Capella Online Professional Development Course

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Professional Development in Action

Analyze the role of professional development (PD) in site-based initiatives. Integrate theories and models of PD to create plans and activities that are aligned to site and district initiatives as well as professional teaching standards. Apply best practices in professional development design, incorporating the elements of teacher evaluation models, adult learning theory, Professional Learning Communities, and instructional coaching. Full Description

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You have 60 days from your start date to complete the course.
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How Capella PD can work for you.

Your Time

Competency-based coursework makes it easy to learn on your time and at your pace, at home or on the go. It’s professional learning on your terms.

Your Class

Application questions within the course send teachers into their classrooms to practice and reflect upon what they have learned applying your learning with your students.

Your Career

Choose to earn professional contact hours or graduate credit and power your career as you see fit from personal growth through to a graduate degree.


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This course will help you to create a collaborative professional development plan that includes coaching and evaluating teacher performance.  It will also help you to build program evaluation metrics into your plan so that you can provide the evidence needed for continuous improvement.

During this course you will build

  • A SMART professional development goal 
  • An evaluation for a specific professional development goal 
  • A reflection on the SMART  goal development process 
  • An outline for a competency-based professional development training unit 
  • A flipped-model professional development activity 
  • A reflection of the impact of using new PD models


3 Student Reviews
by Melissa D. on May 14, 2016
I liked that the course wasn't isn't about how to use my iPad. It is about understanding why and when digital tools can help me to engage and support my students better.
by Beth M. on May 21, 2016
It is directly applicable to me and my classroom. I am building artifacts that I will continue to use with my students well after I finish the course.
by Carrie F. on May 3, 2016
I really like that the course makes me accountable for my own learning. I enjoy collaborating with my colleagues but it is nice that I don't need to wait for someone else to move on with my learning.