Independent Study: Special Topic Exploration

Earn graduate-level professional development credit or CEUs for attending a seminar, workshop, training, online course, webinar, or other professional development experience.

Program Overview

This independent study course is designed for educators who participate in professional development in a variety of different formats such as seminars, workshops, trainings, online courses, or webinars by helping to prioritize the information presented, determine how to apply the most relevant information to their work, and create a project demonstrating their ability to apply the strategies they discovered. This course will guide educators through further research and practical application of what they have learned directly in their classroom.

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Duration

Approximately 15 to 45 hours

Up to 3 months to complete coursework

Estimated Cost

$90 per credit

Ways to Learn

Online

Credit

1-3 PDUs Per Course

Graduate Level Professional Development Credits

Key Features

Online and self-paced   |   Earn graduate-level professional development credits for salary advancement

Ability to choose your own PD experience   |   Gain practical teaching strategies    |    Create an innovative project

What is an independent study course?
This self-paced, online, project-based course provides educators with a framework for exploring a topic that allows teachers the freedom to choose their own focus and readings.

How it works: 

  1. Participate in a professional development experience such as seminar, workshop, training, online course, or webinar
  2. Register for the course and select the number of credits you would like to earn (1-3 PDUs) 
  3. Read and summarize resources related to your professional development experience 
  4. Complete a project or project plan that reflects what you learned 
  5. Evaluate and reflect on your project 

As a student, you will:

  • Strategically apply information explored in an academic environment to their work as an educator
  • Determine how the information gained can influence future goals as an educator
  • Plan and create an innovative project that demonstrates analysis of knowledge gained

Who Should Enroll?

  • PreK-12 teachers
  • Teacher candidates
  • Para-educators

 

Earn your credit in 3 simple steps

Step 1
Register online.

Step 2
Complete the course.

Step 3
Receive credits and obtain an official transcript.



Resources

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What are Graduate-level Professional Development 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 from appropriate district officials before enrolling in these courses.

What are Graduate-level Professional Development 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 from appropriate district officials before enrolling in these courses.

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