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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 three certificate programs and 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 aimed at providing sound pedagogy, principles of instruction, and techniques to meet the needs of 21st century learners. The program offers two certificate options. The primary certificate requires participants to complete the five core courses and two electives. The masters certificate requires participants to complete the five core courses, one elective, and a portfolio of 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

Managing Change

Building an Effective Team


Core Course


Foundations (part I & II)



Elective Courses

Active and Collaborative Learning

Teaching Large Classes

Strategies for Teaching Online

Teaching in a Clinical Setting
Technology Tools for Teachers

Test Writing
Dealing with Challenging Situations
Blended Classes

Elective Courses

Time and Life Management for Supervisors

Effective Conflict Management

Effective Performance Appraisals

Engaging Your Team Members

The Supervisor and the Law

Strength Based Leadership

Motivation of Generations

Elective Courses

Technology (Session 1)

Technology (Session 2)


Effective Communication

Dealing with Difficult People






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 in mind, the faculty exchanges are scheduled to beginning in the fall of 2015.