Professional Development for Teachers

Program Description

Teachers – Stay ahead of the curve
Earn PD Hours through the RIROE and Black Hawk College.

Your profession is truly one that makes a difference in the lives of students. Black Hawk College’s Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE) Department and the Rock Island County Regional Office of Education (RIROE) have partnered to offer a variety of classes to help you enhance your professional development.

To obtain PD Hours for a chosen course, teachers need to contact Julie at the RIROE (309-736-1111) to inform her of their intent to obtain PD Hours. The RIROE fee for processing a PD Hours Certificate is $25. One hour of course time = one PD Hour. Most of the online courses require a minimum of 24 hours of contact with some variances. Hours of classroom courses vary.

Classroom computer skills classes:
Go to the PaCE Technology web page for more information on day and evening/weekend classes:

  • Word (Level 1 & 2 available) – 6 PDs (each)
  • Excel (Level 1, 2, & 3 available) – 7 PDs (each)
  • Access (Part 1, 2 & 3 available) – 6 PDs (each)
  • PowerPoint – 6 PDs
  • Publisher – 6 PDs
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements Workshop – 10 PDs
  • Computer Basics – 8 PDs
  • Moving to Windows 10 – 3 PDs
  • Introduction to Word – 8 PDs
  • Introduction to Excel – 7.5 PDs
  • Intermediate Excel – 7.5 PDs
  • Introduction to PowerPoint – 4 PDs
  • iPad: Getting Started – 6 PDs
  • iPad: Beginner – 2 PDs
  • iPad: Intermediate – 2 PDs

Online computer classes also available.


Classroom language classes:
Go to the Language web page for more information:

  • Basic French – 12 PDs
  • Basic Russian – 12 PDs
  • Basic Spanish – 16 PDs
  • Basic Chinese – 12 PDs
  • French Refresher – 8 PDs
  • American Sign Language (ASL) Beginning – 16 PDs
  • American Sign Language (ASL) Intermediate – 12 PDs
  • Introduction to Deaf Culture – 7 PDs

Register for the class at 309-796-8223 after receiving approval from RIROE.


For online classes:
Visit the Online Teaching and Education page and choose from:

  • Classroom Computing
  • Languages
  • Mathematics
  • Reading and Writing
  • Science
  • Test Prep
  • Tools for Teachers

Here is a sample of just some of the more than 60 outstanding Teacher Professional Development Online Courses offered:

Classes begin the 3rd Wednesday of each month and take six weeks to complete. Here is a list of some of the over 60 Teacher Professional Development Online Courses offered:

  • Ready, Set, Read!
  • Teaching Writing: Grades K-3
  • Solving Classroom Discipline Problems
  • Differentiating K-12 Assessments
  • Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities
  • Using the Internet in the Classroom
  • The Creative Classroom
  • Guided Reading and Writing: Strategies for Differentiated Classroom
  • Creating the Inclusive Classroom: Strategies for Success
  • Guided Reading and Writing: Strategies for Maximum Student Achievement
  • Integrating Technology in the Classroom
  • Spanish in the Classroom
  • Survival Kit for New Teachers
  • Teaching Smarter With SMART Boards