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Professional Development for Educators

We know as a teacher, you're always busy - planning lessons, grading papers, caring for children and meeting with parents. That's why we aim to provide engaging and fun professional development courses and programs that fit into your schedule. From travel and independent study to online offerings, we have something that's sure to inform and inspire your curriculum. Whether you're learning over the weekends or keeping busy during the summer, you'll find something here for you.

All of our partners have unique courses you can register for. To view what they offer, click on each partner name to see a full list of courses.

Featured Course: Fostering Mental Health in Education

The connection between mental health and academic performance is well-known, as students struggling with mental illness have a more difficult time feeling motivated, learning, concentrating, taking tests, and interacting with their teachers and peers. These same individuals also endure the stigma of mental illness and treatment. Despite these challenges, professionals in the field of education are tasked with helping all students achieve their full academic potential. Understanding mental health and how it umbrellas mental illness and its stigmas is the first step in creating a positive school climate that fosters mental health, resiliency, and self-advocacy in education. This course will equip those who work in an educational setting with the tools to increase mental health awareness, help decrease the stigma of mental illness, create and maintain a climate that encourages mental health, and connect students with resources to continue their support. In addition, this course will provide the educator with methods to help students recognize the connection between their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and develop healthier ways of coping in hopes of empowering students to become self-advocates. View syllabus >

Jessica Thomson - "This course was absolutely amazing and I felt like it was a good book that I could not put down. I have worked non-stop on these activities because I feel like this is something that is so do-able in my classroom with students not even realizing we are focusing on their mental health, self-reflection and self-awareness. 

I have just finished my Masters and Administrative credential and I feel like the material that I learned is something that can be used in the classroom, but also at a site-level if I do end up moving to administration!"

Course Dates: Open Enrollment
Method: Online
Professional Development Units (PDUs): 3
Course Code: PEDM 9000
Price: $435

These courses are not applicable for a degree at Pacific but can be transferred at the discretion of your institution. An official transcript is available from Pacific upon successful completion of coursework. While it may be possible for the credits earned in these courses to be used for salary advancement and state licensing requirements, we do not provide assurance that any state licensing board or school district will accept these credits for those purposes. Individuals seeking credits for those purposes are advised to check with the appropriate agencies and gain approval prior to registering.
Accredited by The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

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