The Teacher’s Academy Expands to Indiana
Professional development made easy, affordable, and relevant (finally)!
Welcome busy Indiana teachers! The Teacher’s Academy is honored to support Indiana’s Professional Growth Plan program. The certified teachers at The Teacher’s Academy make maintaining professional licenses easy, affordable and convenient. Since we are all teachers here, we understand how expensive and time consuming it can be to attend workshops or colleges for professional development hours. We also understand how information from workshops and colleges can be outdated or not specific to your classroom needs. At The Teacher’s Academy, teachers can quickly download a course, create materials for your classroom and earn professional development hours, without leaving your home!
Indiana teachers need professional development and we can help!
The Indiana Department of Education allows teachers to choose their own professional development experiences to apply to their Professional Growth Plans.
One growth point equals 1 clock hour of a professional development activity. Indiana teachers holding an Initial Practitioner’s license need 90 Professional Growth Plan Points for license renewal. Most of the courses at The Teacher’s Academy are 15 clock hours (equal to 15 growth points).
According to Indiana’s Professional Growth Experience Documentation, The Teacher’s Academy would fall under the “Professional Conference / Workshop / Institute” option. We could also fall under the “Other” option, which allows teachers to benefit from opportunities that “improve curriculum knowledge, instructional skills, class management skills or any other professional growth experiences.” We will supply a Certificate of Completion and Feedback Form after successful completion of the course
How does it work?
First, you would need to set up an online account with The Teacher’s Academy. Having an account allows you to purchase courses, manage your course work and upload completed projects. Next, choose from a variety of courses depending on the hours you need or interest. Finally, place the courses in your cart and proceed through PayPal’s secure checkout with your own credit card or a PayPal account. All of the course materials are emailed to your email address immediately after purchase. (If you don’t see them, check your spam folder!) Directions for opening and saving the course are emailed along with the course and course materials. You can get started right away, or perhaps you want to begin a month from now. The course is yours to keep forever, but if you want your certificate, you must complete it within a year!
How will I get my credit for taking the course?
Within 5-7 business days of coursework completion, expect to receive a congratulations email containing the Certificate of Completion and Feedback Form. These documents will state the hours earned for the course along with the skills mastered, and they can be submitted to your administrator for professional development hours. We also provide a Request for Authorization Form for the convenience of any teacher needing prior approval.
What if I need help?
Our courses are designed to be completed autonomously, however, we understand glitches, questions and problems arise. We have a tech team and support staff ready to assist with any issues. All requests are answered within 24 hours (but usually before then)! Our goal is to make the process as simple, meaningful and fun as possible!
The Teacher’s Academy has a wide variety of courses that you can choose from ranging from computer basics to next generation teaching strategies. Below are just a few of our most popular courses to date. Check out our Course Catalog for a full list of courses.
- Inspiring Ideas for the 21st Century Classroom – 18 hours $89.99
- Mindfulness in Education – 18 hours $89.99
- Computers the VERY Basics for the PC – 15 hours $79.99
- Google Docs for Educators – 15 hours $79.99
- 2015 Elementary Website and Apps Review – 3 hours $24.99
Once you try it, you will keep coming back for more!
The Teacher’s Academy is proud to say we have a large percentage of returning clients for several reasons. Clients know they are getting high quality PD because the materials are current and the projects are relevant.
The format for every class is similar. In other words, once you take one course, you will notice that the course layout, terminology, and submitting protocol for all TTA courses are exactly the same. Our goal is to make the process as easy and fun as possible!
Once you pay for the course, it is yours to keep forever! Often times, teachers refer back to the course for websites or activities ideas long after they’ve completed the course. Teachers can share the educational resources, activity ideas for students and cutting edge strategies with other teachers or administrators. Even students like to see what their teachers are learning!
Another feature teachers appreciate is the ability to complete their PD requirements from home. We really like the idea of working from home, and we want to share that experience with as many teachers as possible. So now there is no reason to get in the car and drive to a workshop or college campus. Stay at home and enjoy a few hours of learning at your own pace and creating your own materials, and you can expect your Certificate of Completion and Feedback Form in a few days.
The Teacher’s Academy is proud to align our courses with the high standards set by the Indiana Department of Education. We bring excellence to the field of education and are honored to serve the teachers of Indiana.