EDUX 9955: Powerful Possibilities: Navigating YOUR 2021-2022 School Year

  • $280 - $715
  • 2 to 6 Semester Credits/Units

Please Note: Hours can be logged starting May 1st. If you want to add hours sooner than that, please reach out to your local coordinator.

Course Rationale

learning to get better as a teacher isn’t only about knowledge, skills, data and interventions. “Nurturing teachers’ strong sense of positive, stable, professional identity, commitment, resilience,moral/ethical purposes, and willingness and ability to teach to their best and well is equally important” (Day, 2017).

Christopher Day - Teachers’ Worlds and Work: Understanding Complexity and Building Quality

Course Overview:

Navigate your professional development pathway as an educator in a changing world. Earn graduate-level semester credits as you advance your teaching and learning skills in order to maximize student achievement and engagement in diverse learning environments during the 2021-22 school year.

Our flexible course structure offers collaboration and coaching with our dedicated professional development coordinators who can assist you in meeting the accountability requirements of your district. You will meet and interact with other educators in your area to share your new learning during an exit interview.

EDUX 9955 is designed for educators who are motivated to achieve their professional learning goals through a self-paced, supportive learning community. As experts have stated, “There is no shortage of research concluding that teacher professional learning is critical for supporting the cultivation of the myriad skills that students need for life success. This is particularly true considering the competencies youth need to be prepared for the 21st-century workforce and meaningful engagement in a democracy (Darling-Hammond et al., 2017)”. This course will guide teachers to successfully launch the school year feeling more prepared and energized in their professional practice.


By the end of the course, the participant will:

  • Design a professional learning plan that includes a goal that reflects new learning that maximizes student achievement.
  • Demonstrate advanced professional practice through directed learning and planning.
  • Provide evidence of how new learning aligned to instructional and/or professional standards will be implemented during the 2021-2022 school year.
  • Engage in a collaborative discussion with educators to analyze and reflect on new learning.
  • Describe the connection between professional preparedness and the impact on educator well-being.

Course Relation to Standards

This course aligns with the standards for National Board for Professional Teaching:

  • Teachers are committed to students and their learning.
  • Teachers know the subjects they teach and how to teach those subjects to students.
  • Teachers are responsible for managing and monitoring student learning.
  • Teachers think systematically about their practice and learn from experience.
  • Teachers are members of learning communities.

Earn graduate-level Semester Credits/Units as you learn, develop and prepare for the 2020-21 school year.

Time requirements and Semester credits/units earned:

  • 50 hours earns 2 graduate-level Semester Credits/Units ($280)
  • 75 hours earns 3 graduate-level Semester Credits/Units ($390)
  • 100 hours earns 4 graduate-level Semester Credits/Units ($515)
  • 125 hours earns 5 graduate-level Semester Credits/Units ($615)
  • 150 hours earns 6 graduate-level Semester Credits/Units ($715)

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Is this really one of the leading online summer courses for teachers?

Yes! Our EDUX summer course is very popular with teachers across the country and is completed by thousands of educators every year. As a teacher if you’re looking for an online summer course this is a great, flexible option for you. Summer course curriculum changes each year but the format and flexibility stays the same - many teachers describe this course as a gift. With our unique combination of self-directed learning, interaction and district-required rigor, this course inspires teachers in new and exciting ways. If you are looking for additional online courses for teachers, many of the courses in our catalog can be taken at any time convenient for you.

Do you have other continuing education for teachers?

Yes we have over 400 continuing education courses for teachers who are looking for professional development credits. Some popular areas of study include classroom management strategies, inspiring teachers, professional reading, technology in the classroom, math classes for teachers, and many, many more, which you can find here.

Are you affiliated with Dominican University of California?

Yes, we are affiliated with Dominican University of California . We are the Professional Development and Continuing Education Partner that provides continuing education for teachers and educators across the country.

Do you have accredited courses that provide continuing education credits for teachers?

Yes! All of the courses on our site have their credits listed and provide continuing education credits for teachers. In our catalog pages you can sort by the number of credits. 3 credit courses for teachers are especially popular as they provide the required number of credits for many salary step and license requirements. We also list courses from 1 credit to 6 credits on our site here, simply use the “Sort by” feature or click your desired number of credits in the column on the left. All of our courses provide impactful learning experiences that enhance your skills and inspire you in and out of the classroom, try one today.

