About Our Courses

At this time, Inquiry in the Classroom, Technology in the Classroom and Teaching with Mindfulness are offered as ED500 or ED501 courses. All other courses are designated as ED501. Download ED500 and ED501 Course Assignments files at the bottom of this page to compare the different requirements.

ED500 vs. ED501

 ED500ED501
Graduate level credit
From a regionally accredited (Higher Learning Commision) University (CSU-Pueblo)
Accepted in all 50 states
Participants must have a Bachelor's of Arts Degree (B.A.).
May be used toward CSU's online M.Ed. program
3 semester (4.5 quarter) credits
GradesPass/FailLetter Grade (A-F)
Required Hours45112.5

Two Types of Courses

One size doesn’t fit all when navigating teacher continuing education requirements from district to district or state to state! We now offer our graduate courses in two formats (ED500 or ED501) to better meet your salary advancement requirements and/or professional development needs.

The most common requirement from districts and states is that continuing education courses must be (1) at a graduate level and (2) from a regionally accredited university. Both our ED500 and ED501 courses fulfill these requirements.

Some districts require courses to directly come from a graduate or Master’s program. Our ED501 courses meet this requirement and are approved as part of CSU-Pueblo’s online M.Ed. program. You do not need to be admitted to this graduate program to take these courses, but they will count towards CSU-Pueblo’s online M.Ed. if you are enrolled in that program.

If your district does not require graduate credits to come from a “degree seeking” or Master’s Degree program, then our “non-degree seeking” ED500 graduate level courses may be a better fit.

A Voice and Choice

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”–Benjamin Franklin

Our new ED500 and ED501 courses are independent studies and share a common course structure designed to benefit your specific teaching role. Our inquiry based model of learning has three parts: educators will learn new material (pedagogy), further research topics (guided inquiry), and then create a plan that best applies the course learning to your teaching role (personalized learning). The following courses follow this structure: Technology in the Classroom, Inquiry in the Classroom and Teaching with Mindfulness.

Download the Course Assignment files below to see the different requirements for both types of courses.

ED500 Technology in the Classroom Course Assignment file

ED501 Technology in the Classroom Course Assignment file

All our other courses are independent book studies and designated as ED501. See the Course Assignment file below.

ED501 Think Like Socrates Course Assignment file (book study format)