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September 1,2022 

The transition from summer to fall is always a dramatic one for children, parents, educators, administrators, college students, or anyone who follows or works within the academic calendar.  There are so many feelings to unpack as one begins to embark on a new school year, but the one that always resonates for me is: anticipation.  At Drake’s Continuing Education and Professional Development Department (CEPD), we are anticipating a great 2022/2023 academic year!  Why?  Because we have so many amazing partnerships with exciting, relevant, thoughtful, and timely courses.  Please see a few highlights from a few of our partners:

ED Technology Specialists Partnership
The aptly named ED Technology Specialists has a roster of exciting courses geared toward educators who need digital age skills and pedagogical strategies to be relevant in their classrooms for students to be future-ready.  Look at all twenty-nine tech-forward course offerings as there’s something for both the tech-savvy and the non-tech-savvy alike.  All ED Technology Specialists’ courses are offered online for three hours of graduate credit ($379).

PLS 3rd Learning Online Courses
In PLS Classes, participants engage in interactive instruction and discussion with personal assistance from experienced master facilitators.  Learn research-based strategies to apply to your classroom immediately.  Discover how to motivate and engage learners to improve student achievement.  Elevate your professional expertise and become a master instructor by enrolling in online classes offered through Drake University.

School Mental Health Online Courses
Many of our school mental health (SMH) online courses have been developed by Please Pass the Love.  This metro-based non-profit is committed to increasing SMH supports to improve the quality of life and educational opportunities for children, families, and educators.  These unique courses are self-paced, and students may take these courses for graduate credit and Iowa license renewal credit.  We also offer an audit option.  Registration is rolling.  Thus, register at any time throughout the year.

LETRS Course Transfers into Drake’s Reading Endorsement Program
Have you taken a LETRS graduate course with Drake through your local AEA?  If so, you could potentially transfer the graduate credit into Drake’s Reading Endorsement program.  Dr. Jill Johnson and Dr. Lindsay Woodward would be happy to chat with you to discuss the program’s details.  Open the attachment to view an informational flyer for more information, and feel free to disseminate it as appropriate.

With a sense of anticipation, we wish you the best 2022/2023 academic year with all your endeavors.  Just a reminder, Friday, September 16, will be the last day to submit summer registrations.  Please contact us with any questions or concerns, as we always look forward to supporting all our partners. 


March 10, 2022

Summer Registration is Open!

Our award-winning online courses are specific to PreK-12 teachers, counselors, administrators, and athletic coaches. All offerings are interactive and include practical information. Click on any of the below course titles for additional information, including offering dates.

Additional Courses and Programs of Interest
Click on the below text links for more information about our other courses and programs.

ED Technology Specialists
Never before in history has technology played such an essential role in education. When students are acquiring and mastering the skills that they will need to become productive members of society, the classrooms and learning communities in which they engage are becoming more and more infused with technology. These online graduate courses will support teachers in their quest to investigate new edtech tools and employ best practices in an ever-increasing digital world. 

It’s Not Too Late to Enroll for a Spring Course Through PLS Classes
There’s still time to enroll in a Spring course through PLS Classes and earn graduate credit through Drake. PLS offers a variety of remote, online, and self-paced courses throughout the semester. Each course is fully facilitated and designed to meet your continuing education needs. 

Online School Mental Health Courses Developed by Please Pass the Love
Many of our school mental health (SMH) online courses were developed by PLEASE PASS THE LOVE. PLEASE PASS THE LOVE is committed to increasing SMH supports to improve the quality of life and educational opportunities for children, families, and educators. These unique courses are self-paced, and students may take these courses for graduate credit and Iowa License Renewal Credit. We also offer an audit option. Registration is rolling. Thus, register at any time throughout the year. 

Does your school have an effective strategy for character education and social-emotional learning (SEL)?
We invite you to learn more about CHARACTER COUNTS! (CC!), housed at Drake University. CC! has been positively impacting schools and youth-serving organizations through the Six Pillars of Character for over 30 years. We offer a variety of outstanding professional development workshops to bring character education to life in your school. To learn more about CC! professional development offerings click here. Contact Jason Lamping at with questions. 

Visit our website for more information regarding all of our offerings: