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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

Improving Teaching Career Development By . . .

  •     Delivering Affordable Professional Development Courses
  •     Including Books & Materials 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 Instructor

Sheila Toth

Sheila has been teaching at The Connecting Link for 19 years. Sheila believes strongly in the power of teaching and in promoting the success of all students. "Developing the whole child and identifying student needs and then meeting those needs to provide them the opportunity for success is my job as an educator." Sheila has been teaching middle school science for the past 4 years and is also highly involved in staff and administrator development. This year, Sheila received the 2015 Teacher of the Year from the Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation for her work at Science Discovery Middle School in Granger, Indiana.

  • Current Position Science Teacher at Discovery Middle School in Granger, IN
  • TCL Courses 21st Century Learners: Reaching and Teaching the iGeneration, Transformative Classroom Leadership, Managing Pressures of the Teaching Profession, and many more!

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

New Accelerated Courses

NEW! Accelerated Online Courses

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

In response to participant feedback, we have created a new accelerated format option for online course work. These select courses are to be completed within a one month time frame for students who want to get credits quick.

All accelerated courses can be taken for graduate credit or for 45 clock hours in professional development. Choosing to enroll in an accelerated course means a minimum commitment of 10–12 hours/week of reading, online discussions, and course assessments, with two milestones expected to be completed each week – a new favorite format!

» View Accelerated Courses

100% Money Back

Risk-Free Money-Back & Satisfaction Guarantees

14 Days to Cancel for a Full Refund

Ready to enroll but a little unsure? No problem! Our new Risk-Free Money Back & Satisfaction Guarantees have been implemented to ensure you are happy with your purchase & your course! There's nothing to worry about.

Money-Back Guarantee: You may cancel your enrollment within 14 days of initial purchase and receive a full refund of tuition paid. The 14-day risk-free period is valid only when enrolling at least 30 days before the course start date. TCL refund policy: You may withdraw from a course 7 or more days before the first day of class and either transfer to another course or receive a refund less a $100 deposit. Please allow 3-4 weeks for your refund. If you fail to notify TCL at least 7 days prior to the start date of the course, no refund will be provided.

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

Earn 3 Graduate Credits or 45 Professional Development Clock Hours

Educators will learn how to use a Chromebook, Google Apps, and various other applications for delivering any course content to their students. Educators will become skilled on how Chromebooks can promote their content area, differentiate instruction, provide multiple representations, and motivate their own professional development. Educators will gain understanding of Internet resources, Google Chromebook applications, Google Play, Google Classroom, the flipped classroom, videos, and more to maximize the learning environment.

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The Connecting Link (TCL) develops & facilitates graduate-level courses for the professional learning needs of PreK-16 educators & districts.

Graduate credits are granted through partnerships with accredited universities across the nation.

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