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Register Now to Level Up Skills in Professional Learning Series With UK's College of Education

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 18, 2020) — The University of Kentucky College of Education is launching a new Professional Learning Series. Open to anyone, the series is designed to help participants level up their skills in a selection of self-paced and live workshops — all online this summer.

When participants successfully complete a workshop, they will earn a digital badge to add to their resume, email signature, or website. 

“We wanted to create a way for people who value lifelong learning to spend time with the same world-class faculty our students know and love. Our faculty are dynamic, engaging and enjoy the process of making their knowledge and research accessible to the broader community. As a land grant institution, we are dedicated to putting into practice community-relevant and community-focused solutions,” said Margaret Mohr-Schroeder, associate dean and professor.

The workshops are available to anyone — no matter where they are located. Workshops do not lead to college credit, but can build toward a micro-credential.

Faculty will cover topics in health and wellness, teacher enhancement and early childhood education. Designed to be enriching and affordable, the series draws on the expertise of faculty in a college ranked No. 1 in Kentucky and among the top 30 public colleges of education in the nation.

Topics offered this summer are ideal for pre-service or in-service teachers (PK-12 ), nonprofit educators, parents/guardians, community professionals and business leaders. They are designed to bolster participants’ proficiency and marketability in the professional arena.

Explore workshop offerings and register here. Registration is open through Wednesday, June 10, for some sessions, and Tuesday, June 30, for others. See each workshop description for its deadline.

Questions about the Professional Learning Series should be directed to Mariama Lockington, program coordinator, at

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.