The college is committed to supporting professionals working in education and human development through professional development opportunities. Choose a topic from the side of this page to see upcoming events for a particular area, or look below for a list of the next events from all areas.
For current professionals interested in academic programs, the college offers both the M.Ed. Professional Studies and certificate programs. For University-wide opportunities, please visit the Digital Campus or the College of Continuing Education .
Upcoming Professional Development Events
- Reviewing the CLASS™--Minnesota Pre-K CLASS™ Recertification Refresher
Thu, August 28, 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
This four-clock-hour CLASS™ refresher training is designed to support those who are already reliable CLASS™ observers as they prepare for their annual reliability recertification test. The session includes reviewing the pre-K CLASS tool, practice coding with video, and sharing tips for recertification.
Out-of-state participants are welcome at this training.
Participants must have completed the CLASS™ Observation Training and Reliability Testing on the Teachstone website.
Maximum number of participants: 50
Minimum number of participants necessary to hold the training: 10
Hours: 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
- Trauma and Substance Abuse
Thu, August 28, 8:45 AM - 4:15 PM
Trauma and Substance Abuse is a workshop offered as part of the School of Social Work's Clinical Practice Series. The series is designed for social workers and other professionals wanting research-informed continuing education hours in clinical practice and/or advanced training with trauma.
- Instructional Support for Coaches
Thu, August 28, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
This four-hour workshop is designed for coaches and others who are responsible for facilitating educators’ interaction skills as described in the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) tool. The session prepares coaches, consultants, supervisors and trainers to aid teachers in strengthening concept development, quality of feedback, and language modeling in interactions and activities. The session includes analyzing key characteristics of each dimension, identifying interaction opportunities, and practicing coaching strategies for supporting teacher growth in these key interaction qualities.
Maximum number of participants: 30
Hours: 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
- 9-week online course: Supporting Stressed Young Children Through Relationship-based Teaching
Mon, September 8
September 8 to November 10, 2014 (9-week session)
42 clock hours or 1 academic credit
This course is designed for early childhood and special education educators who are working with challenging children in preschool, child care, and early intervention settings. The course is taught using case studies and team processing for problem solving. Students will learn how relationships with caring adults are the context of all growth and learning for young children. The course will explore how to use the tools of "reflective teaching" and "reflective collaboration" to better understand young children in their classes, as well as what intervention approaches might work for children who are having difficulties.
For clock hours: $290 plus required textbook
For academic credit: $350 plus required textbook
- 9-week online course: Working with Parents--Considerations for Special Populations
Mon, September 8
September 8 to November 10, 2014
84 clock hours or 2 academic credits
Participants will examine the transactional role of parents and parent-child relationships in child development as well as interdisciplinary childhood mental health principles and strategies for working with parents of young children. Participants will understand special considerations of how infant mental health research informs work with parents with mental illness, chemical dependency, trauma, and cognitive delays, as well as adolescent parents, foster, adoptive and kinship parents, and parents of children with special needs. Participants will have an opportunity to explore their professional role in the interdisciplinary field of early childhood mental health and how strategies and principles will inform their professional role.
For clock hours: $580 registration fee plus required textbook
For academic credit: $700 plus required textbook