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.
  • Online Courses: These vary from 1 semester hour to 3 semester hours. These courses have a rolling registration; you may begin at your convenience during the registration window (posted in the specific semester). Online courses are asynchronous; you complete them at your own pace. You NEVER have to be online with your Instructors or classmates at a particular time of day or date making them highly flexible for the busy educator.
  • Ultramission Experiential Learning Courses: These courses are highly individualized and provide a great deal of flexibility. Based on John Dewey’s theory of Progressive Education; human beings learn through a “hands on approach” therefore teachers and students must learn together. Dr. Lynne Nagy facilitates this innovative coursework through various 3 semester missions.
  • 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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