Overview

Inspire Learning

Canter has been inspiring learning in teachers and their students since 1976. A pioneer in the field of online professional development for teachers, we continue to help teachers refresh their instruction and transform their classrooms. Thousands of teachers every year trust us to provide high-quality graduate courses that fit into the busiest of schedules. Our graduate courses can help:

Deepen your knowledge through reading critically acclaimed books on education issues and earn graduate credit with Read4Credit® courses.
Enhance your skills and increase your motivation through a research-based yet
practical curriculum
Expand your perspectives through exposure to the latest thinking by nationally recognized educational experts
Increase your opportunities through graduate credit from a respected, accredited
partner university
Advance your career with coursework that may meet requirements for license and certificate renewal as well as for salary increases


Advanced Instructional Strategies for Special Educators

Canter’s first course developed for current or prospective special education teachers explores advanced research-based approaches to designing, adapting, and delivering instruction for students with special needs. Using the research-based “acquisition to generalization” framework, you’ll learn to help students acquire new learning strategies that they can apply to other curriculum areas....
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Assertive Discipline® and Beyond (Grades K–12)

Discover how you can create a safe, positive learning environment where your students behave responsibly and feel good about themselves. Through this graduate-level course, you’ll learn behanior management strategies to help you become an assertive, empowered, and influential teacher. Explore how to create a learning environment where your students flourish and where you can feel a sense of ac...
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Assessment to Enhance Teaching and Learning

Do you know what your students do not understand but struggle with determining why they do not understand? Effective assessment both incorporates standardized testing and goes beyond it, measuring not just what students are learning, but how they are learning. This course uses an Understanding by Design® (UbD) framework, which emphasizes your role as the key designer in your students’ learnin...
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Building Your Repertoire of Teaching Strategies

In today’s diverse classrooms, your ability to reach all your students requires a full repertoire of teaching strategies. This graduate-level course features several dynamic strategies that build on your existing teaching skills, and gives you insights on when and how to use them. Explore four innovative models of effective instruction that range from traditional knowledge acquisition to foste...
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Classroom Management to Promote Student Learning

In today’s diverse classrooms, where students come with a range of learning needs as well as social and emotional needs, there is no single formula or model for effective classroom management. This graduate-level course explores several approaches to creating a supportive and respectful learning environment. Build a repertoire of research-based strategies that work best for you, and reclaim cl...
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Designing Curriculum and Instruction with the Learner in Mind

How do you meet the diverse needs of learners while ensuring that all your students achieve at high levels? Through this graduate-level course, you’ll explore how curriculum, instruction, and assessment can work together to challenge your students while making learning a rewarding and meaningful experience. You’ll have current research findings translated into a practical and flexible proces...
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Differentiating Instruction for Student Success

All students are not alike, and the “one-size-fits-all” approach to curriculum and instruction is no longer relevant in today’s diverse classrooms. So how do you maximize learning for every student in your class? This graduate-level course examines the practice of differentiated instruction and what differentiation is and what it is not. You will learn what, when, and how to differentiate ...
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Differentiation in the Mathematics Classroom (6-12)

Within one math class, you’ll find middle school or high school students with a wide range of skills, learning styles, and attitudes toward math. How do you bring students of diverse abilities and needs to an equal level of competence, especially given the cumulative nature of mathematics proficiency? In this graduate course, you’ll learn how to apply grade-appropriate, differentiated instru...
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Helping Struggling Readers With Content-Area Learning

In today’s classroom, many students struggle to meet subject standards due to reading difficulties. This graduate-level course focuses on what you need to know about helping struggling readers, including how to identify and meet their needs. Discover what support resources are available to you as a content area teacher, such as parents and reading professionals. Learn research-based strategies...
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Helping Students Become Self-Directed Learners®

As your classroom changes, so does your role as a teacher. You may find yourself acting more as a coach and facilitator as your students become more active in their own learning. In this graduate-level course, you will explore how to foster and encourage self-directedness in your students and create a learning environment that encourages collaboration and creativity. Learn how you can help your ...
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How to Get Parents on Your Side®

Discover how to improve your students’ achievement by recruiting their parents to support your efforts in the classroom. With this graduate-level course, you will learn how to encourage parents to take an active role in their children's education by creating clear guidelines for collaboration. Begin by assessing your parental involvement needs and then explore ways to develop more effective re...
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Improving Reading in the Content Areas

