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Clemson University's Teacher Learning Progression

Clemson University teacher learning progression

Clemson University’s Teacher Learning Progression (CU-TLP) initiative is designed to improve STEM teacher effectiveness, STEM teacher retention, and student achievement in South Carolina’s high-needs middle schools. By offering Personalized Advanced Credentials for Teachers, CU-TLP creates pathways for STEM, computer science, and social-emotional skill development.

Clemson University's Teacher Learning Progression is funded by the U.S. Department of Education SEED (Supporting Effective Educator Development) Award and Clemson University. 

A Customized Pathway to Advanced Professional Growth

  • Pathways to Credentials for Middle School STEM Teachers

    Stackable micro-credentials can be applied toward the Educator Certificate's Education Class Level: Bachelor's + 18 Graduate Credit Hours (BA+18). These online professional learning modules are designed for teachers to improve content knowledge, instructional practice, and/or socio-emotional skill development in targeted, engaging ways.

    Endorsement Path
    STEAM, Teacher Leader, or Online Teaching Endorsement paths involve coursework and micro-credentials online through Clemson University.

    M.Ed. Path
    The Master's Degree in Teaching and Learning path involves coursework and micro-credentials online through Clemson University.

  • School Partnerships
    • Personalized Advanced Credentials for Teachers are designed to help meet district and school professional development goals.
    • District and school partnerships are required in order for teachers to participate.
    • Interested schools can contact Hans Klar at
  • Cost
    • Personalized Advanced Credentials for Teachers are offered at no cost for teacher participants. 
    • Each school will receive $500 per teacher participant per year for additional materials to support effective teaching and improve student learning.
    • The stackable micro-credentials and coursework are delivered online, eliminating the costs associated with transportation to campus. 
  • Research
    • A team of researchers at Clemson University is designing a recommender system to match teachers with the best pathway to meet their needs.
    • All teacher participants must agree to be a part of the research project, which may include surveys, interviews, and/or classroom observations. 
    • As the recommender system grows, so, too, will personalized learning options offered to teachers. 
  • Cohorts

    Cohort 1

    • District Commitment: Fall 2020
    • Teacher Orientation: Spring 2021
    • Micro-credentials and/or courses begin: Summer 2021

    Cohort 2

    • District Commitment: Spring 2021
    • Teacher Orientation: Fall 2021
    • Micro-credentials and/or courses begin: Spring 2022
  • Program News

    Clemson awarded $3 million grant to develop AI-powered professional development for teachers

    A teacher’s search for the best way to sharpen their skills in the classroom may soon be as easy as browsing Netflix for a new movie. Clemson University researchers have been awarded $3 million over three years to develop a personalized professional development recommender system for teachers that resembles the way businesses such as recommend products or streaming entertainment.

    Researchers from the Clemson University College of Education and the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences will develop this recommender system to improve teacher effectiveness and retention while increasing student achievement. The grant award comes from the U.S. Department of Education Supporting Effective Educator Development Grant Program. Of 130 applications to the program, Clemson’s proposal is one of only 12 to be awarded. Read More

  • Program Contacts

    Dr. Stephanie Madison
    Project Manager

    Dr. Jeff C. Marshall
    Project Director

    School and District Partnerships
    Dean Petersen
    Dr. Lee D’Andrea
    Dr. Hans Klar

    Needs Assessment and STEM Teacher Partnerships
    Dr. Luke Rapa
    Dr. Michelle Cook
    Dr. Leigh Martin

    Advanced Credentials Instruction Team
    Dr. Dani Herro
    April Pelt

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