Certificates for Teacher Professional Development

What is a Certificate?

Overview

Choose from a variety of non-degree certificates—and put the “Edge” in your professional development.

A focused group of courses can make a lasting impact on teaching and learning, and open doors related to teaching assignment, leadership roles, and salary advancement.

Learners Edge, in partnership with Augustana University and Pacific Lutheran University, is offering non-degree certificates.

Certificate participants will receive:

  • Graduate credit from Pacific Lutheran University or Augustana University with certificate notation on their transcript
  • Certificate of Completion

Please note that these certificates/graduate credits are intended to fulfill requirements for license renewal/lane change when the student has obtained proper prior approval. The certificates are not intended for license endorsements or any change in licensure status beyond renewal.

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Choose from a variety of non-degree certificates—and put the “Edge” in your professional development.

A focused group of courses can make a lasting impact on teaching and learning, and open doors related to teaching assignment, leadership roles, and salary advancement.

Learners Edge, in partnership with Augustana University and Pacific Lutheran University, is offering non-degree certificates.

Certificate participants will receive:

  • Graduate credit from Pacific Lutheran University or Augustana University with certificate notation on their transcript
  • Certificate of Completion

Please note that these certificates/graduate credits are intended to fulfill requirements for license renewal/lane change when the student has obtained proper prior approval. The certificates are not intended for license endorsements or any change in licensure status beyond renewal.

Certificate Options

+Early Childhood Certificate

Early Childhood:

9 credits (3 courses) | $1,212

Birth to age 5 are critical years to launch children into a lifetime of learning. Research demonstrates the benefit of teaching and nurturing children through music, language, and everyday interactions. This series of courses will ensure your understanding of the importance and many benefits of early childhood education and will help get the children with whom you work on the path to learning.

(course descriptions are provided by link, but please use the Register Now! button on this page for full Certificate Program registration)

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+Instructional Strategies Certificates

Instructional Strategies:

9 credits (3 courses) / $1,212

Arm yourself with strategies proven to help students achieve. Explore how top teachers approach instruction, and discover new ways of deeply engaging your students in their learning. This certificate is ideal for teachers of all subjects and grade levels.

(course descriptions are provided by link, but please use the Register Now! button on this page for full Certificate Program registration)

Instructional Strategies Certificate (Option A)

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Instructional Strategies Certificate (Option B)

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+Social Emotional Learning Certificates

Social Emotional Learning:

9 credits (3 courses) / $1,212

"Empathy, self-control, grit" are some of the terms we use to describe the skills needed to survive and thrive in the world today. Social-emotional learning has been called the "missing piece" of the educational puzzle. This suite of SEL courses will give you what you need to ensure your students have the mindset and skills to achieve success. 

(course descriptions are provided by link, but please use the Register Now! button on this page for full Certificate Program registration)

Social Emotional Certificate (Option A)

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Social Emotional Certificate (Option B)

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+Special Populations Certificate

Special Populations:

9 credits (3 courses) / $1,212

All students can indeed learn—they might just not learn in exactly the same way. Throughout this program of courses, you’ll gain a better understanding of--and comfort level with—a variety of special populations. Perfectly suited for general and special education teachers.

(course descriptions are provided by link, but please use the Register Now! button on this page for full Certificate Program registration)

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+The Digital Classroom Certificate

The Digital Classroom:

9 credits (3 courses) / $1,212

Improve your life and your students’ learning through the use of digital tools. This suite of courses will help you make the shift from old school teaching to innovative, personalized learning your students will love!

(course descriptions are provided by link, but please use the Register Now! button on this page for full Certificate Program registration)

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+Literacy Certificates

Literacy:

Incorporating important concepts in both writing and reading, this program of courses will help you become a more effective literacy educator. Nurture your budding readers and writers and empower them to be independent thinkers and learners. This certificate is geared towards general educators as well as teachers of language arts.

(course descriptions are provided by link, but please use the Register Now! button on this page for full Certificate Program registration)

Primary (K-2) Certificate

9 credits (3 courses): $1,212

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Intermediate (3-8) Certificate

9 credits (3 courses): $1,212

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Secondary Certificate

9 credits (3 courses): $1,212

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+Google Tools for the Classroom Certificate

Google Tools for the Classroom Certificate:

9 credits (3 courses) / $1,212

Explore the world of Google apps in this series of courses. Learn Google Slides, Docs, Sheets, Forms and Sites as you create lessons with efficiency, engage students with creativity, and master the abundance of Google tools! 

*If registering for this series of courses, we recommend you complete course 5833 first.

(course descriptions are provided by link, but please use the Register Now! button on this page for full Certificate Program registration)

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+English Language Learners Certificate

English Language Learners:

9 credits (3 courses) / $1,212

Designed to inspire and educate, this collection of English Language Learner courses was curated to increase awareness about the students and cultures represented in our classrooms. Ensure your EL learners reach their potential emotionally, socially, and academically as you guide their learning using culturally competent best practices.

(course descriptions are provided by link, but please use the Register Now! button on this page for full Certificate Program registration)

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+Educator Resilience Certificate

Educator Resilience:

9 credits (3 courses) / $1,212

Resilience is one of the key components to success! Designed to empower educators, this inspirational selection of courses covers teacher burn-out, vulnerability, happiness, and ways to recharge your teaching practice. Buoy your resilience, invigorate your teaching, and plan for your future with this bold suite of courses! This certificate benefits all educators from PreK-12+.

(course descriptions are provided by link, but please use the Register Now! button on this page for full Certificate Program registration)

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+Student Support Certificates (ideal for teachers, social workers, counselors, school psychologists)

Student Support:

9 credits (3 courses) / $1,212

Created for everyone who has a stake in the health and wellness of students, this collection of courses covers trauma, anxiety, poverty and students who identify as LGBTQ. Especially appropriate for school counselors, social workers, school nurses, and school psychologists. PreK-12+. 

(course descriptions are provided by link, but please use the Register Now! button on this page for full Certificate Program registration)

Student Support Certificate (option A)

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Student Support Certificate (option B)

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Frequently Asked Questions

+How long do I have to complete the non-degree certificate courses?
We strongly encourage you to complete the courses in the session in which you registered. If you are unable to complete the courses within 2 consecutive sessions, you will need to contact us to discuss options.
+What do I gain by enrolling in a non-degree certificate?
How a certificate is weighed is specific to every school district, or state. Earning a certificate demonstrates you have successfully completed a series of courses in a specific area.
+Where does the credit for a non-degree certificate come from?
Currently, credit for your certificate will come from either Pacific Lutheran University or Augustana University (you choose during registration). Both academic partners are regionally accredited.
+ Are discounts available when I order a Certificate?
A multi-course discount is already calculated with Certificate pricing. Group discounts or additional promotions do not apply.
+What else do I need to know to earn a non-degree certificate?
  • All courses must be taken through the same certificate granting academic partner.
  • Courses taken previously through a different academic partner do not apply.
  • Courses taken previously through Learners Edge do not apply