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Welcome to The Office of Professional Development

Our department offers flexibly scheduled face-to-face and online courses covering a broad range of topics for those who want to attain or maintain certification or licensure in a particular field, learn new job skills or simply want personal enrichment.

Coursework for Educators

Founded nearly 100 years ago, Notre Dame College has a long tradition of teacher education. The Sisters of Notre Dame were among the first in the U.S. to emphasize teaching licensure and leadership and to specialize in education of students experiencing poverty, diverse populations and those with learning differences.

We continually review and update our teacher education programs with new courses to strive to offer professional development that informs teachers about emerging technologies, pedagogies and interpersonal relationships that are so important to have when working with diverse students, families and administrators.

The Office of Professional Development courses are for those interested in a Reading Endorsement, 4th/5th Grade Endorsement and Principal Licensure. They are not for other license programs.

Notre Dame also offers individual courses ranging from using Google technology in classrooms to teaching special needs students and from decision-making based on measurement to conducting conversations on race in schools.

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Endorsements & Certificates

Reading Endorsement

The Notre Dame College Reading Endorsement prepares teachers to support the reading needs of all students in grades PK-12, whether they are struggling or gifted readers. Click here for details on this program.



Autism Certificate

The Notre Dame Division of Professional Education is offering an online Autism Certificate through the Office of Professional Development. The sequence of classes will begin October 25, 2021 (Online Term D2).This certificate in advanced training is for working professionals in education, social work, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech/language pathology, music therapy or any other “touchpoint” profession with students (ages 3-21) with autism spectrum disorders. Candidates must complete five courses (each course is 3 graduate credits). Once all are completed, candidates will be eligible to sit for the IBCCES examination for Certified Autism Specialist (CAS).



Teacher Leader Endorsement

Notre Dame College’s Teacher Leader Endorsement is tailored to meet the needs of the working professional educator. It is designed for the teaching professional that desires a larger leadership role in improving the delivery of instruction. This endorsement will also help to qualify educators for the Lead Professional Educators License, the highest qualification of Ohio’s 4-tiered licensure structure. This program is in collaboration with our partner, Instructional Delivery Services. Classes are currently offered online.

Contact Sandy Weaver with Instructional Delivery Services at 216-406-5556. Each class is currently available on the Notre Dame College campus and the cost is $465 per class.

4th/5th Grade Endorsement Program

The 4/5 Endorsement is now accepting new students. This program is for educators interested in expanding their education and resume by adding the 4th/5th grade level endorsement.

If you would like to be considered, please contact Kris Jensen at 216-373-5219 or at



Principal Licensure Program

Educators interested in a career as a school principal or administrator can obtain the necessary coursework by enrolling in this 8-course (24 credit), online endorsement program. Educators must have a Master’s degree and current teaching license as well as other requirements to begin the program.




NEW! Experiential Learning: Professional Development for Educators

UltraMission Experiential Learning Coursework

Lynn Nagy, Ph.D., UltraMissions

Lynne Nagy, Ph.D., UltraMissions

Educators and workforce experts agree that our children need improved 21st Century skills. Necessary to be adequately prepared for college and work, these skills focus on four critical areas of development: collaboration and teamwork, creativity and imagination, critical thinking and problem solving. In a team-based environment, students acquire strategies and skills for problem solving and are challenged to rethink assumptions about themselves and their world.

Based on the tenets of Outward Bound, the goal of UltraMissions coursework is to increase educator effectiveness through the promotion of leadership development and group problem solving, the growth of learning communities and the application of holistic learning models for the enhancement of outcomes for all students.

If you are interested in these courses, click on our REGISTER tab and the UltraMissions catalog to register.



BU090 Excel Booster Workshop

This Excel workshop will advance from basic concepts (quickly), and skills you are likely to apply in other courses (more thoroughly), and shortcuts for presentation. These will be pragmatic sessions, including ways to handle tables, formula/functions, charts, pivot tables and more. Resources for beyond the six-week workshop will be identified.




Foundations of Reading Test Review

ED190-Navigating the Foundations of Reading (190) Test Review Course For ECE, MCE, and MMIS Candidate Info

Outstanding opportunity for teachers and preservice teachers who are seeking initial licensure in Early Childhood Education, Middle Childhood Education or Mild Moderate Intervention Specialist available. course title – ED090 Navigating the Foundations of Reading (090) Test: A review for ECE, MCE and MMIS Candidates for Success on the Exam.



Technology courses

Notre Dame College offers additional coursework in various areas of technology as it is constantly changing in today’s classrooms.


