Course Description

Credit Validation for Wayfinder Participants Only

Education on Purpose is a professional development course created in partnership between Wayfinder and the Stanford Flourishing Project to provide educators with the resources to reconnect to their sense of purpose. At the heart of this course is the investigation into the art and science of purpose- creation and how living with purpose can help educators flourish within their education communities. By helping educators reconnect to their “why”, they will be able to manage stress more effectively, enhance overall well-being, improve their ability to support school morale, and navigate the complexity of leadership in uncertain times with purpose and agency.

The course consists of 10 live modules and combines the absolute best research on purpose development with practical action steps developed by education practitioners. This world-class professional development experience supports education professionals to feel purposeful and motivated in their careers, even when dealing with the adversity that will inevitably occur throughout the year. Methodologically, this course mixes storytelling, design explorations, experiential learning, intrapersonal + interpersonal refection, and contemplation alongside traditional didactic methods. We promote integrative, contemplative learning experiences focusing on frameworks (theories, ideas, research), tools (skilling, application, praxis), and experiences (intra- and interpersonal) that facilitate living with more purpose and flourishing.

All participating educators will be provided with a physical toolkit to work through the activities covered in class, as well as a recommended reading list to supplement the major topics and ideas covered in the course.

Course Details

Number of Units: 2.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for Teachers, Administrators, Deans, District Leadership, and Student Support Services.

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What You Will Learn

  • Understand the key emotional, psychological, social, and contemplative factors that support purpose finding and wellbeing, form the basis for building a meaningful career
  • Apply the tools and skills presented in service of increasing a sense of lived purpose, managing stress more effectively, and enhancing overall wellbeing while maintaining strong productivity
  • Analyze and reflect on the core components of constructing meaning and purpose in one's career as an educator and develop actionable tools and strategies to enhance overall wellbeing and culture at one's respective school


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.

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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Credit Validation

The University of San Diego’s Division of Professional and Continuing Education offers graduate-level extension credit for work completed in trainings, workshops, conferences, induction, credentials, and other professional development programs not offered directly by USD. Complete one of the above and a member of our division will help you earn credit for your hard work and dedication to continuing your education.

Key Benefits of Credit Validation Courses

Make Your Work Count

Earn credit for your previous work in trainings, workshops, and conferences through a simple process.

Advance Faster

Save money by earning credit for work you completed and get one step closer to salary advancement.

Work Towards a Degree

Many receiving institutions may accept credits towards degree programs, giving you a head start in earning a graduate degree.