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Extraordinary Times Course

Recognizing Educators' Learning and Contributions

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we find ourselves in a new era of teaching, engaging and learning. Recognizing that educators have rapidly transformed their practice, SNHU is offering a new professional development course to support and document professional development. This new course offering provides opportunities for teachers to reflect on their learning and the evolution of their professional practice, share resources to support new ways of engaging with students, and offer professional development credit to support the learning that has taken place.

Extraordinary Times Course Offerings

This new course, EDTS 500ZZ - Extraordinary Times: Transforming Professional Practice in a Time of Crisis, offering recognizes the skills that educators have drawn upon in the transition of their professional practice from classroom to online learning. In this 3-credit course experience, participants will focus upon 3 areas of impact, growth and learning, completing modules to showcase their reflections and professional development. In the modules, participants will:

  • Evaluate the context, circumstances, and efforts surrounding the transition to online, virtual teaching and learning in one’s given context.

  • Assess the effectiveness, utility, benefits, and drawbacks of approaches adopted during the COVID-19 crisis.

  • Formulate strategies for integrating new learning that is emerging from the transition to online, virtual teaching and learning into future professional practice.

By drawing upon reflection and highlighting areas of practice, students will have the opportunity to contribute and share resources within Community Centers. These valuable peer-inspired resource libraries will serve as a source of inspiration for educators now and for the future.

Course Resources:

Graduate Level Professional Development Credit

The professional development graduate credit option at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) lets you transfer college credit to the university or matriculating degree program of your choosing, based upon approval by the receiving institution. The course offering will complete with an official university grade that’s accessible through an easy to use transcript that follows the accrediting guidelines of the New England Commission on Higher Education (NECHE).

If you have any questions about the registration process at SNHU, please contact:
Tel: 844-282-4484

SNHU & EF Partnership

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Southern New Hampshire University has partnered with Education First (EF) since 2016, providing students and educators traveling with Education First the opportunity to earn undergraduate or graduate credit.

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University Accreditation

Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.



Below are frequently asked questions about the course and experience.  If you have a specific question that cannot be answered, feel free to submit a question to us.


This course is designed to be completed in 8-weeks taking place from September 1, 2020 to October 26, 2020.

This course is self-paced and meant to be a reflective experience about professional transformation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This course includes a series of "Community Centers" that house specific discussion threads related to the course content.  These community centers are focus on underlying subtopics within the field of education and allow for you to collaborate, ask questions, and support other professionals during the course experience.

We strongly recommend that you confirm with your school or district officials, however, work completed at accredited universities is generally accepted across the nation. SNHU staff are also happy to discuss the course with your district representative. SNHU is a private, non-profit university accredited by the New England Commission on Higher Education. 

Learning in a Changing World

The truth of the matter is that none of us have lived through this type of global experience before, and while we are all social distancing, we are all learning together. Utilizing the strengths of your practice, a collective commitment to learning, and the ability to reflect and envision alternatives, this course helps to support educators in navigating a new landscape for teaching.

We recognize that you are working under new circumstances that may be stressful and that you are being called upon to develop your skills and support your students in new ways. That's why we have created an opportunity for you to showcase and earn credit for the work you are already doing. We hope that this course can provide both a community of support from fellow educators as well as a valuable tool for navigating teaching resources for the future. We support the work you are doing.

From all of us at SNHU, thank you.