As part of USD’s Professional Teachers Program Series, you can participate in any of several courses designed for mid-career to veteran teachers. This series features self-paced online courses led by experienced educator instructors. Online courses are convenient and fun, and allow you to manage your own learning style. Take the time you need to read, ponder, and compose assignments. Dress as you like. Work anytime, 24/7, at your convenience. No driving. No parking. Eating is optional. Online learning is a great way to add time to your life!
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Online three-unit self-paced course for K-12 educators on how to develop empathy, understanding others’ thoughts, feelings and experiences with behavior for student success in K-12 and beyond.
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 New Student Orientation and your online course.
This course is a two-unit online professional growth course for K-12 SPED and General Education teachers that focuses on co-teaching and collaboration.
This 3-Unit online professional development course for educators focuses on how to create a culturally-responsive classroom to celebrate cultural differences, in turn to create equity and increase student success and well-being.
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.
This is a 3-Unit online professional development course for educators that focuses on building/creating classroom community to increase well-being and academic success.
Online course for K-12 educators and administrators on how to connect to students with SEL and technology in the learning environment
This is a 2.0-unit course. If you are wanting to enroll in the 3.0-unit version, go to course page for EDU-X745P3 instead.
Online 3-unit course for K-12 educators and administrators on how to connect to students with SEL and technology in the learning environment.
This is a 3.0-unit course. If you are wanting to enroll in the 2.0-unit version, go to course page for EDU-X745P2 instead.
Online 3-unit professional growth course for educators, school staff and administrators that explores root causes of anxiety, provides techniques for teachers and students to reduce anxiety and increase mindfulness.
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.
Online three-unit professional growth course for K-12 educators that wish to provide better support for students in the general education classroom with invisible, non-apparent disabilities such as ADHD, dyslexia, and autism, and others.
Online 2-Unit professional growth course for K-12 educators that focuses on creativity anxiety awareness and how to reduce it to increase achievement, innovation and performance.
Online 3-unit course for K-12 educators returning to the classroom, that focuses on how to strategize for re-engagement, accelerated learning, learning recovery and SEL after learning loss from the Covid pandemic.
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.
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 educators working together for the common goal of higher student achievement.
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 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 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 self-paced two-unit professional growth course for educators to learn how to lessen homework driven grading with new strategies
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.
Online 3-unit professional growth course for educators to learn how to design and facilitate courses, workshops, presentations for peers, other teachers, colleagues which focuses on adult learning theory and implementation.
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.
Online course for educators that promotes deeper learning/thinking of concept-based curriculum allowing for students to connect to content.
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
This is a three-unit online course for educators in the Professional Teachers Program series
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.
Learn how to instill positive emotional and social skills in your students in our fully online social skills instruction course
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:
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:
K-12 educators looking to enhance and improve their current teaching practices will benefit from these courses.
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 — 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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Requirements for completing a certificate can be found on the certificate page.
Professional and Continuing Education courses that are transferrable to a USD master degree will be stated on the course or certificate page. If you wish to transfer credit, it is your responsibility to confer with the receiving institution before enrolling, as each
individual academic institution decides whether or not to accept USD Professional and Continuing Education credit.
You have five years to complete the certificate.
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