Introduction to Project Based Learning Experiences

Create a rigorous, high quality, and engaging project-based learning unit.

Course Description

Looking for ways to engage your students? Project Based Learning (PBL) is a popular instructional model that connects academic skills with real world learning.  Additionally, it teaches life skills such as collaboration, communicating effectively, and critical thinking. In this course you will study high quality PBL models and create an engaging, rigorous Project Based Learning unit to use in your own classroom.

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Approximately 45 hours

Up to 6 months to complete coursework

Estimated Tuition


Ways to Learn



3 PDUs

Graduate Level Professional Development Credits

Key Features

Online and self-paced   |   Dedicated mentor    |    Interactive assignments

Real-world case studies   |   Authentic assessments    |    Earn graduate level professional development credits

Upon successful mastery of this course, you will be able to

  • Define the term “project based learning”  
  • Identify the elements of a high quality project based learning experience  
  • Connect academic standards to real world context
  • Create an open ended, complex essential question to guide the project
  • Create authentic formative and summative assessments to evaluate learning
  • Plan an exhibition of student work

Course Topics

  • PBL Explained
  • Elements of a Well Crafted PBL Experience
  • High vs. Low Quality Projects
  • Zoom In on a Model Project
  • Start with the Standards
  • Putting the Learning in Context
  • Essential vs. Driving Questions
  • Craft your Essential or Driving Question
  • Matching Learning Goals to Deliverables
  • Assess the Deliverables
  • Assess and Celebrate Learning
  • Plan and Exhibit

Who Should Enroll?

  • PreK-12 teachers
  • Teacher candidates
  • School administrators
  • Para-educators    

Earn your credit in 3 simple steps

Step 1
Register online.

Step 2
Complete the course.

Step 3
Receive credits and obtain an official transcript.



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What are Graduate-level Professional Development Credits?

Graduate-level professional development credits are not part of a degree program but instead are primarily used for professional advancement such as salary increment steps and recertification. Students should seek approval from appropriate district officials before enrolling in these courses.

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