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As a teacher, you are, at heart, a lifelong learner. Dedicated to passing along what you know, you understand that critical to your progress are continuing education courses for teachers that continue to update or enhance the training and skills you have and the knowledge you want to share.
Students often bring challenges to the classroom. Some represent cultural, economic...
As a teacher, you are, at heart, a lifelong learner. Dedicated to passing along what you know, you understand that critical to your progress are continuing education courses for teachers that continue to update or enhance the skills you have and the knowledge you want to share.
Students often bring challenges to the classroom. Some represent cultural, economic, and language differences. Some represent learning style differences - some are visual learners while others learn through verbal, kinesthetic or physical methods. Some learn better in a group while others need one-on-one time. Often, students are juggling stressful situations at home. And at the center of these competing needs is you, the teacher, who must try to transform these diverse children into a group of eager learners.
Research has shown that teaching quality goes hand-in-hand with continuing professional development for teachers. It enhances teaching and administration skills and fills a teacher’s tool box with tools to use in the classroom, the hallways, the principal’s office, and the community.
“Educators and policymakers are increasingly looking to professional learning for teachers as an important strategy for supporting the complex skills students need to be prepared for further education and work in the 21st century,” writes the Learning Policy Institute. “For students to develop mastery of challenging content, problem-solving, effective communication and collaboration, and self-direction, teachers must employ more sophisticated forms of teaching. Effective professional development is key.”
With a wide selection of one- to six-credit online course topics that include the critical subject areas of math, language arts, science, reading, social studies, and technology, as well as classroom management, educational outreach, technology, administration, educational travel, language arts, and special education, DominicanCAonline.com can be a go-to source for professional development for teachers or a complete resource for staff development for educators.
Our EDUX summer course is a pinnacle course for creative achievement; teachers earn between two and six credits by developing their own goals and curriculum, targeting their efforts toward results that will benefit their students directly. Additional training offerings include Gateways to Learning, which offer collaborative workshops for teachers and counselors. Teach in the Know caters specifically to teachers in their second to fourth year of teaching. And, because we also realize teachers love to network, we partner with many workshops and conferences; our schedule showcases ongoing opportunities around the country – and virtually – for learning and networking.
“The best professional development is ongoing, experiential, collaborative, and connected to and derived from working with students and understanding their culture.” – Edutopia
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Is your organization connected with Dominican University of California?
Absolutely, we're proud to be the Professional Development and Continuing Education Partner for Dominican University of California, offering high-quality courses for teachers across the United States.
2. Do your courses offer accredited continuing education credits for educators?
Indeed, they do! Each course on our platform specifies the number of continuing education credits you can earn. Our catalog allows you to filter courses by credit count, making it easy to find what you need. The 3-credit courses are particularly popular, meeting the credit requirements for various salary increments and licensure. Explore our extensive course offerings, ranging from 1 to 6 credits, to find courses that align with your educational goals.
3. Do you provide special courses for educators during the summer?
Yes, we have a rich selection of summer courses tailored for teachers. Our EDUX summer course is a crowd favorite, and we also offer a two-week virtual summer course. Many courses in our catalog are self-paced and online, providing flexibility to begin at any point, including over the summer months.
4. Looking for a more comprehensive FAQ?
If you're searching for more extensive information, just [click here] to access our general FAQ page.
5. Are math courses available for educators?
Absolutely! We offer nearly 20 specialized math courses that tackle a variety of topics, from Common Core Math Standards to Teaching Financial Literacy. These courses are designed to simplify math education for your students.
6. How do your online professional development courses function?
Each course page provides essential details such as the number of credits, course overview, registration link, and course syllabus. The syllabus outlines the course structure, materials required, grading policy, and even the instructor's email. Most of our courses are self-paced and online, ensuring maximum convenience for busy educators. You can also learn more about our instructors in the About section.
7. Can I combine professional development courses with travel opportunities?
Yes, you can! Explore our [educational travel page] to find a diverse array of courses that merge travel experiences with educational development. Whether it's exploring local field-trip-worthy sites, or visiting the country's presidential libraries, there's something for every adventurous educator.
8. What do you offer for teaching special populations?
We have specialized courses that focus on creating inclusive classrooms and supporting diverse learning needs, such as ELL, special education, and students with ADHD or autism.
9. How should I go about selecting a professional development course?
First, identify your main instructional goals for the year—both personal and organizational. Then, explore courses that will help you meet those objectives. Whether you're interested in enhancing your tech skills or implementing trauma-informed practices, our course catalog offers a wide array of topics to choose from.
10. Self-care is a priority for me. What do you offer?
In the post-pandemic world, self-care is more crucial than ever. Our wellness offerings for educators cover topics such as work-life balance, resilience, and mindfulness, providing the self-care tools needed for both personal well-being and professional effectiveness.
11. How can you assist with improving my students' writing skills?
We understand the challenges involved in teaching writing. To address this, we have a comprehensive 5-course series called Teaching the Foundations for Skillful Writing. Courses cover various aspects from assessing writing traits to focusing on sentence fluency.
12. Do you offer any live courses?
Although we temporarily paused live courses due to the pandemic, we now offer virtual alternatives. For example, our Compassionate Classrooms and Empowering Education courses are available online, offering six credits each. You can choose from various start dates and class timings to fit your schedule.