3-Credits • CSU Pueblo • Cultivating Cultural Responsiveness and Effective Sheltered Instruction

The $375 fee includes instant access to the course and 3-PD credits upon completion!

Aloha Hawaii State Department of Education educators!

3-PD Credits and more: Like our other CSU Pueblo and UMass Global courses, this course also results in 3-PD credits towards HIDOE salary step movement/reclassification. And we're excited to announce that this Sheltered Instruction course also offers the opportunity to earn three university credits in TESOL-related foundational EL knowledge. These credits will be officially recorded on your transcript from CSU Pueblo, an accredited university. This course fulfills criteria in both Option #1 and Option #7 of the HIDOE Sheltered Instruction requirements.

For more details, please refer to the Sheltered Instruction Qualification Form available [here], and if you have any questions regarding the Sheltered Instruction requirements, feel free to reach out to the EQS, OTM, at [email protected] or via phone at (808) 441-8499.


To register for this course simply complete the $375 registration fee payment using the link above. This $375 fee covers both access to the online classroom and 3 graduate level PD-credits, to be issued by CSU Pueblo. You'll gain instant access to your new online classroom and you will be awarded 3 graduate level PD credits upon course completion, which can be used towards salary step movement, reclassification, and/or satisfying licensure requirements.

This course is open to participants nationwide!

✶ Hawaii State DOE participants: If you are a Hawaii State DOE participant, please be sure to receive signed principal approval for any university coursework that will be applied towards reclassification by using the 200-005 Form (click here). Also, every year in January, HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union typically begins providing PD support stipends to reimburse Hawaii State DOE educators for their professional development fees accrued throughout the year. For more information about this fantastic opportunity, click the following link: The HawaiiUSA Professional Support Stipend.

✶ Portland Public Schools participants: If you are a PPS participant, please note that per your Union contract, "The District will reimburse professional educators for tuition cost for up to six (6) non-cumulative hours in a 12-month period for which graduate credit is granted by a college or university." See the PAT/PPS contract for details and the PPS website for how to access your tuition reimbursement, and learn more about tuition reimbursement for PPS teachers by clicking here.

Course Description:

This self-paced and online professional development course is designed to empower PK-12 educators with the tools and strategies needed to foster inclusive classrooms while implementing effective sheltered instruction. Through an exploration of cultural responsiveness principles, participants will learn to honor and leverage students' diverse backgrounds as assets for learning, while gaining practical insights into sheltered instruction techniques to support English language learners. This course equips teachers with adaptable instructional practices to meet the needs of all learners. Educators will refine their teaching approaches, ensuring every student feels valued and is well-positioned to succeed.


Self-paced, Self-guided and Online:

This course has no start date and no due dates, so you can begin and complete the course whenever it is convenient for you. You do not need to be working with students to complete this course. Because it is entirely self-paced, self-guided and online, there are no scheduled meetings
, so you are free to work on the content whenever and wherever it is most convenient for you.

3 Graduate Level PD Credits:

Upon completion of this course, participants will receive 3 graduate-level PD credits from Colorado State University Pueblo, which can be used for professional advancement such as salary increment steps and licensing requirements.

Information about PD-Credits for Hawaii State DOE participants:

Hawaii State DOE educators can use these graduate level PD credits in place of PDE3 credits for salary step movement in the HIDOE's Teacher Reclassification system. Please note that this graduate level PD course is not located in the PDE3 system. Graduate level PD-credits instead of PDE3-credits means that coursework will only be reviewed by CSU Pueblo course instructors and will not need to be submitted to PDE3 for further review. 3-PD credits will be issued to you directly from CSU Pueblo. For more information about using university/college credits towards salary reclassification, please see the following Hawaii State DOE "Guidelines for Reclassification" memo: click here.

If you are a Hawaii State DOE educator, please download and print the 200-005 Form for university credits, and have it signed by your school's Principal. To apply your 3 graduate level PD-credits to salary step movement, you can simply submit your 200-005 form to the DOE's Reclassification Unit along with your CSU Pueblo transcript once you complete the course. We have completed the course information for you on this form and it can be downloaded and printed at the following link: click here.

Your Course Instructor


For Teachers By Teachers • CSU Pueblo
For Teachers By Teachers • CSU Pueblo

We are a highly dedicated team of full-time educators with professional licenses covering grades PK-12 in diverse areas, including Special Education, Childhood Education, Art Education, and Reading Specialists. Our course authors and instructors collectively boast over two decades of experience in the education field, actively contributing to the growth and development of school communities in New York, Vermont, Ohio, and Hawaii. Don't hesitate to reach out with any inquiries; we're here to assist you!

• CSU Pueblo participants, please direct your inquiries to: [email protected]