Independent Study

These are self-paced, project-based courses designed to enhance curriculum development and encourage individual growth.

Program Overview

Independent Study provides a framework for exploring a topic or strategy allowing teachers to choose their own foci and readings (from a recommended list). Course topics range from teaching methodologies and ecoliteracy to Common Core and classroom management, with an option to design your own course if you don’t see your topic of interest represented (This option is called Special Project for Individualized Learning).  

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6 months to complete coursework

6 courses, 8 weeks per course

Estimated Cost

$90 per credit

Ways to Learn



1-3 PDUs per course

Graduate Level Professional Development Credits

What are Graduate-level Professional Credits?

Graduate-level professional development credits are not part of a degree program but instead are primarily used for professional advancement such as salary increment steps and recertification. Students should seek approval of appropriate district or college officials before enrolling for these micro-credentials to satisfy any degree, state credential, or local school district requirements.

As a student, you will:

  • Read at least 100 pages per credit from professional books or journals.
  • Complete a professional reading and review for each text.
  • Write a one-page reflection paper documenting what you have learned and how you plan to use your new knowledge.
  • Complete an annotated time log to verify you’ve spent at least 15 hours per credit on the course requirements.

Who Should Enroll?

  • PreK-12 school teachers who want to earn graduate level professional development credit for professional upgrading, salary advancement and recertification.


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