Online Professional Development Courses
for ELD Educators

Self-paced, Graduate-level Online Courses
For Teachers and Administrators of English Language Learners

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The Advantages are Clear

A leader in English language development, Ballard & Tighe, Publishers offers self-paced, graduate-level accredited online courses to enhance educators’ skills. These professional development courses, designed for teachers of English language learners, provide teachers with the strategies and techniques required to meet the needs of English learners.


  How the Program Works

All of the course content is available online. Registered students use their passwords to access the lessons. Course work is provided by Ballard & Tighe’s partner, the Professional Development Institute (PDI).

  Self-paced Courses

Work entirely at your own pace; begin as soon as you register.

  Fully Accredited
Earn graduate credit through the University of San Diego (USD). Successful completion of each course earns three (45 hours) graduate-level extension credits (fully transferable)


Salary Advancement


Courses may help teachers gain salary advancement and credential renewal.

  Optional Timeline and Fees

You may choose to register for your course in one of two ways (courses are identical):

  • Flex Course: $324 (You have up to one year to complete a flex course. Each course has five online tests and four written assignments.), OR
  • Semester Course: $385 (Semester courses are shorter in length; dates are posted online. Each course has six written assignments.)

  Professional Faculty

Course work is provided by PDI. Instructors are experienced teachers and subject matter experts.

  Personal Attention

Instructors offer valuable feedback and support online everyday, Monday through Friday, and often on the weekends as well. Troubleshooting, feedback, and support are available throughout the course.

  Grades Within One Week

Receive your final grade within one week of finishing a course.

  Immediate Classroom Application

Immediately begin to integrate course content into your classroom instruction.

  Meet State Requirements

Courses help teachers meet state requirements for professional development.

  No Hidden Expenses

No additional books or materials to buy; nothing to download or install.


Available wherever there’s Internet access (24/7).

  Courses Offered

Click on the links below for course descriptions.

* SDAIE  (Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English) also referred to as sheltered instruction, is an approach to teaching mainstream content to English language learners who have intermediate levels of proficiency in English and some literacy skills.

For group registration, please feel free to call Ballard & Tighe at (800) 321-4332.