for the purpose of reading Latin texts. Study of the language is supplemented with mythology and political and historical readings. The course is designed for persons interested in enriching their knowledge of English and European languages and in reading Latin literature.
Introductory Urdu I: Participants begin foundation work in speaking and understanding the Urdu language and culture. Grammar, reading and writing are an integral part of the course. No previous background in Urdu language study is required.
Project Management: Acquire the skills needed to organize and complete complex and challenging tasks. Learn the basic steps to managing projects through the use of case studies and team simulations. Master the use of project organization, work breakdown structures, scheduling, PERT analysis and cost estimating. Gain an understanding of how work groups communicate and how to effectively handle project breakdowns. Learn to conduct project reviews, presentations, and closure.
Employee Relations: Learn how to handle the delicate issues involved in successful employee relations. Address issues faced by employee relations specialists, including grievances, Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action matters, merit pay, labor relations, disciplinary actions, employee benefits, and investigations of complaints.
EEO and Affirmative Action and Diversity: Learn the historic and legal framework for Equal Employment Opportunity and discover how affirmative action helps to capitalize on racial and cultural diversity and contribute to organizational effectiveness. This course is ideal for those planning a career in EEO, personnel, or supervision. Explore the EEO complaint process, alternative dispute resolution, accommodations for people with disabilities, and affirmative action strategies.
Human Resources Recruiting Principles and Practices: Learn a variety of traditional and innovative techniques (including online strategies) for recruiting and attracting qualified and diverse candidates to your organization. Explore job interviewing methods, and practice various models for job analysis and conducting candidate evaluations. Enhance your understanding of federal employment laws such as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, as amended; the Equal Pay Act; the Rehabilitation Act; and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Staffing and Placement: Explore how federal agencies recruit, screen, and select employees. Learn the principles that cover the Merit System and gain skill in determining a job's Qualification Requirements, including its key Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs). Discover how to implement recruiting and screening procedures to get the right talent—including Category Ranking, Veterans Preference, and Merit Promotion. Improve your understanding of special programs for hiring and developing those in targeted groups. The Office of Personnel Management and the most recent publication of the Federal Personnel Guide will be the main resources used to cover the Staffing and Placement issues that are the forefront of Human Resource Administration concerns.
Editing, Environmental Studies and Finance
Proofreading: Understand and apply proofreading techniques in order to recognize and correct errors, including spelling, punctuation, capitalization, number notation, abbreviations, and word division. Copy to be proofread includes narrative text, graphics, and tabular materials, all subject to critical review for technical quality of editing.
Environmental Policy: Pesticides and Toxic Substances: Learn how the law and policy related to two environmental statutes regulate the use of new and existing chemicals in commerce. The Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) is a licensing statute primarily governing the use of pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides. The Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) requires the development of data with respect to the health and environmental effects of chemicals and provides authority to regulate such substances that pose a non-reasonable risk.
Analysis and Interpretation of Financial Statements: Learn to apply the methods and techniques of preparing, analyzing, and interpreting commercial and government financial statements. Examine the nature and limitations of these statements and their terminology, content, and organization. Understand determination and interpretation of trends and ratios for internal and external users of statements.