1-3 Graduate-Level Semester Units
These Independent Study courses are designed for educational professionals at all levels. For teachers just beginning in the profession or for those who have been teaching for some time, these courses will give you a chance to re-evaluate your philosophy, technique, style, and communication ability. In summary, the approach is toward teaching the student the theory, principles, concepts, and practices that can be applied in the dynamic, ever changing, challenging, and rewarding field of education.
PDSI 9903 – Educational Advanced Professional Development – Independent Study #1
Whether you chose to attend a Leadership Conference in Las Vegas or a Literacy Coaching Conference in New York, teachers who attend can apply their work to Summer Institutes Independent Educational PD Course. In this independent study course, you will have the opportunity to receive graduate credits by fulfilling the requirements listed in the Guidelines/Syllabus (below), on your own time, completing coursework within 3 months of each seminar. Credits can be used toward additional teaching certification credits, earning salary advancement credits or obtaining professional clock hours.
Independent Study calls for a strong understanding of concepts learned at each professional development session, designing lesson plans created from knowledge learned from these events, and reflection summaries demonstrating skills learned, including how these will impact you as a teacher and how these will impact your students. The most important question that we would like to have answered after attending your conference is: “What did you learn at this conference to help you effectively transfer knowledge to your students as their educational professional?”
Course number: PDSI 9903
PDSI 9978 – Design with State Standards – Independent Study #2
In this independent study course, students will explore the techniques and skills aligned with the educational topic or professional goal of their choice. This course is designed for teachers who want to increase their knowledge of a particular content or subject area yet are unable to attend a seminar or conference that covers this topic. This course allows teachers to spend time learning intently about a topic of their choice, researching and gaining a targeted skill while earning graduate credits. This will include interviewing professionals in the field of study and/or research reading an approved book on the subject. This is our most flexible and focused course option available.
Course number: PDSI 9978