You’re a lifelong learner. As a dedicated teacher and educational leader, you recognize the power of education. And you know the impact this can have on your students. At Marian, we share your passion for education and inspiring bright young minds. By advancing your career through our Institute of Professional Development, you’ll be positioned to inspire even more students and communities, in countless ways.

The Program

At Marian, we aim to develop leaders who make a positive impact in the field of education. Offered through our School of Education, the Institute of Professional Development supports educators committed to excellence in their profession. Through the institute, you’ll find a comprehensive and inclusive approach to learning at an affordable cost. You’ll participate in continuing education and licensure renewal courses, learning collaboratively with other educators and administrators. You can choose courses and workshops centered on a variety of topics, including differentiated instruction, co-teaching, common core state standards, assessment, data-driven instruction, teacher effectiveness, writing student learning objectives and disciplinary literacy. We offer personalized training in educational technology, including SMART boards, iPads, podcasting, online instruction, Web 2.0 tools, Google tools, cyber ethics and web design. All courses offered for credit are applicable to Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction license renewal.

The Convenience

The Institute of Professional Development has been designed with the needs of working professionals in mind. We provide professional development opportunities in a variety of formats including online courses, face-to-face courses, workshops and in-services. And we offer opportunities for administrative, faculty and staff development through personally designed in-services, with the option of earning graduate credits. Our faculty members are available to provide content-based consultation and facilitation of focused professional development within individual school districts or on campus at an affordable cost to the district.

The Marian Reputation

When it comes to developing talented teachers and educational leaders throughout Wisconsin, Marian is among the best. Schools and school districts across the state look to Marian because they know what they’ll get in our graduates—teachers and leaders who are passionate about education and inspiring students to achieve their very best. As a student in the Institute of Professional Development, you’ll find the relevancy and quality that comes from a faculty comprised of leading education experts. And you’ll be prepared to spark the passion for discovery in your students.

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See current Professional Development Offerings:

Summer 2017

Sample Course Plan:
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National Professional Development Standards
Standards for Professional Learning 
PD Standards 

These standards call for a new form of educator learning. The decision to call these Standards for Professional Learning rather than Standards for Professional Development signals the importance of educators taking an active role in their continuous development and places emphasis on their learning. The professional learning that occurs when these standards are fully implemented enrolls educators as active partners in determining the content of their learning, how their learning occurs, and how they evaluate its effectiveness. The standards give educators the information they need to take leadership roles as advocates for and facilitators of effective professional learning and the conditions required for its success. Widespread attention to the standards increases equity of access to a high-quality education for every student, not just for those lucky enough to attend schools in more advantaged communities.

Within the spirit and institutional framework of Marian University, we are committed to the development of caring, competent, reflective individuals for present and future professional roles by providing learning-centered, collaborative, accountable and theoretically sound undergraduate and graduate programs that reflect values and ethics with an increasingly diverse and global community.

The Education Programs offered by the Marian University School of Education are approved by the:

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Marian University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission .

Dr. Deb Kneser 
1-800-262-7426 ext. 8517

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Dean, School of Education
Dr. Kelly Chaney
1-800-262-7426 ext. 8100

Institute of Professional Development Director
Dr. Deb Kneser
1-800-262-7426 ext. 8517

Support Staff
Ms. Pat Scholz
(920) 923-8143 or 1-800-262-7426 ext. 8143

To register for professional development or recertification courses, complete the mail-in form or online form.

For more information, please contact the Office of Adult and Graduate Admission at or (920) 923-7650.