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Professional Development

The Office for Professional Development offers certificate and credential programs as well as customized professional development for teachers, leaders and administrators in K-12, offices of education and school districts.

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School Business Management

The School Business Management Program: Thinking Like a CBO takes you through an 11-month experience that engages participants through a scenario-based learning model that is continuously updated based on the ever-changing landscape in K-12 education.

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Project CHANGE

This six-week online course led by Sandra Kaplan and a team of faculty members introduces the concept of pedagogical tools and practices to create play-based and academic experiences that promote the identification and differentiation of curriculum responsive to the diversity and potential of young advanced and gifted students.

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AASA-USC Urban Superintendents Academy

The USC Rossier School of Education is pleased to provide this innovative program designed to develop the leaders for our nation’s most complex school districts: the urban district.

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Summer Gifted Institute

Summer Gifted Institute

The Summer Gifted Institute is an annual event led by Dr. Sandra Kaplan and a team of faculty members experienced in gifted education, instruction, and curriculum design. This institute is for and provides current K-12 teachers with newly designed differentiated curriculum units responsive to identifying students of diversity and challenging advanced and gifted learners. Note: Does not offer a certificate.

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School Leadership Academy

Successful completion in the School Leadership Academy qualifies participants to receive the Preliminary Administrative Credential issued by the California Commission for Teacher Credentialing (CCTC). This fully online program is led by seasoned school administrators who will guide you throughout the 15-month program in real time and support you in your flex-time work as well.

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Equity Educators

The Equity Educators Certificate program is a suite of four courses that was created and designed to help you develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions essential to successfully meeting the Common Core State Standards while creating equitable achievement opportunities for all students.

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Innovative District Leadership

The USC Rossier School of Education, in partnership with Digital Advisors, presents the Innovative District Leadership Academy, a course in equity, leadership, innovation, and technology for district teams. Over the 11-month program, each team will research, analyze, create, and propose an innovative solution to a real need in their district.

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Reading and Literacy Added Authorization

The USC Reading and Literacy Added Authorization program designed to equip you with the skills and competencies to prepare you as a literacy expert. You will learn to identify readers’ needs using diagnostic assessments and will design comprehensive instructional plans to re-mediate your literacy instruction.

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Leadership in Enrollment Management

The Leadership in Enrollment Management certificate is designed for emerging and seasoned professionals in admissions, financial aid, institutional research, enrollment management and related fields. Individuals or campus teams who want to gain a leadership and managerial perspective are particularly well-suited for the program.

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Global Teacher

The Global Teacher Institutes are designed for emerging and seasoned teaching and administrative professionals in all educational settings and related fields. Each institute is customized to meet the specific needs of our clients from around the globe.

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Certificate Program

USC Rossier’s DEI certificate program provides participants with the knowledge and skills to advance diversity, equity & inclusion. Participants go on to disrupt systems that hinder well-being, positive engagement, and achievement in their school environments.

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Kate  O'Connor

Kate O'Connor

  • Assistant Dean for Professional Development