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OVERVIEW

The University of San Diego’s Professional and Continuing Education courses and certificate programs are designed by educators for educators to motivate teachers, enhance instruction and stimulate student learning, while also expanding your opportunities for professional advancement.

Continuing education is essential for teachers, many of whom seek out our high-quality programs (offered online, on-campus, and in several Los Angeles locations) motivated by a passion for lifelong learning, as well as professional growth and salary advancement.

Browse Courses and Programs

Take a Course (or Several)

Choose from hundreds of online and independent study courses for teachers covering a wide range of subjects. Earn graduate-level extension credit that can be applied toward salary advancement or professional development (with prior district approval), while also enhancing your resume.

Featured Courses for Teachers

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Earn a Certificate

Designed for busy working teachers, our online educator certificates are comprehensive, multi-course programs of study that demonstrate mastery of a specific body of knowledge (for example Classroom Management, Teacher Leadership and Bullying Prevention). Completing an educator certificate program can be an excellent way to:

  • Earn professional development credits (with prior district approval)
  • Position yourself for salary advancement
  • Gain expertise that will enhance your effectiveness in the classroom

Featured Educator Certificates

Learn how to identify and prevent school bullying through the Bullying Prevention Certificate program, offered 100% online through the University of San Diego.

This is a three-course certificate program on Restorative Justice Facilitation and Leadership offered by the University of San Diego, that is designed for professional practice with a goal of building a new generation of restorative justice leaders.

Fully online certificate program for K-14 educators looking to transition to teacher leadership roles or those that are currently in leadership roles that want to enhance their leadership skills, with curriculum offering skills, strategies and tools to become a better leader in the educational setting.

The Mental Health First Response Certificate program focuses on how respond to the emotional,mental and social issues in a school environment. Educators are trained to recognize and address symptoms of mental or emotional distress impacting students.

Online certificate program that is designed for international school counselors that promotes solution focused counseling theories and skills for international school individual students.

Educator Series

Explore a series of courses covering in-depth expertise in single subject areas. Similar to our educator certificates, you will earn graduate-level extension credit that can be applied toward salary advancement or professional development (with prior district approval), while also enhancing your resume.

Featured Educator Series

Is your curriculum design where it needs to be? Learn how to design effective curricula in our online development course.

This series is to enhance anti-racism, diversity, inclusion and social justice in the classroom providing K-12 educators with the skills and knowledge on how to incorporate strategies into their teaching.

The professional teachers program series offers courses with flexible scheduling for mid-level and veteran teachers. The online teachers program is convenient and fun.

Learn how to teach remotely with our series of courses for training online teachers.

Who are these programs for?

Our educator programs are ideal for teachers, administrators, and others who are working in the K-14 field of education. These programs are a great way to expand your skills, develop new specializations, and enhance your resume. Plus, you’ll earn graduate-level extension credit that many teachers apply toward salary advancement or professional development (with prior district approval). Our curriculum is designed to appeal to educators and others whose interests include:

  • Athletic coaching
  • Art and music instruction
  • Classroom management
  • Teaching techniques
  • General education
  • Special education
  • STEAM/STEM
  • Educational leadership
  • Literature
  • Multicultural issues
  • Social justice
  • Educational equity
  • Mathematics
  • Language instruction
  • Professional development
  • Technology in education
  • Digital literacy
  • Bullying prevention
  • Google for Teachers

Features & Formats

The top reasons so many K-12 teachers and community college-level instructors enroll in our educator programs include:

  • Continuing your lifelong education at a nationally ranked university with proven programs and cutting-edge curriculum.
  • Positioning yourself for potential salary increases by expanding your knowledge and skills in a wide range of teaching subject areas.
  • Gaining the insights and tools needed to become more effective in the classroom or position yourself for educational leadership roles.
  • Strengthening your resume by listing continuing education achievements that make you a more attractive candidate to potential employers.
  • Learning from expert faculty instructors who are also experienced, real-world educators.
  • Benefiting from small class sizes that offer personalized instruction and support to enhance learning.
  • Augmenting your professional growth by engaging in networking opportunities with faculty and fellow students.
  • Signing up for convenient and flexible program schedules, with no application required.
  • Completing a career-building teacher certificate in less than 10 months, quicker than it typically takes to earn a graduate degree.

Available Formats

The University of San Diego offers high-quality online and on-campus courses and programs geared to lifelong learning, professional growth, and career advancement in a number of different formats.

Classroom

These on-campus courses are offered in a traditional classroom where you can connect with your instructor and classmates in a live setting. This learning environment facilitates communication in real time, enables immediate feedback and fosters face-to-face interaction with the instructor and classmates. Classroom courses have a scheduled start and finish date, and students are expected to attend all course sessions.

Online Fixed-Date

Online Fixed-Date: Online fixed-date courses offer a convenient, yet rigorous style of learning that enables you to collaborate with your instructor and other students in a shared, online learning environment. These courses have fixed start and finish dates, but as an online student you will have 24/7 online access to your classroom assignments, syllabus and course resources. Our online fixed-date courses allow you to work on your assignments anytime, although you are required to complete the assignments by specific dates.

