August 2021 - May 2022
Earn a certificate in project-based learning and engage your students in authentic student-centered inquiry.
The Project-Based Learning Certificate Program is designed for current educators who strive to create rich, meaningful, and rigorous learning experiences through student-centered approaches to teaching and learning.
The program consists of a 3-day virtual Institute in August 2021, followed by monthly virtual sessions, and ending with a 2-day virtual Institute in May 2022.
The Project-Based Learning certificate program has three components:
Virtual Institute I
During Virtual Institute I, you will explore the driving goals and the core teaching practices of project-based learning. You will explore how educators can design learning experiences that are rich in (inter)disciplinary learning, authentic to students and their communities, embrace student agency and collaboration, and engage students in cycles of production, feedback, reflection, and revision.
Academic Year Learning Cycles
The Academic Year Learning Cycles support you to translate your big and ambitious ideas into tangible things for you to try, supporting you to learn and grow as a professional. Meeting with your cohort monthly, you will engage in cycles of inquiry into your own teaching and leadership practice. You will plan teaching and leadership interventions that you will try in your own classroom, school, or system, and use your experiences to reflect, refine, and develop your practice.
Virtual Institute II
During Virtual Institute II, you will take stock of your year and reflect on what you've learned. You will acknowledge and celebrate your progress, and develop a plan for your next steps as an educator.
Ideal candidates for this program are current elementary, middle, or high school teachers; instructional coaches; department chairs; principals; or other instructional leaders.
Completing the program application is simple and easy. Simply click on the “Apply Now” button to complete your registration.
Priority Deadline: March 5, 2021
Final Deadline: June 28, 2021
If you are accepted into this program, you will receive an email with directions for how to complete your program registration. Upon registering, you will have two payment options:
Our program leadership and instructional team come with deep experience and expertise in teacher development and student-centered approaches to teaching and learning.
Thank you for your interest in the Penn GSE Project-Based Learning Certificate Program. At this time, our application is now closed.
Penn GSE partners with schools, universities, and communities to expand educational access – especially for those underserved by society. Through rigorous research and innovative programs, we develop new knowledge, and transformational teachers and leaders in pursuit of educational opportunity. To that end, this program has a set of scholarships reserved for educators in the School District of Philadelphia.
This scholarship application is now closed.
Approximately 8-10 hours of work per month
Please note that a payment plan option is available. For details, see the 'Payment Options' section of this webpage.
Upon completion of the program, participants will receive a Penn GSE Certificate in Project-Based Learning as well as 3 continuing education units.