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Providing Affordable Graduate-Credit Courses & Meeting District Hour Requirements Across the Nation

For Over 30 Years The Connecting Link (TCL) has Developed & Facilitated Courses to Meet the Professional Learning Needs of PreK-16 Educators

You Spoke. We Listened . . .


  •      New! Prices Starting at Just $299!
  •     Delivering Affordable Professional Development Courses
  •     Books & Materials are Included in Tuition
  •     Developing Content Responsive to Today’s Educational Landscape
  •     Presenting Engaging and Interactive Curricula
  •     Hosting Site-Based Courses in Partner-Specific States
  •     Offering Flexible Online Courses for Busy Schedules
  •     Providing Administrators Custom Courses for Their Staff



Connecting Link Instructors


Over 100 specialized education experts dedicated to improving your skills and strengths in the classroom. Whether online or in person, you will find a caring and knowledgeable expert leading the way!

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Student Testimonials

  • This is the best professional development I have seen in years. You can see the positive impact its had inside our classrooms - I highly recommend this program.

    - P. Shidaker, Director of Curriculum and Instruction
  • The instructor was extremely intelligent, very up-to-date and experienced in teaching methods - and knows everything about the Common Core. Her enthusiasm for the subject matter, kindness and professionalism came across beautifully!

    - J. Grupka
  • The information presented was valuable, the professor seemed very knowledgeable and I really enjoyed the amount of feedback I was given on my assignments. I also felt as though the assignments were applicable to use in my classroom! Thanks!

    - N. Strmic-Udstuen
  • I really appreciated this course.... we had time to truly explore and evaluate the tools that were shared. The instructor not only knew the material to be presented, but also had so much additional knowledge and experience to share!

    - J. Albig
  • I believe this is a class that should be added as a requirement for all educators. Teachers need to know this material to better advocate for themselves, students, parents, and the public education system.

    - N. Barron-High
  • Finally, a hands-on class with resources that I can actually use in the classroom, taught by a knowledgeable, caring instructor!

    - Amy Meyer, Indiana
  • Not one moment of this class was boring or ineffective. I learned a lot, validated many of my thoughts and strategies, and had great dialogue with the other students and the instructor.

    - Amy Small, Wisconsin
  • This class has changed my teaching forever! It was so motivating and engaging. The content covered was incredibly useful and energizing.

    - Christie Chamberlain, Illinois
  • It was refreshing being treated by the instructor as a professional. Thank you.

    - Daniel Sanchez, Illinois
  • The instructor was very positive. The material was exciting and relevant. I was able to implement many ideas from classmates in my own classroom.

    - Jenna K.
  • I’ve taken several TCL courses and without a doubt, have been most impressed with the instructor’s teaching style, desire to make lessons and activities meaningful and most of all, useful for each participant.

    - L. Angel
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New 12 Week Online Concentration Courses

NEW! Online Concentration Courses

Earn 3 Graduate Credits or 45 Professional Development Clock Hours

New Concentrations:
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Educational Leadership 
  • Professional Online Education

TCL offers 19 new concentration courses specialized in three subject series: Education Leadership, Professional Online Education, and Early Childhood Education. Take one course or all courses within the series. Courses are taken through an easy-to-use online platform, accessed through all modern devices.

» View All New Concentration Courses Now




Featured Coordinator

Featured Instructor

Ann Cluxton

At The Connecting Link, we value our teachers and recognize their dedication, enthusiasm, and knowledge to the field of education. One of our highly regarded teachers is Ann Cluxton. 

Ann has 18 years of teaching experience, ranging from middle school to graduate-level instruction. Currently, she works has a high school reading specialist and literacy coach. In addition, Ann is an adjunct instructor in the reading specialist program for a local university and a valued member of the TCL curriculum development team.

  • Hobbies  Swimming, reading, and—her most recent passion—crocheting!
  • TCL Courses Monitoring Student Growth: Reading Assessment and Data Interpretation & Strategic Literacy: Topics in Reading 6-12
  • Testimonial  "Ann. . .provided personal, timely, and extensive feedback. She was extremely positive and motivated us to share and to do our best." - C. Connell

» Learn More About How TCL Instructors Will Make a Difference in Your Course Experience




New Accelerated Courses

Accelerated Online Courses

Earn 45 PD Clock Hours or 3 Graduate Credits in Just 4 Weeks!

With our accelerated format for online course work, gain professional development hours or graduate credits in as little as 4 weeks. Perfect for busy schedules!

All accelerated courses can be taken for 3 graduate credits or for 45 PD clock hours. Choosing to enroll in an accelerated course means a minimum commitment of 10 to 12 hours per week of reading, online discussions, and course assessments, with two milestones expected to be completed each week!

» View Accelerated Courses



Satisfaction Guarantee

Satisfaction Guarantee: Participants dissatisfied with their course may contact TCL to drop the course before the course concludes. No certificates of completion, grades, or transcripts will be issued for the dropped course. You may then transfer to a new course within 6 months of the original course completion date. Only one free transfer per course enrollment allowed. TCL refund policies still apply.




Chromebook Classroom

Featured NEW Course

The Chromebook Classroom

Learn how to use a Chromebook, Google apps, among other tips for delivering course content to your students!

Become skilled on how Chromebooks can promote content areas, differentiate instruction, provide multiple representations, and even motivate your own professional development. Maximize your learning environment while you gain an understanding of Internet resources, Google Chromebook apps, Google Play, Google Classroom, the flipped classroom, videos, and more!

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