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
- 9-week online course: Parent-Infant Pathways--An Educator's Guide to Providing Information and Support to New Parents
Mon, February 2
February 2 to April 6, 2015
84 clock hours or 2 academic credits
There are predictable times when parents will benefit from specific information, insights, and support. New parents are especially eager to understand their infant's growth and development. The period following the birth of a child offers a special opportunity for professionals to reach new parents with important information and to build relationships. Parent-Infant Pathways captures the key information needed by new parents, has effective strategies and materials to impart this information, and explains how to empower parents and demonstrate support.
The Parent-Infant Pathways course is designed to enhance the work of professionals in the fields of early education, early intervention, parent education, nursing, pediatrics, social service, and health care by providing specific training around early infant development, parent education, and parent-infant relationships.
Each pathway of information is supported by current research and reflects best practice. Upon completion of the course, participants will be better able to address new parents' questions, thoughts, and concerns as well as help parents more easily identify infant communication cues and capabilities.
For clock hours: $580 plus required materials
For academic credit: $700 plus required materials
- 9-week Online Course: Working with Parents--Considerations for Special Populations
Mon, February 9
February 9 to April 13, 2015
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
- Closing the Relationship Gap: Building the Sociocultural Knowledge and Cultural Intelligence of Teachers
Wed, February 11, 8:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Speakers: Peter Demerath, Ph.D. and Michael Goh, Ph.D.
This workshop will cover a re-thinking of the achievement gap in order to re-engage disadvantaged students with learning and move toward connecting curriculum and pedagogy to the out-of-school lives, knowledge, and assets of students. As co-presenters, Demerath and Goh invite educators and educational leaders to hear about their journey of interrupting how teachers are prepared to face diversity in their classrooms and experience the andragogy and pedagogy that was implemented in the University of Minnesota’s teacher education program to stimulate the growth of intercultural competence in teachers.
University students, staff, and faculty can register at a discounted rate of $75.
Additional early bird and multiple workshop registration discounts are available for non-U of M personnel. Contact Sara Najm (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more details.
Presented by the Office of Professional Development (OPD) and the Urban Leadership Academy.
- 9-week online course: Supporting Stressed Young Children Through Relationship-based Teaching
Mon, February 16
February 16 to November 20, 2015
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
- February 25-26, 2015: Pre-K Observation Training
Wed, February 25, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
The CLASS™ is a multifaceted observation system that requires training to use it appropriately. This two-day in-person training offered by certified CLASS™ trainers covers the instrument and provides opportunities to score video segments in preparation for the online reliability testing. Additionally, participants must complete 3-4 hours of pre-training exercises and readings and schedule one half day to complete the reliability testing after the training. Passing the online test is necessary to become a reliable CLASS™ observer. Those interested in training others to become reliable observers must attend a Train-the-Trainer session offered via Teachstone.
CEED offers the Pre-K and K-3 versions of this training and, coming in 2014, the Toddler version will also be offered.
This training is only available in Minnesota for the purpose of building partnerships for CLASS™ observations and coaching in Parent Aware, Minnesota's Quality Rating and Improvement System.
Maximum audience size: 17
8:00 am to 4:30 pm for two days
Cost: $300 per person