Literacy development does not end in the elementary grades. As middle and secondary textbooks become more specialized, and the vocabulary and concepts contained in them become more abstract, students need more sophisticated reading comprehension strategies. With this graduate-level course, you will gain practical strategies that can be used across grade levels and subject areas to build your stu...
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Including Students with Special Needs: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment

As more students with special needs are integrated into general education classrooms, many teachers are challenged by the goal of addressing the needs of all their students. This graduate-level course will help you gain the skills to support an inclusive classroom environment and to provide a high-quality learning experience, so that students with special needs can succeed alongside their grade-...
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Introduction to Teacher Leadership

Discover how you can assume a leadership role without leaving your students and classroom behind. In this graduate-level course, you will learn how to translate your expertise in teaching and learning to effect positive change for your students, your colleagues, and your profession. Learn to identify and overcome common roadblocks in taking leadership roles, and examine and strengthen your own l...
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Learning Differences: Effective Teaching with Learning Styles and Multiple Intelligences®

Each of your students brings something unique to the classroom, including distinct learning styles and preferences. Understanding the individual differences of your students, and using that understanding as you design instruction, can help you become more effective in the classroom. This graduate-level course addresses these aspects of student diversity, and offers practical strategies that allo...
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Math: Teaching for Understanding (Grades K–6)

With this course, you will learn how to deliver high-quality, engaging mathematics instruction while developing your own understanding of foundational mathematics concepts. You will examine methodology to assist students in absorbing new ideas, calculating efficiently and accurately, as well as formulating alternative solutions. Also addressed are the five primary content areas of elementary mat...
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Meeting the Needs of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners

Today’s classrooms serve students and families of great diversity. In order to effectively meet the needs of all your students, it is essential that you, as a teacher, increase your awareness of the complex influences of culture, language, and life experiences. This graduate-level course will help you explore your own views on linguistic and cultural diversity, and discover a variety of resour...
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Motivating Students to Read®

Create a community of engaged readers in your classroom with concepts and strategies provided in this graduate-level course dedicated to instilling a love of reading in students. Begin by exploring what factors affect reading motivation, and then examine how students’ success or failure at a task can impact their motivation to read. Review current educational practices to evaluate how these in...
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Motivating Today’s Learner™

Are your students lacking the energy, enthusiasm, and motivation to learn? Student motivation can be a major hurdle to classroom learning, and motivating students, particularly when competing with the latest advances in technology, has become one of the greatest challenges facing teachers today. And when your students aren’t motivated, it is more difficult for you to remain motivated. This ...
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Returning Creativity to the Classroom®

Imagine your excitement in having a repertoire of proven strategies that will spark creative teaching in you and creative thinking in your students. This graduate-level course focuses on the important role creativity plays in student learning and achievement, and explores the process and strategies that lead to a classroom where creative teaching and learning thrive. Learn the current research o...
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Succeeding With Difficult Students®

Do you find yourself in a constant struggle with the same students day after day? This graduate-level course offers a framework for succeeding with difficult students. You will learn to see the world from the difficult student’s perspective so that you may begin to build trust and ultimately the foundation for a positive relationship. Discover how to develop behavior management techniques that...
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Supporting Students with Learning Disabilities: Strategies for Success

If you are a general education teacher who has or may have a student with learning disabilities in your classroom, this graduate-level course is for you. You’ll begin the course by learning the types and characteristics of learning disabilities and the challenges that students with learning disabilities may experience in school. Then you will explore research-based instructional methods and st...
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Supporting the Struggling Reader®

With today’s higher literacy standards, struggling readers are becoming increasingly more common. Current research indicates that pulling struggling readers out of the classroom for additional support has not been successful in accelerating literacy development, and, in fact, the classroom teacher remains a key factor for student success. With this graduate-level course, you will learn several...
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Teacher Leadership for Learning and Teaching

Successful teaching begins with a deeper understanding of learning. This graduate-level course will help you become a more informed and effective leader of student learning as you examine current research, including brain-based learning theory, and learn to tailor your instructional approaches. Discover new and innovative ways to motivate, challenge, and engage each learner as you explore instru...
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Teacher Leadership in Professional Learning Communities

