This series of courses was created by teachers for teachers. Ideas, strategies and resources are presented that are based on the latest in thinking about the art and practice of teaching. For those who are new or fairly new to classroom teaching or for the conscientious educator who just wants to focus on a certain area, these courses will provide necessary skills and support toward creating a successful learning environment in your classroom.
Online two-unit professional growth course for K-12 educators that focuses on the integration of student choice into curriculum to boost student engagement and achievement.
Once you have enrolled in your course, log in to your account to access the course Welcome Letter, which includes directions on how to access the Online Orientation and your online course.
Three-Unit online course for K-12 teachers preparing for new school year which may be returning for the first time from teaching remotely due to COVID-19 which includes social emotional learning, trauma-informed instruction and how to advance and improve student learning with an innovator’s mindset.
Online course for K-12 educators and administrators on how to connect to students with SEL and technology in the remote learning environment
This online course for educators, K-12 and Higher Education faculty, allows for one to strategize using technology on how to easily move to and from remote learning.
This is a flexible and convenient online self-paced course that provides professional growth for educators, available for three units and focuses on designing curriculum to enhance student learning.
This online self-paced professional growth course gives educators the background of how we form habits, how to create better habits to increase efficiency, learning and joy in the classroom.
This is an online 3-unit course for educators that focuses on restorative practices, an alternative to traditional discipline and classroom management to cultivate a better classroom management, create positive peer mediation practices and to build community.
Online course for educators that promotes deeper learning/thinking of concept-based curriculum allowing for students to connect to content.
This online self-paced course provides K-12 educators with the tools of how to expand their professional learning network through the use of social media platforms.
This online course allows for K-12 teachers to develop a reflective assessment process that engages the learner in acts of self-evaluation, as well as, allows one to analyze classroom data to give feedback that reduces the gap between where a student is and where they are meant to be.
This online course gives you best practices on how to support and teach the homeschooled and independent study student, and includes how to teach remotely/virtually for those that have transitioned to remote teaching.
This course is an online professional growth course for educators on how to make student groupwork an effective and measurable learning experience in the classroom
Introduction to Instructional Design for Educators is a two-unit online self-paced course for K-12 teachers
Classroom Management course helps teachers create a student friendly learning environment with clear expectations, stimulating and accessible materials, and appropriate teaching methods
Families as partners course helps families explore the idea of schools as communities and theoretical models of family-school relations
Teaching Strategies for ELL’s course focuses on the needs of English Language Learners and ways to integrate language acquisition and academic content learning
Our online self-paced courses are similar to online fixed-date courses, but are designed to give you a six-month period from time of enrollment to complete all assignments. Like fixed-date courses, online self-paced courses are asynchronous, meaning that you can work on your assignments anytime; the difference being there are no assigned due dates in self-paced courses. Your instructor will provide feedback via written responses on your assignments and exams. Grades are based on completed projects, assignments and exams.
How is the self-paced course structured? Like fixed-date courses, online self-paced courses are asynchronous meaning that you can work on your assignments anytime; the difference being there are no assigned due dates in self-paced courses. The content is divided into learning modules. Each module will cover one or more topics. Within each of the learning modules, you can expect the following components:
Enroll in one or more courses in this series to earn graduate-level extension credits.
You can expect the following from Online Self-Paced courses:
These courses are designed for K-12 teachers who are new to the teaching profession and those educators that want to sharpen their practices in one or more areas.
Professional development courses offered by the University of San Diego’s Division of Professional & Continuing Education are taught by faculty that possess a depth and breadth of academic and real-world professional experience.
Employment opportunities in the education field are expected to grow by almost 1 million new jobs by 2030 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). With so many new and emerging opportunities, schools are going to have to compete heavily to attract and retain the most talented educators.
This makes furthering your education and diversifying your business skillset all the more important. With expertise in a wide variety of business concepts, you will not only be well suited for many job roles, you will also be in demand by the employer of your choosing.
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“Special needs” encompasses such a wide range of student abilities and challenges that no one space can accommodate all physical or behavioral needs. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) states that all public school classrooms must be ADA compliant, meaning that they must be accessible to wheelchair users and that teachers must make reasonable accommodations when it comes to technology tools. In general, best practices for classroom design apply to students of all abilities, such as minimizing distractions, making the space safe and comfortable, ensuring every student has access to the tools they need, and that the layout supports both independent and collaborative work.
Designing or redesigning your classroom does not require expensive materials or upgrades. Big box stores like Walmart and Target sell attractive, affordable classroom organization solutions, and Pinterest features hundreds of thousands of ideas for designing a classroom on a budget.
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The credit earned is considered Graduate Level Extension Credit, in semester hours (1 semester hour= 15 contact hours). The credit earned is usually used for salary advancement, credential renewing and/or recertification. Graduate Level Extension credit is not usually transferrable towards a degree. Prior district approval is highly recommended and the responsibility of the student if using the units towards salary advancement, credential renewing and/or recertification.
Independent Study Self-Paced courses – USD allows 9 months from the date of registration to complete an independent study formatted course and submit all completed course work for evaluation.
Online Self-Paced courses – USD allows 6 months from the date of registration to complete an online self-paced formatted course and submit all assignments for evaluation within this period
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Classroom, Online Fixed-Date, and Credit Validation formatted courses do not allow for any additional time to complete assignments.
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Learn how to teach remotely with our series of courses for training online teachers.
This fully online certificate program is for K-14 educators looking to transition to teacher leadership roles and for educators currently in leadership roles that want to enhance their leadership skills with strategies and tools to become a better leader in the educational setting.
This series provides K-12 educators with the skills and knowledge on how to incorporate anti-racism, diversity, inclusion, and social justice in their classroom strategies and their teaching.
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