Many valuable educational resources are within reach, and even more opportunities are available through increasing one’s circle by adventuring outside of the city where you live. Invigorate your teaching with explorations either within your community or beyond. Bring your discoveries back to the classroom to inspire students to learn more and become lifelong learners through exploring. These courses allow you to become motivated to turn your travels, actual or virtual, into creative learning enhancements that allow students to make real world connections. Each course requires either creating a new lesson plan or augmenting a current one that combines your newfound knowledge or materials. Teacher resources abound from visits to museums, national or state parks, memorials, presidential libraries, local businesses, cultural learning centers, and even from online sources. Turn your actual or virtual travels into more rewarding experiences with purposeful learning for the classroom!
Three courses available, that can be taken multiple times with a new location each time:
It is highly recommended to enroll for the course prior to embarking on your visit/travel, so that all assignments can be completed.
Travel Learn Teach Exploring Community Resources for Learning is a one-unit independent study course for educators
Once you have enrolled in this course, you may access Course Instructions upon logging into your account.
Travel Learn Teach Exploring National Resources for Learning is a one-unit independent study course for educators
Travel Learn Teach Exploring International Resources for Learning is a one-unit independent study course for educators
Independent Study Self-Paced: Independent study courses offer you flexibility and the ability to complete a course faster or slower than you would a traditional live course. In this online format, you may register at any time and you will have a set time period (typically 9 months) from the time of registration to complete your course. This convenient format is often helpful for:
Enroll in one or more of the three category courses (community/national/international), using a different destination for each enrollment, signing up for the first course within the category and then the next numbered course for subsequent enrollments.
K-14 educators who want to incorporate regional/national/world travel and/or community resources into their teaching to enhance student learning and motivate lifelong learning 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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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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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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Character Education remains an essential but often overlooked discipline in today’s schools. This online Certificate program is designed to enhance your understanding and facilitation of teaching character to your students.
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