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QCPDN Programs

In the Fall of 2006, the QCPDN was established to begin developing programs that meet the professional development needs of its member institutions, based on local and/or network-wide needs assessments. Currently we have developed two certificate programs and are beginning to organize additional non-certificate learning opportunities.

Excellence in College Teaching
Certificate Program

The Excellence in College Teaching Certificate Program is designed to help new and experienced faculty pursue teaching excellence through a series of courses focused on sound pedagogy, principles of effective instruction, and techniques to meet the needs of 21st century learners. The complete program includes one full-day seminar, four half-day seminars, one elective and the evaluation of a portfolio of teaching artifacts.

Professional Supervisor
Certificate Program

The Professional Supervisor Certificate Program is designed to help new and experienced supervisors achieve exceptional departmental results through a series of courses aimed at building critical leader skills and behaviors. The complete program includes one full-day seminar, four half-day seminars, and one elective.

Administrative Professional
Certificate Program

The Administrative Professional Certificate Program is designed to equip new and experienced administrative professionals with the knowledge and proficiencies needed to achieve superior efficiency and effectiveness. Participants will learn essential skills, including Leadership, time management, software, communication and much more. A complete program includes two half-day foundation sessions, and five half-day electives.

Core Courses


Designing Courses for 21st Century Learners

Learner-centered Teaching Strategies

Student Assessment

The Scholarship of Teaching

Classroom Management

Core Courses


Role of the Supervisor

Coaching Performance

Effective Communication for Supervisors

Conflict Management

Building an Effective Team


Core Course





Elective Courses

Active and Collaborative Learning

Teaching Large Classes

Strategies for Teaching Online

Teaching in a Clinical Setting
Technology Tools for Teachers

Test Writing

Elective Courses

Time Management and Technology

Goal Setting and Delegation

Supervising/Hiring Across the Generations

Elective Courses

Technology: Tips and Tricks for PowerPoint

Technology: Excel Tips and Tricks

Interacting with Today's Students

Business Writing

Effective Communication

 Appreciating Cultural DIfferences





Registration for QCPDN events is handled at the member college level. Contact your board member representative or fill out the Ask a Question form.

Non-certificate Learning Opportunities

1.       Staff Exchange Days: As the certificate programs have matured, the board has begun to explore various other types of professional development opportunities to expand its offerings to a wider audience. For example, formal Staff Exchange Days began in the Fall of 2011, targeting specific positions from each member college.  They are held semi-annually, with different positions selected each time. The Staff Exchange involves sessions in which employees from each position share ideas and best practices, consult with each other on common challenges, and get a tour of the host facility.  

2.       Faculty Exchange Days: Much like the staff exchanges, but created with the needs and interests of faculty. The first faculty exchange is coming up in November, 2013.