Letters of Recommendation

The college application process includes many critical steps. Letters of recommendation can sometimes be an overlooked element in a student's college application. This course offers educators knowledge on how to best advise students, so that they can secure the most effective letters of recommendation. It also provides tips and strategies to assist educators in writing effective letters of recommendation for their students.

Students walking with a college access counselor.

Advising Students on How to Secure the Most Effective Letters of Recommendation: This module addresses letters of recommendation from the perspective of student advising. As educators, how can we best advise students on how to secure the most effective letters of recommendation? Participants will learn about important information to convey to students such as the value of the letter of recommendation, how to request letters of recommendation, and tips for students to secure the strongest letters possible.

Writing Effective Letters of Recommendation: This module addresses letters of recommendation from the perspective of the educator. Participants will understand the value of the letter of recommendation to college admissions officers and develop strategies for writing effective letters for students.



Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
CCR42898 Amy McClurd Online Asynchronous Thursday, October 11, 2018

FORMAT: Online
SCHEDULE: Asynchronous
START DATE: Oct. 11, 2018

Instructor: Amy McClurd

Course Facilitator

Dr. Amy McClurd is responsible for the design and implementation of teacher professional development programs, including International Baccalaureate workshops, online professional development, Pre-AP workshops, and customized district trainings. She has taught middle school science and served as a team leader and department chair for Cy-Fair Independent School District. Ms. McClurd holds a B.A. in biology and studio arts from Sam Houston State University and an M.Ed. in educational administration from Prairie View A&M University. She is pursuing a doctorate in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in instructional technology at the University of Houston. Her doctoral research is focused on IB online teacher professional development.

Term: Fall 2018

Start Date: Oct. 11, 2018

End Date: Oct. 18, 2018

Schedule: Asynchronous

Fee: $285

Early Registration: $260 if registering by July 11

Late Registration: $310 if registering after Sept. 26

Continuing Professional Education (CPE): 8

Continuing Education Unit (CEU): 0.8

This course utilizes the Canvas platform and includes the use of high-quality videos. For maximum performance, we recommend these system requirements for the Canvas platform.

The Letters of Recommendation online course is intended to educate participants about the basics of the college admissions/advising process. This course will not increase the likelihood of admission to Rice University and is in no way affiliated with the Office of Admissions.