Free Online Course for Teachers

Registration opens 8/7/23 – Don’t miss your chance to register!

Earn Credit for Free

The University of San Diego is excited to offer a free online continuing education course for teachers! This free online course will allow you to explore the University of San Diego’s online platform for teachers and see if our 500+ online educator courses are right for you and your professional development.

This free course has been created from one of the University of San Diego’s most popular online courses, Be on My SIDE: Educating for Social Justice, Inclusivity, Diversity and Equity. Students who enroll will be able to explore the first half of this popular course while earning a graduate-level extension credit for free.

Registration for the free course opens August 7th, 2023, and is limited to the first two hundred registrants. Don’t miss your chance to explore our offerings while earning credit!

Restrictions may apply*

Registration is now open!

USD’s free online educator course is now open for registration! Click the button below to visit the course page and register. Registration closes August 13, 2023 and will be capped at 200 students. Don’t miss your chance to take one of USD’s online educator courses for free!

Course Overview

Be on My SIDE: Educating for Social Justice, Inclusivity, Diversity and Equity will address the role of educators as allies, advocates and catalysts for positive change.  Educators will examine their personal biases, reflect upon the research, listen to and understand perspectives and strategies of experts in the field, and develop an action plan to address challenges related to race, ability, mental health, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, and other issues pertaining to social justice, inclusivity, diversity and equity in education. This course has been split in half to allow participants to explore this topic and the University of San Diego’s continuing education program for free.

The free portion of this course allows students to gain a deeper understanding of issues related to social justice, inclusivity, diversity and equity (SIDE) in education. You will share your personal journey as a student and your philosophy as an educator. You will also examine and fine tune the strategies you have in place for creating a welcoming environment, and contemplate your role as a leader in fostering a culture of belonging.

In the second part of the course, which can be enrolled in while taking the free portion, you will earn one extra unit by exploring and analyzing ethical scenarios in Case Studies on Diversity and Social Justice Education by Paul Gorski and Seema G. Pothini. You will apply concrete steps in resolving conflict, addressing bias and restoring justice in your educational setting. You will also create a sustainable action plan that incorporates resources, activities and strategies in educating for SIDE.

Key Benefits of Educator Courses

A World of Choices

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.

I love the continuing education classes at USD because unlike classes I’ve taken at other universities, I feel like the material is really applicable and I’m actually learning something. The courses push my learning without being too challenging/time consuming to complete while working full time. The professors also really seem interested in your growth rather than just checking off that you completed the requirements.

*Registration opens 8/7/23 and will close at 200 registrants or midnight 8/13/23, whichever comes first. Registration will be offered on a first come first serve basis. If you experience issues during registration, please contact us on our about page. Participants who complete the free portion of the course will earn one unit of graduate-level extension credit. Transcripts are not provided for free. Students requiring a transcript for verification of completion and credit earned may order one here.