Online Professional Development
Since 1988, Advancement Courses has been a leader in professional development, providing expertly-crafted, classroom-applicable courses to thousands of teachers across the country.
Why Teachers Love Advancement Courses
Extensive & Relevant
Our catalog includes over 280 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.View Where We Count
How It Works
Choose your credit option.
On the course page, select the type of credit you require depending on your professional needs and state/district requirements.
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.
For continuing education requirements, select the type of CE credit that’s right for your state/district.View State/District Requirements
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.View Sample Transcripts (PDF)
Course Design and Features
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.Learn More
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.Learn More
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.Learn More
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.Learn More
Facilitation and Feedback
Advancement Courses offers both facilitated and nonfacilitated courses depending on your goals. Our in-depth, graduate-level courses are facilitated by subject matter experts who provide support throughout the course and offer detailed feedback based on research and national standards.
We also offer 8-hour nonfacilitated continuing education courses for schools and districts looking to deliver targeted training to a large number of educators in a short time frame. Schools can use the content for professional development days, or assign educators to complete it individually or in professional learning communities at their own pace.Learn More
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.Learn More
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.Learn More
- Course Development & Goals
- Authentic and Personalized
- Why Online?
- Professional Learning Community
- Facilitation & Feedback
- Course Quality & Outcomes
- Focus on Student Success
- Dual Enrollment & Content Area Courses
Course Development & Goals
We intentionally plan and build our course offerings to solve real problems in education. We regularly update our existing catalog and develop new courses based on schools’ needs, trends in K–12 education, and continual feedback from educators like you.
Our course writers are content experts with extensive subject matter credentials and classroom experience. They 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 you can use immediately in your classroom.Learn More
Authentic & Personalized
Every grade and subject area—and indeed, every individual teacher—has unique needs. That’s why we’ve 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 personal life experiences, professional role, and school environment.
Courses also include authentic assessments that mirror the type of work you do in the classroom. With case studies, active reading exercises, and time for developing student-facing activities, our courses provide consistent opportunities for you to apply concepts in a manner that uniquely matters to you.Learn More
All courses are online and self-paced, meaning you can complete your work at home, on your planning period, over break—whenever and wherever works best for your schedule. You are not required to participate in any synchronous, real-time conversations or activities, giving you maximum flexibility.
Online courses include a variety of web-based resources in addition to traditional texts, allowing us to offer more dynamic sources of information in a timelier fashion.Learn More
Professional Learning Community
Teaching can often feel isolating, especially when you are in a rural setting, are teaching online, or are the only teacher in your grade or subject area. That’s why all of our learners receive lifetime access to our online professional learning community (PLC), which connects teachers from around the country with one another. This forum is devoted to helping teachers learn from one another, share resources and lesson plans, discuss ideas, and meet other experienced educators in a friendly, interactive environment.
You can read or post to existing discussion forum threads; ask questions or seek advice; share websites, files, images, and videos; and easily access an ever-growing database of relevant resources. Course instructors also highly recommend that you post portions of your assignments here to diversify the feedback and input you receive about your coursework.Learn More
Facilitation & Feedback
Our courses are facilitated by instructors who are subject matter experts in their fields. With proven track records of supporting teachers across content areas and grade levels, our instructors guide you through your course by answering questions, offering detailed feedback on assignments, and more. Instructors have a deep understanding of national standards such as the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards, and feedback is always constructive, research-based, and thorough.
Instructors are selected for their excellence in teaching as well as their commitment to providing meaningful professional development for K–12 professionals. They are seasoned classroom educators who are highly qualified and passionate about learning. In addition to their knowledge of the unique subject matter of a course, they must meet strict credential and in-classroom tenure requirements.Learn More
Course Quality & Outcomes
Our course design focuses on clearly aligning course objectives, assessments, supporting materials, and feedback. In other words, our goal is to make sure PD is something you will meaningfully use in your role—not just another box to check off.Learn More
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.
Many professional development courses address special student populations by tacking on a section at the end; however, we believe that knowledge of these populations is integral to all subject areas and grade levels. That’s why our courses include direct strategies for working with these exceptional students (special needs, English language learners, at-risk students, and gifted and talented students).Learn More
Dual Enrollment & Content Area Courses
For educators wishing to teach dual or concurrent enrollment courses, regional accreditors like the Higher Learning Commission require teachers to (a) earn 18 graduate-level credit hours in their content area and (b) have a master’s degree in any content area. In addition, many states and districts are now requiring teachers to earn graduate credit in their content area to maintain their licensure or advance their salary.
Our content area courses allow you to get certified to teach dual or concurrent enrollment credit courses and meet your state or district’s requirements for content area credit.Learn More
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- 1,045Classrooms Enriched
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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