Capella Online Professional Development Course

Professional Development in Action

Professional Development in Action

Analyze the role of professional development (PD) in site-based initiatives. Integrate theories and models of PD to create plans and activities that are aligned to site and district initiatives as well as professional teaching standards. Apply best practices in professional development design, incorporating the elements of teacher evaluation models, adult learning theory, Professional Learning Communities, and instructional coaching. Full Description


How Capella PD can work for you.

Your Time

Competency-based coursework makes it easy to learn on your time and at your pace, at home or on the go. It’s professional learning on your terms.

Your Class

Application questions within the course send teachers into their classrooms to practice and reflect upon what they have learned applying your learning with your students.

Your Career

Choose to earn professional contact hours or graduate credit and power your career as you see fit from personal growth through to a graduate degree.


Professional Development in Action

This course will help you to create a collaborative professional development plan that includes coaching and evaluating teacher performance.  It will also help you to build program evaluation metrics into your plan so that you can provide the evidence needed for continuous improvement.

During this course you will build

  • A SMART professional development goal 
  • An evaluation for a specific professional development goal 
  • A reflection on the SMART  goal development process 
  • An outline for a competency-based professional development training unit 
  • A flipped-model professional development activity 
  • A reflection of the impact of using new PD models


11 Student Reviews
by Susan B. on May 11, 2020
I hate to say this, but this is the worst PD course that Capella offers. It's convoluted, confusing & poorly organized. Questions are long, arduous & rambling. The videos are much too long & don't get to the point. And there are no .pdf transcripts. I could not wait to finish this class & felt frustrated the whole way through. I would not recommend this class. I'm so glad I'm done with it.
by Deirdre B. on December 30, 2019
This was a very good resource regarding professional development plans. Thank you!
by Briana E. on September 15, 2019
Great course. I loved all the information in the second half of the course about flipped learning in both PD and in the classroom - this is something I've always been interested in and wanted to try. The whole course took a little less than 4 hours and was so full of applicable information that it didn't feel that long at all. 10/10 recommend!
by Monique H. on June 21, 2019
I wished for a vocabulary list.
by Beth D. on May 6, 2019
Course information was valuable. The presentations seemed somewhat disjointed at times. I don't understand references to Bloom's taxonomy when this was not reflected in any of the videos that were required viewing. Additionally, I did not see the video on Competency Based Designed Principles in the course list. I viewed it when I came across a link in one of the Challenge questions.
by Rachelle A. on March 28, 2019
The content and learning was beneficial. The questions on the challenges and milestones were grammatically incorrect quite frequently, thus causing a bit of confusion when answering the questions.
by Catherine D. on January 21, 2019
The course is full of information which connects to all other PD courses on adult learning. Very interesting information that I will definitely put to good use easily and immediately.
by KENNETH O. on October 11, 2018
Questions can be vague at times.