Professional Development in Education


Quincy University’s Professional Development in Education (PDE) program provides innovative teaching and learning opportunities to accommodate your professional development needs.

Our program is designed to help you pursue professional development and lifelong learning through workshops, lectures, seminars, courses, and conferences across a wide range of subjects.



Professional Development in Education Courses

Onsite Professional Learning Courses

  (Formerly called Graduate Credit Workshops)


MSE5ST192: "I wish my teacher knew" A Book Study

Instructor: Julie Alexander

2/29/2020 at Hope/Noll Pavilion in Springfield, Illinois

9:00 am-5:00 pm

1 graduate credit

Course description:

Students are required to read the book "i wish my teacher knew..." by Kyle Schwartz prior to the class. One day, third-grade teacher Kyle Schwartz asked her students to fill in the blank in this sentence: "I wish my teacher knew __________." The results astounded her. Some answers were humorous; others were heartbreaking. All were profoundly moving and enlightening. The results opened her eyes to the need for educators to understand the unique realities their students face in order to create an open, safe, and supportive classroom environment. It provides a look at systemic problems that affect students nationwide, like poverty and mobility, alongside issues that affect million of individual students, such as trauma and the challenge of developing meaningful classroom relationships. Kyle shares real stories from students, teachers, and family members that shed light on how we can all help students tackle challenges and grow as individuals. She shares strategies that can work in classrooms across America, ultimately presenting a practical guide to adapt the I Wish My Teacher Knew exercise to suit any classroom's needs or educator's teaching style.



Online Professional Learning Course

Course descriptions can be viewed by clicking here:

MSE5CM150 Advanced Classroom Management: Children as Change Agent

MSE5SP100 Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: Information & Interventions for Effective Teaching

MSE5SP102 Autism & Asperger's Disorder: Information & Effective Intervention Strategies

MSE5CM130 Behavior is Language: Strategies for Managing Disruptive Behavior

MSE5CM181 Build School Communities: Brain Smart Classroom Management

MSE5ST125 Child Abuse: Working with Abused & Neglected Children                                                                         

MSE5ST113 Drugs & Alcohol in Schools: Understanding Substance Use & Abuse

MSE5EC103 Early Childhood: Family-Centered Services

MSE5EC102 Early Childhood: Observation & Assessment

MSE5EC100 Early Childhood: Program Planning

MSE5EC101 Early Childhood: Typical & Atypical Development

MSE5AS107 Educational Assessment: Assessing Student Learning in the Classroom

MSE5LA267 English Language Learner: Language Acquisition

MSE5LA268 English Language Learner: Methods & Materials

MSE5ST171 Harassment, Bullying & Cyber-Intimidation in Schools

MSE5SP103 Inclusion: Working with Students with Special Needs in General Education Classrooms

MSE5ST153 Infant & Toddler Mental Health: Issues & Information for Educators

MSE5SP101 Learning Disabilities: Practical Information for the Classroom Teacher

MSE5RE150 Reading & Writing in Content Area

MSE5RE170 Reading Fundamentals #1: An Introduction to Scientifically-based Research

MSE5RE171 Reading Fundamentals #2: Laying the Foundation for Effective Reading Instruction

MSE5RE172 Reading Fundamentals #3: The Elements of Effective Reading Instruction & Assessment

MSE5CI216 Response to Intervention: Practical Information for the Classroom Teacher

MSE5WR157 Six Traits of Writing Model: Teaching & Assessing

MSE5TG100 Talented & Gifted: Working with High Achievers

MSE5TG100 Talented & Gifted: Working with High Achievers

MSE5MA124 Teaching Elementary Math Conceptually: A New Paradigm

MSE5MA147 Teaching Secondary Math Conceptually: Meeting Mathematics Standards

MSE5ST143 Traumatized Child: The Effects of Stress, Trauma & Violence on Student Learning

MSE5CI206 Try DI!: Planning & Preparing a Differentiated Instruction Program

MSE5CM115 Understanding Aggression: Coping with Aggressive Behavior in the Classroom

MSE5CI208 Understanding & Implementing Common Core Standards

MSE5ST112 Violence in Schools: Identification, Prevention & Intervention Strategies

MSE5CI143 Why DI?: An Introduction to Differentiated Instruction