Course Description


  • Learn at your own pace.
  • Enroll at any time.
  • Completion time frames vary for the courses listed, but most take 3 or 4 months to complete.
  • You must have earned a bachelor’s degree if registering for credit.

Course Material: The following book is required for this course. It must be purchased separately, as it is not part of the cost of the course.

Whitaker, Todd. What Great Teachers Do Differently: 17 Things That Matter Most. New York: Routledge, 2020. Print.

Description: Based on the book What Great Teachers Do Differently, this course explores characteristics of effective teachers. Matters such as; how effective teachers view their classrooms and students, how they prioritize, and what drives their decisions will be highlighted. This course will present an opportunity for teachers to examine their own effectiveness as well as to refine their skills as preferred.

Comprised of 19 mini-lessons, the course offers information and ideas on teacher effectiveness for those who aspire to improve classroom settings and student learning outcomes.

Course Purpose: The purpose of this course is to introduce educators to the key characteristics of effective teachers to enhance student achievement and classroom settings overall.

Course Objectives

Participants in this course will:

  • Develop an awareness of the characteristics of effective teachers
  • Examine their own effectiveness in the classroom
  • Refine their teaching practices as to enhance student achievement
  • Write a final Reflection and develop a corresponding plan of action


Required Book

Whitaker, Todd. What Great Teachers Do Differently: 17 Things That Matter Most. New York: Routledge, 2013. Print. (available on Amazon)

Registration Information

Step 1 - Choose your credit type:

a) Graduate level PDE credit (University of North Dakota) cannot be used for master/degree programs of study.

b) The ED 500 course number is for post-baccalaureate nondegree graduate-level professional development credit study at CSU-Pueblo. The 500-course numbers ARE NOT eligible to be used on programs of study.

c) Noncredit/CEUs provides a record of completion (CEA)

Step 2 - Choose appropriate registration button below.

1 Credit



Online Graduate Professional Development &
Continuing Education Credit Courses for Teachers

Cancellation Policy

A minimum $20 processing fee will be assessed per person for cancellations received after registering for the course. Refunds are not issued after the start of the course or after access to the course has been provided. Please e-mail EA at to request to cancel your completed registration.