Extend your scope of influence from working with peers to engaging stakeholders throughout the greater school community. In this graduate-level course, you will have the opportunity to learn the processes, benefits, and challenges of building and working in professional learning communities. Identify issues and address problems that affect student learning and achievement, and expand your positi...
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Teacher Leadership: Mentoring, Coaching, and Collaboration

Put your strengths to work to foster a strong, collaborative learning community in your school. This graduate-level course will give you the skills and strategies for providing meaningful support and guidance to your fellow teachers, using a variety of coaching styles and mentoring techniques. You will have the opportunity to develop, implement, and analyze your own coaching plan—laying the fo...
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Teaching Beginning Readers Pre-K–3

Give your readers the best start to their academic careers by providing a solid foundation in reading and literacy. Through this graduate-level course, you will take a developmental, student-centered approach to reading and literacy instruction. Using the five pillars of reading as an organizational framework, particularly phonemic awareness and phonics, you will explore the characteristics of ...
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Teaching Developing Readers

Explore characteristics of intermediate and advanced readers, taking a developmental, student-centered approach to reading and literacy instruction for the elementary grades. You will learn how to plan and implement developmentally appropriate assessments, materials, and strategies for their instruction. Learn how to make reading a collaborative and less isolated experience for your students,...
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Teaching Students to Get Along®

Many students today lack the skills for resolving everyday conflicts in a positive manner. As a result, your classroom can erupt in teasing, arguing, and bullying. With this graduate-level course, you can learn how to create a positive learning environment where students get along, leaving you free to teach. Gain a variety of proven strategies that can be integrated into your existing lessons an...
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Technology and 21st Century Literacy Skills

Do your students have the “new literacy” skills they need for today’s information-rich world? This course gives you the opportunity to explore how multimedia and the Internet can support inquiry-based learning, as well as foster collaborative problem solving, communication, and critical thinking in your students. Acquire the strategies to strengthen your students’ learning through techno...
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The Adolescent Brain™

Adolescence can be a perplexing time not just for teens but for their teachers as well. This graduate-level course, developed by experts in the emerging field of neuroeducation, examines the mysteries of the adolescent brain and shows you how teens learn best. Develop a practical understanding of the brain’s anatomy and the extraordinary changes it undergoes during the adolescent years. Pair t...
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The Effective Reading Teacher®

Learn how you can become a more effective reading teacher with this foundational course that guides you through the various stages of literacy development. You’ll begin by exploring the historical perspectives in literacy education and the social, economic, and political forces that impact today’s classroom. Then you’ll learn the core concepts that support literacy instruction such as lang...
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The High-Performing Teacher®

This graduate-level course was developed in the belief that teaching is one of the most valuable and meaningful professions an individual can choose. After all, it is a profession that literally shapes the future for all of us. If you are seeking ways to refresh and revitalize your commitment to teaching, this course offers proven strategies used by other successful teachers consistently to brin...
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Using Data to Guide School Improvement™

Designed for principals and school leaders, this course presents a step-by-step process for identifying, collecting, synthesizing, and applying the data essential to school improvement and informed decision making. Using a hands-on approach, you’ll learn how to ask the “right” questions to identify your school’s needs, and collect and analyze data to address those needs. The course cover...
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Using Technology to Engage Diverse Learners

Teachers of all technical abilities will benefit from this graduate-level course that features practical strategies for empowering and engaging diverse learners through technology. First discover how technology can help differentiate your instruction to support a wide range of learners, including gifted students and students with disabilities. Then explore a variety of technologies, such as blog...
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Using Technology to Enhance Content-Area Learning

Learn how to integrate technology in more meaningful and appropriate ways in the classroom in order to increase your students’ engagement and deepen their understanding of your content area concepts and skills. This graduate-level course begins by evaluating your own proficiency with technology based on the National Education Technology Standards for Teachers. Then you’ll discover how to des...
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Writing Strategies for Increasing Achievement in Any Content Area (6-12)

Whether you teach composition or chemistry, you can improve your students’ writing skills and, in the process, their comprehension of any subject. This course provides a systematic, step-by-step approach to teaching writing that is shown to help boost student proficiency. Using the Structured Process Approach, teachers in any area can learn how to help students break down the writing process i...
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