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Coursera - The Ultimate Professional Development and Teacher Training Resource

MOOCs, or Massive Open Online Courses, provide universal access to high-quality education by way of online coursework developed by leading universities and institutions from around the globe. One of the best repositories of MOOCS is, an education platform that partners with top universities and organizations worldwide, to offer courses online for anyone to take. There are currently more than 40 courses focusing on education and teacher preparation available on Coursera. Here are five on-demand courses that can be taken at your own pace and will help prepare you to be a better substitute teacher.

Supporting children with difficulties in reading and writing

University of London, UCL Institute of Education & Dyslexia International

Students enter your classroom with a variety of strengths and personal challenges. This course will help you work with students with Dyslexia who struggle with reading and writing.

Copyright for Educators & Librarians

Duke University, Emory University & The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

When it comes to copyright law, teachers are not exempt and cannot simply plead ignorance. This course will explore fair use laws as well as areas such as public domain and how to secure permission to use copyrighted materials in the classroom.

How To Teach Us

High Tech High Graduate School of Education

This course provides an opportunity to view school through the eyes of students. Included in the coursework are video interviews and vignettes. Best practices such as digital portfolios and student led comments are also discussed.

Get Organized: How to be a Together Teacher

Relay Graduate School of Education

Being a good substitute teacher relies and your ability to stay organized and manage multiple responsibilities through the course of a school day. This course offered by the Relay Graduate School of Education provides long-term and sustainable methods for keeping organized so that you can focus on what matters – teaching students.

Surviving Your Rookie Year of Teaching: 3 Key Ideas & High Leverage Techniques

Match Teacher Residency

Even if you are a veteran teacher, this course’s focus on consistency, ratio, and relationship building will be of benefit to you and how you work with students.


All of the courses are designed to benefit teachers. Each can be taken for free, or for a small free, will provide a certificate following successful completion. This is a great way to include evidence of your professional learning in a portfolio or resume. For more professional development resources and training for substitute teachers, follow our blog!

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