Tailored professional development for educators in Los Angeles, California

Welcome Los Angeles area teachers! The University of San Diego is excited to offer a lineup of professional development courses for Los Angeles and California-based teachers. With these courses, you will be prepared and feel confident in your teaching, empowered with the skills needed to plan and strategize continued student learning. 

Thousands of Los Angeles area educators have taken courses from USD with great results, completing courses with an enhanced ability to improve learning and understanding in their classrooms, their schools, and communities. You will get to work with knowledgeable instructors to dive deep into relevant educational topics of the day, engage in rich online resources to enrich current curriculum, and learn new skills and content to drive student achievement.

These continuing education courses are offered in the Online Self-Paced format that provides more flexibility and convenience. All courses in this program can be taken simultaneously or consecutively within the dates provided.

Schedule & Fees

Choose One or Both Courses

Course Date Units Price
Multiple Intelligence Models of Learning for Your Students [EDU-X777R] See Course Options 3 $394
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Online Self-Paced
Craig Yokoi, Tim Brown

Strengthen or build your differentiation strategies with this course on Multiple Intelligences Theory.

Curriculum Customization for Student Achievement [EDU-X766P] See Course Options 3 $394
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Online Self-Paced
Craig Yokoi, Victoria Montes

Build or revise curriculum to inspire your students.


Every term (Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall), USD offers two online nine-week courses.

One of the two courses will allow you to customize the curriculum based on what your needs are in the classroom, either by creating new or revising existing units or lessons to fit your needs.

The other course will provide new content to you each term, ranging in topics that are applicable to most educators: classroom management, cultural awareness, implementing new strategies, and many more exciting topics.

Both courses are designed for teachers by teachers to allow for success in the classroom. Consider taking two courses in each term for a total of six credits.

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. 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.

What You Will Learn

California teachers who complete our LA-focused professional development courses can expect the following outcomes:

Who Should Attend

Los Angeles teachers seeking online continuing education courses in an effort to learn how to improve their classrooms, schools and the greater community.


Those who enroll in any of our continuing education courses for Los Angeles teachers will gain knowledge uniquely tailored to their experience teaching in Los Angeles and the greater golden state. Learners will discover new strategies and tools to improve their curriculum, classroom leadership and overall school environments. And with all courses available in a flexible online, self-paced format, California teachers can enhance their teaching skills in a manner that fits their lives.


I really enjoyed taking this self-paced course. It worked well with my busy schedule. The instructor always gave prompt feedback and grades. I also enjoyed the course content, it was so relevant to the classroom. I will be recommending it to my colleagues.


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 — including adult education — 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, adult learning institutions and programs are going to have to compete heavily to attract and retain the most talented educators.

This makes furthering your education and diversifying your teaching skill set all the more important. By growing your expertise in a wide variety of educational concepts, you will broaden your career prospects and become a valuable asset in any learning environment.

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Career Opportunities

District Level Professional Development Provider
Instructional Coach
Academic Director
Conference Speaker
Workplace Trainer
Continuing Education Instructor
Anyone interested in leading other adults through trainings, workshops, or presentations.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

What are your registration/drop/refund policies?

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

Do Continuing Education courses count towards a degree?

Most of our courses do not count toward a degree, unless otherwise stated on the course website page. While credit earned for our courses may be accepted by some universities as applicable towards a degree it is ultimately the decision of the institution you plan to transfer the credit to. It is highly recommended and the responsibility of the student to confirm the transferability with the other institution

Is online learning, classroom or independent study Instructional Method right for me?

Online Fixed-Date courses offer a convenient yet rigorous style of learning that allows you to structure your education to suit your schedule while keeping you on pace toward achieving your educational goals. Online fixed-date courses have fixed start and finish dates similar to classroom courses, but as an online student, you will have access to your classroom at any time and can view your assignments, syllabus, and course resources from any computer with Internet capability.

Our online courses offer the same high-quality content and expert instruction as the courses held on-ground at the University of San Diego. Instructors facilitate courses through engaging multimedia presentations and provide prompt feedback to questions within a 24-48 hour time frame. Online learning allows students to interact with classmates worldwide and replicate in-classroom interactions through weekly discussion forums, chats and email communication.

Online Self-Paced courses are a perfect blend of accessibility, convenience and flexibility for you to control your learning pace. You will use course textbooks, manuals, assignments and exams to learn and earn credit. Depending on the course, you may also use streaming audio and video, CD-ROM, and download embedded materials through the Internet. Communication with your instructor will take place through your course site online. Your instructor will provide feedback via written responses on your assignments and exams. Grades are based on completed projects, assignments and exams. You can register at any time and you will have six months from the time of registration to complete your course.

Classroom courses are offered in a traditional classroom where you can connect with your instructor and classmates in a live setting. This learning environment facilitates a communication on a given subject in real time, enables immediate feedback, and fosters interaction with the instructor and likeminded classmates. To see if a course is being offered in a location near you please click on the Find a Course on the website’s top navigation bar: then Filter by SUBJECT AREA/PROGRAM and LOCATION. Classroom courses have a scheduled start and end date in which you are expected to attend the courses at that location for all course sessions.

Independent Study Self-Paced courses offer flexibility and the ability to complete a course faster than a traditional live course. Our courses deliver the same high-quality content and expert instruction as traditional, “face-to-face courses.” These courses work well for:

Working professionals with tight schedules

Students who require a specific course to meet professional development or recertification requirements

Students living in remote locations

Students who cannot easily attend courses due to injury or illness

Students who are self-motivated and conscientious

You can register at any time and you will have nine months from the time of registration to complete your course. Completed course work is submitted electronically through your student account.

What if I have to drop a course?

A full refund is provided if PCE cancels a course. Students who need to drop a course due to extenuating circumstances may receive a refund, if the request is received prior within three (3) days of the start date of the course. The refund of the course fee will be returned less a processing fee of 10% or $50, whichever is higher. There are no refunds after the three day withdrawal period. Learn about our registration policies here.

Why USD?

The Professional and Continuing Education program nurtures key partnerships on the local, national, and international level. The goal is to better serve working professionals who seek to enhance or build their careers and help achieve their highest value and potential. Contact us today to learn more.

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