How is the learning structured? In an online fixed-date course, you and your classmates will proceed through the curriculum together, collaborating in a shared learning experience. Each online fixed-date course is asynchronous, meaning that you can work on your assignments anytime, although required to complete the assignments by specific dates. The course is designed with seven learning modules where all of the content is grouped into weekly assignments. Each module covers 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, etc.) and presentations (audio and/or video).
  • Assignments with due dates (which may include: written assignments, journal entries, research, blogs, etc.) based on the readings and presentations.
  • Discussion forum where you answer prompts from the instructor and interact with your classmates.
  • 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.

Independent Study

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:

  • 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

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. 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. 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 three or seven 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 our students say

The courses offered at USD have been valuable in my teaching career! I have implemented engaging and differentiation strategies to reach the needs of my students. Thank you!

The flexibility of the curriculum allowed me to focus efforts in the directions my students’ needs demanded. I had support and feedback on every idea and it gave me the motivation to start a huge video work project for the courses I teach. I would highly recommend courses through USD.

Over the past two years, I have taken courses to obtain character education certificate in order to focus on my students’ social emotional needs as well as for my general interest in learning about them. I have also taken a course in coding which was very helpful in terms of preparing my students to be tech savvy and considering their practice and trigger their interest in becoming a programmer at a young age of 8! What I liked most about the USD PD courses is that the professors truly care about the students, assign relevant assignments (not to mention that designing unit plans in details really help break it down for each new set of students every school year!) that can be implemented in class right away. I can’t thank Professor Patricia Meacham enough for giving constructive feedback to every student and adding her personal touches to already submitted assignments! These programs are affordable, student-centered, and delivered online, so there is really no reason to hesitate if you are truly inspired to gain knowledge in different areas of rapid changing present culture of classroom!

Benefits

Professional Development

Earn graduate-level extension credits that can be applied (with prior district approval) toward professional development goals and requirements.

Salary/Career Advancement

Many educators complete our programs to qualify for salary increases (with prior district approval), and to advance their careers.

Flexible Scheduling

Choose online educator courses for optimal scheduling flexibility to balance your teaching duties, your USD studies, and family life.

Expert Faculty Instructors

The educator program faculty instructors at the University of San Diego’s Division Professional & Continuing Education possess a depth and breadth of academic and real-world professional experience as educators. USD PCE faculty attributes and benefits include:

  • Experienced instructor-practitioners
  • Instructors who are engaged and accessible
  • Small class sizes with personalized attention
  • Opportunities for professional networking
  • Faculty connections/industry contacts
  • Passion for teaching and lifelong learning
  • Skilled educators who are invested in your success


Is USD Right for Me?

USD’s widely respected Division of Professional & Continuing Education is dedicated to connecting students with high-quality courses and certificate programs.

If you are passionate about lifelong learning or if you are seeking educational opportunities to gain specific knowledge and skills for personal or career advancement reasons, then (yes!) the University of San Diego is right for you.

Informative Stats and Facts

1949

USD has been crafting high-quality curriculum for over 70 years

350,000+

Number of students who have enhanced their career

95%

Majority of courses are offered in flexible and convenient formats

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I enroll in a course?

You can enroll through our website, or you may call during business hours of 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM (PST), M-F, at (619) 260-4585 or toll free at (888) 321-6658.

How do I request an Official Transcript?

Transcripts can be ordered online via your student account. Transcripts are $15 each ($25 for International Business Transcripts). For more detailed information, please visit the Student Transcript Request Page

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 is Graduate Level Extension Credit?

Courses in the 500-599, 700-799, and 800-899 series are professional, graduate level (post-baccalaureate) extension credit courses in the field of education. Courses are specifically designed to meet the needs of beginning, veteran and prospective educators (K-12, and sometimes applicable toward the college/university level) in both public and private school systems. Areas of emphasis include pedagogy, curriculum design, teaching methods and development of materials. Course credit fulfills requirements for professional growth, in-service and salary-step hurdle requirements, and may be applied toward an academic degree or teacher credentialing program subject to the prior approval of the institution in question. Course credit is recorded on an official university transcript and becomes part of the student’s permanent record at USD.

How can I get more information about a course?

For additional information regarding any of our courses or programs please complete the Contact Us Form or you may call our office during business hours of 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM (PST), M-F, at (619) 260-4585 or toll free at (888) 321-6658.

Where can I find a course description?

Search for your course name or number using Search Courses* fill out as much information about your course as you know and click search. If you cannot find the course you are looking for, please Contact Us

Is Online Learning 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.

Online Fix-Date 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. This online format 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 online through your course site. 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.

Where can I get directions to my course classroom?

The address for classroom courses are provided at the section level detail on the course page. Once you know the address, we recommend you use Google Maps. Otherwise please contact the ESS during business hours of 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM (PST), M-F, at (619) 260-4585 or toll free at (888) 321-6658.

How many units can I complete in one semester?

USD Professional and Continuing Education allows for a maximum of 18 units to be completed during any one semester: FALL (September – December); SPRING (January – April); and SUMMER (May – August).

Can I get on a mailing list?

You can get on our mailing list by clicking on Join our Mailing list.

Can I be notified when a course section opens for enrollment?

Yes, on the course page, click on Request Information and you will be notified by email when enrollment is open for the course or you can complete the Course Inquiry form

Do you offer discounts?

No, unless otherwise noted.

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