Professional Development Opportunities

Concordia University strives to not only help shape and form the educational experience of our students, but also serve as a resource to current educators hoping to continue their own professional development. We want to help you passionately and skillfully make an uncommon impact on the lives of the students you see each day. That’s why we offer a variety of opportunities for you to pursue professional development. Whether you’re seeking continuing education credits or an opportunity to gather with other educators and learn about exciting new developments and techniques in the field, we have something just for you!

Summer Institute Workshops - Earn SCECHs in July and August

Summer Institute Workshops are one or two-day workshops led by local teachers. The workshops are only offered in the summer at the Concordia University Ann Arbor campus. For more information, please email  

School of Education Excellence Development Speakers (S.E.E.D.S.), Free PD

Each academic year, our School of Education provides professional development for teacher candidates and others in the community who are interested in compelling educational topics. Although SEEDS does not result in professional development credits for the state, it does offer a unique opportunity for engagement and discussion around meaningful topics.

For more information, contact Kyle Chuhran, Elementary Education Coordinator (734-995-7397)

Upcoming School of Education Excellence Development Speakers (SEEDS) Events:

19-20 SEEDS 1: Teaching the Christian Faith in Any Setting
Date: Wednesday, September 18                     6:15pm - 7:30 pm
Speaker: Doug Braun                                     Location: Manor Ballroom

19-20 SEEDS 2: Classroom Management: Tips and Techniques
Date: Tuesday, November 12                          6:15pm - 7:30 pm
Speakers: Ellen Poole and Elsbeth Hott            Location: Krieger 101

 19-20 SEEDS 3: Connected 24/7: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
Date: Wednesday, February 12                       6:15pm - 7:30 pm
Speaker: Dan Burk                                        Location: TBD

19-20 SEEDS 4: Surviving Thriving in the First Year
Date: Thursday, March 26                              6:15pm - 7:30 pm   
Speaker: Beth Riske                                      Location: TBD                  


Past SEEDS Events:

18-19 SEEDS 3: Urban Education
Date: Monday, April 8, 2019       6:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Speaker: Robert and Cris Green

18-19 SEEDS 4: Tips for Successful Teaching
Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2019                 6:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Manor Ballroom
Speaker: Mr. Ira Kleiman, Principal at Fortis Academy

18-19 SEEDS 2: The Intentional Christian Teacher
Date: Thursday, November 8, 2018           6:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Science 102
Speaker: Dr. James Pingel

18-19 SEEDS 1:  Expert Teacher Panel: Starting the Year Right, Classroom Management, and Parent Communication
Date: Wednesday, September 26, 2018  6:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Science 102
Speaker: Panel

17-18 SEEDS 4: The Joys and Challenges of Being a New Teacher
March 20, 2018 
Time: 6:15 - 7:30 p.m. 
Speaker: New(er) Teacher Panel 

17-18 SEEDS 3: Leading a Balanced Life as an Educator 
February 7, 2018
Time: 6:15 - 7:30 p.m.
Speaker: Travis Grulke, Superintendent of Schools, MI District - LCMS 
Topic: Leading a Balanced Life as an Educator