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Professional Development Courses to Help You and Your Students Succeed

Free Professional Development Solutions for Teachers

With the technology available in today’s classrooms, there are more options than ever for you to engage with your
students and deliver personalized instruction. That’s why we developed more than 20 courses designed specifically
to teach you the foundations of instructional technologies and help you develop these competencies—for free.

Benefits of Free Professional Development

Online Flexibility

PD is available anytime, from any device, so you can learn when it is convenient for you.

Immediate Applicability

Gain knowledge, learn strategies, and create artifacts that you can apply immediately in the classroom.

Earn Free Clock Hours

Earn 25–50 clock hours toward your required professional development—for free*.

Graduate Credit Available

Apply your PD learning toward earning graduate credit from Capella (additional project and small fee required).

*Additional requirements and fees apply when pursuing graduate credit. State regulations vary regarding salary benefits and continuing education. It is the learner’s responsibility to understand and comply with requirements for their state, which may include pre-approval of qualified professional development opportunities.

Setting Up a Modern Classroom

For Teachers with little or no experience using instructional technology. Foundational courses that focus
on setting up, designing, and enhancing instructional materials and methods with technology in the modern classroom.

21st-Century Instructional Practices

Build your understanding of instructional technology frameworks and explore which one works best for you.

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Designing for the 21st-Century Classroom

Go step by step through building the competencies you need to transform your classroom.

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Enhancing Instruction with Technology

Learn how to apply strategies for effective planning for teaching with technology. 

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Flipping Your Classroom

Explore blended learning and “bring your own device” strategies for implementing a flipped classroom lesson.

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Digital Citizenship

Explore issues of safety, security, and etiquette when using digital tools to engage your students.

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Classroom Device Management

Develop a technology resource inventory to keep on top of the devices, access codes, and other objects in your classroom.

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Classroom Instruction Using an LMS

Understand and apply the features of an LMS that can drive success in your student outcomes.

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Standards-Based Digital Instruction

Learn to plan for instruction and evaluation that aligns to content and technology standards.

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Implementing and Enhancing Course Design

For teachers and teacher leaders with moderate instructional technology use. Find courses that can
provide you with the competencies and immediately applicable artifacts to take your lessons to the next level. 

Personalized Instruction

Explore personalizing competency-based instruction in a blended environment.

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Personalized Learning Through Gaming

Discover innovative ways to motivate and engage learners in a personalized environment using gamification strategies.

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Implementing Adaptive Learning

Find applied strategies to adapt to the needs of your students with disabilities, your ELL students, and your gifted and talented students.

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Designing Instruction for Adaptive Learning

See how universal design for learning (UDL) can improve learning for students with diverse needs.

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Collaborative Learning Environments

Explore structures and systems for leveraging technology in collaborative learning while building the skills to keep your students safe.

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Understanding Competency-Based Instruction

Learn how to apply effective pedagogical strategies for implementing competency-based instruction, creating an educational environment that values student voice and pace.

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Understanding Competency-Based Curriculum

Gain an understanding of the differences between standards, outcomes, and competencies and the skills to integrate them into your curriculum.

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One-To-One Environment in Action

Gain an appreciation for the very real connection between theory and practice within the learning environment, routines and structures, digital citizenship, and more.

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“This was a great opportunity to enhance my learning in the comforts of my home and at my own pace. It was very informative and relevant to our ever-changing curriculum.”

KellyAnne M.

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Leading and Coaching Others

For teacher leaders and PD professionals. Prepare to lead others in their professional development
goals and learn best practices for building, implementing, and evaluating solutions for other educators.

Adult Learning Theory

See how much more effective your PD can be when you discover the six principles of adult learning theory.

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Instructional Coaching

Explore and evaluate coaching models and techniques that focus on solutions, not problems.

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Teacher Evaluation and Assessment

Find the teacher assessment and evaluation models that can strengthen teachers’ knowledge, skills, classroom practices, and more.

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Professional Learning Communities

Explore current structures and systems for building and optimizing professional learning communities (PLCs) for maximum effectiveness.

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Professional Development in Action

Create a collaborative professional development plan that includes coaching and evaluating teacher performance.

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Implementing Site-Based Initiatives

Find creative ways to develop and implement a complete plan for rolling out a new initiative within a school.

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Graduate Credit Available

Each of our PD courses aligns with a master’s program at Capella University, so you can turn your clock hours
into graduate credit for a fraction of the typical cost ($50/quarter credit to apply for graduate credit in our PD courses)*.

Choose Graduate Credit

At any point in your course, you can choose to pursue graduate credit from Capella University.

Access Your Touchstone Project

For each quarter credit the course is worth, you’ll pay a $50 fee and be given access to an additional project, known as a Touchstone.

Get Feedback from Faculty

When you complete the Touchstone to demonstrate your mastery of the course’s competencies, it will be reviewed by Capella faculty and returned to you with feedback.

Revise Project for Final Submission

You can reflect on this feedback to help you further understand the material, and take action to revise your assessment as needed to produce the highest quality project for final submission to the university.

Whether you’re looking to add graduate credits, or to use those credits toward a master’s degree, our PD courses can help in a way that fits your life, and your budget.

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