Capella University’s Professional Development for Educators (PDE) courses are a set of twenty-two online competency-based courses designed to enable teachers to effectively integrate technology into their instructional practices. Courses teach the skills, knowledge and application of strategies teachers need to keep them and their classroom on top of the latest advances in educational technology. Each course has a continuing education clock hours and an optional graduate credit version. Course titles range from those that are explicitly focused on technology (Digital Citizenship, Enhancing Instruction with Technology, and Classroom Device Management) to those that focus on general theory and practice of 21st century education (Collaborative Learning Environments, Understanding Competency Based Instruction, and Instructional Coaching).



  • 22 online technology focused professional development courses
  • Courses are free and self-paced, with options for graduate credit
  • Competency-based
  • Appropriate for pre- or in-service K-12 educators and technology coaches
  • Novice to intermediate technology skill required


Seal of Alignment Review

Capella University’s Professional Development Courses for Digital Age Classrooms successfully underwent the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Seal of Alignment review for Readiness. Reviewers determined that these courses, designed to enable teachers to effectively integrate technology into their instructional practices, help build strong foundational skills needed to support the ISTE Standards for Teachers.

"The Capella courses are clean, consistent and easy to navigate. The competency-based courses are structured to provide maximum flexibility offering participants multiple paths through the learning and assessment experiences and significant opportunities for personalization and customization."

— ISTE Review Report

The Capella University Digital Age Classroom Courses were found to support the following ISTE Standards for Teachers:


1. Facilitate and inspire student learning and creativity

1.b. Engage students in exploring real-world issues and solving authentic problems using digital tools and resources

1.d. Model collaborative knowledge construction by engaging in learning with students, colleagues, and others in face-to-face and virtual environments

2. Design and develop digital age learning experiences and assessments

2.a. Design or adapt relevant learning experiences that incorporate digital tools and resources to promote student learning and creativity

2.b. Develop technology-enriched learning environments that enable all students to pursue their individual curiosities and become active participants in setting their own educational goals, managing their own learning, and assessing their own progress

2.c. Customize and personalize learning activities to address students’ diverse learning styles, working strategies, and abilities using digital tools and resources

2.d. Provide students with multiple and varied formative and summative assessments aligned with content and technology standards, and use resulting data to inform learning and teaching

3. Model digital age work and learning

3.a. Demonstrate fluency in technology systems and the transfer of current knowledge to new technologies and situations

3.b. Collaborate with students, peers, parents, and community members using digital tools and resources to support student success and innovation

3.c. Communicate relevant information and ideas effectively to students, parents, and peers using a variety of digital age media and formats

4. Promote and model digital citizenship and responsibility

4.a. Advocate, model, and teach safe, legal, and ethical use of digital information and technology, including respect for copyright, intellectual property, and the appropriate documentation of sources

4.b. Address the diverse needs of all learners by using learner-centered strategies providing equitable access to appropriate digital tools and resources

4.c. Promote and model digital etiquette and responsible social interactions related to the use of technology and information

5. Engage in professional growth and leadership

5.a. Participate in local and global learning communities to explore creative applications of technology to improve student learning

5.b. Exhibit leadership by demonstrating a vision of technology infusion, participating in shared decision making and community building, and developing the leadership and technology skills of others

5.c. Evaluate and reflect on current research and professional practice on a regular basis to make effective use of existing and emerging digital tools and resources in support of student learning

5.d. Contribute to the effectiveness, vitality, and self-renewal of the teaching profession and of their school and community

Seal of Alignment for Readiness


ISTE Standards for Teachers

This resource helps build foundational technology skills needed to support the ISTE Standards for Teachers.

Sealholder Since:

September 2016