Graduate & Continuing Education
DCIU's Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Professional Learning (CIPL) offers a range of engaging and effective continuing education opportunities for educators to expand their skills. Workshops, series, and courses for continuing professional education and graduate credit and job-alike groups are offered on-site, off-site, and online.
CIPL offers events, classes, and meetings that may be eligible for Act 48, PIL (Act 45), graduate credit, or paraprofessional hours.
Continuing education courses can be used:
- to fulfill Act 48 requirements;
- toward an educator's Level II certification; and
- for master's equivalency.
Educators are invited to enroll in any of our online continuing professional education courses. Courses address current educational issues, best practices, and content that assists teachers in knowledge and application of skills. The online, self-paced format of these CPE courses allows for participants' busy schedules; complete coursework anywhere at anytime.
CIPL also offers a range of workshops for educators to fulfill PDE mandated training requirements, including Act 44, Act 71, Act 126, bullying prevention, and CPE.
DCIU Online CPE students have the option of adding graduate credit to their courses through Immaculata University.
DCIU's ESL Program Specialist program is a post-baccalaureate certificate program for individuals that hold an Instructional I or II certification. The goal of the ESL Specialist Certificate program is to develop candidates that will be able to demonstrate the five ESL competencies outlined in PDE's key domains consisting of Language Culture, Observing, Planning, Implementing and Managing Instruction, Assessment, and Professionalism.
CIPL conducts regular workshops to help paraprofessionals expand their knowledge and skills, as well as meet their required training hours. Pennsylvania special education regulations require that paraprofessionals receive 20 hours of training every year directly related to their job responsibilities.