Why Teachers Love Advancement Courses

95% of learners would recommend AC to a friend or colleague 96% of learners agree that the course improved or will improve their teaching

Extensive & Relevant

Our catalog includes over 200 graduate-level courses in 19 different subject areas covering both foundational topics and emerging trends in K-12 education. Designed to be meaningful and engaging, courses combine innovative techniques with a focus on developing practical tools that are immediately applicable in the classroom.

Online & Self-paced

Between lesson planning, teaching, grading, and supporting students, your commitments keep you busy. That’s why our coursework isn’t tied to a semester or location, and can be taken anytime, anywhere - with up to six months to complete.

University Partners & Approvals

Courses are reviewed and offered in partnership with our CAEP and regionally accredited university partners for graduate semester hours of credit and are also available for continuing education hours or their equivalent. Plus, our courses are already directly pre-approved in many states and districts for your convenience.

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How It Works

  1. Find the right course for you.

    Search for specific topics or browse by subject, grade level, or popularity. Download the course syllabus for a deeper look.

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  2. Choose your credit option.

    On the course page, select the type of credit you require depending on your professional needs and state/district requirements.

    Graduate Credit

    With graduate credit, select your preferred university partner from whom you’ll receive your official transcript. All our partners are CAEP and/or regionally accredited.

    Continuing Education

    For continuing education requirements, select the type of CE credit that’s right for your state/district.

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  3. Get your grades and transcript.

    Complete your course - you have up to 6 months. Then receive your grades and feedback on your work. Depending on your credit choice, you’ll either receive a transcript/certificate of completion or request an official graduate transcript from the university partner you selected.

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    Andrews University
    Avila University
    Greenville University
    Loyola Marymount University
    Medaille College
    William Jessup University
    University of West Alabama

Course Design and Features

Meaningful Goals

We base our approach to planning and building course offerings on classroom and school needs, trends in education, and continual feedback from teachers - regularly updating our existing catalog and developing new courses.

Course authors are content experts with extensive subject matter credentials and classroom experience who work closely with our development team to build an experience that is relevant, highly practical, and aligned with industry standards. Courses are not just filled with innovative techniques, but also illustrate how to apply these tools in practice. With each course, you’ll develop tangible products such as lesson plans or assessments that can be immediately used in your own class.

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Authentic and Personalized

Because every subject and grade range has its own needs, and every educator has their own individual needs as well, we have designed our courses to put you in control, allowing you to actively engage in the learning process, set goals, and direct your learning outcomes. You’ll determine the specific approach to the coursework and assignments by making choices relevant to your own personal life experiences, professional role, and environment.

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Why Online?

All courses are online and self-paced, meaning you can choose to complete your work at 2 am or 2 pm, from the comfort of your home, or anywhere else the day takes you. You are not required to participate in synchronous, real-time conversations or activities, giving you maximum flexibility.

Online courses also include a variety of web-based resources in addition to traditional texts, allowing us to offer much more dynamic sources of information in a timelier fashion.

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Professional Learning Community

Whether you’re looking to incorporate new teaching strategies, connect with other educators and course participants, or enhance your lesson plans, we’ve created a space dedicated to the K-12 community. All learners receive lifetime access to our online Professional Learning Community (PLC) which fosters engagement and offers ample opportunities for learners to interact on a variety of topics or within course discussion forums. This is a place devoted to learning from one another, sharing resources, discussing ideas, and interacting with other experienced education professionals in a comfortable environment.

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Facilitation and Feedback

With proven track records of supporting teachers across content areas and grade levels, our instructors guide learners through their courses by answering questions, offering detailed feedback on assignments, and more. Instructors have a deep understanding of national standards like the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards, and feedback is always constructive, research-based, and thorough.

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Focus on Student Success

Fostering student success in both academics and social-emotional growth is a major focus of all our courses. Our courses are filled with strategies, techniques, and activities that are directly tied to improving student achievement in the classroom.

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Higher Education Rigor

In addition to clear alignment between objectives and assessments, and robust supporting course material, our assignment and feedback structure aligns with established best practices in online instruction to help our learners achieve classroom success using the tools they develop in our courses.

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Giving Back

  • $138,131Funds Donated
  • 109,769Students Reached
  • 1,045Classrooms Enriched
*Numbers from all years of program

Every Classroom Counts

Our professional development courses have always been a great way for teachers to advance their careers. Now through DonorsChoose.org, those same courses are helping fund projects in classrooms across the country.

In 2015, Advancement Courses began donating 10% of all sales during each back to school season to DonorsChoose.org projects, partnering with the online charity to help students and teachers in need. We are honored to give back and support some of the many dedicated and inspiring educators who do such important work in our schools.

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