Online Professional Development for Teachers

The Commonwealth Learning Online Institute (CLOI) is a not-for-profit organization providing standards-based online professional development for teachers coupled with research-based assessments, best teaching practices, and opportunities to develop technology skills.


Self-paced courses range in depth and content based on the number of contact hours and topic. These courses earn ½ to 1 credit and range between 8 and 15 hours of contact time, covering ELA and standards-based concepts. Participants progress through the self-paced courses at their own rate. A facilitator is available to answer questions via email and also provides grading of assessments when these courses are taken for credit.

  • Open enrollment
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Facilitated Courses

Facilitated courses provide a mastery level of knowledge in a given topic area. These courses earn 3 credits and range between 50 and 70 hours of contact time. A facilitator guides the course participants through 7 weeks of learning with specific course completion expectations each week. PDPs and graduate credit are available. Courses are offered:

  • January
  • March
  • May
  • July
  • September
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Why CLOI’s Professional Development for Teachers?

CLOI’s online professional development provides convenient, 24/7 access to job-embedded courses that are either self-paced or facilitated. CLOI’s goal is to create learning opportunities that meet the needs of every teacher, school, and district.

Who Uses Our Online Courses and Why

Who Why
Educators Develop new teaching strategies

Improve classroom practice

Gain knowledge to implement standards

Earn graduate credit/PDPs

School Administrators Provide job-embedded PD opportunities

Increase implementation of standards

Meet state mandates

State Standards

CLOI provides educators with an all-inclusive online learning opportunity that improves teacher effectiveness, streamlines implementation of state standards, and increases the percentage of college- and career-ready students.

Why State Standards?

  • Mandated
  • Increases the percentage of college- and career-ready students
  • Ensure consistent expectations across the nation
  • Develop more effective instruction