Start Your Teaching Career with Best Practices – Flexible Online Self-Paced Courses

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.

Schedule & Fees

Courses – Enroll in One or More

Course Date Units Price
Student Choice for Engagement and Academic Success [EDU-X740P] Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled 2 $307
Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled
2
$307
Online Self-Paced
Veronica Reyes

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.

Reset: Resiliency, Compassion and Innovation for Transformative Teaching [EDU-X772L] Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled 3 $489
Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled
3
$489
Online Self-Paced
Paula Intravaia

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.

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.

Utilizing EdTech Tools and Social Emotional Learning (SEL) to Enhance Lessons in the Classroom [EDU-X745P] See Course Options 2-3 $307-$489
See Course Options
2-3
$307-$489
Online Self-Paced
Joshua DuCharme

Online course for K-12 educators and administrators on how to connect to students with SEL and technology in the remote learning environment

Transitioning to a Blended Learning Environment [EDU-X713P] Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled 3 $489
Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled
3
$489
Online Self-Paced
Jenifer Fazy

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.

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.

Teaching for Joy and Equity in the K-12 Classroom [EDU-X714S] Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled 3 $489
Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled
3
$489
Online Self-Paced
Lauren Wilensky

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.

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.

Atomic Habits: Develop Habits to Increase Learning, Efficiency and Joy in the Classroom and Beyond [EDU-X750R] Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled 3 $489
Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled
3
$489
Online Self-Paced
Amanda Dolphin

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.

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.

Introduction to Restorative Practices [EDU-X735R] Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled 3 $489
Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled
3
$489
Online Self-Paced
Shannon Perez

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.

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.

Engagement: Connecting Students to Content [EDU-X793Q] Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled 3 $489
Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled
3
$489
Online Self-Paced
Ronalee Johnson

Online course for educators that promotes deeper learning/thinking of concept-based curriculum allowing for students to connect to content.

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.

Expanding Your Professional Learning Network through Social Media [EDU-X748R] Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled 3 $489
Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled
3
$489
Online Self-Paced
Jennifer Hair

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.

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.

The Feedback Loop: Using Classroom Evidence to Improve Learning [EDU-X788Q] Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled 3 $489
Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled
3
$489
Online Self-Paced
Mishelle Scragg

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.

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.

Supporting the Homeschooled Student [EDU-X715P] Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled 3 $489
Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled
3
$489
Online Self-Paced
Shannon Carpenter

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.

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.

Groupwork–Accountable Talk in the Classroom [EDU-X794O] Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled 3 $489
Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled
3
$489
Online Self-Paced
Mishelle Scragg

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

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.

Introduction to Instructional Design for Educators [EDU-X782L] Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled 2 $307
Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled
2
$307
Online Self-Paced
Amy Triba

Introduction to Instructional Design for Educators is a two-unit online self-paced course for K-12 teachers

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.

Classroom Management (prev #: EDU-508ZB) [EDU-X776] Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled 2 $307
Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled
2
$307
Online Self-Paced
Mishelle Scragg

Classroom Management course helps teachers create a student friendly learning environment with clear expectations, stimulating and accessible materials, and appropriate teaching methods

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.

Families as Partners (prev #: EDU-508ZC) [EDU-X777] Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled 2 $307
Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled
2
$307
Online Self-Paced
Mishelle Scragg

Families as partners course helps families explore the idea of schools as communities and theoretical models of family-school relations

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.

Teaching Strategies for ELLs (prev #: EDU-508ZR) [EDU-X781] Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled 2 $307
Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled
2
$307
Online Self-Paced
Kacey Weiss

Teaching Strategies for ELL’s course focuses on the needs of English Language Learners and ways to integrate language acquisition and academic content learning

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.

Learning Method Information

Online Self-Paced

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:

  • Module introduction that outlines what you can expect to learn in the module.
  • Required readings (textbook, articles, journals, websites, etc.) and presentations (audio and/or video).
  • Assignments (which may include: written assignments, quizzes, blogs, etc.) based on the readings and presentations.
  • Module conclusion to review the topics and what you should have learned.
  • Typically, there is a final project, paper, or exam due in the last module that culminates all of the topics covered in each of the learning modules. You’ll find that the design of the learning modules has a rhythm to help you manage your time in the course.

SERIES CURRICULUM

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:

What You Will Learn

Who Should Attend

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.

benefits of usd’s beginning teachers series

Instructors

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.

Careers Outlook

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.

Industry Insights

10 %

Job growth

$57,220

Median salary


Career Opportunities

High School Teachers
Middle School Teachers
Elementary School Teachers

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I design a classroom for students with special needs?

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.

How can I design my classroom on a budget?

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.

What if I need help enrolling in a course, or I need more information on a course?

If you experience issues enrolling, or have questions, complete our Contact Us Form or call our Enrollment and Student Services team between 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM (PST), M-F, at (619) 260-4585 or toll free at (888) 321-6658.

How do I request an Official Transcript?

Transcripts can be ordered online via your student account. For more detailed information, please visit the Student Transcript Request Page

What type of credit am I earning?

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.

I need more time to finish my Self-Paced course, what do I do?

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

If you need additional time and would like to make an extension request, contact us prior to your upcoming deadline at continuinged@sandiego.edu or call between 8:30AM – 5:00PM (PST), M-F, at (619)260-4585 or toll free at (888)321-6658 for a one-time extension. If an extension is granted, it is final.

Classroom, Online Fixed-Date, and Credit Validation formatted courses do not allow for any additional time to complete assignments.

Where can I get directions to my course classroom?

The address for classroom courses are provided at the section level detail on the course page. Once you know the address, we recommend you use Google Maps. Otherwise please contact the ESS during business hours of 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM (PST), M-F, at (619) 260-4585 or toll free at (888) 321-6658.

What are your registration/drop/refund policies?

Click here for complete details regarding our refund, drop and transfer policies

How can I receive a receipt for tax purposes?

A payment confirmation is automatically sent via email once you have registered and paid for a course through the website, please save these receipts for tax purposes. In addition, you can access receipts in your Student Account, Account History.

Can I be notified when a course section opens for enrollment?

Yes, on the course page, click on Request Information and you will be notified by email when enrollment is open for the course or you can complete the Course Inquiry form

Why USD?

PCE nurtures key partnerships on the local, national and international level to better serve working professionals who seek to enhance or build their careers, as well as with their employers to help achieve their highest value and potential. Contact us today to learn more.

Informative Stats and Facts

600+

Number of high-quality, career-building courses to choose from

50+

Number of in-depth, innovative, and relevant topics

25+

Career advancing certificates

5 REASONS WHY CONTINUING EDUCATION MATTERS FOR EDUCATORS

Download eBook: 5 Reasons Why Continuing Education Matters for Educators