Professional Learning Academy - Graduate Courses


Online Courses through Central Methodist University

Earn up to nine graduate credits per year for $225.

For one low annual fee of $225, Missouri NEA members may take one course each term (fall, spring and summer) to complete up to three graduate courses in 12 months. Or they may take two courses in the summer and skip either the fall or spring semester. Each course is two or three graduate credit hours, so educators can earn from six to nine graduate credits. Choose from 17 self-paced, online courses for professional growth or salary advancement. MNEA partners with Central Methodist University and Virtual Education Software to offer these courses. We recommend members check with their school districts to be sure these courses will be accepted for salary schedule credit before signing up.

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Professional Learning Board TM

Teacher Continuing Education Online 

FREE Online Distance Learning PD

Distance learning can be challenging! Get the FREE online professional development course, “How to Teach Online for the Classroom Teacher” from Professional Learning Board.

BONUS: Education during coronavirus looks different, and our expectations are different as well. Send parents the Parent Guidebook, included in the free course!

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100% Online PD

Renew a Teaching Certificate by Professional Learning Board provides 100% online PD for teachers in Missouri. Teachers can choose self-study classes or self-paced semester graduate credit courses on a variety of topics, including:

MNEA Online Training Series 

The Missouri NEA Professional Development Series’ live online format allows you to ask questions and engage with others without having to spend money on travel and lodging. Presentations are ideal for individuals or groups. You can participate anywhere using a computer with an Internet connection. If your computer has a speaker and microphone, that’s all you need. If not, you can call a toll-free number for the audio. 

Log in Members Only for a current listing of the MNEA Online Learning and webinar offerings and to register for all the sessions. All sessions are free to MNEA members, unless otherwise noted. The date listed is the day the training will be live. Many of the live trainings are recorded and can be watched later anytime. The recorded trainings are listed as "On Demand Presentations."

Organizing Tip: Choose at least one session that works with your school dismissal schedule. Invite your members (or all staff if part of your organizing plan) to participate together in the online session. The more notice you can give people, the better. Even if only a few attend, publicizing the event provides your local association visibility. 

Please contact or Laurie Bernskoetter at (573) 644-9623 if you have questions, feedback, or a topic you would like to suggest. 

Live Webinar Trainings  

  • Google Tools for student engagement (4–5:30 p.m. Thurs., Aug. 6, 2020)

    Student engagement and building relationships among and with students are more important now than ever, for both online and in-person teaching. Join this session to learn how to use Google tools to build relationships and engage students.

    After you register, you will receive a confirmation email with the link to join the training. 

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On-Demand Trainings

  • Technology, Social Media, and Your Job Watch Now >>

  • Book Clubs in Action Watch Now >>
    Book clubs are a great way to engage above grade level readers in thoughtful discussions. With modeling and some basic expectations, the opportunity to share and learn from each other is valued in my classroom. The students are empowered to choose the text, the topics for the meeting, the focuses for the next meeting, and how much they will read. They will hold each other accountable for being prepared and participating. Literature and informational texts can be used to enrich reading, writing, speaking and listening standards. This can be used with a few students or with most of the class. The use of book clubs is best for teachers in grades 3 and up. Recorded presentation runs about 40 minutes, with five minutes of silence at the end so you can download resources and a link to a 12 minute video of a book club. Presenter: Amy Mailhot teaches at Lakewood Elementary, where she is a member of North Kansas City NEA. Mailhot is a former Kansas City regional teacher of the year. She has shared her book club methods with interested teachers in her district, and is excited to share what she has learned with you.

  • Rights of Education Support Professionals Watch Now >>

  • Rights of Certificated Educators Watch Now >>

  • Mandatory Reporting of Suspected Abuse or Neglect Watch Now >>

  • Limits on First Amendment Rights of Educators Watch Now >>


Members-Only On-Demand Trainings    

  • Take Control of Evaluations
    Observations in your classroom play a big role in evaluations and guide helpful feedback. The current practice of several short observations means the evaluator often lacks context. Join this session to learn pro-active steps you can take so you sleep well after an observation, whether it was planned or unexpected. You’ll get a resource that creates readiness in case you are blind-sided by criticism months after an observation. Learn tips to discuss events that occur during an observation.
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  • How to Make that Difficult Parent Phone Call
    Read the Article in the fall 2019 issue of Something Better >>
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  • Data Breaches, District Technology and Legal Updates as of March 24, 2020
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  • Faith and Public Schools
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