Teacher Growth & Renewal

A Foundations of Education Professional Renewal Course

Explores the confluence of who we are personally and professionally as educators. Focus on teacher well-being, professional sustainability and renewal toward the aim of educational longevity.

In this course educators explore the relationship between who they are and how they teach. The confluence of these identities is where powerful and transformational teaching resides. But to get there, to find this nexus, teachers must have opportunities to learn about and express their beliefs about the world, about education, and about their passions and purposes therein. Through this wisdom of connection, teachers create a wholeness of practice that aligns their beliefs and actions in the thoughtful service of students and themselves.

The well-being of teachers can emanate from the confluence of self-awareness and research-based professional practices as they intersect in Perceptive Teaching.

This course is letter graded: Sample Syllabus

  • Eligibility

    This course is for current pre-K through grade 12 teachers with a bachelor's degree, and is tied to attendance at a Teacher Growth and Renewal retreat. See Registration section for details.

    Graduate Students

    UNC Degree-Seeking Students

    Current UNC graduate students can register for this course.

    Non-Degree-Seeking Students

    Non-degree-seeking graduate status refers to a student who has earned at least a bachelor's degree and who either:

    • Has applied to UNC Graduate School and not yet been admitted or;
    • Wishes to take this graduate class but not pursue a degree.

    Please note, as a non-degree seeking student, you are not eligible for federal financial aid.

    Note: UNC student immunization policies will apply to your enrollment. See the current UNC vaccination policy and directions. If you enroll for a fully online course, please contact debra.miller@unco.edu after your enrollment to request that the immunization requirement be removed.

  • Register

    See the blue Course Basics box for retreat dates for each academic term.

    Step 1: Register for a Retreat

    If you have not done so already, please register for a retreat date.

    Step 2: Register for UNC Credit

    Spring term CRN: 24076

    Follow the instructions in the PDF below to register.

    • You will use the CRN (Course Registration Number) listed above when you register in Ursa.
    • Step 1 of this process can take up to 1-3 days turnaround time, so we recommend you start the process in advance of the "add/register by" deadline posted on this page.

    Directions for course registration and activation

  • Contact Us

    Christy McConnell, Ph.D.

    UNC Extended Campus

  • Once You Register

    Dropping and Withdrawing

    If you wish to drop or withdraw from the course, you must do so on or before the deadline dates listed in the Course Basics box.

    • If you are registered for any other courses in the same academic term, you can drop or withdraw within your Ursa account.
    • If this is your only course this term, please contact the Office of the Registrar at registrar@unco.edu or 970-351-4862.

    It is your responsibility to know the drop and withdrawal deadlines and procedures.

    Billing and Payment for Your Course

    Tuition for this course is listed in the Course Basics box on this page. Any course materials costs (textbooks, digital access, etc.) would be a separate or additional expense.

    Billing notification will be sent to your Bearmail (student email) account when your bill is ready. If you have not activated your Bearmail, directions are in the directions for course registration and activation.

    • Please pay your bill by the due date listed on your eBill to avoid service charges.
    • To view or pay your bill, log into Ursa and go to the Financial tab. You will not receive a bill in the mail; UNC has an eBill system.
    • Further instructions for finding and paying your bill are available on the UNC Bursar's website.