Want to Earn Credits Boosting Your Career and Having Fun This Summer?

  • Learn About our Uniquely Flexible Summer Course.

    In this online professional development course you will be inspired and develop your dream curriculum while collaborating and earning credits/units to advance your career.

    What Did You Do Over Summer Vacation?

    It’s a question that many teachers are now answering positively because they are using that out-of-school time to hone their skills and earn valuable professional credit while impacting student achievement with strategic, creative, and flexible planning.

    As a teacher, this is your chance to write your own ticket to success by structuring the courses in the fashion you have dreamed about.

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    The Dominican University Summer Course is an ideal way to mix some quality career time with some self-reflection to prep for the coming school year. It is also an excellent way for teachers to advance their career and earn a higher salary. And a teacher can earn up to 6 professional credits without sacrificing other summer activities such as travel.

    Summer preparation allows educators to approach the school year ready, confident, and enthusiastic. It allows educators to collaborate with other professionals, plan effective curriculum and create materials and resources to enhance teaching and learning. This course provides an opportunity to work directly with your grade level or content.

    Research has shown a direct correlation between an effective educator and depth of educator preparation. It is no secret that the demands put upon teachers today often provide no additional time for this type of thoughtful curriculum development. That is why the Dominican University Summer Course is the most popular course out of the hundreds we offer.

    The summer course is like “Genius Hour” for teachers, says instructor Lisa Johnson-Bowers. “It’s the opportunity to learn everything about what interests teachers and put that knowledge into action. At the end of the summer the teachers are recharged and ready to go.”

    Progressive administrators, principals, and teacher leaders across the country have shared how impactful this course has been at their schools or districts.  

    Innovative Professional Learning

    The summer program is based on the idea that it is not about the number of hours of formal learning, but about the nature of the learning itself. It may be informal or formal, but all learning must include application, analysis, reflection, coaching, refinement, and evaluation of effectiveness to produce results for educators and students.

    We believe educators thrive when given guided flexibility in their professional development. The Summer Course will provide you with innovative ideas to enhance your teaching practices.

    A Head Start On The Year

    The Summer Course gives teachers, administrators and counselors the time to reflect on old practices, research new practices, and put it all together as they map out plans that will help them be more effective in the classroom. Essentially, the students win because the teacher has had the time to truly focus without distraction.

    A small commitment of summertime devoted to professional education and peer-based interaction is preferable to agonizing over the coming year. The Summer Course allows teachers to return to the classroom armed with a fresh curriculum and renewed enthusiasm.

    Me Time

    Rapid changes in today’s classroom are tremendous. The opportunity to hear from contemporaries, particularly when it comes to changes in the education paradigm is truly ‘me time’. It is a way to stay up-to-date on the latest trends and ideas. And it can be done online 24 hours a day.  

    With time to breathe, the Summer Course is the perfect refreshment tool.

    Adapting To Change

    The insurgence of the Common Core Standards and the new generation science standards has been complicated with the stress of state testing and the new guidelines for graduation. Technology, blended learning, and all the new ideas are enough to push teachers over the edge or even out of teaching.


    Collaborating with other professional educators is an important piece of the teaching profession. This is an opportunity for teachers to collaborate with their grade level and, or subject, in order to address ways to close the achievement gap.

    We want to give teachers the opportunity to take a step back and look at the big picture. It is both the reward and the inspiration that teachers have been looking for to help them accomplish the necessary changes.

    What you will learn:

    • Utilize research-based instructional strategies in order to plan effective curriculum
    • Prepare units of study aligned to Common Core, district or state standards
    • Reflect upon previous lessons and refine them to better meet students’ needs
    • Integrate 21st Century technology tools into lessons
    • Participate in literature study in order to stay current on educational research aligned with state/district goals and/or personal professional growth plan
    • Analyze student data in order to plan instruction or design interventions
    • Implement research-based classroom design in order to maximize student engagement in an instructional setting

    Do not miss out on this career-changing opportunity. Contact us before the deadline to enroll.

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