Do you have other summer courses for teachers?

The course listed on this page, our EDUX summer course for teachers, is one of the most popular in the country. In addition, we have a two-week virtual summer course and many other summer courses for you to choose from. Many of our course offerings across our catalog are self-paced online courses for teachers that can be started at any time including the summer. For more details, look at the course menu and check back often as we are always developing new courses based on feedback and demand.

Are you looking for a general FAQ page that covers more topics?

If so, no problem, simply click here to go to the general FAQ page for a broader range of questions.

Do you have math courses for teachers?

Yes, we do! We have nearly 20 popular math courses for teachers with a range of focus, such as Expand Your Knowledge of Common Core Math Standards, Teaching Fractions, Teaching Financial Literacy (grades 4 through 8), and Stress-Free Math (part of a four-course series called Anyone Can Learn Math), designed for teachers to make math accessible to any student.

How exactly do online professional development classes work?

Each course listing will include the number of credits earned, a course description, the cost, a link to register and a link to the course syllabus. If you click on the syllabus, you’ll be taken to the instructor’s detailed plans for how the course will be conducted; this may include textbooks used, assignments given, and how grades will be given, along with an email address for that instructor. The majority of courses are self-paced and entirely online, so they fit into your schedule. You can find Instructor profiles under the About drop-down menu on the top of each page.

Do you offer any courses that I can combine with summer travel?

Yes! Our educational travel page shows a wide range of courses that pair travel with study, where you can earn 1-6 professional development credits. Start in your own backyard, exploring and studying local sites that may be worthy of student field trips. Document a trip with an educational travel company, visit agricultural areas of the country to design lesson plans for your classroom, visit Washington, D.C.’s memorials, museums,and monuments, or visit and do research at any of 13 of the country’s presidential libraries operated by the National Archives and Records Administration; they span every administrations from Herbert Hoover to George W. Bush.

I teach a special population of students. What do you offer in these subject areas?

Check out our courses on how to create inclusive classrooms and support the classroom needs of second-language learners, special-education students, IEP learners, and students with ADHD, autism, and sensory processing disorders.

What’s the best way to choose a professional development course?

Narrow down your top two or three instructional goals for the year, at your own level and at the school or district level. How would those goals translate into learning outcomes? Then seek out courses that will help you accomplish those objectives. Do you want to improve your classroom use of technology? Enhance your classroom management skills? Learn about trauma-informed practice? You can click on Courses by Subject and either click on a specific topic in the drop-down menu or browse through all the offerings.

The past two school years were very challenging. I need to practice more self-care.

During the pandemic, teachers and educators juggled more than ever before – both remote and classroom learning, the disruption of technology challenges, and the anxiety about their health and the health of their students. As the world slowly returns to “normal,” self-care and wellness should be a priority. Not only does it help in the classroom, it improves job satisfaction, teacher retention, and stress management. Dominican University of California’s teacher-wellness offerings include such topics as managing work and life, self-care for educators, mindfulness practices, cultivating resilience, teaching compassion, and the science of gratitude.

My students have a lot of trouble with writing. Can you help?

You are not alone; we actually have a blog post that addresses the difficulty, called Why Can it Be So Hard to Teach Students to Write? There are many factors, but they can be overcome. We have a five-course professional development series called Teaching the Foundations for Skillful Writing; it includes courses on Assessing the Traits of Writing, Ideas and Organization, Word Choice, Voice, and Sentence Fluency.

I sometimes prefer live courses. Does Dominican University of California offer these?

Due to the pandemic, all live courses were temporarily halted. We created virtual versions of some of the courses - of which, there are two: Compassionate Classrooms: A Guide to Building Safe Learning Communities, and Empowering Education, which focuses on helping students become self-directed and self-reflected learners. Both courses are six credits. Compassionate Classrooms (now self-paced) and Empowering Education is a two-week course where you must be online each day for two hours at class time. The course begins either June 7, June 14, or July 19, and there are multiple class times to choose from (On the course page, click the blue Dates tab next to the Course Overview tab.)