Online Professional Development Course

The Fall 2021 semester is currently closed. If you would like to add your name to the Summer 2022 priority registration list, please email Lindsey Bailey at, or use the link at the bottom of the page.

Can’t make it to one of our face-to-face workshops but still looking for new ways to make science and social studies education more interactive and fun for your students? We’ve got you covered!

Online Professional Development Courses

Making the Population Connection is aimed towards science and social studies educators of grades 6-12. If you teach Environmental Science, World Geography, Human Geography, Biology/Life Science, World History, or the AP counterparts, this course is perfect for you. Presented topics focus on global development, human quality of life, natural resources, and environmental sustainability.

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Participants will discover student-centered learning strategies that use contemporary issues and real-world data to explore the impacts of human population. You’ll acquire dozens of classroom-ready, standards-aligned activities and resources that you can apply immediately within your own education setting. You will also gain a deeper, content-specific knowledge of the history of human population growth and its effects on the planet. The course is asynchronous, meaning students can work at their own leisure and pace. There are online discussion boards, weekly journals, and a final project, all built to provide you with meaningful feedback and materials to use with your own students. The course is led by University of Michigan-Dearborn Professor Gail Luera, who has decades of experience in secondary education and online course facilitation.

Making the Population Connection: Exploring the Human-Environmental Nexus in Today’s Middle and High School Classroom

Credits Teachers Can Earn:
45 professional development clock hours (4.5 CEUs)
3 graduate credits from Adams State University
**Either Science Education (SCED) or Education (ED) credits may be earned

Course Length:
8 weeks (Fall semester)
4 weeks, accelerated (Summer semester)

Course Format:
This course is an online, asynchronous course, which means it has no required real-time interactions between instructor and students. Please note, this is different than independent study; assignments and discussions must be completed by indicated due dates. You will be required to contribute to online discussion boards, submit weekly journals and complete a final project, all built to provide you with meaningful feedback and materials to use within your own educational setting.

Learning Objectives:
By the end of this course, you will have:

  1. A comprehensive suite of lessons and activities that meet your state’s learning standards, the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), Common Core State Standards (CCSS), and the C3 Framework for Social Studies
  2. Formative and summative assessments that examine human population dynamics and environmental change
  3. Multimedia resources to extend learning in your classroom and promote data literacy, mapping, and tech integration
  4. Three graduate credits and/or 45 professional development clock hours, as well as a certificate of completion

Meet Your Instructor:
Dr. Gail Luera is a Professor of Education at the University of Michigan-Dearborn and former Associate Dean of the School of Education. Her background is in environmental and global studies. Gail has served as the Acting Principal of the Orange County (CA) Outdoor Science School and she has also co-authored two books that focus on air pollution and water quality and their effect on the earth and its population. Gail received her Ph.D. in Environmental Education from the University of Michigan, her M.S. in Education from Northern Illinois University, and her B.A. in English from California State University, Dominguez Hills.

Professional Development Clock Hours:
Hours Earned: 45 Clock Hours (4.5 CEUs)
Cost: $80

Graduate University Credit:
Graduate Education (ED) or Science Education (SCED) credit from Adams State University may be obtained.
Credits Earned: 3.0
Cost = $245 ($80 base fee + $165 for grad credits)

Note: All participants enrolled for graduate credit must ALSO pay the base course fee for PD clock hours.

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