Education: Professional Development Courses for Teachers { College of Extended Learning }

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Education: Professional Development Courses for Teachers
(Online Courses)

Earn Upper Division Academic Credit

SF State Extended Learning is excited to offer a series of courses designed to help teachers master the challenges of today's classrooms. The topics covered fall into three main categories: Classroom Management, Special Needs Students, and Violence & Harassment in Schools.

The courses are set up much like books with chapters and exams, with an exam after each chapter that will be taken on your computer. Some courses are available via mobile devices as well.
All courses offer upper division education (academic) credit that may be applied toward advancement on your salary scale. For questions concerning credential requirements, please check with your state licensing agency or school district.


Classroom Management (12 Units)

  • Behavior is Language: Strategies for Managing Disruptive Behavior (3 units - $540)
  • Advanced Classroom Management in Schools: Children as Change Agents (2 units - $365)
  • Understanding Aggression in Schools (3 units - $540)
  • Talented & Gifted: Working with High Achievers (2 units - $365)
  • Harassment, Bullying & Cyber-Intimidation in Schools (2 units - $365)

Special Needs Students (12 Units)

  • Learning Disabilities in Schools (3 units - $540)
  • Attention Deficit Disorder in Schools (2 units - $365)
  • Autism & Asperger's Disorders in Schools (2 units - $365)
  • Inclusion: Special Needs in General Classrooms (2 units - $365)
  • Understanding Aggression in Schools (3 units - $540)

Violence & Harassment in Schools (12 Units)

  • Violence in Schools: Identification, Prevention & Intervention (2 units - $365)
  • Traumatized Child: The Effects of Stress, Trauma & Violence on Student Learning (2 units - $365)
  • Child Abuse: Working with Abused & Neglected Children (2 units - $365)
  • Drug & Alcohol in Schools: Understanding Substance Use & Abuse (2 units - $365)
  • Teaching Diversity in The Classroom (2 units - $365)
  • Harassment, Bullying & Cyber-Intimidation in Schools (2 units - $365)


The courses can take as little as two weeks to complete or as long as one year. However, students are strongly encouraged to complete the courses within one semester. To achieve credit, students have one year from date of enrollment to complete the courses. If courses are not completed within the semester, students receive an Incomplete (I). In order to change this grade you must file a Petition for Grade Change (PDF). The completed petition with original signature should be dropped off in person or mailed to:

Jenifer Graff
SF State Downtown Campus
835 Market Street, 6th Floor
San Francisco, California 94103

For more information about these courses, please contact Jenifer Graff at

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