11 Free Online Courses For Teachers (PD Opportunity)

Summertime is a great time for teachers to recharge their batteries a bit. After spending the entire school year encouraging students to learn, some rest is definitely in order. Beyond the quiet of spending time away from a boatload of students, it is a great time for teachers to fit in some professional development. Spending time away from the classroom (as the teacher) often allows you to immerse yourself in your own learning a bit more than if you had 100 different classroom tasks waiting for you on your to-do list.

We’ve compiled a short list of some great MOOCs for teachers that can help you kickstart your own learning this summer (even if you’re pretty sure that your students are off at the beach/camp/sitting in front of the television or playing video games 24/7). These are all geared specifically towards educators and issues in education, and while some are specific, most can be applicable to teachers for a wide array of age groups and subjects.

If you’ve taken a MOOC for educators that you think is great but isn’t on this list, please let us know! Tell us all about it by leaving a comment below, mentioning @Edudemic on Twitter or leaving your thoughts on our Facebook page.

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Foundations of Teaching and Learning For Student Assessment

We all have to assess our students, right?

Positive Behavior Support For Young Children

Most applicable to primary teachers (or those with small kids at home!)

The Entrepreneurial Educator: Designing for the 21st Century

Need to make sure your classroom ticks all the ’21st Century’ boxes? Check this course out.

Technology and Ethics

Because you don’t want to be unintentionally unethical, right?

ICT in primary education

Or, tech for your elementary classroom.

Evolution, A Course For Educators

Evolution can be a tough subject for educators in all subject matter. Here’s a course specifically designed to teach educators how to address it.

Emerging Trends for The Virtual K-12 Classroom

K-12 virtual instruction? Yes please!

Technology in a Foreign Language Class

A must for all the foreign language teachers out there!

Tinkering Fundamentals: A Constructionist Approach To STEM Learning

Here’s the thought process: tinkering = discovery.  Check out this course to see how they put it into action in STEM courses.

5 Habits of Highly Creative Teachers

Everyone wants to be creative, right?

Foundations of Virtual Instruction

Will you be teaching anything online this year? If so, this course offers some great insight.



  1. Penny Christensen

    June 21, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    Thank you, what a great list! I do have three which I would add to the list – all of which I completed and find super useful:
    #k12blendedlearning #ksuitecMOOC – second instance may start in January by KSU, through Coursera, 2-5 weeks – PLUs for Georgia educators.
    #eTeacherTOOL – self-paced, but I took it over months -openteachertraining.org/ – all about online teaching.
    #BlendKit2014 – 6 weeks long – more Blended Learning from UCF and EDUCAUSE through CanvasNetwork.

  2. Altaf Gilani

    June 23, 2014 at 8:04 am

    It has almost covered every aspect of the education courses.Thanks for sharing!!

  3. MrsB

    June 23, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    “5 Habits of Highly Creative Teachers” began in May and registration is closed. I’m not sure why you are including it in a June 21 listing?

  4. Katrin

    July 2, 2014 at 9:05 pm


    great course! i did it last time and can really highly recommend it!