Independent Study: Special Topic Exploration

Delve into a professional development learning experience. This course will guide you through further research, and practical application of what you've learned directly in your classroom.

Program Overview

This practicum 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 plan or create a project demonstrating their ability to apply the strategies they discovered.

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Approximately 15 to 45 hours

Up to 3 months to complete coursework

Estimated Cost

$90 per credit

Ways to Learn



1-3 PDUs Per Course

Graduate Level Professional Development Credits

Key Features

Online and self-paced | Topic of Choice | Earn graduate level professional development credits

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
  • School administrators
  • 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.


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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 from appropriate district officials before enrolling in these courses.

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