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Problem-Based Learning

Problem-Based Learning (PBL) is an increasingly popular, dynamic instructional strategy implemented in classrooms across the country. The skills developed in PBL experiences are the skills that students will need for success in the global economy.  PBL engages students in problem solving to increase student achievement, interest, and engagement. 

This course will explore the elements of Problem-Based Learning.  Emphasis will be placed on student-centered pedagogy that involves the re-imagination and re-design of the classroom. With PBL, students are involved in critical thinking, collaboration, and communication. 


Carlow University ED 607 • Madonna University EDU 5830.54 • Mercy University EDUT 535

The required text for this course is Project Based Teaching: How to Create Rigorous and Engaging Learning Experiences by Suzie Boss with John Larmer.

ISBN: 978-1416626732

Graduate participants earn 3 semester hours of graduate credit and will receive a transcript from one of our partner institutions below. Professional development participants will receive a certificate of completion for 45 hours of professional developments credit for face-to-face classes and 60 hours of professional development credit for online classes.

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Course Schedule

  • 2/13/24 - 5/14/24
  • 4/9/24 - 7/9/24
  • 6/11/24 - 9/10/24
  • 8/13/24 - 11/12/24
  • 10/8/24 - 1/14/25
  • 12/10/24 - 3/11/25

Course Schedule

Summer 2024

  • July 22-26
  • Joan Goldsmith




  • Getting to Know You
  • Course materials
  • Class procedures

Module 1


  • Define Problem Based Learning
  • Discover the difference between Project and Problem Based Learning
  • Explore the advantages of PBL
  • Dispelling the myths of PBL

Module 2


  • Define the PBL Design Elements
  • Exploring the Elements as You Design a PBL

Module 3


  • Define the 7 PBL Teaching Practices
  • Creating a Student-Centered Classroom





Module 4


  • Exploring the 6 C’s of PBL
  • Designing a PBL
  • Creating a PBL for your Classroom




Module 5


  • Exploring Paradigm Shifts
  • Building a PBL Mindset




Module 6


  • Types of PBL Projects
  • Managing the Activities





Module 7


  • Creating Project Teams
  • Assessment of PBL




Module 8


  • Addressing Equity
  • Using Technology in PBL




Module 9


  • Presenting and Publishing
  • Collaborating with colleagues




Module 10


  • Pulling it All Together
  • One short term and one long term PBL
Important Information

Online 3-graduate credit courses are 13 weeks in length.

On-site weekend courses are held Friday evening from 6:00pm-9:00pm and Saturday/Sunday, 8:30am-5:30pm.

Weekday courses are Monday-Friday from 8:00am- 6:00pm.

It is the responsibility of the student to check with their state, county, district, or school to ensure that all requirements are being met by the course you're taking.  

Check the Partner Universities page for specific university information as well as course numbers which are specific to the university partner. 

Students are required to purchase their own textbook, the information for which can be found here. If no book is required it will be specified on the list. We have copies of many of the textbooks should you wish to purchase directly from TEI. 

Professional development (PD) participants receive a certificate of completion from TEI for 45 hours of PD credit for face to face classes and 60 hours of PD credit for online classes. These certificates are mailed within one week of the end of the class and reflect the course title, dates of attendance, and credit hour information. 

Student Academic Integrity
Participants guarantee that all academic class work is original. Any academic dishonesty or plagiarism (to take ideas, writings, etc. from another and offer them as one's own), is a violation of student academic behavior standards as outlined by our partnering colleges and universities and is subject to academic disciplinary action.