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Real Estate Course Offerings

Notre Dame College  has an agreement with to promote online renewal courses for real estate licensees. Notre Dame College is not the developer of these courses and is simply providing a referral service. 

Any questions regarding course content or course technology, and/or to complete the registration process, should be directed to .



Educational Partnerships

Instructional Delivery Services (IDS) Courses

Notre Dame College is partnered with Instructional Delivery Services (IDS). Online-only courses will be available in technology, differentiation, trauma, classroom management and much more.


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Notre Dame College, in collaboration with Lakewood City Schools, offers a variety of courses only for this school district showcasing educators from Lakewood City Schools. If your school would like to offer courses click below for more information on our Teachers Teaching Teachers program.



Teacher Education Institute (TEI)

Notre Dame College is partnered with Teacher Education Institute (TEI) to offer online professional development courses. To view what is offered through TEI, click here.

In addition to IDS, Notre Dame will also be offering online classes through the Teacher Education Institute (TEI). At the Course Catalog page, click on the Technology catalog to register. In addition to the Notre Dame online courses there are other online opportunities through Teacher Education Institute (TEI). See their link below for a list of courses.

Please note that you do not register for IDS or TEI courses through Notre Dame College but directly with them! Click here for more information. Also, do not use Internet Explorer while trying to view or register for classes as you will not be able to do view pages.

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Social Justice in the Classroom Setting (SJC)

This course is designed to provide educators with the foundational knowledge they need to begin using anti-bias education as a means to create socially inclusive environments within their school communities. This course is designed to help teachers navigate areas of social comprehension that are critical to the growth of their students and school communities. Participants will learn to design curriculum, using the Teaching Tolerance Social Justice Standards,  that build and deepen their student’s social awareness and compassion. Participants will have the opportunity to integrate the Social Justice Standards into existing material or use them to create new and innovative educational experiences.

This course will focus on building a learning environment that embodies the goals necessary for teaching social tolerance. Participants will learn to create a classroom that is free of prejudice and teaches children to celebrate the diversity of those around them. Participants will learn to design opportunities for their students to recognize and appreciate both their own identities and the identities of their peers. Participants will learn valuable strategies for exposing their students to the need for social justice and the deep impact their actions can have on the world around them.

Throughout the course participants will spend time reflecting on their own views of bias, stereotypes, discrimination and inclusion. Self reflection is a crucial step in our ability to realize the need for anti-bias education and it will inspire participants to take innovative steps toward doing so. Participants will also analyze the actions and steps they and their school communities are taking to create inclusive and respectful learning environments. Participants will leave the course having learned to use the goals of Teaching Tolerance to build upon those actions to solidify a socially responsive culture within their school communities. This graduate level course is 3 credits, 60-hour online and 45-hour face to face equivalent.

Teaching Social and Emotional Learning (TSEL)

This course provides busy educators with practical, easy-to use strategies to help students develop the social and emotional skills that will allow them to engage positively with one another, with their teachers and with their learning. Research shows that SEL not only improves achievement by an average of 11 percentile points, but it also increases prosocial behaviors (such as kindness, sharing, and empathy), improves student attitudes toward school, and reduces depression and stress among students (Durlak et al., 2011). This course is designed to directly deal with the practical way of including SEL into the curriculum. A student who has excellent academic skills but poor social skills or problem solving skills is at risk of not being successful. 

This course will focus on creating a classroom of exceptional learners who are committed to the learning process when dealing with diverse learners, including those with special needs. Participants will explore SEL as curriculum, empowerment and equity and develop an SEL framework. The goal is to take SEL out of the “hidden curriculum” and intentionally and with purpose include it as curriculum.

The goal of this course is to give educators the skills to help students develop essential skills for the classroom and beyond. It will include strategies for:

  • Building students’ sense of identity and confidence in their ability to learn, overcome challenges, and influence the world around them.
  • Helping students identify, describe, and regulate their emotional responses.     
  • Promoting the cognitive regulation skills critical to decision making and problem solving.
  • Fostering students’ social skills, including teamwork and sharing, and their ability to establish and repair relationships.
  • Equipping students to become informed and involved citizens.                                                 

Along with a toolbox of strategies for addressing 33 essential competencies, participants will look at real-life examples highlighting the many opportunities for social and emotional learning within the K–12 academic curriculum. Children’s social and emotional development is too important to be an add-on or an afterthought, too important to be left to chance. This course will help teachers understand how they can help their students build essential skills that will serve them in the classroom and throughout their lives. This graduate level course is 3 credits, 60-hour online and 45-hour face to face equivalent.

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