The end of the school year is the beginning of a summer of learning for thousands of West Virginia teachers.

West Virginia University is offering dozens of courses online and around the state through Extended Learning for educators who want to enhance their skills and earn recertification hours.

There is a special emphasis on technology offered this year with numerous classes that help teachers integrate technology into the classroom. These include skill-based classes with computer programs, such as Photoshop and PowerPoint, and courses designed to enhance curriculum with technology.

We have an exciting schedule of courses that advances the quality of teaching in our state,said Sue Day-Perroots, dean of Extended Learning.I believe theyll find the courses relevant, stimulating and even fun this summer.

Courses that are specific to disciplines such as reading, math and special education, as well as courses designed to improve general classroom skills, will be available. WVU is also offering a unique opportunity for foreign language teachers to interact with University students traveling in France through vodcasts (video podcasts) via the Internet.

The schedule of courses offered through WVU Extended Learning is updated frequently online at . Educators can download a registration form at the Web site or call 1-800-2Learn2.

In addition to professional development courses, WVU offers the following graduate degrees for educators: special education (six specializations), elementary education, secondary education (two specializations), reading, educational leadership, communication studies, athletic coaching education and physical education teacher education.

WVU partners with the West Virginia Center for Professional Development, numerous county school boards and Regional Education Service Agencies to deliver courses across the state.