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Education Programs





ETSU Higher Education Teaching Graduate Certificate


This 15-credit program provides specific pedagogical, andragogical, and curriculum design tools for the higher education environment. The focus is to further educate college and university faculty and those who seek higher education teaching positions.


Dr. Jill Channing, Graduate Coordinator, Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis

  • Email:
  • Phone: (423) 439-7617
Semester Application Deadlines
  • Fall: August 10
  • Summer: May 15
  • Spring: December 15





ETSU Community College Leadership Graduate Certificate


ETSU is accepting applications for its post-master's graduate certificate program in Community College Leadership. Course content will be delivered online with weekend seminar experiences available.


Dr. Jill Channing, Graduate Coordinator, Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis

  • Email:
  • Phone: (423) 439-7617
Semester Application Deadlines
  • Fall: August 10
  • Summer: May 15
  • Spring: December 15

Conferences, Workshops, and Seminars

OLC Innovate Conference

  • April 4 - 6, 2023 (Virtual edition of the conference.)
  • April 18 - 21, 2023 (Onsite edition of the conference, Nashville, TN.)
  • OLC Innovate, a joint conference presented by OLC and MERLOT, provides a path for innovators of all experience levels and backgrounds to share best practices, test new ideas, and collaborate on driving forward online, digital, and blended learning. This year’s conference will take place April 18 – 21, 2023 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville.

2023 LGBT+ College Conference: All Identities Pulling Together

  • April 13 - 15, 2023, at Middle Tennessee State University
  • The conference is free to attend for everyone.

National Summit for Educational Equity 

  • April 17 - 20, 2023 in Washinton, DC
  • This National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity summit will be held at the Capitol Hill Hilton in Washington, DC. The summit theme is "Equity: Elevate! Empower!"

64th Annual CSCC Conference

  • April 20 - 22, 2023 in Chicago, Illinois
  • The 64th annual CSCC Conference will be held in Chicago, Illinois from April 20 – April 22, 2023. The conference theme is “Advancing Emotional Well-Being through Equity-Mindedness”.

What's in a Name?

Southwest Tennessee Community College Summer Institute 2023

2023 Institute on Quality Enhancement and Accreditation

  • July 16 - 19, 2023 in Dallas, TX
  • Participation is limited to SACSCOC member and candidate institutions.
  • For additional information, click the link above or email

Pellissippi State's Virtual Distance Learning Conference

  • The Distance Learning Conference is a one-day virtual event on June 20, 2023, intended to provide a forum for educators to share and learn about issues related to distance education. All educators with an interest in distance education are welcome.
  • Possible Conference Presentation Tracks:
    • Providing Faculty Care and Support in the Post-Pandemic Academic Environment
    • Student Engagement
    • Assessment in the Online Environment
    • Successful ‘First Encounters’ in Online Classes
    • Accessibility Success Stories
    • Managing Your Online Classes

USDLA 2023 National Conference

  • July 17 - 20, 2023, Orlando, Florida 
  • This is a great opportunity to catch some of the best distance/digital learning presenters in the industry.
  • USDLA promotes the development and application of distance learning for education and training and serves the needs of the distance learning community by providing advocacy, information, networking, and opportunity. Visit

2023-24 Institute on Open Educational Resources

  • July 24 - 25, 2023--virtual kickoff
  • Applications are due on March 31, 2023

2023 IUPUI Assessment Institute

  • October 29 - 31, 2023 in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Call for Proposals open until Wednesday, March 1, 2023. 
  • Hosted by IUPUI, the Assessment Institute is designed to provide opportunities for (1) individuals and campus teams new to higher education assessment and improvement to acquire fundamental knowledge about the field; (2) individuals who have worked as leaders in assessment and improvement to share and extend their knowledge and skills; and (3) those interested in assessment and improvement at any level or in any collegiate context to establish networks that serve as sources of support and expertise beyond the dates of the Institute.

Other Training Opportunities!

CORA Learning 

CORA is excited to partner with institutions to offer professional development around enhancing the ability to better serve men of color through our Men of Color series which includes Teaching Men of Color in the Community college, Supporting Men of Color in the Community College, and Teaching Boys and Young Men of Color and our Racial Equity in Education Series which include Racial Microaggressions, Unconscious Bias, and Best Practices in Teaching in the Community College.

LinkedIn Learning

Grow your skills and advance your career with LinkedIn Learning!


Coursera offers a variety of free courses for professional development in your academic field or other areas of interest.