The ongoing professional development needs of educators, business persons, and other professionals are long recognized by Edgewood College. We are devoted to supporting collaborative efforts that aim to meet lifelong learning requirements and the desires of individuals and organizations.
Building upon a strong reputation for providing high quality continuing education, the Professional Development Program is committed to:
• partnering with organizations, associations, schools and school districts, and the community to provide high quality professional development opportunities;
• enabling educators, business persons and other professionals to fulfill ongoing personal enhancement and career goals through continued learning;
• supporting educators in meeting the Wis. Department of Public Instruction PI-34 licensing renewal and advancement requirements.
Over the years, local school districts and other educational entities, organizations and community associations have established long-term partnerships with Edgewood College to provide graduate-level credit opportunities for professional development courses.
- PD Courses
DIFFERENTIATION FOR ALL - (EDP 744C 001 ) MMSD and all others 3.00 Nov 15, 2016 - Jan 10, 2017Learn to use six differentiation strategies that will benefit all of your students (increasing student engagement and learning). You will have time each day to plan and collaborate with others and learn how to extend, compact or transform any lesson from a rigorous core lesson into a challenging lesson. Meanwhile, your own understanding of the effects of differentiation on student learning will be enhanced. MINDFULLNESS FOR BEGINNERS - (EDP 745F 003 ) MMSD only 1.00 Nov 28, 2016 - Dec 12, 2016This course will offer participants knowledge and skills in the practice of mindfulness. Time will be devoted to learning how to care for yourself and others through the many facets of mindfulness meditation and its direct implication and impact in living a more sane life. Mindfulness is based on an understanding that life is mixed, having magnificent moments, and moments of challenge and disappointment. What is important is the way in which we meet the moments of our lives, with as much clarity, wisdom, and ease as possible. No prior mindfulness experience is required. Participants will also learn about mindfulness supports and resources for staff in MMSD. These four days will be guided by experienced mindfulness instructors from the UW Health Mindfulness Program Services, both with experience teaching in schools. NCSA: THE POWER OF LEADERSHIP - (EDP 749C 001 ) Open to all. Sep. Reg. Req. 1.00 Dec 02, 2016 - Dec 04, 2016The National Conference on Student Activities brings together different groups of like-minded educators and activity directors (newly minted or veteran) for a weekend of learning, networking and fun. It is the goal of the National Association of Workshop Directors to inspire all participants during the three days of the conference so they will return to their schools or organizations and make the most significant difference possible in the lives of their students, colleagues, and community members. ANALYZING STDT WORK-DIFF INST - (EDP 771R 001 ) DCNTP only 1.00 Dec 06, 2016 - Dec 07, 2016This course teaches instructional coaches how to use language, processes and an analyzing student work protocol to support teachers to strategically plan standards-based instruction. USING DATA TO INFORM INSTRUCTION - (EDP 771N 001 ) DCNTP only 1.00 Dec 14, 2016 - Dec 15, 2016Mentors, according to PI-34, are to have input into the formative assessment of initial educators. This course is a two-day training in which mentors learn how to work with initial educators, especially as they consider brain research, as they examine student work and gather data. Mentors will be provided with a tool and strategies for helping beginning teachers identify student needs, plan for differentiated instruction, and ensure equitable learning outcomes. Pre-Requisite: EDP 771B EDCAMP MADISON - (EDP 772K 001 ) open to all 1.00 Jan 14, 2017 - Jan 14, 2017Join educators from Wisconsin and neighboring states for a great day of learning; professional development the way it is meant to be. Arrive with an idea for a session you would like to lead or just with an open mind ready to discuss. Sessions are determined by the participants and you decide what is most relevant to you. Sessions can explore, technology, best practices, hopes and dreams, or just a forum to get ideas.
- Featured Courses
- Attendees of the 2016 National Athletic Directors Conference can earn Edgewood College graduate credit for conference attendance and Leadership Training Courses. Complete details here - 2016 NADC-Edgewood College Credit
- Courses for Graduate Credit
Many PD courses are developed by educators and professional development coordinators outside of the Edgewood community. They work with the College’s professional development specialists in going through a process so that PD courses can be offered to participants for Edgewood College graduate-level credit.
The process begins with the course instructor/coordinator submitting a course proposal for review. If the course is approved, the Edgewood PD staff support both the instructor and the student-participants in walking through everything from course establishment to obtaining grades.
The team of professional development specialists is available to answer questions and provide support throughout the process so that the opportunity to obtain graduate-level credit is simple and straightforward.
They are happy to answer your questions and guide you through the steps, whether you are a course instructor or coordinator, or a student-participant.
- Information for Professional Development Students
All Professional Development courses are offered at the graduate level. Depending upon course rigor and content, PD courses may count towards a graduate degree (with advisor approval) or a licensing program in the School of Education. Other courses cannot count towards a degree.
All PD courses can be used towards WDPI license renewal and as evidence towards Professional Development Plans (PDPs).
To receive Edgewood College credit, participants have to complete an online application for each PD course. To complete the application, participants have to enter:
- the Edgewood College course number
- the Edgewood College course title,
- the number of graduate credits you are applying for,
- the start and end dates.
All of this information is provided by the course instructor.
PD tuition for the 2016-17 year is $175 per credit.
For tuition payment, Edgewood College accepts personal checks, business checks, cash, American Express, Discover, MasterCard and VISA.
Upon successful completion of the PD course, grades are generally available in January, June or August, depending on when the course was completed and grades submitted.
Prospective PD students can also review the current Professional Development courses by going to this page and clicking on Course Search. Then, in Course Code, Begins With, enter EDP or WADA.
