Online Courses

Education Outreach and Partnerships offers a variety of course based learning opportunities with engaging topics and relevant curriculum. All of our courses are online and are ready to begin whenever you are.

Instructional Coaching Certificates


Through this four-course series, participants will be introduced to the student-centered coaching model and enhance their expertise in grounding coaching work in student evidence. Coursework is embedded in participant contexts, emphasizing the application and analysis of coaching structure and practice in order to empower participants to connect this work directly to their sites. Multiple certificate options are available. Learn More 

K-8 Mathematics Certificate 


This 3-course certificate gives educators the opportunity to deepen their own mathematical knowledge in a setting that models student-centered pedagogy. The K-8 structure of these courses encourages cross-grade-level discussion around content and pedagogy. Activities and assignments will frequently be differentiated in order to accommodate the wide variety of math experience of participants.

Young Children’s Mathematics: Book Study & Action Research


In this hybrid online/in-person course we will be reading the book Young Children’s Mathematics and investigating how the ideas and content apply to our own teaching spaces. The course is divided into two parts:

  • Book Study Component (September – December) –  Monthly meetings and online discussion around the Young Children’s Mathematics book, associated videos, and associated research. This component can be taken as stand alone PD.
  • Action Research Component (January – May) – investigate an aspect of your teaching practice, related to the concepts and content examined within the book study.

Wisconsin Teacher Studio

The Wisconsin Teacher Studio ​is a yearlong action research course for educators implementing, making, makerspaces, and STEAM (science-technology-engineering-arts-math) learning. This course is educator-led professional development in which participants examine their own practice and experience with respect to concepts related to making, personalized and project-based learning. This course is being run simultaneously in two different locations.

Evidence-Based Interventions for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

This fully online course will provide an overview of evidence-based academic and behavioral interventions for students with autism spectrum disorders. Emphasis will be placed on intervention implementation as well as analysis and interpretation of intervention effects on core autism symptoms (i.e., communication, social skills, and behavior). Some additional topics that will be covered include the use of naturalistic versus contrived teaching arrangements and the inclusion of students with ASD in the general education setting.

Understanding the edTPA: Documenting Your Reflective Practice

edTPA™ is an assessment process that requires teacher candidates to demonstrate they have the skills to help all students learn. edTPA was developed by Stanford University’s faculty and staff with input from teachers and teacher educators from across the nation to support candidate learning and preparation program growth and renewal. edTPA is a measure of readiness to teach that informs program completion and licensure decisions.  By completing these self-paced modules teacher candidates will receive guidance to assemble the appropriate edTPA artifacts that will demonstrate the knowledge and skills they’ve obtained.

Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test Review

Welcome to this online review for the Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test! In this online review course, you will familiarize yourself with the objectives and content of the Foundations of Reading Test (or FORT) through a series of modules, each of which represents a different subarea of the test. Each module will contain readings and activities designed to help you, in conjunction with your methods courses, to become comfortable with the material that will be tested on the FORT.

Environmental Conservation

An introductory course in environmental science. You will explore the interactions between the natural world (biosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and lithosphere) and cultural world (demographics, economics, politics, and technology). You will examine air and water pollution, global climate change, energy alternatives and energy efficiency, solid and hazardous waste, loss of biodiversity, human health, food resources, effects of urbanization, and the management of public lands. Strong emphasis is placed on evaluating potential solutions to identified environmental problems. This is collaborative course with Independent Learning which is part of the University of Wisconsin-Extension.

The Exceptional Individual

Special needs in today’s schools. Learn how to work with children with special needs who require specialized techniques and curricula. After an overview of special education, you will explore topics such as legislation, cultural diversity, collaboration, transition, standards, learning disabilities, emotional or behavioral disorders, AD/HD, giftedness, mental retardation, autism, traumatic brain injury, physical disabilities, communication disorders, and visual impairments and hearing loss. This is collaborative course with Independent Learning which is part of the University of Wisconsin-Extension.

Independent Reading in Wisconsin Native American History

An introduction to the general field of Native American history with a special focus on Wisconsin and the Great Lakes region. You will read 3 (or 6 or 9) books, including the textbook, and prepare 3 (or 6 or 9) critical book reviews depending on the credit option chosen. This is collaborative course with Independent Learning which is part of the University of Wisconsin-Extension.

Human Relations In Education

Human differences and interactions, with special attention to diverse cultural, ethnic, and other minority group identifications. You will examine myths and misconceptions that foster prejudicial attitudes, and the effect of prejudice on expectations for people perceived as different. You will study how membership in various social groups affects identity and opportunity, and about cultural pluralism and the role of education and other institutions in promoting it. This is collaborative course with Independent Learning which is part of the University of Wisconsin-Extension.