Professional Development For Educators

Lake Erie College’s Center for Leadership and Professional Development serves the ongoing needs of K-12 educators within the School of Education and Professional Studies. Whether you are a school administrator needing to renew your license, a teacher who wants to earn grad credits to move up the pay scale or a licensed educator not currently teaching for a district Lake Erie has almost 100 PD courses created exclusively for you. Courses can be taken for a letter grade or pass/fail. The Ohio Department of Education accepts both. Please confirm with your specific district/LPDC if you have restrictions.

Lake Erie prides itself on providing personal attention, exceptional PD Instructors who provide relevant coursework that you can USE, provided for a competitive tuition. Our Instructors have a minimum of a master’s degree and are either currently working in education or are retired from K-12. Our technology courses are taught by educators who want to share their knowledge of embedding technology into the classroom to benefit teachers and students.


Registration is NOW OPEN for Fall 2017
We provide 4 types of courses:
  • Face to Face On-Campus Courses: These take place on campus in Painesville, Ohio. During the fall they are offered from 5 pm to 9 pm Friday and 8 am to 5 pm on Saturday. Click here for a list of next semesters's courses (Spring 2018). Registration will open in early December.
  • Online Courses: Fall 2017 registration has closed. All coursework must be submitted no later than Friday, December 1 at 11:59 pm. Spring online courses will run January 2-May 2. Registration  will open in early December.
  • UltraMissions Coursework is based on experiential learning and the common practices of Outward Bound. The mission is to invite and encourage educators in learning and experiencing new things. Participants engage in active learning, teaching, and leading through group problem solving challenges, while developing 21 st century skills which can be applied to the classroom. The schedule is flexible and can be completed when you are available. Please contact Faculty Dr. Lynne Nagy @ 216-254- 9365 with further questions.
  • Wraparound Courses: These courses are provided in conjunction with various academic partners; school districts, K-12 conferences etc.. These courses often will layer college credit upon the work teachers are already completing and generally are provided as a pass/fail only at a discounted tuition rate. Please contact the Director for further discussion to begin a partnership.

Lisa Strausbaugh

Director of Center for Leadership and Professional Development
Office: 440.375.7379
Office Alternate: 440.375.7366

Lisa Strausbaugh serves as the Director for the Center for Leadership and Professional Development. She oversees registration of teachers in coursework towards their license and is responsible for planning and implementing the Professional Development curriculum each semester. Lisa works with both face to face course presenters and online instructors. Utilizing a background in Higher Education of more than 15 years, Lisa brings experience in student recruitment, student life and adult student programs to her work for Lake Erie. She has worked for large institutions like Seton Hall University but prefers to work for a small college like Lake Erie that values the personal experience. It is her goal that the Center for Leadership and Professional Development provides that exceptional, personal experience for educators.

Lisa holds a bachelor of arts in History from The College of Wooster and a Master of Education in High Education Administration and Student Personnel from Kent State University.

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