Courses are added and withdrawn regularly; if you do not see what you are seeking, please contact a PD Team member. A web page listing current PD courses is under construction.
You are welcome to contact the PD staff for answers to any of your questions.
And you can ask to receive the Participant Guide for Professional Development Courses.
- Questions and Answers
Q: How do I apply for a Professional Development course?
A: Complete the online application. You have to enter the Edgewood College course number and course title, the number of graduate credits, and the start and end dates. This information is provided by the course instructor.
Q: How do I know if my online PD application was received?
A: Upon successful submission of your application, you will see a “thank you” message. This means your application was received.
Q: If I am currently an Edgewood College student, how do I apply for a PD course?
A: You still have to complete an application for each PD course, even if you are a current Edgewood College student.
Q: How do I set up an Edgewood College email account?
A: After submitting an online application, first-time PD participants receive a mailed letter with an Edgewood College student ID number. The ID number is necessary to create an Edgewood College email account.
Q: How do I get/know my student ID number and how do I use it?
A: Your Edgewood College student ID number is on the mailed letter sent to first-time PD participants. It’s used to create an Edgewood College email account.
Q: Do I have to set up an Edgewood College email account each time I take a PD course?
A: No, the Edgewood College email account set up at the time of your first PD course remains as your account.
Q: What is the cost of a PD graduate credit?
A: PD tuition beginning in the 2016 Summer Term is $175 per credit.
Q: How do I know when to pay my tuition?
A: Notification of billing for Professional Development courses occurs through your Edgewood College email account, which is how you can access all your account information.
Q: What form of payment does Edgewood College accept?
A: Edgewood College accepts personal checks, business checks, cash, American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa.
Q: When and how do I get my official transcript and grade?
A: Grades are generally available in January, June or August, depending on when the course was completed and grades submitted. Specific information on how to get grade reports and transcripts is provided via the course instructor.
Q: What are the deadlines for applying and withdrawing from a PD course?
A: Applying: the deadline to apply is usually the evening of the day after the course is completed. Check the application instructions provided by the instructor.
Withdrawing at any time after application: students who stop attending or who have never attended a course for which they applied for credit must inform the Registrar’s office that they are withdrawing their credit request. An administrative fee will be applied. For more information, see the PD policies tab below.
Q: Where can I find current Professional Development offerings?
A: To find the available courses, go to this page and click on Course Search. Then, in Course Code, Begins With, enter EDP or WADA.
Courses are added and withdrawn regularly; if you do not see what you are seeking, please contact a PD Team member.
Q: How do I go about applying for a Professional Development course offered by organizations that I’m not connected to?
A: Contact Jennifer Allen, Coordinator of Professional Development, at 608.663.4253, to find out if your course of interest is open.
- More Information
The Professional Development Team members can answer your questions and send you any of these documents:
- Participant Guide for Professional Development Courses
- Instructor Guide for Professional Development Courses
- Policies and Procedures for Course Instructors
- Professional Development Course Proposal Form
For course participants
For course instructors
School of Education
Professional development courses are just one of the program options that Edgewood College’s School of Education offers. These programs include:
- Master degrees
- advanced licensing
- initial licensing
Learn more about the Graduate Programs offered by the School of Education.
- PD Policies
Official withdrawal from course prior to first class meeting
Students who officially withdraw from a course by informing the Professional Development Department prior to the first class meeting will receive a 100% refund of the course tuition.
Official withdrawal from course after first class begins
Students who inform the Professional Development Department that they officially withdraw from a course after it has begun will be charged an administrative fee of 50% of the cost of one credit for that course. The administrative fee also applies when students fail to inform the Professional Development Department of their withdrawal.
Credit changes after application
If students apply for Professional Development credit and later decrease their requested credits, they will be billed an administrative fee of 50% of the cost of one credit for that course.
Credit changes after end of term
After the end of the term in which courses were completed and grades were assigned, students cannot change their requested credits; they remain responsible for the course’s tuition charge.
Appeals of Professional Development Policies
Edgewood College understands that rare and extenuating circumstances (such as acute medical conditions) may arise that affect a student’s ability to complete a Professional Development course. In these cases, the student may contact the Coordinator of Professional Development to appeal policy application. The Administrative Appeals Committee will review the recommendation from the Coordinator of Professional Development and determine if any additional refund is granted. Additional information from a third party (such as a physician) may be required.
Appeals after one year from the end of the term in which the course was completed will not be considered.
- Information for Instructors
Many professional development courses offered to educational professionals for Edgewood College graduate-level credit are developed by educators outside of the Edgewood community.
The Professional Development team at Edgewood College has been set up to assist instructors so that courses can be offered to adult educators for Edgewood College graduate-level credit. These credits meet both licensing and Professional Development Plan requirements of PI-34. Course participants might be able to apply credits from some PD courses toward degree or advanced licensing programs at Edgewood College, depending on advisor approval.
An Edgewood College Professional Development Course Proposal form is required for each PD offering at least three weeks prior to the course start date. The form can be obtained from and returned to any of the Professional Development staff members. Compose email
All course proposals are submitted for approval to a review team which has established criteria in order to maintain the rigor and quality associated with Edgewood College graduate-level credit. All PD courses are offered at the graduate level.
When the course is approved, the instructor is provided with course information which can be forwarded to interested course participants/students.
Participants who wish to receive Edgewood College credit go online to complete an application for each PD course.
PD Course Online Application
After the course concludes, instructors submit course grades by semester deadlines to the Coordinator of Professional Development. Subsequently, students can both view their grades online and receive them on college transcripts.
More information including tuition costs can be obtained by contacting any of the Professional Development team members. They can answer your questions and/or send an instructor guide that contains more details.
The course proposal form can also be obtained from any team member.