Live Your Best Educator Life: Finding School/Life Balance through Strategic Self Support and Wellness

3 Units
Online Self-Paced

Course Description

Do More Than Survive, Thrive at Home and at Work with a Strategic Wellness Plan

As educators continue in their field, and deal with societal pressure, as well as pressure from administrators and parents, finding a balance between school, life, and wellness can be really tough. The pull in one direction or another causes stress, anxiety, and fatigue. In order to enjoy one’s career, show up excited, and create meaningful experiences for students, educators need to identify issues like these in their lives and have very real tools to use to counteract them so they can teach, and live, with joy and renewed energy - really live their best life. This course will help educators and administrators learn strategies to create a work/life balance. By doing so, educators can thrive both in and out of the classroom. This course will share new healthy habits educators can adopt to create a sustaining system for overall wellness.

Final submission for all sections is due on or before September 10, 2023.

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Course Details

Number or Units: 3.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend:   This course provides continuing education for PK-12 educators interested in learning new strategies and expanding on personal skills of self-support, preparing educators to have the best year yet! 

Course Format: Online Self-Paced, within given dates*. The course starts Monday, July 10, 2023 and should be completed on or before Sunday, September 10, 2023

*Online Self-Paced courses are a perfect blend of accessibility, convenience and flexibility for you to control your learning pace. Your instructor will provide feedback via written responses on your submissions and final project. Grades are based on assignments and completed projects. You have until Sunday, September 10, 2023 or sooner to complete the course. Please pace yourself to allow for instructor responses. Course completion date will reflect September 10, 2023 on transcript for all participants that successfully meet the completed course work due date deadline.

Technical Requirements

Instructors: Various experienced and qualified K-12 educators. See individual course sections

We highly recommend that you view the entire course upon enrollment (or beginning July 10, 2023 when it becomes available for student view), including instructor announcement regarding their grading schedule to help you successfully pace yourself.

Choose Your Instructor

Section NumberInstructor
001Craig Yokoi
002Tim Brown
003Victoria Montes
004Jennifer Krauss
005Scott Cody

Course Options

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What You Will Learn

  • Describe the importance of Work/Life Balance
  • Explain the four elements of health (physical, mental, emotional, social) that make a holistically healthy life
  • Identify strategies to integrate these four elements into daily life
  • Create a strategic wellness plan


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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.

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With hundreds of courses across a range of education-related topics, there’s a strong chance we have the ideal class for you!

Small Class Sizes

Small class sizes with real-world educators are an important part of the USD experience.

Work-Life Balance

Our educator courses offer flexible course formats and class times to help you balance your work, USD studies, and family life.